1997 Fiat Punto 55 S 1.1 from UK and Ireland
For the price it's the best car in the world for me anyway!
Very little at all!
Oil sump replaced due to corrosion.
General service items (i.e. spark plugs, leads etc)
Two new tyres.
Nothing mechanical at all; the car is an absolute gem!
I personally feel the car is an absolute stunner, may be due to mine is fully modified (tints, alloys, lowered pretty much everything that can be modified within reason has been).
Inside is VERY VERY basic, yet I have happily managed with no central locking, no air con, no electric windows.
Handles very well; indeed I've had lots of fun with this car :p.
Speed/power; not what you would expect, put it that way. From a 1.1 engine it's not bad at all; 1st, 2nd and 3rd gears pull quite well, but going up hills can be somewhat embarrassing sometimes LOL. Reaches 100mph reasonably quickly (for a 1.1) and I've had 115mph out of it once going down a big hill :d.
Repairs and parts are very cheap indeed, can pick up most parts second hand if need be.
Petrol consumption not the best I have to say, rather poor actually. I usually get around 300 miles to a £50 full tank, which doesn't seem very good for a 1.1, yet I have got a full exhaust system + air filter, so this probably doesn't help much.
Reliability is unbelievable; this car has now got 135000 miles and it's had no serious problems whatsoever, at least nothing which has kept it off the road anyway, and I do a good 250/300 miles a week!!
My car gets so much attention; it sounds very loud also with sound system etc, and the ladies don't seem to mind it either :p.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 29th July, 2008