1995 Fiat Punto Reviews - Page 6 of 7

1995 Fiat Punto 55SX 1.1 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.1 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired4000 miles
Most recent distance50000 miles
Previous carRenault Clio

Summary:

Great little car

Faults:

Needed a new exhaust at 40,000.

Rear light cluster a bit dodgy - intermittent fault.

Dealer servicing was exorbitant - no problems since changing to a local mechanic.

General Comments:

Excellent all round, and would recommend to anyone needing a cheap runaround.

Comfy enough for long journeys and loads of boot space.

Bodywork still looks in great nick with little help from me!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd January, 2001

1995 Fiat Punto 75 ELX 1.2 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.2 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.2 / 10
Distance when acquired6000 miles
Most recent distance50000 miles
Previous carNissan Sunny 1.4 12v

Summary:

Short term runaround

Faults:

Cutting out, constant probs with the temp sensor for auto choke, clutch replacement at only 6000 miles, the worst dealer service I ever encountered by Arnold Clark!!!

Also injection warning light kept coming on for a while and intermittent dip beam.

Seems to be all for now.

General Comments:

Big improvement on what Fiat used to make but still not quite up to standard.

Dealer service needs to be completely overhauled.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th August, 2000

12th Feb 2001, 12:02

Could not agree more, I've also had major problems with Clarks. Too add to that I've had problems with subframe bushes and rear arms, and also the pipe broke off on the fuel pump and cost over £200 for a replacement.

1995 Fiat Punto 75ELX 1.2 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.2 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired14000 miles
Most recent distance28000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Golf

Summary:

Spirited but tempramental Latin

Faults:

Persistant aircon leaks.

Intermittent N/S brake light.

Intermittant O/S/F electric window.

General Comments:

Very stylish, peppy, fun car let down by iffy built quality and, in our case, appalling dealer service (10 days to get an exhaust!)

Very roomy (Polo sized on the outside, Golf sized on the inside).

Make sure you get one with PAS.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th July, 2000

1995 Fiat Punto 55S 1.1 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
Engine and transmission 1.1
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10

Faults:

Alternator became noisy.

Peeling top layer of paint.

Loose trim.

Exhaust silencer fell off.

General Comments:

More problematic than you might hope for a recent car, but it's still great for interior space.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th December, 1999

1995 Fiat Punto GT 1.4 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
Engine and transmission 1.4
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10

Faults:

Nothing so far, however there are lots of rattles that are hard to locate.

General Comments:

Great value, Electric everything, ABS and power steering. Great fun to drive but a bit of a handful in the wet. 14 inch tyres expensive. Still makes me smile.

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

Review Date: 2nd November, 1999

8th Mar 2001, 06:28

Handbrake broke, glove apartment broke, overheating, lost of boost + power (possibly the lambda probe or ECU or stretching of the throttle cable etc...). The 'THICK' Fiat dealers cannot decide what the problem and told me to replace every part to see if the problem will go away. Says it all really, my advice is don't ever buy one, go get a Japanese turbo import, I definitely will, just as soon as I can get some mug to buy my Punto GT!!

1995 Fiat Punto 55SX 55bhp 1.1 litre from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
Engine and transmission 55bhp 1.1 litre
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10

Faults:

The car has covered 55,000 town & country miles and has only had a new head gasket which was about £25 with all the bolts etc... I also replaced the timing as you have to take the old one off. It was only £10! This car is soooo easy for a DIY person to work on.

The car has only ever had consumables apart from this.

General Comments:

Car is driven quite hard once warmed up and we are very surprisingly pleased with the build quality, reliability and running costs.

The door skins are thin and prone to dings and the rear suspension is too hard and fidgety. 5th gear seems too low, maybe the 6-speed is better.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th October, 1999

1995 Fiat Punto 55SX 1.1 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
Engine and transmission 1.1 petrol
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10

Faults:

New battery at two years, constant electrical faults, problems with the air filter, exhaust fell off at 2.5 years, cylinder heads blew at two years, and needs new rear axle at three years..!

General Comments:

The car is constantly in the garage. Generally it is a good starter but have spent a fortune on the faults over three years so am changing to a Rover 200 or a VW Polo. The Punto is a nice looking car but too many problems too soon.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th January, 1999

1995 Fiat Punto ELX 1.2 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
Engine and transmission 1.2 petrol
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

The paintwork on a lot of new cars has a orangepeel effect. Not noticable until up very close >1".

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th June, 1998

1995 Fiat Punto S 1.1 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
Engine and transmission 1.1 petrol
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10

Faults:

New suspension required after 20,000 miles. Everything else wear and tear only (tyres etc).

General Comments:

Very nice car, esp now it doesn't look standard anymore.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th June, 1998

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