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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.
  • 1.2 3dr

    Karrie Melville Date: 18/03/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Ive had my Punto Go (8V 1.2) for over two years, and I really do love it. I've run it from 14K to 45K and only had to replace the usual consumables. it has passed its last two MOTs with only the windscreen jet needing replaced. OK, the general quality might not be that of other cars, but these cars are cheap to buy and cheap to run, although admittedly, I've been lucky and had a gem of a car. The interior and exterior are quite funky. I'm upgrading to something more powerful next week... and I'm dreading trading my wee Punto in. I will miss the city button! Its looked after me well, and very economical for my 50-mile daily commute (getting 45-50mpg easily). I think its the luck of the draw with these motors.

  • 1.2 3dr

    amanda fry , west sussex . Date: 06/03/2008
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars

    My car

    i previously have ranted on here about the poor reliability of my old punto, and to conclude it died at 47 k on the clock :(

    i never drove this car particurly hard(never put me foot flat)and yet the engine sounded as if it had seen better days, although i was informed it is just how they sound, a quirk if you may.

    problems i had encountered included(in only 1 year);

    backfiring

    cutting out

    engine flat spots(complete loss of power)

    engine management on 4 occasions (required many new coil packs in a very short time)

    power steering went capoot!

    countless brake faults

    and i could go on about the smaller irrelivent things like build quality

    on the day a traded this car in it backfired 3 times and wouldnt start again on their fore court, serves them right haha

    but i am not the only person who has experienced these problems speeking to other fiends who have also made the dier mistake of purchasing a punto of the same shape

    i would advice many not to get his car as many of the faults i have mentioned are well known by dealers and they will obviously not tell you that on purchase.

    i am now the happy owner of a polo(far superior over any punto) which i would advice as it is actually cheaper on insurance(is in the same group) roughly the same on consumption if not better same tax and a fabulous drive and much faster even with the one less cylinder. although slightly more pricey but definately worth it

  • 1.2 Active 3dr

    Lis Tulip Date: 29/02/2008
    • Overall verdict
      2 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
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I bought my first ever car and unfortunately picked FIAT. All excitement soon disappeared once I was the owner of this heap of s*te. After driving this car proudly for just under 5 months, it started to "hold back" in any gear randomly but roundabouts where a nightmare because I never knew if I could actually even pull away and make it. I was told by the dealer that it was a "known problem by FIAT" and that it would be sorted once some part arrived...it didn't. I have virtually every part replaced, refurbished etc and was convinced nothing else could go wrong and when I picked my car up once again with a smile I was told to "have faith" that this time I would not have any problems....

    Just under an hour the AA towed my car back to them......

    Finally after 2 years of hell, this car drives fine but nevertheless that never makes up for the cr*p it once was.

    Oh and the problem finally was resolved successfully......

    Sparkplug problems....

    FIAT............Fix It Again Another Time

  • 1.2 3dr

    Anne Sutherland , Scotland . Date: 25/02/2008
    • Overall verdict
      3 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I own the 2001 1.2 Fiat Punto and bought it second hand. Since I got the car I have had to put up with quite a lot of trouble from it. Firstly, my windscreen wipers are rubbish, my steering seems to be far too loose, my car makes very strange noises and more recently after only doing 50,000 miles my clutch decided to break halfway down the motorway! On top of this, I am having to get a new fan belt this week!!!!

    However, although I have had a lot of trouble with my car, it has done pretty well driving around town and doing 50 miles back and forth to work each day.

    Would I get another Fiat? No....never.... Would I recommend getting a Fiat? If you are a new driver, they are great!

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