2004 Fiat Punto active sport 1.2 16v from UK and Ireland
Love - hate relationship with my punto!
Cooling fan was coming on from a cold start.
I am now on my 3rd horn, the previous 2 stopped working!
New slave cylinder for clutch to stop a rather irritating "clicking" noise when the clutch was released.
Starting problems - has failed on me a few times although 99% of the time it is fine, however there are a lot of bumps and rattles when starting from cold.
Irregular revs - they drop very very slowly - fiat admit it has a fault, but don't know what it is... surely that's why all cars have a warranty is it not?
Blowing exhaust - getting gradually worse!
Windscreen washer jets packed up.
Quick for a 1.2 - the 16v version is a lot quicker than the standard 8 valve believe me! It is also quicker than an equivalent corsa as I had one as a hire car and I noticed it was a lot slower straight away, the Punto is a very light car however which certainly helps!!
I like the steering, its very direct, but there is a fair bit of body roll so don't try and go around any corners too quickly.
Have had a handful of problems in its first 19,000 miles, nothing too major, but still very annoying.
Seats are quite comfortable and are fairly good on long journeys.
I will never buy another punto I don't think, I do really like the car, but I am forever wondering what will go wrong next, and also the depreciation is just ridiculous - bought new 18 months ago for £9000, now worth £4000, what a joke!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 6th March, 2006