What should I look for in a used Fiat Punto hatchback?
The Punto is far more reliable and robust than its reputation suggests.
Even so, the power steering system has been known to fail and clutches can give up the ghost after as few as 40,000 miles, especially if the car has spent most of its life on city streets. The suspension merits close scrutiny, too. It starts to rattle prematurely on some models. Watch out, too, for suspension that has been knocked out of alignment by bangs against the kerb. (Examine the alloy wheel rims or wheel trims for signs of abuse and check that it drives and pulls up in a straight line.) Claims made by customers of Warranty Direct highlight the suspension as the area of main concern, closely followed by electrics and the cooling/heating system.