1995 Fiat Punto Reviews - Page 5 of 7

1995 Fiat Punto SX 1.1 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.1 Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.6 / 10
Distance when acquired51000 miles
Most recent distance63000 miles
Previous carPeugeot 205

Summary:

Not worth the money

Faults:

Two weeks after I'd bought the car the head gasket blew, luckily fixed under warranty.

The radiator started leaking.

Had a new heater matrix fitted.

Recently had to have a new alternator.

General Comments:

The car is quite slow to get up to speed on the motorway.

Is very spacious inside and the boot is a good size.

The doors dent easily.

Seats are comfy and the fact that you can move them up, down, backwards, forwards leaves you with no excuse to be uncomfortable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 12th April, 2002

1995 Fiat Punto 55S 1.1 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.1 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance60000 miles

Summary:

Cheap and cheerful

Faults:

The Coil Pack needed to be replaced at 40,000 miles - symptoms were stalling engine and poor running at low revs which became progressively worse over about 10,000 miles.

New exhaust at 50,000 miles.

New clutch at 60,000 miles (a little early I thought).

Head gasket appears to be leaking.

Rear wash/wiper squirter never worked even though at every service I have asked Fiat to look at it and they say they have fixed it.

Door lock covers froze open once when I washed the car on a cold day and they have never sprung back, so you can't wash the car on a cold day in the winter, otherwise the water gets in the locks and freezes.

General Comments:

Other than the above the car has been great. It's cheap to run, maintain, service and insure and is reliable - it starts first time, every time, no matter what the weather is doing.

I like the car - it just has a few oddities - like the wash wiper on the passenger side isn't big enough, the indicators cancel too early etc.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th October, 2001

1995 Fiat Punto 55SX 1.1 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.1 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired32000 miles
Most recent distance81000 miles

Summary:

OK if you're going to buy from new and keep for a couple of years, but loads of problems later

Faults:

Clutch went at 58,000 miles.

Head gasket blew at 70,000 miles.

I am on the third exhaust.

Rear suspension arms at 78,000 miles.

Sump is badly corroded and leaking - very costly to replace.

Timing belt at 56,000 miles.

Mysterious loud squealing when turning full lock from cold after 70,000 miles.

Erratic engine temperature control after head gasket replacement.

Rear windows keep undoing themselves over time.

Front windows rattle when half-open.

Pulls to the left and wears tyres on the inside, adjusting tracking does not solve the problem.

Oil leak not from sump - unable to source.

Wafer thin bodywork very prone to denting.

Difficult to fill with petrol.

Exhaust front section replaced at 78,000.

General Comments:

Nippy off the mark, but runs at 4,500rpm at 70mph.

Roomy interior. Good spec.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th May, 2001

10th Jun 2001, 12:03

This review is bang on the button. I bought a 75SX 3 years ago, with 15k on it. Fine for two years, then, at around 55k, it needed a clutch, a battery, a new exhaust, a new coil, it wouldn't start, needed a timing chain, new discs and drums (I thought they lasted for yonks?).

I wouldn't have minded, but the dealers are all perhaps the worst I have ever encountered. But the annoying thing is, the car is excellent - spacious, comfortable, pretty quick, and still has good looks.

Shame it can't go round corners without the door mirrors touching the ground...

1995 Fiat Punto 55 SX 1.1 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.1 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Distance when acquired28000 miles
Most recent distance63000 miles

Summary:

A nice and cheap little runner - looks good too

Faults:

My head gasket blew at 30,000 miles, got it replaced and it went again within 11 months!

Steering pulls to the left (always has), I had Fiat check it out and they could not fix it.

Timing belt popped at 32,000 miles, but caused no long term damage (even though I had it towed and tried to jump start it).

Intermittent failure of one rear light. Works most times though.

I had a rear suspension arm replaced at 58,000 miles and then the other needed done for its MOT at 32,000 miles.

The car does dent very easily (door bumps).

The heater matrix popped and soaked the interior of the car at 63,000 miles.

..but one of the most annoying points to the car is that the drivers seat squeaks when moving. I have heard of other Punto owners with the same problem, what about you?

General Comments:

Great looking little car, cheap to run and nippy when there are no passengers. I hate to drive it with 3-5 people, you can really feel the loss of power.

A nice cabin and SX models have enough toys to make it fun to own (when it's running).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 4th April, 2001

11th Jul 2001, 03:15

Head Gasket has just blown on mine at 36,000 miles.

29th Oct 2003, 04:29

My f**king head gasket has gone at 38,000 miles and they want £450 to fix it!!!

FOR SALE:

Fiat PUNTO with blown head gasket!!

7th Apr 2005, 13:48

Fiat punto 1.1sx p reg head gasket skimmed twice now any body no how much a new one costs and if its worth repairing.

Average review marks: 6.4 / 10, based on 37 reviews