Fiat Punto Reviews from Portugal

1998 Fiat Punto 60 SX 1.2

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.2 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired66000 kilometres
Most recent distance69000 kilometres

Summary:

It's a fine car for a small family and to the beginners. Very fun to drive and fast to respond

Faults:

The plastics of the doors were already screwed up, when I bought it, but I feel they are very fragile against shock.

One of the front wheels hits the car body when it is completely turned, to the left I think... even after I made a direction alignment.

General Comments:

It has a pretty high consumption of gasoline in urban circuit.

The gearbox is easy to handle, and each gear sequence is quite short so you may drive at 35km/h and still go on 4th gear.

It has a good maximum speed and great acceleration for a car of it's scale, I should say about 9 seconds to reach the 100km/h and maximum speed of 185km/h.

The suspension is not soft, so you could expect to feel every hole in the road with the serie's suspension.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th December, 2006

1998 Fiat Punto ELX 1.2CC - 16v - 86HP (100HP now)

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.2CC - 16v - 86HP (100HP now) Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired50000 kilometres
Most recent distance70000 kilometres
Previous carRenault 5

Summary:

High performance easy drive car

Faults:

I have this car about 2years now... i have done 20.000km with him and I even don't have a problem... just the normal periodic revisions to check oil, brakes, etc...

General Comments:

Just a couple of things I don't like about this car: If I want to do a more "sport" drive, I can't because the gear box is very long, sometimes when I need to change gear more faster I just can't...in the meanwhile the clutch is on top and the gear is not still engaged.

I don't like the 2nd gear when the car is cold... sometimes is very rough to engage it, and the 1st is very rough too.

The last thing I don't like about it, is this... when I am driving I feel everything on the road, I feel any little hole in the road and every little stone I step in... it make me some confusion in the turnes... but in one way it as vantages, because it's a more direct steering, but it does not provide any comfort on the driving matter, very big disadvantage in this vehicle.

Now I have just modified my car a bit.

I have put a performance air filter from k&n, it give me more 5hp.

Than I put a performance spark wires and the spark plugs too from "ractive" it gives me at least 2hp.

The big change was I have taken is cat. and I have put a "supersprint" final exaust...

So now it has 101hp...

The car tends to not be very secure on the turns, because it's a tall car... but if you put a stability bar like I do, you will see the diference...

The seats are not so bad though, you can make a 500km trip and be still comfortable on the car.

The steering wheel assistance is very good you can park the car easily, very soft.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 9th August, 2004

2001 Fiat Punto 1.2 HLX 16V 1.2 petrol engine

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.2 petrol engine Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired3 kilometres
Most recent distance39650 kilometres

Summary:

A surprise from Italy

Faults:

None so far! And this is amazing considering the manufacturers reputation.

General Comments:

Amazing little Italian car. Very reliable in spite of the manufacturers reputation.

This is the family's second car and the usual driver is my 21 years old daughter.

But I use it from time to time and love it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th April, 2004

2002 Fiat Punto Sport 1.2 16v

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.2 16v Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance22000 kilometres
Previous carFiat Punto

Summary:

Beautifully brutal and effective

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

Great car, really fast, very comfortable, great interiors.

The interior is very well designed, and it comes with great seats (racing style).

The sound system is superb. My came with a Blaupunkt CD radio with 4 speakers, 2 tweeters, and 1 subwoofer beautifully inserted in a dead space in the trunk.

The performance is superb, it really pushes you to your seat, and incredibly the 6th gear really has power. You insert it at 40kmh/h and it takes you to 200kmh/h. A REAL MACHINE.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th September, 2002

5th Mar 2004, 04:19

I totally agree with your review. I owned a Punto Sporting for the last four years and I can honestly say that I didn't have a thing wrong with it in that entire time!

It's a great little car and lots of fun to drive. I would recommend it to anyone.

I've now switched to a Seat Leon, but I'm missing my Punto like mad.

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 4 reviews