2002 Fiat Punto Sporting 1.2 16v petrol from UK and Ireland
FIAT stands for Fix It Again Toni!
Gearbox started leaking oil within a week of taking delivery. Dealer diagnosed a driveshaft seal which was changed twice, but didn't fix the problem. Eventually they found rough edges on the casting itself. Gearbox had to be replaced, after a 9 week wait for the part.
Various electrical gremlins. Central locking only works 25% of the time, brake lights flicker on and off.
Plastics creak and groan inside the car.
Passenger seat tilt handle snapped off.
Indicator stalk ceased to function.
Zippy 1200 cc engine and novel 6 speed gearbox in a neat handling, funky looking little package.
Unfortunately the painful ownership experience caused by Fiat's antediluvian quality control standards and incompetent dealers, eliminates Fiat from any consideration whatsoever when I am next in the market for a car. Seems nothing has changed since the bad old days.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 19th June, 2003
Car owned: Fiat Punto 1.2 8v Active.
A well written review, which sums up so many of the problems I have encountered, including poor plastics, poor dealerships, and oil leaks.
The biggest bug-bear of my own car was the inability of the dealer to diagnose a clutch problem in the first 3 attempts (although finally solved with an entire new clutch)
My Drivers seat collapsed twice within the first 2 months, along with the nearside door card, both components were replaced, but I have since fitted a aftermarket eat as the new seat showed signs of the same problem!!