2008 Fiat Grande Punto GP 2 1.4 16v from UK and Ireland


Lovely car, but too hot


The paint when I collected the car had marks on it.

Underpowered for the way I drive and the miles I cover.

Rear brakes.

And one really big thing.

It caught fire.

General Comments:

3rd March 2009.

Woke up one morning and decided after 4 months of having my new car, that I would give it its first wash (I had been pulled over by the police and told to do it as they were unable to see the number plates). So I clean and polish it, and it looks like it did when I collected it on the 1st September 2008. Lovely.

I then go and fill up with petrol, and drive to my local town to do some shopping. I park in the multistory like I do every week, and go and do my shopping.

13:45, I walk back to the car park, get my ticket out of the bag, put it in the machine and it won't work, so I press the button on the machine and a woman's voice said what is your reg. I gave her the reg and she said please can you return to you car. I go running up the stairs with all my shopping bags to see my car with 8 firemen and 2 police officers trying to put out the flames coming from the windows. 20 minutes passed and the fire was put out. My lovely car was a shell; no seats, no door cards, no windows, nothing.

I lost over 5k worth of computer equipment that day, and a program I had been working for 2 years. All gone because the fire was caused by a faulty airbag in the passenger seat.

What can I say, I never though it would happen to me, let alone when the car was 6 months and 2 days old.

All I can say is how disappointed with what Fiat's response was when I called them, they were not interested and that was that.

My last car was a Fiat Panda 100hp, what a great car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th November, 2009

2008 Fiat Grande Punto Eleganza 1.3 multijet from UK and Ireland


Great drive when everything works as it should


Water leak into the driver's (RH Drive) and RH rear foot wells.

Media player has stopped recognizing memory stick.

When 'radio' has been 'paused', intermittently starts again when engine is started.

General Comments:

Engine (tappets and diesel 'ignition') noisy when cold.

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

Review Date: 31st October, 2009

28th Nov 2010, 17:46

Sorry, but all those "problems" are quite normal. Small diesel engines have a habit of rattling about.