I have been waiting for this car since February, and got it at the end of May.
Fiat decided to put Bluetooth in it - it's fantastic. I did not think I would ever use it, but I use it all the time.
The car is better than I thought it would be by miles - it's nothing like the old Fiats and the power is brilliant. There's no turbo lag like some reviews say - I recommend this car to anyone.
I think that this car is absolutely fabulous. It is much better that the Ford Fiesta I had before.
I have had this car for three months and I am so glad that I bought it. This is the best car I have ever had and I will always go back to Fiat.
I previously drove an Opel (Vauxhall in the UK) Corsa 1.4 Comfort for three years and 180,000 kilometers, which proved to be very expensive to maintain and also un-reliable.
OK, I have only had the Fiat Grande Punto 1.4 Active five-door with air-conditioning (I don't think you have this specific model in UK) for a month now, but in South Africa we get five years/90,000km services included and nothing with the Corsa, just a warranty. So this deal made better sense.
In all aspects, it betters or equals the Corsa (wich is still available to buy new) in my opinion.
The Grande Punto is so much quieter and smoother, and feels more responsive (I don't believe the Corsa has 66 kilowatts after driving the Fiat). The seats are more comfortable, has far more equipment for the price and is a dream to look at.
I am very happy with it and would recommend it to anyone.
This is an update from my previous entry.
I, too, have been told that the steering rack requires replacing as a result of having the knocking noise checked.
I have been told that the part will not be avaliable until 17 October - although I have been assured by Fiat that there is no safety issue, it does not inspire confidence.
The gearbox also requires six new parts, as it won't engage third gear cleanly.
The paint is now markedly chipped from general road use - how thin is it?
My original smile has gone to despair.
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