2004 Fiat Punto ACTIVE 1.2 from UK and Ireland
Break down after break down
After a week of having the car the brakes failed on me. I ended up hitting someone (not hard) but not the point. This was June 2005.
In July 05 the engine malfunction light came on, so I had another trip to the garage who then fixed it.
August 05 and the horn went so this needed to be fixed.
October 05 the engine started making funny noises, I took it to fiat in November who said it is the cam belt that has worn thin and needs replacing. 2 days after that the power steering packed in and the battery acid has leaked, corroding the battery.
I have decided to take the car back to the place where I bought it from where they are giving me a new car (not a punto). I found the people who work at fiat to be rude and were not interested in looking after me. Other than that the car is semi comfortable, has good controls and is nice to drive. Shame it kept going wrong! I think I had a friday afternoon job off the production line.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 29th November, 2005
I have just read your review on the Punto and I have been to the garage 5 times about the power steering failing. I would like to know how you went about getting a new car. I have contacted Watchdog, Trading Standards, and Fiat Auto, and I do not want this car back.
My car is only 10 months old, and has done only 6.000 miles. I read that you had a problem with your power steering too. I have written to the finance people and am awaiting their reply. My friend has had the same problem with her car, so I encourage anyone and everyone who's had a fault with their power steering to please come forward!