I seem to have a love-hate relationship with my 38,000-mile 2000 X-reg Punto Sporting Speed gear (the better looking shape) in Broom Yellow (only with a Sporting can you get away with yellow!).
Some days, I will marvel at the genuinely sporty nature of the car. The handling is supreme and it corners confidently. Other days, I will wonder if it is about to break down on me leading to a £200 repair bill and a Ford Ka as a hire car (not sporty).
I have had a couple of instances where the car strangely loses power, you put you foot down and nothing, then all of a sudden you get power. I gather this is a 'misfiring' probem with some Puntos.
Overall, it's great fun, but a word of warning: check out your insurance first (it's not cheap) and make sure your journey to work does not involve going over any poorly surfaced roads.
I bought this car as a second run-around and it has served its purpose perfectly.
It copes with the school run and the motorway without any problems.
The fuel consumption is great too, with motorway journeys averaging 55mpg.
Even though I have had this car for two years, I am still finding new things about it (a drawer under the passenger seat! Genious.) I am 5ft and my husband is 6ft 1 and there is a perfect driving position for both of us.
He won't admit it but I've even seen him using the city (girly) button for parking. More cars should have one of these, as it makes parking almost effortless.
Young or old, you'd be silly not to consider this car. Definitely one of Italy's finest exports!
I have just bought my second Punto and, if this one is as good as my 03 model, I will be very pleased. I had no trouble in my previous car's 39,000 miles, apart from new brakes and tyres, which is to expected. All round it has been an economical, comfortable and reliable buy.
I bought the Punto new in October 2000. The mileometer now reads over 125,000. Recently I returned it to the Fiat dealer for the first time, who efficiently diagnosed a faulty engine sensor and replaced it for a reasonable charge.
I service the car and rate it as robust, with good working access. I've had a couple of simple faults such as water leaking through pedal openings in heavy rain, that I fixed myself. Reading other owners' accounts, I sometimes wonder if it isn't better to keep cars away from some dealers. (Only consider this suggestion if you can service your car.)
The Punto is OK to drive. The engine is smooth and gearchange acceptable. Brakes and handling are safe. The driving position isn't particularly good. Rake adjustment of the steering wheel would make a big improvement.
My Punto feels as if it would would last another 100,000, perhaps with a new clutch on the way.
It's done as well or better than other cars I've owned. When it is replaced, I will consider another Fiat.
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