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