1997 Fiat Punto Reviews - Page 5 of 5

1997 Fiat Punto 55 SX 1.1 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.1 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired28000 miles
Most recent distance42000 miles

Summary:

Reliable and hardy runabout

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

Very reliable and hardy runabout.

Engine quite willing but it needs to be revved to get the best out of it.

Suspension is a bit choppy but otherwise a great car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th August, 2000

1997 Fiat Punto S 1.2 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.2 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired19 miles
Most recent distance17378 miles

Summary:

Superb vehicle

Faults:

Electric window, driver's side, malfunction after 3 years of use. Deal, Sweeney & Forte fixed under warranty.

General Comments:

Excellent car. Deceivingly BIG for the small car.

Very spacious, loads of head and leg room in both front and back seats.

Seat is height adjustable which is brilliant for us small legged people.

Steering wheel is also adjustable so all hazards etc are seen on the dashboard.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th July, 2000

1997 Fiat Punto S 1.2 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.2 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.8 / 10
Distance when acquired19 miles
Most recent distance17360 miles

Summary:

Excellence

Faults:

No problems at all.

General Comments:

Car runs and sounds perfectly as from day one.

Surprisingly big for the "small city car".

Steering wheel is moveable so you can see all lights on the dashboard. Seat is height adjustable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th July, 2000

1997 Fiat Punto 75 SX 1.2 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership1998
Engine and transmission 1.2 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired9000 miles
Most recent distance18500 miles
Previous carNissan Micra

Summary:

Stylish but badly constructed supermini

Faults:

Constant niggling faults. More creaks than a haunted house!

Exhaust baffle blew at just 10k miles, replacement back box £140 at main dealer car was still under warranty but as exhaust is a consumable item price was reduced to £40, I should bloody think so too!

Idler gear wear identified by a rattling sound when clutch is released disappears when depressed. This is a common fault on Puntos which can necessitate a new gearbox costing £700!

Steering and brakes always pulled to the left, dealer failed to rectify problem.

Awful smell from heater when blowing hot.

Dreadful wet weather grip from standard Michelins.

General Comments:

A great shame because the Punto is a stylish and spacious car with a wonderful engine and crisp exhaust note which fails to live up to expectations on the road.

The dealer charges are extremely fierce, I was quoted £240 for a 20k service. If you buy one of these new take it to Halfords for servicing after the measly 12 months warranty runs out, Fiat dealers are unhelpful and dishonest in my experience and in most other cases if you read the customer satisfaction surveys.

I would never buy another Fiat it is a substandard product with awful build integrity. The reason they are so popular is the style and showroom appeal, sadly the ownership experience is about as pleasurable as having your testicles pierced!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 5th July, 2000

30th Nov 2000, 02:42

Hear hear!! I couldn't agree more, I have had similar problems with mine.

29th Dec 2000, 18:58

You've obviously not got into the Italian spirit of things. We Fiat owners overlook any minor challenges and if you ain't got it in you then better get a Ford!

5th Jan 2001, 17:31

With respect to the last comment, if you call living with a bag of rattles getting into the spirit of things then a problematic lifestlye is obviously one of your life's highlights. I bought mine second hand so I was able to bail out of this helpless quagmire of ownership. Buy one of these new and the depreciation would be an absolute killer with FIAT residuals running at less than 30% after 3 years.

1997 Fiat Punto Sporting 1.2 16V from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.2 16V Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired18000 miles
Most recent distance25000 miles
Previous carFiat Punto 60S

Summary:

Junior GTI!!!!!

Faults:

Poor running caused by an electrical fault - lambda sensor plug-end was corroded. Replaced and has been perfect ever since.

General Comments:

Great car to own and drive. Gearing not so great for cruising at 80 mph+, can be a bit noisy. Otherwise good town/moderate distance car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th June, 2000

1997 Fiat Punto GT 1.4 Turbo from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.4 Turbo Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired36000 miles
Most recent distance40000 miles
Previous carFiat Cinquencento

Summary:

A pocket rocket on the cheap!!!

Faults:

Black paintwork faded on front bumper (repaired by dealer under warranty).

Exhaust back box expired (without warning!)

General Comments:

Excellent performance in a straight line!, be careful around corners though!

Very well equipped, a bit unrefined, but all round great fun.

Buy one while you can as they don't make the "turbo" model any more.

Pound for pound excellent value for money.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd May, 2000

1997 Fiat Punto Sporting 1.2i petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission 1.2i petrol
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10

Faults:

Electric headlamp levelling (not that I use it!!) - turned out to be the switch not being connected!!

General Comments:

Hard on front tyres. Needed new ones at 13K miles.

Gearbox can be stubborn. Close-ratio box mean high revs at motorway speeds

Other than that, an excellent, reliable, practical and nippy runabout.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th November, 1999

1997 Fiat Punto 55S 1.1 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission 1.1 petrol
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10

Faults:

After one year, the rear right handbrake cable broke, even though just over one month over its warranty, DC Cook (Manchester) replaced it free, which would have cost >£100! Apart from that, no probs.

General Comments:

Pretty good, looks much better with 15in alloys.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 21st May, 1999

1997 Fiat Punto 75SX 1.2 MPI petrol from Malta

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission 1.2 MPI petrol
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10

Faults:

Temperature sensor at around 8,000 miles.

Rear shock absorbers at 12,000 miles (local roads are in a very bad condition and contain a lot of pot holes).

General Comments:

Good looking car with a lot of attention paid to the design.

Has good road holding which is improved by fitting sportier (harder) shocks on the rear.

Brake shoes need to be changed every 10,000 miles.

Easily dented, roor protection rubber is useless.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th April, 1999

27th Mar 2001, 15:08

Rear brake shoes every 10000 miles do you reckon??

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 28 reviews