2002 Fiat Punto Reviews - Page 9 of 10

2002 Fiat Punto Go 1.2 8v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.2 8v Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired16 miles
Most recent distance3450 miles
Previous carFiat Uno

Summary:

A good car, but I'm waiting for the faults to come!!!

Faults:

The dashboard display has recently become faulty. When turning off the ignition and leaving the car, any combination of dashboard lights (eg., park brake, oil warning lamp etc) remain ON. Similarly, the temperature gauge shoots straight up to mid-way even when the engine is cold. Dealer will be looking at this fault next week and has admitted that I am the 4th person to visit them with this common computer-based fault.

General Comments:

Many feel the new Punto is not comfortable. I find it very comfortable and adore the driving position with the height-adjustable driver's seat and steering-wheel. The power steering is just right (not too light, not too heavy). This is assisted in car-parks by the extremely light "City" mode which you have to remember to switch off when you hit the main road (otherwise you would end up in ditch).

The front wipers sometimes make a funny clicking noise. The engine performs well for a 1.2 8 valve. However, I have had slow starting on cold mornings (the starter motor turns a little slow, but it always starts). Also, I wonder when the day will come when Fiat will seek advise on how to manufacture reliable electrics. Overall, I'm pleased with the car, but fear faults occuring in the future - especially electrical ones.

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

Review Date: 16th November, 2002

2002 Fiat Punto ELX Speedgear 16v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 16v Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired16 miles
Most recent distance2000 miles
Previous carFiat Panda

Summary:

A cool car, nice looking and nice to drive

Faults:

Squeak from the rear, fixed, I have been told it was the hand-brake's cable that needed for lubrication

Noise from the steering column, fixed, bolt out of alignment and centered by FIAT service

One line on the rear window is not heating, I am still waiting to get the rear window changed, to get the other problems fixed I had to wait 3 weeks to get booked...

General Comments:

The car is fantastic, for the price you pay, you get fun with no limit.

The C.V.T. gearbox works nice and what impressed me is that even if you are already going fast, with the economy button off, if you push the accelerator down, over the point it becomes harder to push (Kickdown function) the engine goes at 6000rpm, but you get a real sense of acceleration like you are driving a 2000cc petrol...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th October, 2002

9th Feb 2008, 06:14

I have just bought Fiat Punto 1.2 ELX speedgear Auto and so far I am really impressed with it. I had to downsize as fed up repeatedly re-fuelling my big VOLVO 2.0 Auto. I think the Punto is really nippy, I love the City button for ilght steering (very easy to park) and it's a very smooth drive. I have been driving around town for hours and petrol gauge only just beginning to move! I think it has everything I need for a small family car that's mainly used for trips around town etc.

2002 Fiat Punto Active Sport 1.2 8v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.2 8v Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.5 / 10
Distance when acquired11 miles
Most recent distance140 miles
Previous carFord Orion

Summary:

This is a beautifully-styled, nippy little bargain!

General Comments:

This car is simply a dream to drive.

After owning a several diesel cars with their ability to hardly-ever stall, I was scared that getting into a small-engined petrol car would take a lot of getting used to.

However, there was no problem what-so-ever and I can even trundle along in traffic jams with the clutch up and no throttle!

I spent a long time searching before I found this car, and can say without any doubt that this is seriously well equipped for the money.

The CD sounds lovely with a deep, rich bass and is easily heard over this extremely quiet engine.

The steering is very tight and responsive and the 'dual-drive' power-steering makes parking incredibly easy even though you'll never need to use the 'city' setting.

The almost-bucket style seats are beautifully comfortable.

The only draw-back I can find is that the rear view is quite restrictive, especially looking over your right shoulder.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th September, 2002

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 37 reviews