Fiat Punto Review from Iceland

2000 Fiat Punto 1.2 8v

Model year2000
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 1.2 8v Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.4 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 kilometres
Most recent distance114000 kilometres

Summary:

Stay away from Punto!

Faults:

Head gasket blew 3 months after I got it.

Thermostat and water pumps needed to be changed one and a half years later.

Some unidentified problem causing misfiring during cold weather. Switched airflow sensor, but the problem remains. Neither the dealer nor my garage can identify it.

General Comments:

Pros:

It's so comfortable to drive; the seats are great.

Steering is like a breeze. I steer with my index finger.

Spacious both in the front row and in the boot.

Very economical. I get c.a. 15km per liter driving in town (good traffic here).

But.

Cons:

Breakdowns are like daily routines.

Unidentifiable cause of misfiring makes it impossible to drive during winter and spring over here.

So it's a cheap summer toy at the best. Not something you can count on as an automobile.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th July, 2010

Average review marks: 4.4 / 10, based on 1 review