2007 Fiat Grande Punto Dynamic 1.4 8V petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Summary:

Ti Amo!

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

Wow - what a great car! I love it!

I am an Italian car fanatic - always driven Alfas, but due to a new house, I down sized to my wonderful Punto "Fabrizzio the wonder Fiat". Don't get me wrong, Alfa is king, but I'm very happy with the Punto's performance - great around the city and on country driving (here in Australia). The 1.4 engine handles 130km/h with no problems!! 1.4 is considered small here in Oz.

The stereo is fantastic

The air conditioning copes well in the harsh West Australian heat.

The heater is like an oven, and the rear wiper is activated by reverse gear when the front wipers are on for perfect visuals - so clever!

As for that sexy Giugiaro Italian designed body? Need I say more :-)

Interior is fresh and funky, and all controls/dials easy to use and read.

I cannot fault this car; I have covered just over 10 000 kms and have had no trouble or issues! The build quality is great; no squeaks/rattles or ill fitting parts.

This is a top selling model, and I can see why - well done Fiat!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd February, 2013

22nd Feb 2013, 18:09

It must be a much better seller in WA than QLD, I think I've only seen one of those here. My Focus also activates the rear wiper when reverse is selected and the front wipers are in use, or have been used for that particular trip.

2007 Fiat Grande Punto Sporting 1.9 Multijet from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Beautiful design, fun to drive, and let's hope reliable too!

Faults:

No faults so far.

General Comments:

The stiff suspension is great! The car corners flat with minimal body roll. Slightly more bumpy around town, but it's never bouncy; feels solid, much like a larger car.

Steering - Having read many bad reviews regarding the "steering feel", I really have to say I don't see what the problem is. If you're a normal person, you'll never drive the car fast enough to notice the apparent "dullness" or "lack of feel". I love to nip on in twisty country lanes. I've owned a mk1 MR2, famed for its great steering feedback, but I can hardly notice the difference. Unless you're on a track, I really don't think it's worth criticising. When I buy a car, I don't drive it on its limit, as I want the car to last, and I don't want to crash! To me the Fiat is confidence inspiring and fun at legal speeds ;)

The engine has a slight turbo lag, but personally I love the feeling of a turbo kicking in, so to me it's a positive aspect!

However when you're nipping on the 6 gears, make sure you're never far away from buckets of torque. Much less frantic than a high revving engine, and economical too.

The interior is lovely on the Sporting model; tasteful colour coding, stitching and cloth; feels more expensive than it is in reality. All in all, it feels sporty without compromising comfort.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th July, 2012

2007 Fiat Grande Punto from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Good first car

Faults:

I was driving along, and stopped at a roundabout, when the gearbox started jumping around and grinding. I pulled over immediately. The gearbox has gone and I needed to replace it, along with the clutch. The car had only done 44,000 miles, and is well looked after.

The heater failed just a few months after I purchased the car.

If you buy the gearbox from Fiat, you would pay about a grand for it. I have paid 695 to replace the gearbox and clutch, and that is because it is my friend's garage. Gutted!

General Comments:

It is a good wee run around.

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

Review Date: 20th September, 2010

2007 Fiat Grande Punto 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Typical Italian crappy car

Faults:

I had one as a hire car from Drive Assist, as my Citroen C1 was in for repair after some muppet drove into it whilst it was parked in Tescos car park!

The Grand Punto was a pile of junk and was only a year old!

The car showed signs of wear after only a year, and switches were marked or did not work properly, and the air vent on the dashboard at the front by the windscreen has warped in the sunlight.

The first evening on the way home, it became a nightmare to get in and out of gear, and the AA were called out, who discovered that the clutch cable had jumped out of its housing due to cheap plastic fittings!

The diesel engine was superb, and the car's performance was good. This car was replaced with a 1.4 petrol version the next day, which was much slower, but had much of the same faults as the previous car!

Thank God it was only a hire car, as I would not have bought one myself...

The man who came to collect the car was dropped off in a new Fiat Panda, and I asked him if that car was better than the Grand Puntos the hire company had lent to me, and he said that they were Fiat, and they were still crap!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 22nd January, 2009