1996 Fiat Punto Reviews - Page 10 of 11

1996 Fiat Punto 75 SX 1.2 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership1999
Engine and transmission 1.2 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired41000 miles
Most recent distance124100 miles
Previous carRover - Austin 400

Summary:

A little car with its little brain

Faults:

Seat belt has got stuck a few time.

Handling - car handles like Bambi on ice.

General Comments:

Very safe and tough vehicle.

Over 120000 miles and still going strong up and down the A1.

Two timing belts... will this boy reach 175000?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 15th March, 2001

1996 Fiat Punto 55 S 1.1 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.1 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired81000 miles
Most recent distance83000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin Metro

Summary:

An excellent Italian thoroughbred

Faults:

My heater matrix cracked at 82,000 miles.

Needed a new oil sump.

General Comments:

The car is like a firecracker with a full Janspeed exhaust and induction kit ideal for the younger driver.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th March, 2001

1996 Fiat Punto 55S 1.1 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.1 petrol Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.2 / 10
Distance when acquired7000 miles
Most recent distance83000 miles
Previous carFord Sierra

Summary:

An old hag in supermodel's clothing

Faults:

Front suspension arms. Fairly expensive to replace and very annoying because the whole arm needs replacing for the sake of a rubber bush that would cost a few quid. After replacing their initial nice, tight and new feeling deteriorates within a couple of months.

Rear suspension bushes. Sounds simple again but they are pressed into the chassis of the car & unremovable. Fiat realise this design mistake and sell a rubber cup that fits over the original bush to try and patch up the problem.

Clutch replaced 4 times (3 times by a Fiat dealer - never again). Turned out to be dowels missing in the gearbox causing the problem.

Exhaust mount has fallen off (welded onto to the chassis). Resulted in a split in the braided hose on the downpipe, again very expensive caused by a part that costs pennies.

Fiat's infamous Keycode system. Occasionally the car decides that the key you've been using for the last couple of years is not the right code thus disabling the ignition system.

General Comments:

I've driven many small cars over the last few years including Puntos, Saxos, Ford Kas, Metros, Corsas and Polos, in my opinion the best feeling one by far was the Ford Ka - nippy, comfortable, well built and cheap to run. Shame it's so ugly.

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

Review Date: 22nd November, 2000

1996 Fiat Punto 55SX 1.1 injection from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.1 injection Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired26000 miles
Most recent distance28000 miles
Previous carFiat Uno 45S

Summary:

A reliable, fast and modern motor car

Faults:

As of yet, nothing.

General Comments:

After upgrading from my Uno, the Punto was very luxurious. I would advise anyone looking for a good first car or runaround to buy this car. The 55SX is fuel injected, therefore it is nippy, most models have foglights and colour coded bumpers, so it looks super. The interior is very luxurious and the seats are too.

Points to look out for however, are that this model's speaker layout is rather poor. You can get 7.5cm mid range in the front dashboard and 10cm speakers in the rear shelf. No door speakers so modification is neccesary to make this car get phat sounds!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th September, 2000

1996 Fiat Punto GT 1.4 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.4 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired15 miles
Most recent distance48000 miles
Previous carFiat Punto GT 1994

Summary:

Beautilful well balanced car which will change its attitude when you press the throttle hard

Faults:

Lambda probe on the injection system.

Leakage from the manifold into the turbo.

Stretching of the throttle cable which meant full turbo boost not achievable.

Front air dam paint lifted but repaired by the dealer.

Minute vibration in the gearbox, which had rubber bushes replaced.

General Comments:

A very quick car which is improved from the 1994 model.

Fit a set of SPAX springs which reduces the ride height and that cures slight handling failings.

Fiat dealers are not great but if you give them hassle they will treat you right.

Always ask for the best price when having a service, they will drop their price for regulars.

San Siro in Welling is a fair dealer.

Get an extended warrenty and use it if things go wrong.

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

Review Date: 10th June, 2000

1996 Fiat Punto 55 SX 1.1 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
Engine and transmission 1.1
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10

Faults:

I bought the car secondhand in Oct 98.

Radio aerial had to be replaced as leaking - not covered by warranty; while being repaired at the dealers, CDs disappeared from the car.

Exhaust replaced, tracking off, so two new front tyres.

Front windscreen washers not working, rear brake light went.

Dents easily. Despite this, I really like the car and would buy another Fiat, but not from the same dealer.

General Comments:

Sort your dealers out, Fiat! They charge outrageous prices, are rude, unhelpful and untrustworthy.

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

Review Date: 8th August, 1999

Average review marks: 6.5 / 10, based on 38 reviews