2004 Fiat Punto Reviews from UK and Ireland

2004 Fiat Punto Active 1.2

Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 1.2 Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.6 / 10
Distance when acquired9500 miles
Most recent distance18000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin Metro

Summary:

A pleasant little runner

Faults:

Throttle body, main dealer price to include new battery £580, beware Fiat owners

General Comments:

Was a good shopping trolley.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 11th March, 2011

2004 Fiat Punto MultiJet 1.3 diesel

Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.3 diesel Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance60000 miles
Previous carFiat Punto

Summary:

Economical but flawed

Faults:

Water pump developed a small leak around the 30,000 miles, and needed to be replaced. Very small mileage for such a failure.

Starter motor faulty after 50,000 miles; also very early failure, and needed to be replaced (not cheap), and hard to source a replacement.

General Comments:

Punto's are cheap and almost cheerful! You know what you are getting when you compare against other mainstream manufacturer's.

The Multijet is extremely frugal on diesel and regularly returns 60+ mpg, regardless of how I drive. 600+ miles per fill and reasonable performance when you get it over the 2000rpm range. (engine also used in Opel/Vauxhall 1.3 diesel models).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st May, 2008

2004 Fiat Punto HGT 1.9 JTD turbo diesel

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.9 JTD turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired30000 miles
Previous carPeugeot 406

Summary:

Cracking value

Faults:

Nowt yet.

General Comments:

Driven the petrol and the diesel HGT. Opted for the diesel for the high mileage I do.

I wouldn't call either of these cars fast though, better than average maybe, but not fast. Just a nice car with nice spec.

I plan to chip the diesel, but I've just gotta be a bit careful cos I've heard that the clutch and gearbox ain't that strong if modded.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 16th January, 2008

2004 Fiat Punto Active Sport 1.2 8v

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.2 8v Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired20000 miles
Previous carFiat Uno

Summary:

Fun sexy italian car that stands out from the crowd

Faults:

Blowing exhaust, but was replaced for me free of charge when I bought it. Now fine.:)

Power steering failure light, making the steering a bit heavier. It's come on about 3 times for a day or 2 since I've had it. Now it doesn't come on anymore:)

A yellow light has come up telling me there is a problem somewhere in the car, and recommending me to go to Fiat garage to put it on a computer to get it checked out, but I have left it because it's only come on 3 times, and now it doesn't light up anymore:)

That's it. Nothing major :) Drives beautifully.

General Comments:

It is the Active Sport, so it looks very sexy with the alloys, spoilers, sports bumpers.

Very comfortable seats, very roomy for a hatch back (much roomier than a Clio or 206), big boot, quiet, excellent standard 6 speaker audio and economical, and very cheap to insure on my dad's name. Only 310 pounds fully comp.

I was hoping to buy a 16v version, because I heard it's much better than the 8v. But I couldn't find one, so I opted for the 8v because the condition was excellent and mileage was low (only 20.000 miles) and it's a very sexy broom bright yellow, so it stands out from the crowd.

The 8v is surprisingly nippy though for round town. So far it's been reliable. Don't underrate Fiat because they are excellent cars if you find a well taken care one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th September, 2007

2004 Fiat Punto Active Sport 1.2 8v

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.2 8v Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired20000 miles
Previous carFiat Uno

Summary:

A fun sexy Italian city car

Faults:

I've been looking for a bright yellow Punto (face lift version) for ages, and I finally found one.

I've only had it for 2 weeks off a private sale, and the exhaust was making a slight rattle, but it got sorted out at no expense. The mechanic just put a small rubber next to it to keep it still, and it's done the job.

The other night the power steering light came on whilst I was driving, which made the steering a little bit heavier, because I had lost the power steering. I pulled up and switched it off and turned it back on, and it hasn't done it again.

I've read on the Internet that it's a common fault, but so far it only happened once to me. Besides that, nothing wrong so far. Fingers crossed it will keep on going like my old Fiat Uno.

General Comments:

It looks the part in bright yellow, with sporty front and back bumpers, 15 inch really nice alloys, a subtle spoiler, and very comfortable bucket seats.

Has a lot of head room, and a lot of leg room.

Very quiet.

Nippy.

A real sexy italian hatch back that gets looks.

Easy to drive.

Excellent 6 speaker sound system.

Decent boot.

Solid body.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th July, 2007

Average review marks: 6.7 / 10, based on 17 reviews