2003 Fiat Punto Active Sport 1.2 8v from UK and Ireland
Fun italian hatch
In 1 year and a half I've owned the car:
1) Drivers window has popped out a few times, coming off the railings, but I managed to pop it back in. Happened only a few times.
2) Power steering has failed about 3 times, but switching it off and back on has solved the problem. The problem has lasted no more than half a day each time it's happened. So far so good.
Love it. Very comfortable, stylish, broom yellow so it stands out and gets compliments.
The 8v is nippy if it's just me and a passenger in the car. However carrying 3 or 4 people the car starts to struggle.
Very cheap to run and economical round town.
Besides the two niggly bits of the power steering and window coming out which have been rectified... the car has been excellent. Passed its MOT with flying colors, serviced the once I've had it and major expenses needed. Only expenses it's needed was for the service.. new oil and air filter.
I strongly recomend the Punto. If you look around for a good one I'm sure it won't let you down. If you go for the 1st one you see it might drive you mad.
Very good solid car, which always makes me smile. Looks great, cheap to run, very good sports kit for the money. spoiler, 15" alloys, sports bumpers front and back, fog lights, sports seats, silver dash, CD player, electric windows, trip computer.
Only thing I would considering changing is the 16v for the extra grunt. Quite hard to find a 16v, but the advantage of the 8v is it's much cheaper to insure and run, and also more reliable :).
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 16th November, 2008