I have had four cars now since passing my test way back in 2005. My second car was a 5 door ELX Punto which had served me well for two years, the only issue was the reg plate; I was 20 and it just bothered me that my car may look 'old' Now this car was a dream, it only ever needed a bulb changed in the whole two years; the only issue to crop up before I part exchanged it was an engine malfunction light kept appearing and disppearing but this did not affect how the car ran. So as the Punto had been fantastic and the best car I had to date I decided to look for a Punto as our second car as the Corsa was going to cost way too much to get it through and MOT.
Not only did I think the Punto was going to be reliable like the previous, I also like the size of the 'supermini'. For nearly five years I have had a KA which makes life difficult when you want a lot of shopping or you need to transport anything so going for the larger vehicle makes life in general easier.
So the hunt began, we looked at car garages but the cars were too pricey; as I was a student at the time of purchase we ideally wanted something under £1000 but as new as we could get. We started the hunt on Ebay and after a few unsuccessful auctions we spotted a car about 40 miles away, it was yellow (something I like), 3 door Active Sport. The price was £750 for a 9 year old car - not bad at all.
To me the car looks nice, smooth rounded frame with the sporty edge for the edition. The car has a long nose but a flat back which makes life fab for squeezing into small parking spaces; the light go up at the back and the car comes with both front and rear fog lights which has been great for the recent poor weather. The car has the wreath blue and silver badge on the front and the squares blue Fiat badge on the back plus the edition badges on the back and side. The interior is a blue cloth and the seats are a longer bucket type to add to the sports feel with silver edging to the centre of the steering wheel and gear stick. The bumpers are body colour with black grill detail. All elements of the body are different with different editions, there are grey bumpers, different lights and obviously a variety of colours available.
My car comes with airbags in both the steering wheel and passenger side as standard which can be turned off by inserting the key into the side of the passenger dashboard if you have a baby seat there. Mine are currently switched off so the light flashes on the dashboard to remind you when starting the car up. ABS braking system as standard which definitely comes in handy driving around town and putting on the emergency brake for the person not indicating in front. Power assisted steering with 'city' button; now this is my favourite feature, I love it for driving around the villages and parking and when I get into another car I am lost! It basically makes the steering even lighter so a small movement of the wheel makes a big difference. Height adjustable steering wheel and pump up seat with lumbar adjustment to make driving even more comfortable no matter how tall you are. The car has 14" Fiat alloy wheels, 5 speed manual gearbox and spare wheel. The key is a basic one where you put it in the lock to open but the car is central locking so both doors open, the car is imobilised for extra security. In the car there is a handy boot opening handle by the driver's door making it easy to open the boot without having to turn the engine off, i.e. if you are dropping something off or security checks at holiday parks. The car has built in speakers (6) however it had the standard tape deck so I replaced this for my own CD player.
The car has an onboard computer so you can track your milage, mpg, time travelled and odometer reading. The car is currently working on 48mpg which is a good economy for a car of that age but as it is a 1.2 engine I would expect a good return of fuel. Currently with the petrol prices as high as they are it costs about £50 to fill the tank up.
This car is supposed to do 0-60mph in about 12 seconds however it is very slow to warm up from starting. The car normally takes about ten minutes to get past 50mph on a cold morning which drives me insane, not only that but overtaking is near impossible as the car has no get up and go!! A KA is much more nippy and useful for an efficient drive I must say. The car is supposed to do about 116mph but I have never attempted to go there, I have done about 80mph in it as I did not even realise I was going so fast down the road, it does get a little swervy though which is slightly unnerving.
The car has plenty of foot space in both the drivers side and passenger, I have not had any back seat passengers so unsure of comfort. The boot is fab and could fit it hundreds of pounds of christmas shopping so I was more than happy.
The dashboard is handy for putting bits and bobs on as there is a well in the middle, I usually put my radio front cover and phone here; there is a larger well to the side ideal if you have papers, letter etc.; a glove box with ample room for CDs and cloths; and also a cup holder in the central column.
The display has onboard computer, engine temp., petrol gauge (computer also estimates how many miles left), clock and rev counter.
The headlights are also another feature I like as you can never forget to turn them off! When you turn the ignition off they go off automatically until you start the car up again.
The only issue I currently have with the car is the battery. The battery is new and I bought it from Halfords, however, something in the car is constantly draining it so after a few days of not using it the car won't start. This has happened twice in a month now and makes me feel unsafe going long distances in the car.
All in all a nice piece of kit but does have glitches; maybe its the age or addition?! Who knows.
From someone who actually knows his cars. I got my Fiat Punto 2004 mk3 1.2 8valve 2 years ago.
I got rid of my old renault laguna 1.8 in hope to save money on running expenses and i have achieved just that.
Driving this car gently gets me 39 mpg round town and 54mpg on a motorway.
I have driven across France, Switzerland , Germany and other places. It has been so reliable.
If you are able to do DIY and know about cars then this is the car for you.
Every thing is so easy to get to and there is no need to remove a whole load other parts just to get to the part that needs attention. Aventually every car will need a new clutch, brakes and possibly suspention parts or even a new radiator.
Now why is this little car so good? Becauces its an absulute pleasure to work on.
Yes my clutch was on its way out just like any other car but hey no worries. Took the gear box of and replaced the clutch in half a day and I only spent £55 on a new clutch. Try doing that on a citroen xsara picaso. , Ford ka, Mondeo or what ever. Not going to be a plesent job. Again new radiator £49 and 35 minutes job done. Fact is it takes longer to wash up dishes then to do some repairs on fiats.
People run their cars in to the ground then give a bad review when it goes wrong.
First thing I did with this car was inspect the brakes and replace any needed parts. Keep things fresh.
I then changed the radiator as it had a very small leak and i don't take chances. Next was the clutch then new shocks at the rear. Now the chances are that had I not changed those parts it will still work but that's were things become unreliable. Solve anything which could lead to a problem.
The prices of parts are half the amount I paid for renaults and you save so much time on the DIY. So simple.
Next I have red many stories about cylinder head gastkits going. First of so what if it does. The job looks like a dream to fix compared to other cars. Next how about avoiding getting a blown cylinder head gaskit on a hot day in the first places. That's right. Don't turn your engine off and walk away leaving the cooling fan running. That's only going to cool down the radiator and without the engine turning that cooler coolent wont cool down the engine leaving your engine to cook as you leave it parked up. Leave the engine running with a few light revs actually circulates the coolent and when the fan cuts out then go do your shopping. Easy isn't it.
My next job is to check those breaks again and cleanthem up. No probe.
Electricle falts are often caused by owners or privious owners replacing bulbs with incorrect ones and messing about with fuses. I have checked all of mine and not one electricle fault in 2 years.
I heard a lot of bad things about fiats but I have seen for myself. Best car ever is you are on a tight budget. I am a single parrent with 3 kids and any work or maintenance I do needs to be time efficient due to me having other duties.
I will never get rid of this car and pass it on to my son when he is ready.
Hello all people who have purchased or are looking at the prospect of purchasing a Fiat Punto 1.2 3 door.
I bought my Fiat Punto in August 2011 and I've got to say, what a fantastic little car. The car is very economical on fuel, comfortable, cheap to run and cheap to insure but the point that I would like to highlight today folks is that this is one of the most user friendly cars you will ever come across. If you like to do the odd job on your car like the oil and oil filter change or installing after market parts like speakers and stereos then this is the car for you. I was very much the same, I liked doing the odd job or two on the car but I have found that if you have the time and your a little brave then do can do a lot of maintenance to this car yourself and you don't have to have a lot of knowledge about the car do take on these tasks. I myself did not have the knowledge of the car but using the power of the internet I was able to guide myself through the process of fixing the car my self using this website http://www.fiatforum.com/
This site enables you to search your own fiat under the guides tab and users of the forum post guides on how to replace/fix/install and remove any item on the car. With this site and a little bit of confidence It will cut any maintenance bills you may come across so this is what makes it a great car for me.
All I can say is to be very careful before you buy a fiat punto. From personal experience it was the biggest heap of junk I've ever wasted my money on :( within a few months of having bought the car i already had to fork out eight hundred pounds on repairs. I might have just been very unlucky but a few friends have had to 'scrap' their puntos as the small problems soon turn into big ones quickly, unreliable and expensive in the long run if you ask me
I have owned the Fiat Punto 1.2 3dr for 4 years. When i was looking for a car I decided I wanted electric wing mirrors, and a feature that I did not want was the push open rear windows. However these were out of my price range. Overall the Fiat punto is a great city car; It has fantastic view from the windows with no obstructions caused by the frame of the car that I have found with previous cars. The car also had the City Drive function which I never used but supposedly makes it easier to park as it makes the steering very loose. With a 1.2 engine its not the quickest and on motorways with a slight incline you almost feel that you must have your foot on the brake not the gas.
General the car has not needed any repairs but recently the entire windscreen wiper mechanism broke costing £140 to repair and i was informed that this was a very common problem with Puntos. Overall this is a good city car. The 3 door would be difficult if you have children as you have to stretch far to reach the back seat.
My first car was a 1999 (Y) Fiat Punto of this spec. 4 years ago I paid £1500ish for the car and in the 18 months of ownership was incredibly pleased with it as a little run around that would only occasionally have to do longer journeys. I found the car to be nippy off the mark especially in 2nd and 3rd gear but found there was very little get-up-and-go once into 5th in particular - which it may be assumed is due to it only being a low powered car in the first place.
The car I found to be fairly economical even as an 17 year old and would comfortably get 40mpg with a full tank (at the time) costing around the £38 mark.
The car also had the City Drive function which I never used but supposedly makes it easier to park as it makes the steering very loose.
I did not have a single mechanical break-down in all the time I had the car. The only replacements I had to make were the brake pads, tyres and the windscreen wipers which is fairly standard.
All in all, as an alternative to a Fiesta or Corsa (which usually start at a higher price for the like-for-like models) it is a good option for anyone who just needs a cheapish run around.
The Fiat Punto 1.2, 3 door is a small car produced by Fiat and is in the same sort of class as the Renault Clio and Ford Fiesta.
The Punto that I had did not have power steering, which means that to a person that had become quite accustomed to power steering, it felt like driving a tank, as it took more effort to get the car around corners. But this cannot be aimed solely at the car, but power steering would have been welcomed.
In terms of the shape of the car, it is actually quite a good looking car, as it is sleek and compact and quite understated. While this does not make the car stand out, it does make it noticeable.
In terms of performance, the engine is not one of the most powerful that I have ever used but is enough to get you around. What this does is make the Punto quite economical, thus making it ideal for a young or older driver that is aware of the rising petrol price. Although the gear range can be a problem for some people as I found myself having to constantly change gear form when slowing down and accelerating more than I have in any other car.
In terms of the interior, it is rather basic when compared to other cars such as the Fiesta and the Clio, as there is a radio and tape player but no CD player. There is no rev instrumentation, which, while not being essential would have been useful. One problem that I found when I owned to the car was it was very cramped when driving the car. Being 6ft, having the seat all the way back, it was still cramped and almost felt like I had my knees in my chest.
Overall it is not one of the worst cars that I have bought but it is not one of the best. While it is economical the engine does not give enough and should have been given a lot more power, as this does let the car down very badly. The reason I sold the car was I always felt cramped when driving, which I have never felt driving any other small car. Therefore I wold not recommend the car.
I bought my self a 02 1.2 Fiat Punto active back in november last year and since then have been more than happy with the car!
This was my first car so I only wanted a cheap run around so after lots of research I chose to get a Punto and since then have not looked back.
The first thing that hit me about this car was the performance, im no speed demon or anything but after the new 1.2 Vauxhall Corsa I had been doing my lessons in this car flies! Really pulls away fast and when on the motorway etc it seems to build up speed very fast, I was very surprised but delighted with this.
Inside the cabin is a bit basic, the version I bought did not have electric side mirrors so I find adjusting them a bit annoying but its only a minor gripe.
You have the usual seat height adjustment and height adjustment for the steering wheel which helps for getting a comfortable driving position.
My only real gripe with the cabin is the fact the front electric window controls are found on the centre dash, which can be a bit annoying.
There is plenty of space inside the cabin and in the rear, which is unusual for a small car, plus the boot is a decent size!
All in all im very happy with this car, I have had no faults mechanically so far so fingers crossed it stays this way!
I've had my fiat punto for over a year now - i originally bought it from a friend who kept it in good nick, regularly serviced it and didn't drive it like a mad man. It had done 44000 and it is a W plate.
Since i've had it i've done 7000 miles and i have to say that it has been quite a pleasurable experience driving the punto. A lot of my driving is around the city so a little car like the punto takes the sting out of driving in the city. Its nippy and has surprisingly a decent amount of leg room in the back and also in the boot. I've moved house 3 times since having the car and each time used the punto to move my stuff and have found it can take quite a load!
I've had my wing mirror broken by someone speeding down the road and found that original punto parts are expensive - £70!! but i found a like for like replacement on ebay. The car is economical on the petrol, low insurance and quite decent to drive on the motorway. Not to loud in the cabin. A thumbs up from me
I bought my 2002 fiat punto last May, since then i have nothing but hassle with it, i've had a couple of puntos, and i thought okay i'll try another one, but Fiat have now broken my heart, the car is about to turn 8 years old, and is about to clock 63,000 miles which isnt alot, not the kind of millage you expect pretty much £2,000's worth of work done to,
At 55,500 miles the head gasket failed, i had the car back for a week then the power steering motor failed, i then had problems with the wipers, which have now just stopped working altogether, The gearbox failed at 61k taking the clutch along with it, And to top it all off the airbag light has just turned it's self on for no actual reason.
I was persistently warned about buying a fiat by friends, but i was naive and didn't listen to them, Yes puntos look nice and are nice to drive... well when they are actually driveable that is, Now im not normally one to complain i just usually suck it in and repair it, but now its gotten to the point where i actually don't want to drive it as im afraid of what's going to brake next.
If you are considering buying a used car i really wouldn't recommend a Fiat Punto of any kind.
Cannot stress how disappointed i am in these cars, i would seriously consider an alternative, Ford Fiesta seems to be alot better car
I'm going to give you this review from a womans point of view- because i'm really not a car person!
I got my car as a 21st Birthday gift. It's in black. It belonged to my mum before me but is only 5 years old and we bought it from new/
For the first few years there was no problem and it run like a dream. I even drove it all the way to Cornwall and back with no issues.
I love this car, its nippy and gets you from A to B however i do find that it always seems to have something wrong with it.
I mean i know cars have wear and tear, but mine problems seem to all occur one after the other. This year alone i've has tyres, suspension, break discs, break pads and now my power stearing keeps playing up.
I mean no matter what goes wrong with it i'm always gonna love it, but sometimes i just wish i would be abit more lucky with it! :)
It works... but I'm afraid there isnt a whole lot more I'm happy with with this car...
I own a T reg ('99) 3dr 1.2 Punto, and i've had it now for 3 years. I picked it up second hand from a private sale for £1000, and at the time I was quite happy with this, although it was a bit of a fast decision as my last car was written off in an accident and had to quickly find an alternative.
I was quite shocked after the purchase of the car to go through the reciepts and MOT certificates the previous owner had kept, he had a new heater matrix installed which had cost him more than a pretty penny, and in the 3 years I've had it it hasn't once passed an MOT first time. It usually fails on the handbrake, which has been wholly replaced 3 times in 10 years, and still comes with a blummin advisory note every time.
I would prefer the 5 dr model as i now have a 6 month old daughter, and i can't fit her car seat in the back without having to curse the car several times first. i guess 3 doors aren't designed with families in mind, but unfortuantely i cant afford to replace this as i've just had to fork out £225 on yet another MOT failure. (Yep, handbrake advisory note yet again)
The punto has never let me down in the winters though, always a good starter and is pretty good with fuel consumption. When I first got the car there seemed to be a bit of a faff with getting the petrol cap off, although fear this might be a Fiat thing, as have had a lady in a petrol station notice I was driving a Fiat and called me over to get the petrol cap off her Fiat as it was being stubborn...
Boot space is fairly good, I have a fairly bulky pram whcih fits in no problem, and with the parcel shelf removed and guard put in, my retriever has plenty of room in there too. So not bad for shopping!
They're okay budget cars, but i wouldnt reccommend them for motorway usage or long commutes as they are very high revving and I find myself turning up the stereo volume to balance out the engine noise when doing anything over 50.
it's not all bad, but I wouldnt have another.
To all car lovers out there I would like to draw your attention to this keen little runner. I realise after the countless series of 'Topgear' shown on the BBC that most of you will be more mesmerised by the likes of Ferrari 360's and Lamborghini Gallardo's. However for those with a more down to earth perspective, this is a great affordable car that will never fail to get you from A to B. I have the 1.2Litre petrol model. As standard this comes with driver and passenger airbag, central locking, electric front windows, power steering, adjustable steering wheel and an adjustable driver's seat. I find this a very handy feature as you can move the seat forward or back, higher or lower it and you can even adjust the hardness of the driver's seat. There is also radio equipment provided. Having bought mine 2nd hand it came with a CD player as well. The version I purchased is the 51plate model, which comes with a very nice sporty blue interior. I cannot complain! Along with the dual drive it offers a great ride. This attribute offers a 'city drive' mode which proves more than useful when dealing with tight parking scenarios. Give this button a click and the handling brings a new meaning to power-steering.
Now the engine size is optional for this adorable little car. It comes with a 1.1, 1.2, 1.4 turbo, or 1.6 petrol or there is a 1.7 diesel option if you want your pennies to stretch that bit further with fuel. Even still this reliable fiat will not burn a hole in your wallet regardless of your choice of engine as it is quite fuel efficient chugging out a healthy 31mpg with the 1.2. Anyway I will not bore you with the mindless garble of a petrolhead and leave it to you to seek out its specifications as necessary. I am sure you are more eager to hear about its pros and cons...
Well, despite what you may have heard about Fiat, this car defines reliable. Its 8 years old now and not once has failed to start on me or broken down during my ownership. It has its tiny let downs here and there but nothing you can't expect from any car these days. The handbrake cable does seem a little fragile having broken twice although this is a minor setback to the car's performance. With about 55,000 miles on the clock I can pretty much claim this vehicle to be faultless. Even with the electrics, which undoubtedly seem to be the most common let down, I have never suffered any problems.
Now do not let the size of this car deceive you. It may be small but it packs a punch. Its lightweight allows a good acceleration off the line, which comes in handy when overtaking. The City drive that I previously mentioned makes light work of sharp bends and car parks. The steering becomes so light you can literally use your fingers to navigate the wheel. Top speeds are more than adequate. If you're heading on a long trip down the motorway, the Punto will roll along nicely at speeds of up to 90mph without a struggle. But, to be the bearer of bad news, not all the Punto's qualities are good ones. For instance, although it boasts good car parking skills, once stationary you need to ensure you haven't parked within a 2 mile radius of any other car seeing as the oversized driver and passenger doors will swing open independently. Also, with the standard tires that come with this model, it seems they forgot to add the tread groves as in damp conditions you may feel like your taking corners on slicks, resulting in a smidge of under-steer here and there. This is not a severe floor though, being barely noticeable. All in all though, the car has a nice smooth ride guaranteed not to disappoint.
As noted before the edition I bought has a very nice blue interior with comfortable seating. Despite being a 3 door the front seats are highly adjustable allowing plenty of leg room in the back considering the size of the car. There is a neat spare change holder that conceals itself away as part of the dashboard. There are sun visors for both front seats including a mirror on the passenger's side. You will never find yourself uncomfortable driving this car as you can adjust pretty much anything you need to suit your comfort. There is more than sufficient boot space and a roomy glove box. So don't hesitate to take this car out for your weekly shop. One feature I find very practical is a small pocket down to the right of the steering wheel, ideal for keeping your phone, wallet or keys in so you can quickly grab when you need to jump out the car.
Depending on which model you go for the price will vary. The older models such as the 3 door hatchback I own start from around £5,000. However, if the new Fiat Grande Punto takes your fancy, then prices for that start at around £7,000. I have not had the opportunity to test drive this new model, although with its new aesthetically pleasing looks I am sure its bound to please. If you're not looking to buy new, then 2nd hand is an option to save some money. I managed a deal of £2,000 for my car with about 30,000 miles on the clock, just to give you an idea of a price range. As for insurance, the Punto rates in at insurance group 2, proving yet again to be very affordable. This combined with x years no claims will crush that price tag.
Without being bias I think this is a great little car. Ideal for a first car being cheap and easy to run. It is getting 4 stars from me. Sorry for the long review but this fiat deserves a chance in the modern day market so do consider it when thinking of your next purchase. I hope this has been of help. Thanks for your time.
First off, I find it funny how the description for this review is a 'Fiat Punto 1.2 3dr', but the picture clearly shows a 5dr... Just made me laugh, sorry.
I purchased my Fiat Punto 6months ago from an auction in Nottingham, for just £1,000 + £200 auction charge. The car was in great condition (besides a flat tire which put bidders off), with only 41,000 miles of the clock! When I got the car home I discovered a few small problems which may or may not be common in most Punto's:
- The doors were creaking loudly when opened and closed. This was something I knew WD40 couldn't fix as the clicks were vibrating the doors, making it clear the issue was past an oil deficiency.
- I had several problems with the powersteering (a common issue in Punto's). When leaving a car-park I put the steering wheel in full lock and the power steering failed. It came back however and remained in tact. Then later I noticed the steering begin to deteriorate and eventually I was forced to drive on the cars excellent 'city' steering mode, increasing its sensitivity.
- About a month in I took the car to a local garage after I witnessed the engine producing strange vibrations on tick-over. It turned out the engine needed a new head-gasket (£300 minimum). This problem is not common in punto's, but I thought I'd list all issues I've had in the last 6months nonetheless.
Despite what I have written, you have to take into consideration the price I paid for my car and the age (8-years) it was, then determine whether the faults I witnessed were really that bad! - I don't think they were. Over the course of the last 6-months, up until present day, I have spent just over £1,600 on a car worth around £2,000. That's how I've weighed up the positives of my little red punto with the negatives.
I'd also like to let you know about the Punto's features in general, so that you can decide whether this is the car for you or not. Heres a long list of the cars main specification points and features:
- It has a great in-car heater with several intensity settings and a decent amount of vents for channeling the hot air. Sadly the car doesn'y have air-conditioning or climate-control due to its age.
- The car has a decent power-steering system (when working), and the 'city' steering button adds that extra boost of sensitivity when needed.
- The car has an air-bag for the front passenger and drivers seat.
- The interior design is of a grey colour-scheme (though others exist), and the seats are relatively comfortable - acceptable for long journeys of up to 3-hours.
- Their are six speakers in the car, ranging from the front door positions to behind the heads of the back-seat passengers. They offer a great spectrum of sound and reach a decent volume if your in the mood for loud music.
- The boot is large enough for your every-day needs, and the general air-space of the cars interior is greater than most small cars of the same class.
- All I can say about the engine is that it is a 1.24L, 16-valver which is relatively cheap to repair and can be seen to at most, if not all garages.
My overall opinion of this vehicle is that it is possibly the closest car to perfect you will find for the first-time buyer, or someone who is only interested in a small-car for every-day use. The engine could be seen as under-powered, but believe me the car is nippy in lower gears. Its cheap to run (at around 40-50 miles to the gallon), and the interior and exterior are of a high standard.
ive had two puntos now both had head gasket isues and both had indicator issues(wldnt work until i slammed the stork) my first was a standard 1.0 and i now own a 1998 1.2 i6v sport just had head gasket done! i feel these cars are very easy maintaince and is a joy to work on like any car its personal and does need tlc so if your not into fixing your own car dont buy one(although they are cheap to fix!)i find these cars very economical and fun to drive the coil packs tend to go on them and the leads and copper cores reduce the spark so basic maintenence is highly recomended and as for the heads cant say why they go like they do as they vairy with use!but at the end of the day its like anything keep on top of it and it will look after you!