2000 Fiat Punto HGT 1.8 from UK and Ireland
Cam belt snapped @ 52,000.
Wheel nuts rusted @ 40,000.
Headlight misted @ 45,000.
Numerous niggles under warranty including persistent alarm faults, steering problems, warped discs, etc, etc, etc.
Fiat Punto HGT. Never, never, again. Awful reliability, overrated car, overrated dealership, overrated performace. Need I say more?
Car is decidedly average with poor handling, tatty trim and lack lustre performance.
A final word of warning. Fiat service schedule states cam belt does not require change until 72K. If you are an owner who has done anything over 40,000 get your belt checked ASAP. After a little local research have discovered this is a common fault on the HGT's. Worse case scenario, new engine, best, at least valve damage and new head gasket set.
If you are considering purchasing... don't! Have owned a Peugeot GTI 6 and Golf GTI previously and they are far superior in every respect.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 20th September, 2004