2004 Fiat Punto Active 1.2 8v

Summary:

Shocking build quality

Faults:

Where to start?

ECU.

Door handles and locks.

Electric windows.

Hand brake lever.

Gear lever.

Gear linkages.

Bonnet catch.

Airbags.

Coil packs.

Rear wiper arm snapped.

Stereo broke.

General Comments:

The car looked to be a good economical little runaround, however within a few miles it started to run on 2 cylinders. Discovered the ECU was broken. This was repaired through a friend at trade prices, as the local Fiat dealer wanted well over £500 to resolve.

All the other things wrong with this car are very surprising and disappointing; it has the worst build quality I have seen on a car in a long time. We have even had cars from early 80s that were better than this.

There are sharp edges everywhere; even the interior door handles cut you; it's a really bad car. Has been in family since nearly new, and has always had local dealer service history, and even they admit it is one of the worst cars they have seen.

It has always been well cared for, oil checked every week, serviced on time, garaged, washed and waxed once a week, and it even has rust bubbles along every door and the wheel arches, and in random places. This is really bad on a 2004 car.

The Proton we had previous was a cheap car too, but so much better in reliability terms, and it had no rust when it went off to the scrap yard.

Everything seems to break: switches, electrics etc. This car has been back to dealer under warranty frequently when new, and still now requires work regularly.

It eats front tyres, despite being looked at several times and the tracking put right etc. There are several warning lights on that no one can find the cause of the problem.

It just feels as though it was built in a shed somewhere. They may look classy and smart, but they are utter rubbish.

I will never buy Fiat again; we have had a Fiat Uno in the past and it was a very good car, so naturally we were expecting the same with the Punto.

Not sure whether we got a bad one or not, but we'll just buy something Japanese next time.

Not a good buy at all.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th November, 2014

2004 Fiat Punto Active 1.2

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

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

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

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