1999 Fiat Punto Reviews - Page 2 of 5

1999 Fiat Punto S60 1.3i petrol from Italy

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.3i petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance81270 miles

Summary:

Great car for city's and out in the countryside

Faults:

The water pump developed a fault and caused the temperature to rise high enough to blow the head gasket.

The drivers airbag warning light comes on sometimes, even though I had the airbag checked by a electronic diagnostics expert.

Small tear in one of the back seats, about one inch in length, but very hard to notice.

General Comments:

The particular one I drive is quite fresh as it has a 2003 engine.

These are actually very fast cars, I was extremely surprised by the performance, you can go almost 70mph without leaving 3rd gear for example.

The shape of the Mk1 that I drive is perfect for modifying with body kits & polyliptic lights etc.

The clutch and gearbox are very well built and feel really smooth and expensive when operating them.

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

Review Date: 5th April, 2005

1999 Fiat Punto Sporting 1.2 16v from UK and Ireland

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.2 16v Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired40018 miles
Most recent distance45000 miles
Previous carFiat Seicento

Summary:

Great little sporty hatch and not too bad to insure

Faults:

I have had the car for just over a year now and haven't had any real problems to date. The brake disks may need replacing soon, as they are stopping to judder when you brake hard. Local mechanic said this was just the disks out of line or may need new disks.

General Comments:

The Punto Sporting is a great car, lively performance and quite cheap to insure, it is a group 7. Handles very well, I have thrown it round a few corners and its really stuck to the road. Top speed I have reached is approx. 115 - 120 mph, that was foot to the floor. Interior is nice and seats are very comfortable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th January, 2005

1999 Fiat Punto 60 TEAM 1.2 from UK and Ireland

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.2 Manual
Distance when acquired51000 miles
Most recent distance51300 miles
Previous carFiat Punto

Summary:

I wish I could have one in every colour!

Faults:

Nothing so far!

Only had the car for a week, after I crashed the last one.

Not given this one any marks, but our 55S (1995) we had for nearly 6 years was very good.

Head gasket has already been sorted out due to a product recall or something, like our old one had done.

Only thing bad is the windscreen gets frozen inside the car. I thought it was just the other car, but this one does it too!

And I can't get the tax disk holder to stay on.

General Comments:

Lovely metallic red colour!

Bought off ebay, passed MOT today, so was quite a bargain!

Has rev counter, temperature gauge and a sunroof!

Very roomy inside.

I'm short, so feel quite high up in this car, unlike the feeling of being low down in a Fiesta.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th January, 2005

1999 Fiat Punto Cabriolet 16v 1.2 petrol from UK and Ireland

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.2 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired26500 miles
Most recent distance61000 miles
Previous carPeugeot 106

Summary:

A rare and fun car to own

Faults:

The exhaust system needed to be replaced due to rust and falling off.

A steering ball joint needed to be replaced.

General Comments:

This is a good looking small cabriolet designed by Bertone and built in Turin, Italy in the same factory as the Opel/Vauxhall Astra Convertable.

It's small 1250cc petrol engine has a double over head camshaft and 16 valves, making the engine output 86 brake horse power.

The performance around town is not very quick, out on the open road it is a fast car, with speed up to 120mph.

The hood is powered by hydraulics using LHM fluid, and is quiet and smooth in operation. All the windows are electric making an impressive opening and closing sequence.

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

Review Date: 13th November, 2004

1st Jan 2005, 16:07

The cabriolet is amazing I love it. the electric hood is great and hasn't stoped woking.

3rd Feb 2005, 15:12

My little 1995 yellow cabriolet has been such good fun, I love it, sadly it is sick at the moment, needs a new ECU unit. Hopefully it will be back on the road, and giving me back the enjoyment I get from driving it around. Hope it goes on for many more years...

1999 Fiat Punto Mia 1.2 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.2 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired18000 miles
Most recent distance35000 miles
Previous carRenault Laguna

Summary:

A pocket sized robust little bargain!

Faults:

Very little has gone wrong with this little car.

Standard wear and tear items have been replaced, i.e. Brake pads, Tire's etc.

I occasionally hear a whining noise coming from the front brakes, but the fault has never been isolated and rectified!

Wiper motors needed replacing when I first got the car due to serious wiper vibration. This was done free of charge by the dealer.

General Comments:

I love the racy little engine and stiff suspension. For a 1.2l engine this car is extremely fun to drive and great going around corners.

I have driven this car back and forth a couple of times to Austria. It cruises at 80mph for hours on end and is surprisingly comfortable.

This car has cost me little to maintain and has been a joy to own.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th July, 2004

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 29 reviews