1995 Fiat Punto ELX 1.2 Multi Point petrol from UK and Ireland
Remote central locking.
Intermittent electrical problem that caused the engine to cut out when the brakes were applied.
Fuel economy was a disaster - 25 MPG.
Radio had to be replaced twice.
Dealer unable to fix the car, a real case of Fix It Again Tomorrow.
The lethargy of the dealer and the distributor - Fiat Ireland left an awful lot to be desired.
I ended up demanding a car of equivalent value from the dealer in place of the junk I stupidly bought.
In short Italians know how to make nice looking transport, but their electrical and mechanical skills do not guarantee reliability.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 27th April, 1998
Your comments are spot on, I had the same engine as you in SX trim. I bought 1 year old with 10k and sold at 20k, gearbox was on the way out and the steering and brakes always pulled to left whatever the dealer did to try and fix it.
Replaced the car with 1.4 Seat Ibiza which is in a different league for quality although the interior is a sombre affair compared to the Punto, having said that it doesn't creak after 30k miles.
I bought a fiat punto 2 years ago, it's a 95. Every month for the last year something has gone in it. First the brakes, the headlights, the radio, the timeing belt, the exhaust my list goes on. They should be taken off the market. Buy a fiat be always on your feet.
I have just bought a Fiat Punto for my daughter with 45k miles on the clock. I noticed during the test drive that it creaked. I hope I have better luck than the other contributors to the survey.
For information, it was a pleasant drive, with the car coping well with humps. Gear selection, while slightly clunky, was positive. The engine ran very nicely up to 75 mph. There was noticeable understeer on corners, although no signs of pulling to either side on braking.
I will keep you posted if I have any problems.
Having problems with radio coming on by itself when not in use.