2002 Fiat Punto 1.2 active 1.2 from UK and Ireland


Nothing whatsoever,

General Comments:

Can't believe all the horror stories I'm hearing about this model, specifically about the ECU! have had my particular car from new, have done 27000 miles, and have to honestly say that she has never failed to start once! ride quality is poor, but then I paid £6000 on the road, who can complain? to me at least, she is a second car, and a reliable old workhorse!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th February, 2006

2002 Fiat Punto Active 5Dr 1.2 from UK and Ireland


A good first car for someone.


Electrical problem: The brake warning light kept coming (after 9000) on when braking even though brake lights were OK and brakes were OK. Fiat fixed it, said it was a loose connection.

Electrical problem: The oil warning light came on after the engine was switched off. Resulting in flat battery. Electrical connection problem.

Electrical problem: Various dashboard lights flashed every now and then. unexplained.

General Comments:

On the plus side the car is economical to run, and can be a bit nippy as it's light - plus it's easy to park.

Negative points: there is a lot of type and engine noise in the cabin. Also, the suspension is very rigid - so rides aren't always very comfortable. Problems with the electrics are common.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 26th October, 2005

2002 Fiat Punto 1.2 8v from UK and Ireland


Cheap and somewhat cheerful


Engine Management Unit failed at 29850 miles.

Exhaust blew within 3 months of purchase.

General Comments:

Car is usually reliable and cheap to run.

When a fault occurs on the car it costs a lot to repair and only a main dealer can source the parts quickly.

Fiat Customer Services have taken over 3 months to acknowledge a complaint that was made and have still not resolved the issue.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th September, 2005

2002 Fiat Punto 1.9D 1.9 diesel from UK and Ireland


Funky looking, but build could be much better


Car judders intermittently when in 4th and 5th gear.

The clutch thrust bearing seems very noisy.

Car had wrong gear knob when we bought it.

Someone had hacked the cables for the stereo previously, including the aerial cable.

General Comments:

The Punto has been okay so far. We've only had it for a month. In comparison to a Corsa we had, the interior is pretty spacious, with quite supportive seats. The build quality doesn't feel the best, but it's a relatively young car so we should get the best of it. It has electric windows, height adjustable driver's seat and that gimmicky 'City' steering button, that lightens the power steering, supposed to make it easier to park the car, but makes it feel just like you're steering on ice. It is fairly nippy, but being a 1.9 diesel, isn't the most economical car on the planet, being comparable to the 1.2 16v petrol engined Punto. The main advantage of the diesel over the petrol is the torque - there is much more pulling power when accelerating in gear than there would be with a petrol engined Punto. The engine does seem more refined through the rev range than Ford's Focus turbo diesel. I think the car looks a lot better in this shape with the narrow front lights than the later (2003 -) shape car. I think they made the later Punto look like the old shape VW Polo...

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

Review Date: 27th May, 2005

2002 Fiat Punto Dynamic Speedgear 1.2 16v from UK and Ireland


A fair car, but won't last more than 2 years


All switches are making clicking noises.

Passengers airbag failed.

Fabric on seats stained easily.

Squeaky wipers.

Rear suspension creaks like an old piano.

I can't raise or lower rear headrests.

The wheel nuts have rusted.

The interior light has been loose since new.

General Comments:

A smooth ride on the automatic with good fuel economy.

Fast enough and fun at times.

Engine sounds rough when first starts, but settles down.

Reliable enough.

No good in the rain from a comfort point of view.

After a year everything stared to rattle or creak I could not believe it from a new car.

The dash board came with a glossy finish and reflects on the windscreen!

Tiresome on a long journey and noisy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th April, 2005