2006 Fiat Grande Punto Reviews - Page 3 of 4

2006 Fiat Grande Punto Dynamic 1.4 from UK and Ireland

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance7800 miles
Previous carHonda Jazz

Summary:

Poor reliability

Faults:

Car is 18 months old and very low mileage; 7800 miles.

1. Front suspension problems, fixed with steering dampeners replaced by dealer.

2. Front passenger door would not open, dealer realigned door.

3. Plastic fell off side mirror, replaced by dealer.

4. Boot would not open, solenoid blown. Replaced by dealer.

5. Car driving underpowered, Alternator faulty still waiting for part delivery. Five days car off the road so far with dealer.

Not impressed with a car hardly used.!!!

General Comments:

Will not be buying Fiat again.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th March, 2008

2006 Fiat Grande Punto Sporting 1.9 JTD Multijet from UK and Ireland

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.9 JTD Multijet Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance15000 miles
Previous carAlfa Romeo 147

Summary:

This car is a rare combination of being practical, economical, affordable and full of flair

Faults:

Airflow Sensor failure at 6,000 miles caused shut down at 70mph.

I turned on my right indicator, and all the electronic ancillaries (e.g. Traction Control, ABS, PAS) switched off. Turned out the Power Steering ECU had a fault and shorted itself out.

General Comments:

The Turbo Diesel engine in this car is brilliant. It offers high levels of torque throughout the majority of the rev range, including at high speeds. There is little cabin noise.

The fuel economy is very good and returns more than 40 miles per gallon on my mixture of motorway and urban road commuting that I use this car for.

The interior quality is fantastic. The lower models, such as the Active, look like every expense has been spared, however it is a different story in the Sporting. Quality leather trimming is on the steering wheel and gear-knob, and quality materials cover the extremely comfortable bucket seats designed by Lear (yes, the people who make the luxury jets).

The back is also very comfy. I am over 6ft and find there is ample head and leg room.

The boot is more than adequate, and bigger than my Alfa Romeo 147. I no longer have to take the parcel shelf out to put them pram in.

Styling, what can I say! It speaks for itself!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th January, 2008

31st Jan 2008, 11:28

I took one of these out on a test the other day, and simply put, it is a brilliant car-much better than the more expensive Alfa 147.

Compared to my old Fabia vRS it is much softer and more supple on the road and suffers far less tyre roar and wind noise. A very competent package with nice interior and stunning looks.

I have seen them advertised on the fiatsupasaver site for £10,495 and elsewhere for under 11k which makes it a roaring bargain. The Fiat main dealer wanted to sell me the 3,000 mile demonstrator (red, standard car) for £12,355 which was preposterous, so I walked away. If the dealer had come up with a sensible deal, I would have signed up there and then...

2006 Fiat Grande Punto Dynamic 1.2 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.2 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance6000 miles
Previous carFiat Punto

Faults:

Steering rack replaced.

General Comments:

The Grande Punto is a great car; I have done 6000 miles, no faults apart from steering rack, and no rattles.

The 1.2 is fine around town, and is not too bad at 70mph.

Best looking car in its class, easy to drive, good sound system, very good value for money.

The only bad things are the air-con, which could be a bit cooler, and the cup holders, which are as useful as a chocolate fire guard.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st October, 2007

12th Aug 2010, 12:55

I'm planning to buy a Grande Punto 1.2 Dynamic. It's a 2006 and it only has 12000 miles on the clock.

I already had a test drive (short one) and was very happy until I read some horror stories in this site.

Comments on this specific thread seem to be good.

Did you ever had any major problems?

2006 Fiat Grande Punto sporting 1.9 diesel from UK and Ireland

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.9 diesel Manual
Distance when acquired1697 miles
Most recent distance2878 miles
Previous carMitsubishi Carisma

Summary:

Fantastic, I recomend the 1.9 sporting

Faults:

Nothing yet, not a thing!

General Comments:

Great looking, fast and frugal, so far reliable. Dealers are main issue, not engaged or seemingly unable to diagnose or fix reported problems.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th April, 2007

2006 Fiat Grande Punto sport 1.4 from UK and Ireland

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance1033 miles

Summary:

A good car let down by poor dealer service and very poor technical backup by fiat UK

Faults:

Brake discs/pads faulty

Alternator tensioner faulty.

Fumes in car from engine bay.

Water leak into tailgate after rain this is apparently common on this model awaiting visit from fiat technician.

General Comments:

Car is sporty looking, but let down by series of faults which have been very difficult to resolve.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 20th October, 2006

Average review marks: 6.1 / 10, based on 13 reviews