1st Dec 2010, 07:45

Fiat Punto most unreliable car you can buy?? YES.


I stupidly bought a new 1.3 Active, and it was the biggest mistake I ever made..

My gearbox went after only 22k of careful driving, and having a full dealer service history, and it cost me 1000 quid to sort out. Fiat customer service is useless; I can imagine all day long it's complaint after complaint; that is no way to run a company!!!

My local dealer is also poor. They never have a loan car or ever admit to a problem, even when shown the evidence :(... Also the sales guy told me within the first year they expect at least 7 warranty claims on every Punto that comes out the showroom!!! Thanks for telling me before handing over my cash (Oh wait, you didn't).

Electric wires in the footwell are not held out of the way, so a passenger with longish legs can pull/knock wire's out of the dash board (Who designed this car - "Noddy?") making things go dead or stopping lights working ETC..

The exhaust on mine also snapped, and my bonnet clip came unattached, causing some real problems...

All in all, I had the car 3 years and PX'ed it for a Fiesta, and could not be more happy with it. I will never go near a Fiat ever again, as it cost me thousands in the long run with missed days at work and the extra cost of changing things that the warranty does not cover :(...

And whatever you do, do not buy one used; you are asking for trouble, even if you are a young driver, look at a Ford, I beg you!!!

FIX IT AGAIN TOMORROW; I would agree with that!!!


10th Feb 2011, 16:10

I have just bought a Fiat Punto 1.2 Active. It sometimes judders like it's going to stall when I'm sometimes setting off from stationary. Does anyone know what it could be, or is it just me getting used to the clutch?

29th May 2012, 06:16

I bought a Fiat Punto 1.2 Active Sport 8v on a 53 plate, which is now 9 years old, and it's done 78,000 miles, and it's still running as tight as a drum.

All that's been changed is the centre box on the exhaust, because it collapsed, so had a new exhaust fitting. £67; not too bad for a 9 year old little run around.

Great little first car. Cheap to insure, cheap to run, cheap to tax, and surprisingly nippy for a 1.2 with only 60bhp.

29th May 2012, 10:38

My FIAT Punto has been running perfect. No problem at all. A nice little car. Very good gas economy car. Thank you Fiat.