My head gasket blew and took the cylinder head with it at 55,000 miles. A very expensive repair!
The head gasket went again at 57,000 miles, Got quite annoyed at this point!
Suspension was repaired within the last 18 months and needs repairing again now.
Little plastic bits are falling off the interior!
Passenger seat belt keeps jamming.
The stereo won't play tapes anymore.
Rust is appearing around the broken boot lock.
Despite the string of problems listed above, I love this car. It is very stylish to look at and the interior beats any other car in it's class.
The pedals are spaced out nicely and there are so many adjustments around the driving area it is almost impossible not to find a comfortable driving position.
The brakes are typically 'Fiat'. This being my third Fiat I am now getting used to the 'spongy' brakes and know that despite initial fears on braking, that you will stop!
Although it is a small car it's interior size is quite deceptive and with some thought a fair amount of luggage can be fitted in to it! With the arrival of child number two and a long drive to France in the offing, we have recently demoted the Punto to our second car and purchased a bigger car, but we are not getting rid of it!
The car is very nippy round town and can cruise quite comfortably at the speed limit on the motorway. Although is quite laboured at higher speeds.
With my driving I can get almost 400 miles out of a completely full tank of fuel which isn't bad considering I do very little motorway driving.
I find the actual body of the Punto a bit 'tinny' if you can understand that. There doesn't seem to be much substance to it. I feel that if I lent too hard on it that it might dent. I feel quite vulnerable driving it especially with the children in it and especially on the motorway.
The car has been well maintained. It is serviced regularly, annual mileage is relatively low and it is driven sensibly, for this reason I am very disappointed with the problems we have experienced with the Head Gasket and the suspension. I don't know why we have had such a bad run of it, but it has made me lose a little confidence in driving it any great distance. I think the problems we have experienced are more the exception than the rule.