Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Fiat Grande Punto hatchback?
The list of potential problems with the Grande Punto is quite long. The interior doesn't appear to be very well bolted together, with lots of items squeaking, working loose, or simply falling off. This not only concerns things such as the glovebox and door cards, but also the headlining.
The doors can prove problematic, either not being fitted properly, dropping over time, or not staying shut. The opening mechanism also has a habit of failing, locking people in or out. Suspension, brake and engine gremlins are also reported. To cap it all the electrics can be temperamental, and some of the switchgear can need replacing.
There have been a number of recalls on the Grande Punto since its launch in '06, with some potentially dangerous problems. The worst concerns possible steering failure. Owners should have been automatically notified of recalls, but you should still check that they've all been carried out.