in response to Petra Humm: Occasional stutter: My car was doing that for the first few thousand miles, the engine is bedding in, nothing to worry about. Try using a quality fuel though like BP Ultimate or Shell Extra diesel, the problem should be eliminated. Rear disks can be noisy, I've got exactly the same "problem", it's down to the disk design for the 17" wheels. Nothing to worry about though. Bluetooth. I was using my Nokia 6310i and was losing connection too. I've tried a Nokia 6230i and a 5500 sport, no trouble at all, it's never lost connection. Have you tried the system pairing another phone? Traffic reports: It can be adjusted, go to menu, external volume, set it at 12, it will be loud enough. Word of advice: Try another dealer. The one you are using is a a waste of space.
I bought a brand new Fiat Grande Punto 1.2 Dynamic after 18 months of aggravation with my other Punto.
I cannot say I am happy - two months on, there are numerous faults, including the wing mirror not bolted on properly, no light bulb in the boot, a knocking noise from the front of car (steering rack), the passenger door does not always open from inside car (faulty lock), the driver's seat keeps dropping when pumped up, and the driver's side window doesn't always open.
I have been told today that the steering rack needs replacing - on a two-month old car with 1425 miles on the clock.
The passenger door cannot be opened from inside and my dealership can't work out what is causing it.
I am now in the process of returning the car - it's not going to be easy, but I don't care how much it costs to get me out of the agreement.
I am getting an expert report then taking Fiat to court. As you can see, I am not a happy customer and feel for everyone having problems with their cars.
My overall rating for this car is poor, and for service, too. In three million miles of testing, what did they test?
I collected my car from a local main dealer in April 2006. The first evening in the vehicle the rear passenger doors were difficult to open/close. Subsequently paintwork over the rear wheel arches was damaged by the misfitting/misaligned doors. Fuse box cover in the front passenger glove box, kept falling off when the glove box was opened.
Car was kept for a number of days and returned apparently with faults remedied. Within days I noticed the rear doors were damaging the paint and almost impossible to open Then the computer displayed an ABS fault and the indicators stopped working.
Then a loud knocking noise developed. I was absolutely aghast to be told that a new steering rack was required.
The car was last in the garage on 12th July to fit a new steering rack and fix a buckled/warped dashboard panel. The fuse cover was repaired for a second time as it had started falling off again.
Today, 24th July, I tried to exit my car and found the drivers door wouldn’t open. I had to open it using the outside door handle. I then tried to shut the door and couldnt. The door locking mechanism would not engage, eventually secured by leaning on the door and pressing remote locking.
In summary, this car has been absolutely awful. Customer expectation - shattered. I am sick and tired of the constant visits to the dealers for repairs and the logistical inconveniences I am put to as a result.
I have owned this car from brand new, when I picked it up it had only 10 miles on the clock. The dealership I brought it from where excellent on the sales and gave me a few extras thrown in such as Supregaurd protection, a three year service package, which means I havn't got to pay for any service costs in the next three years, just the repairs (if needed). As i am only 19, the car is quite cheap to insure. It regulary gets about 45mpg and has never cost me more that £35 (at 93.9p average) to fill the tank.
Some Drawbacks of the car: The drivers door will not open from the inside, then will not close with out a good slam, have taken the car back to the dealership and have been waiting Two Weeks for the new locking system to arrive, I am told Fiat are having trouble with these
Power, there seems to be some lag, but once the car gets going it flys and can cruise at around 80mph without any trouble.
When looking for a new car I considered the Vauxhall Corsa, Chevorlette Matiz and the Ford Fiesta, all of which are around the Same price as the Grande Punto, but all of which don't have as many toys.
Apart from some the above the car is wonderful to drive and I am thourough glad of my purchase - so far so good!
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