1996 Fiat Punto 75 SX 1.2 from UK and Ireland
A 'big' and very reliable small car
Only one known fault. A temperature sensor on the engine management system failed, causing uneven low speed running. Fixed by dealer as part of service. Component cost £14.
I'm not (no longer?) a boy racer so absolute performance and serious handling capabilities don't matter too much to me. However, reliability and comfort are getting increasingly important as I have gone right off lying about under cars on my drive in the winter, and can't afford dealer repair bills.
Given my needs, expressed above, I cannot fault this car. It is comfortable, supremely reliable, economical to run and works first time everytime. It is plenty fast enough for sane driving and even fast enough for my occasional lapses into 'boy racer' mode.
Handling doesn't inspire great confidence when pushed and the ride can be a bit lumpy on Britain's currently appalling minor roads and side roads, but otherwise a comfortable, roomy reliable, good looking, durable fun car.
Incidentally my wife has a 75 ELX one year older than mine which is currently being repaired (by me) It has a rusted sump pan, broken cam belt, leaking camshaft cover gasket, leaking camshaft oil seal, and a sticking clutch! I hope mine doesn't go the same way!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th June, 2001