2001 Fiat Punto 1.2 8v from UK and Ireland
Yes it may have some faults/issues, but I have come to love this car
Overall not much.
The only major thing was I had to have the steering column changed because of the power steering system being erratic. Having investigated, it seems that this is a known fault for this car. This was in about 2014.
Had to replace the wiper motor in about 2010, which is still going fine now.
Replaced the timing belt in 2010 as well - just as a precaution - and am due to renew it again any time now.
Bought this car when it was 6 months old, and for about 9 years it was the main family car. It has a lot of space for a small car and it is easy to fold the rear seats down.
It is not the most powerful car on the road and we never overtook many others when we were full up, but it's fine for the engine size. The engine seems to be very good and runs sweetly, even now.
Yes it's a bit basic inside, which I'm okay with, but hey it all still works and it is still fun to drive.
Fiats are generally known for their unreliability and poor build quality (which these days is improving), but I will say this - since owning the car for nearly 18 years it has only had 1 garage service (after 14 years I thought I'd treat it). I have just done the basic servicing myself - normal replaceables - plugs, oil etc. In all this time it has never failed to start and has never broken down at the roadside. I have come to love this little car and will keep running it until it finally dies one day.
Lastly, when in 2017 it got nominated as the 'worst car' by the Which magazine, I loved it even more. Still going.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 17th March, 2019
17th Mar 2019, 20:50
They are still decent, modern, sharp looking cars. Fun to drive. The motoring press always gave them negative reviews in regards to reliability. I tend to agree as most of my other cars (Fords, Vauxhalls, BMWs, etc) lasted over 10 years with relatively no problems, and easily outlasted anyone with a Fiat that I knew of.
My own family had a couple of them from brand new; a 1996 Fiat Punto first model and the updated 2000 model - but both fell to bits at around only 5 years old. Very poor, and we looked after ours as well. But it's good to know there are some good ones out there. What I don't understand is why reliability/quality is so variable with Fiat's when they were all built in the same factory to the same standard...
9th Apr 2019, 17:50
Me again. Just to say that I have now had the timing belt changed, as I am optimistic that it will still be around for a few more years yet. I hope so. We'll see.