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Overall reader verdict 3 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    2 out of 5 stars

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99 reader reviews for Fiat Punto Hatchback.
  • 1.9 JTD HLX 5dr

    Pauline McCracken , Antrim . Date: 15/12/2004
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I would definitely warn people off buying a Fiat Punto!

    In the last 6 months or so I have had a couple of problems.

    I was naive and thought if I bought a new car and got it serviced by a registered Fiat Dealership that I would have at least more that four years' driving.

    However, earlier in the year it started cutting out for no apparent reason - there was a sensor that needed replacing, and of course it was out of waranty. Last week the revs started spiking. I phoned the dealership and got an appointment on Monday (someone had cancelled). Initially I was told I needed a new clutch but when a more senior technician looked at the car there was gearbox fluid leaking out and it now looks like I may also need a new gearbox.

    When the dealership phoned Fiat to see if they would contribute to some of the cost, their response was that they would not be making any contribution.

    Thanks so much Fiat and a Happy Christmas to you too!

  • 1.8 16v HGT 3dr

    Stephen Walton , Cheshire . Date: 29/11/2004
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Not the quickest car in its class but fun to drive. The added bhp of the HGT make it quick, with enough power to get you out of trouble.

    The equipment is good for the money. Road noise is quite high and at higher motorway speeds can sound like it needs another gear.

    Reliability: The only problem I've had is the Air Con loosing gas. It took two visits to the dealer before they believed me that it wasn't because I hadn't run the AC. It was the compressor which they replaced under warranty.

    Dealer: Generally OK but I asked them to check the brakes at 48K service. I was told that the front pads & discs were very worn and needed replacing (First set of pads, therefore pads have worn at the same rate as the discs!!!), rear pads/discs O.K. Only to find that after a further 1000 miles the rear pads went through and consequently had to replace discs & padfs on the back.

    Compared with other dealers/other cars, this Punto has been a good, thoroughly enjoyable car.

    Recommenations: Better Sat Nav, more power under the bonnet and louder indicators so you don't drive for 2 miles with your indicator on.

  • 1.2 Active 3dr

    Andy Ashton , Cheshire . Date: 18/11/2004
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    The car drives well, is comfortable inside and copes with motorway driving nicely with a fairly good level of refinement.

    However, I have had my 53-reg car for seven months and it has been back to the garage for various faults five times, the two more serious problems included an over-revving engine and a snapped accelerator cable (which snapped in two places at the same time). The after-sales service at the dealership has generally been poor, with a two-week waiting list to use one of their courtesy cars, which seems to indicate a lack of mechanical quality across the Fiat range.

    Again, a lot of time seems to be spent ferrying the car to and from the garage and at this rate I will not be keeping the car when the manufacturer's warranty runs out.

  • 1.2 Active 3dr

    Helen Rees , North Yorkshire . Date: 13/11/2004
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Although the face-lift has made the Punto more attractive, I think Fiat have failed to really rethink the mechanics.

    The Punto is a spacious little car, which is great on fuel etc, but I, personally have had no end of trouble! Both with parts failing and various faults.

    The dealership has bent over backwards to help, but it seems to keep coming back with problems.

    I would not recommend this car if you don't have hours to spend to-ing and fro-ing from the garage. I wouldn't bother if you are easily embarrassed either. (Lurching down the road without moving your feet!)

    Other than that, it's a good little car.

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