Owned car since July 2004. It's an enjoyable car to drive around town and is no slouch on long jouneys either. It has proved totally reliable so far. The only drawback is that the brakes are noisy. The dealer says it's because they no longer use asbestos in brake shoes but the noise can spoil an otherwise good car.
Overall, it's a decent car and I have no regrets about buying it.
I purchased this car back in March 2002 as a 51 plate with only delivery mileage.
What attracted me most to the car in the first instance was the quality interior. It is very well designed and offered, I felt, far more than other cars in its class.
Driving the car was equally enjoyable as it was very light and had a good solid gearbox. The Punto is also one of the most economical cars for fuel I have ever driven and it only cost about £25 to fill her up.
I only had one technical problem with this car in the two years I owned her, and it occured within the first six months of buying her. The power-steering system on the Punto is electrically operated, not hydraulically like most cars. With this system, I found that occasionally I would be driving along and CLUNK, the power-steering cut out, making the car quite heavy.
This went on for a while and eventually the servo which controlled the power-steering system had to be replaced. This had to happen twice unfortunately. But after that setback at the beginning, this car caused me no bother whatsoever.
I have owned my Punto 1.2 ELX 5dr 2001 Y-reg from new and it has been a real workhorse. The car has done 45,000 miles and still feels new. It is always a pleasure to drive and be in and it feels right at home around town and on the motorway thanks to its long fifth gear. Fuel consumption is great, never below 45mpg, and averages 50mpg regularly, sometimes reaching 55-60mpg on long runs.
Obviously things have been replaced, such as front tyres, wiper blades, front brake pads around 30,000 miles, and the exhaust fell off at 40,000 miles. The interior is wearing well, and there are a few intermittent rattles from the dash and sunroof, but nothing major, and could be down to the rather firm suspension and road surface, but does pay off with the surefooted handling.
The stereo system is a Blaupunkt and is really good for this price of car, it is the cassette/RDS radio with standard seven speakers including the boot mounted 100W sub-woofer.
The car has been used by all of the family and has managed to journey to Cornwall, including all luggage on numerous occasions. I would recommend one to anyone.
I do appreciate that there are some problematic examples out there, so make sure yours has lots of service history with any you are looking at, that is the key to a car that runs well. Get a good discount or buy a cheap used one because values plummet.
My Punto is a bit of a mixed bag! For driving and practicality I cannot fault it. Unfortunately, the dealer I bought it from and reliability of the car leave a lot to be desired.
After only 22,000 miles, the head gasket blew, and it sat in the Fiat garage for five weeks waiting for parts to arrive. Once I finally got it back, driving it home the throttle pedal stuck to the floor. In addition, the car has had a new potentiometer, clutch, oil sump, exhaust (twice), unlocking by itself, the list is extensive.
The cheapest service I have had on the car is just under £400, as the Fiat garage keeps finding faults! If you buy this car, make sure that you've got plenty of money to keep repairing it!
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