This car is serious fun, I have done 12,000 miles in 9 months
Had a sticking valve which was repaired under warranty.
Tends to go through tyres and 185/55 14 tyres are not cheap. Addition of a K&N induction kit and Supersprint exhaust have made it sound amazing under hard acceleration. The handling is not bad, but could do with a set of aftermarket gas shocks and lowering springs (Eibach or Abarth).
The gearbox can be a bit notchy, but other than that, quite good.
The car revs high at motorway speeds due to close gearing.
A must modification for any Punto is to get rid of those god awful orange side repeaters for some colour coded or clear ones.
The ride can be a bit harsh so the car can tend to rattle.
Also, if you change the discs or pads yourself, all sportings have 257mm solid discs. Halfords sold me 240mm discs.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st April, 2001