1996 Fiat Punto 55S 1.1 from UK and Ireland
Ideal first car
Sump corroded at 50000 miles.
Starting to rust along bottom of drivers door.
Clutch trust bearing failed at 55000 miles.
Head Gasket blew at 60000 miles cause unknown.
I was very happy with the car, it was cheap to own and insure.
It always started first time every time and had no faults or breakdowns apart from those mentioned above.
The performance was reasonable (noisy and unstable on motorways) considering it was a 1.1 - perfect first car or city car.
It was quite spacious for a supermini, however it was very basic (i.e no electric windows, sunroof, central locking etc).
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 2nd September, 2005
1st Nov 2005, 00:55
My brother bought a punto 55s and souped it up.
10th Feb 2006, 05:32
The Fiat Punto 55s is a fantastic first car. The controls are easy to adapt to and the size of the car is brilliant for maneuvers. I was given a Fiat Punto 55s for Christmas 2005 by my parents and it had just 41,000miles on it. I have taken it from the very north of Scotland to the south in one day and it is a good runner for in the city. Good points are:
* Size - Not too long or wide
* Spacious Interior
* Controls are clear and easy to use
* Low fuel consumption
* Cheap to Insure, Tax and Cheap tyres
* Looks fantastic for a small car
* Can gather speed quickly for a small engine - nippy.
Bad points about the Fiat Punto 55s:
* No Power Steering
* No electrics or central locking.
As you can see not many faults, recommended city car or car for new or nervous driver. I love it!