1996 Fiat Punto 55S 1.1 from UK and Ireland
Great wee car, if for a few niggles
Back part of exhaust needed replacing at age 7 (approx £45).
Water bottle (?) needed replacing at age 7 (approx £25.00).
Front part of exhaust needed replacing at age 8 (approx £75).
Scooshers (screen washers for the non scottish) fail every MOT and need to be adjusted.
Rear scoosher, and rear wiper have never worked since I bought this car. However, the heated rear windscreen functions.
Lock on the driver's side has become loose or something, so basically the lock slides down into the locked position as soon as the door closes.
Release mechanism for the boot randomly stopped working, and as yet, I have never had it looked at.
Slight rust around bottom, but hasn't spread too much, and is pretty good considering it is 10 years old as I write this.
The car is pretty nippy considering its 1.1 engine.
Feels like it is tilting a bit too much when going round roundabouts.
Inside of the windows freeze up in the winter really badly, I'm talking thick ice!
Overall I am happy with my little car. Considering it is a smallish car, it has plenty of room on the inside, and is comfortable. Passengers have commented on the front and particularly the back seat (where cars can often fail), and how firm and high up it is, with enough leg room.
The boot is also pretty big for a small car.
The only time I think about replacing this car is when I am in a bad mood with my hands full, and can't get in the door without putting everything down (need to turn my key and lift handle at same time), or if it is winter and I need to be out 20 minutes early to de-ice both the inside and out. However, if I was to get the door fixed, and have no more cold winters, I would be happy to live with this car till it was past its best.
I have never had to spend any major cash on it, and love its nippiness.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 25th July, 2006