1994 Fiat Punto Reviews - Page 4 of 4

1994 Fiat Punto 55S 1.1 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.1 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance49900 miles
Previous carFiat Tipo

Summary:

Basic and sound

Faults:

In early days the lambda sensor had to be replaced under the warranty. Other than that, wear and tear items only.

General Comments:

A very good car, but found it underestimated when the time came to sell it (suffered from Fiat's past reputation).

Have replaced with the same model!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st October, 2000

30th Jun 2003, 03:20

Interesting review - perhaps I have the runt of the litter...

This is my first ever car, bought in 1997 with 20,000 miles on the clock. It's now 6 years later, and the list of works is seemingly endless: lambda sensor, exhaust box, 3 new road wheels (corrosion), clutch, handbrake, fuel pump, and now the head gasket has gone. And the car has done less than 48,000 miles!

Having said this, I love the car.

1994 Fiat Punto S 1.1 ie from Norway

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.1 ie Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance80000 kilometres
Previous carFiat Uno

Summary:

Really economic city-car, with great looks!

Faults:

Nothing much.

Left rear light unit got some strange mosaic pattern on the outside, and got replaced by warranty.

General Comments:

Nice handling, economy, engine, transmission...

Looks great.

Should I get the new model?...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th April, 2000

1994 Fiat Punto 55SX 5-Door 1.1i petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
Engine and transmission 1.1i petrol
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10

Faults:

There were absolutely no faults on delivery, but after a minor crash in 1995 a few replaced items were not quite as well fitted/finished as well as new.

Exhaust tailpipe fell off 2 years after fitting; cambelt broke a week after major service; handbrake occasionally requires tightening; engine flushed after excessive pinking when fully loaded.

General Comments:

It's been a fantastic little car and nothing has gone wrong really in 50,000 miles and five and a half years, with three people and their luggage, in all weathers. Nothing to support the old image of rusty, brittle Fiats.

It has excellent fuel economy and comfort/specification and is zippy if you don't mind keeping it revving. It provided excellent protection in a drivers side-on crash by a 12-ton HGV - it was still driveable and I suffered no injury. I am undecided as to whether to keep it for a lot longer or upgrade to a new model Punto, it is so good. Anyhting that has gone wrong with it is simply consumables , like the exhaust, or the dealers fault.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd October, 1999

1994 Fiat Punto GT 1.4 turbo petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
Engine and transmission 1.4 turbo petrol
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10

Faults:

There is a whining noise coming from the engine at about 1500-3000 revs. I have taken it to 4 garages to find out what it is but to no avail.

I think it might be something to do with the coil or the thing connected to it??

The petrol tank "meeows" also after a run when the engine is turned off.

General Comments:

I have owned a VW Golf GTi but the punto is definitely quicker.

Get one while you can they aren't making them any more soon.

Not many left either!

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

Review Date: 18th July, 1999

16th May 2001, 17:48

In case you didn't know, you can stop the petrol tank meowwing by just opening the fuel cap for a couple of seconds.

1994 Fiat Punto ELX 1.2 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
Engine and transmission 1.2 petrol
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10

Faults:

Electric Sunroof packed up after 2 years. Indicator column replaced. Rusty rear wiper bolt replaced. Engine cut out problems when braking (went back to dealers 4 times! - still not quite right).

General Comments:

Dealer service has been awful! Overcharged me at three year service. Advice - don't use the dealers for servicing. Usual Italian electrical faults.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 26th September, 1998

1994 Fiat Punto 75 SX 1.2 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
Engine and transmission 1.2 petrol
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10

Faults:

Annoying little things, the boot wouldn't open, the lights stopped working, the heater control broke. All this wouldn't have been so bad if the dealer (big name dealer in Lincoln) hadn't been so rude and unpleasant when we pointed the faults out.

General Comments:

I would only buy another Fiat again if Fiat does something about their dealers - every Fiat owner I know says every Fiat dealer is awful.

The Punto is a fantastically economical, spritely, roomy (for what it is) little car. Buy a second hand one and have it serviced somewhere else!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th March, 1998

Average review marks: 6.7 / 10, based on 19 reviews