A cheap and cheerful runaround. Ideal for town driving
There was a minor problem with the driver's door lock. This was fixed under warranty.
The rear washer hose stopped working.
Thermostat failed causing the head gasket to blow at 47000 miles.
The gear box has not aged well.
Although I have had the problems listed, it has still been a very reliable and economical car to own. For a full tank I get 400 - 450 miles.
The front of the car is very roomy, without taking too much space away from rear passengers.
I have a 3 door model and with the rear seats down there is a surprising amount of room.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 14th May, 2004
18th Feb 2005, 05:09
I bought a 3 year old 13,000 miles Punto 60S in 2001 and will sell it in 2005 at around 70,000 miles.
It's a nice car to drive, and good looking.
Build quality has been a problem. In the time I have owned it the clutch has worn out; the thermostat silently failed at around 55,000 miles, which meant that the head gasket went a couple of thousand miles later; the gearbox had to be changed shortly after, and the clutch was very worn at that time. The rear windscreen wiper developed a fault, and the passenger door rattles.
Bodywork has held up fairly well, although it has been parked outside: no complaints on this.
This is the second Fiat I have owned. But I fear that Fiat quality control has slipped. I will not buy another.
I've also found servicing at Fiat main dealers has become very expensive here in the UK lately -- I am unsure why, as it used to be fine.