1996 Fiat Punto S 1.1 petrol from UK and Ireland
The perfect package at first, but let time tell..
Niggling faults right from the start.
Within a few days there was a mysterious tapping from the offside front tyre. I replaced it and it stopped.
It was a nightmare at the petrol pumps! Every few seconds the car would refuse to be re-fueled! It was embarrassing!
During winter it took several attempts to unlock the car-and the locks weren't frozen!
After 7 years of the car being on the road, a letter came through the post demanding a recall due to worries about the brakes!
The car needed new rear radius arms, which cost a fair amount (about £400 altogether).
Recently the engine has been reluctant to accelerate, and it took several attempts to start it up.
Apart from that its been generally reliable.
It was a fairly well-built car (i use past tense because I wrote it off a few days ago!).
For a 1.1 litre modern engine, it wasn't as economical as I expected. I got an average of about 40mpg. Its pretty slow off the mark as well and I didn't fully trust it.
However, it was refined, and a good cruiser for the motorway. It comfortably drove at 80mph. The seats could be better though.
Ride and handling weren't great-i crashed because the car skidded into the back of a Volvo.
The main attraction to me buying it was its looks, space, and low insurance and tax. Running costs proved to be expensive for a small car though.
After reading reviews from magazines I was expecting reliability. I got it to a certain extent. It was far from japanese standard-but what do you expect, it is Italian after all!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 25th October, 2003