We have had two different 1.2 5 door Fiat Puntos.
Our first was an R reg and was a nice little run around. We had it for a year and had to replace the battery, spark plugs, clutch and exhaust.
Our Second is a P reg and is also our current car. Again we had to replace the battery and we constantly have issues with the exhaust and is currently mis-firing so assume the spark plugs are going to need a change again.
So very simular problems popping up with the second car so from my experience these are common problems with this car.
However the car is very economical, low petrol usage.
Overall it is a nice little run around though. Its fairly small and now we have 2 children we are struggling with space. A buggy takes up the entire boot. would make an ideal first car or commuting car. not ideal for familys. we will be needing a bigger car very soon
Firstly I should point out I had a Fiat Punto 1.2 Active as my first car and loved it despite its many faults. I think this is mainly down to it being my first car. At the time i was driving around the country a lot with my job, I was a fundraiser for charity and had to travel all over the UK. I am based in the Midlands and was required to travel as far north as Thurso,Scotland and as far south as Plymouth. I also did trips to Wales and back twice a week for many months with this car. Now I want to be fair to this car, it was never built to basically be a reps car and I didnt expect it to be. So perhaps the problems I experienced were down to the miles I covered. I did about 50,000 in 2 years which is quite a lot for a little city car.
My first problem was fairly minor, the windscreen wipers stopped working on the motorway whilst it was raining. Pretty dangerous and irritating as I had to get a breakdown truck to come get me as it was chucking it down and I couldnt see a thing. I found this pretty embarassing.
The second problem was a bearing in the cooling fan breaking. This created a whirring noise in the engine. Very expensive to fix and while they were trying to fix this the bonnet catch broke which was another cost I had to find. Again just another hassle.
The third problem was the steering. I would have a warning light come on and the steering would go heavy almost like the power steering was broken. I have had 2 garages have a look at it. Neither could fix it. Apparently because the power steering on this Punto is powered by an electro-magnet this can break. It seemed to happen most when I slowed down from high speed. I ended up having to drive it on the "city" steering mode all the time just to make it steer like normal.
The fourth problem was a revving issue. Sounds daft but the car would rev when stationary, be it at lights, or even out of gear. First time this happened it scared the bejesus out of me! Its not nice to not feel 100% in control of your car. When I took it to the garage they couldnt pick up the problem which made me feel silly. Especially as a female driver. Eventually it was picked up when I had it MOT'd which it failed. It NEVER passed 1st time. It cost a lot to fix as the CO2 emissions were all over the place. It also needed new brakes and wheels. ( although this was probably to be expected what with my milage).
The fifth problem which was fairly minor but was an issue when it came to selling it, was a red warning light on the dashboard. It was the same one that comes on when you have your handbrake on. 3 garages couldnt figure out what it was. To this day I have no idea what was wrong with it but it effected the value when I came to trade it in.
Also, I did have my car broken into twice. The theif used a screwdriver to get into my locks. Cost me £210 for a new set of locks and and extra £70 if I wanted the same key to unlock the car and start it. Very costly all round. The police did catch the theif and apparently my car was targeted because he knew how to get into Punto's easily. Might be a point worth considering.
Apart from these faults I have listed, I can not give enough praise for the economy of this car. I miss that the most now I have another car. Especially when you consider the price of petrol at the moment, this is a major plus point.
Also the in car speakers were good. Very deep and handled bass quite well. Also the boot space wasnt bad for a small car. I managed to fit 5 people and their luggage for a week's road trip with work reasonably comfortably. The safety points for car seats were a plus too as I have a son this was important to me.
Overall, an economic little car for fuel. Not sure how reliable it would be though.
When my husband and myself were first together we were running around in a car that my dad had bought me for my 21st birthday but when it came to my husband wanting to learn to drive himself he decided that he would like to buy a car that was ours. My dad helped us to find a car and we came across a 1.2 Fiat Punto Active, which had been used as a garage demo model and as such, only had 4133 miles on it at 10 months old. We managed to secure a deal of just over £5000 including them fitting us a 10 CD auto changer in the boot, these cars are available in a wide variety of colours and even have some metallic options, our car was a dark metallic blue.
The car runs on unleaded fuel and is in a low insurance and tax group making it a good little starter car, the combined mph of the car was supposed to be around 50mpg and we did find it was an economical car which in these times is always a huge consideration. The car had all the usual things that you would expect, trip computer, mpg indicator which I generally managed to keep somewhere between 45 and 48mpg probably as I could see what I was getting from the car and I do like to compete with myself and adjustable seating. The vehicle also had the little extras such as central locking, electric windows, ISO fixing for child seats and CD player which is not always standard.
Unfortunately we had problems with this car although I believe a lot of this was down to the garage rather than the make of car, first of all we had a warning light which would come on intermittently telling us there was something wrong with the steering, after a lot of parts being exchanged and numerous computer hook ups it was found that the auto changer that had been fitted by the garage was not compatible with the car and had to be changed. The second issue we ended up with was that the main computer system kept playing up and in the end had to be replaced, the explanation we were given for this which I have no reason to doubt as the garage that told us were simply doing the job under warranty and not where we got the car from was that when a service is done on a car there are certain updates loaded onto the computer system, as our car had it's first service at 4133 miles rather than around 12000 the updates ended up out of sync. Luckily all the work that needed doing was done under warranty so wasn't a cost to us.
The car was a nice drive and very nippy, inside was comfortable and although the boot space wasn't huge I have seen much smaller. Whilst we had the car we had our first daughter and there was plenty of room for all the stuff that comes along with a baby however I would say that this car would not be comfortable for three adults in the back even though it is 5 seater car.
The car was lovely and I really like it but once we got to thinking about a second child we accepted this vehicle was no longer going to suit us and decided to trade it in, I would say this is a good starter car and even a good car for a small family but for the larger family it would become less suitable.
I bought my 2002 Fiat Punto second hand four years ago. I initially had a huge problem with the car. It would randomly decide to rev the engine. It would happen while I was stopped at lights or roundabouts, with my feet off both the accelerator and clutch, the engine would rev as if i had the accelerator flat on the floor and would pretty much scare me to death but as soon as i brought the car to biting point it would return to normal. It took three trips to the garage to resolve the issue as it would only happen when no one else was around (I think the garage owner thought I was mad).
I have not had any other issues with the car, it is easy to repair, i do my own servicing and I know very little about cars so that tells you how simple it is.
I really should be able to tell you that it is a fantastic car which is reliable and comfortable but the issue I had for the first few months has tainted my view of it and I can only give it 3 stars.
Having previously driven an R reg Saxo, I was very excited about the prospect of buying a new car...really I should have gone for another option than a Punto.
Don't get me wrong, it drives lovely (which I'll talk about a bit later) - there's just always something that's going wrong with it!
I really can't grumble about the car when it works well, lovely to handle, economic, surprisingly roomy for a 'smaller' car, all the usual you would expect from a new car. Features on the model we got included Blue&Me which allows you to hook your phone up via your bluetooth to the car, allowing you to make hands free calls via buttons on the steering wheel. Clever!
Ok, that's enough good points...
Flimsy. My god if you breathe too much in this car something breaks. Within a week the glovebox hinge was weakened because too much was in the box (2 cd cases and the car manual - I kid not). The plastic alloys are made from paper I'm convinced, the slightest contact with anything (usually a kerb I admit) and they crumble, usually into the wheel itself causing more damage. The glove box bag is so pathetic it looks like something made by a four-year old.
I know this sounds like it's a grumble for the sake of grumbling and I accept that if you want the genuine quality you have to spend more but I was left disappointed by the overall product quality of large parts of this car.
If it was a little more sturdy it would be a superb Town car, more than suitable for motorway travelling.
I bought my first fiat punto in 2005. the car was used but i got it at a good price for me of £3995, as it had had one owner from new but they had pumped up the mileage over the yearlyt average.
But as a single parent with 3 kids this was an ideal littl run around.
I find the steering easy as i have a shoulder problem.
the gears slot in just nicely.
the fuel consumption is a real bonus as i live in the country so the nearest garage 5 miles away it good that it does between 50-60 to the gallon.
i would buy a new one when i decide to trade in.
like everything sometimes you get a bad apple , but dont tar all with the same brush.
give these little cars a go.
Spirito di Punto they say on the adverts and you have to admit that this little car is a live wire. My wife bought her Punto 1.2 ELX last year and we love the little tyke so much that now I want one. This was our fifth Fiat car so you can imagine that we are pre-disposed to the Italian marque. In the past we have had 1 131, two pandas and a Cinquento and loved them all. Well, love might be a bit strong where the 131 was concerned, especially when the floor fell out and trailed off down the road in a cloud of dust! Anyway the Punto is a four door in dark red metallic finish. Starting from the outside, this car just looks so good. For a small car it has excellent presence in the car park and you have to admire the clean lines and the way it stands pertly, ready for action. Inside the upholstery is dark blue and well finished. Sitting in the drivers seat everything is easy and to hand. You have a commanding view of the road ahead and the seat adjusts for height and distance as well as lumbar support. The steering wheel is chunky and can be adjusted for height. The layout of the instrument panel is clear with rev counter and speedo easy to read. There is also a computer that works out distance travelled and average speed and fuel consumption. An outside temperature gauge would have completed the package but is sadly missing. Radio and ventilation controls are easy to reach and use. Drivers’ airbag is standard on this model. The rest of the cabin is neat and with so many storage compartments that you will have to buy stuff to fill them up. Seriously though it is great to see the attention to details such as this. How many cars are let down by the fact that you have nowhere to put your stuff? Legroom in the back is adequate and the seats have head restraints. Driving the car you soon realise that Fiat are good at engines but poor at gearboxes. The engine is sweet as a nut but is let down by a notchy gear change. If you are used to
Fiat this will not be a problem but you would imagine that they would have gotten around to fixing this by now. The car is nippy for such a small engine and fairly quiet at motorway speeds. The driving position is really comfortable and I have yet to complain of any aches or pains regardless of the length of the journey. The power steering is well weighted at speed and of course you have the famous “girlie button” for parking. This is an electrically assisted system, which allows you to put the Punto into tiny spaces while spinning the wheel effortlessly. There is also intelligent lighting for when you return home. As soon as you remove the key the cabin lights come on and finally dim away. Follow me home lights illuminate your path to the front door and are very useful on those long winter evenings. So far nothing has gone wrong with our car and we have 17K on the clock at present. The feeling you get from owning a Punto is hard to describe, it sort of greets you with a cheeky grin each morning and is always keen to hit the road. Fuel economy is very good with ours giving at least 40 mpg at present. They could have made the gear box better and given it remote central locking as standard but overall you have to love this car as its plus points far outweigh the negative ones. If you are in the market for a small car you could do worse that the excellent Punto.
What a great little car this Punto is! I have only had mine for two days, but I love it to bits. Previously, I had a thirteen year old Volvo 340GLE, which was like a tank to drive although very safe and with plenty of room. The Punto 1.2 is obviously very different! I chose the basic 1.2 5 door in silver because the dealer was doing a 'special' on it: one year old, 'W' reg with less than ten thousand on the clock. If I'd had more money, I might have been tempted to go for the deluxe version with sunroof, central locking and lots of other gizmos. Still, I reckon I've got a good bargain and am quite happy. ~ So, what have I got for my money? ~ I have a 5 door, cheeky-looking hatchback with reasonable boot space. I looked around at other small cars such as the Clio, Saxo and Peugeot 106 and reckon that the Punto has as good a boot as any and better than most. I have a nippy, comfortable car which seems to be a good road-holder. In fact, of the 6 cars I have owned over my driving life (well over 20 years) I reckon it's the best for that. When you corner, you can really feel it hug the road - and that feels good. I have a car which allows for good visibility and will hold five adults yet turns on a sixpence and seems equally good in the town and on the motorway. I have a safe (good crash test results, driver's airbag and adjustable seatbelt heights) and reliable (according to Which and Parker's) car which will not cost an arm and a leg to keep going (reasonable parts and servicing at 12,000 miles). ~ Features I particularly like ~ The way the driver's seat and steering wheel can be adjusted. This is great and means you can get a very comfortable, individual driving position quite easily. The seat is adjustable for height as well as the usual backwards/forwards and tilt - and the steering wheel is adjustable for height. There is also an adjustable lumbar support
on the seat. The surprising amount of power the car packs even though it only has an engine size of just over 1200cc. It really storms away from traffic lights. I haven't tried overtaking whilst fully laden on a motorway yet, but had no trouble overtaking other traffic on a dual carriageway with one passenger. I suppose it will be different fully laden, but so far, no complaints. The feel of the clutch which is very positive and smooth. Gear changing is a breeze. Excellent, positive power steering and a 'City' button which you press for even greater manoeuvrability. When you've got this on, you can turn the steering wheel almost with one finger and can park in, or get out of, tiny spaces very easily. It's amazing! The potential for reasonably inexpensive servicing and parts. I was quoted £70 for a full service for the Punto which is quite good. I have been used to paying about £90 for the Volvo. Good fuel consumption. I haven't had a chance to really test this out, but when I spoke to a friend who has a similar Punto, she reckons she is getting well over 50m.p.g. overall. Reasonable insurance as the Punto is only Group 3. Plenty of room in the front and the back for passengers. This is really good for such a small car. Many of the other makes I tried before buying this one were cramped in the back to say the least. It will be a tight fit to get three adults in the rear seats but it is built for five people (having a central back lap-seatbelt) and I think it will manage it. A good radio/cassette with excellent sound and 4 speakers. ~ What I dislike about it ~ I don't like the placing of the ashtray. Unfortunately, I am a smoker, so this is an issue for me. When I am in 3rd gear, the ashtray is very difficult to get to as it is set quite low in front of the gearstick, which gets in the way. It doesn't seem to have a light on it either, so at night
it is very difficult to see where the ashtray is. Of course, if you're not a smoker, it's not a problem… The lack of a rev counter in this basic model. I am used to having one now, so really miss it. Still, it doesn't matter that much. It's more a habit of looking for it… The sound of the brakes, which grate a bit when you hit them even reasonably hard. Maybe I've just grown used to silent brakes. The dealer said that all Puntos do this and no doubt I'll not even notice it after a while. The engine, although not in any way noisy, seems to make a background sound even when it's idling. I was expecting this to be a very quiet car but it isn't really. At speed, there is quite a lot of road noise if the windows are open at all. Overall, though, I can't complain because just about everything else makes up for this. ~ Would I buy this car again? ~ I would if I only had the same budget. If I had more, I'd go for the ELX version as I really miss central locking and a rev counter - and would love a sunroof. Overall, though, the Punto 1.2 is proving to be a great little car which is fun to drive, looks good and feels safe. I've already fitted some seat covers to protect the original seat cloth, and put foot mats down to protect the carpet. Having two dogs who will shed all over the place and bring mud and rain into it during bad weather, this only makes sense. It also means that, if I have a bit more money in a year or two's time, I can take the protection off (at which point it should be almost pristine again), get a good resale price for it and buy the upgraded version. These Puntos are superb little cars.