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      02.01.2014 20:53

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      As the headline insinuates, my Punto was not at all reliable. It was a 1.9 turbo diesel and spent more time on the pavement than the road. When it was working it was soooooooo nice! First car, spoilt with luxuries like the big diesel engine, electric windows and sunroof, air con, alloys, 5 doors! Pretty good for a first car, insurance wasn't too bad.
      2 friends and my cousin have all had the new shape Punto, bought brand new, all had many issues and couldn't wait to sell!
      The list for mine is as follows:
      Power steering motor kept over heating. If you believe most mechanics this doesn't happen, but Google and you will find it does! The first time it happened i was midway through a 3 point turn, that was fun. It would go for around 20 minutes then stop working.
      Alternator belt needed replacing. Simple enough you'd think. The belt shredded itself around the alternator. Me and a friend unscrewed the alternator only to find that it wouldn't come out of the gap behind the engine as the spaces weren't big enough. The garage (used them forever, great guys, no rip offs) had to remove the drive shaft to get the alternator out. Oh dear!
      Battery died twice. Electrics were very iffy, speedo never ever worked (never got a ticket and it passed MOT!) fuel guage worked sometimes, various lights came on now and again......
      Loved it to bits but doubt i'd buy another.

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      30.04.2012 12:36

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      Ideal first car

      I had an N reg Fiat Punto back in 2008 as my first car and I absolutely loved it.
      Due to its old age, I was expecting there to be problem after problem with it but for the time I had mine (albeit less than a year due to someone writing it off :(!) the only thing I ever had to change was a wiper blade. Even though it's the oldest, it's also the most reliable car I've ever had and it really turned out to be a bargain as I only paid £400 for it!
      The interior in them is pretty basic and there is no power steering, air conditioning, electric windows etc but I guess this is to be expected given their age. I was particularly worried about the lack of power steering but it was really light so absolutely fine to handle. Mine always ran really smoothly although it did take a while to get up to speed but once it managed it, it would comfortably cruise at 60/70mph on the motorway.
      They aren't bad looking cars from the outside either in my opinion when compared to other models of similar age. The only thing that I personally didn't like was that the bumpers weren't colour coded but I got around this by making sure I bought a black one!
      Overall, I would say this is an ideal first car as it is cheap to buy and run but still reliable.

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      14.08.2011 19:57

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      BUY IT BUY IT BUY!!!

      This is my first car and I can honestly say I'm ecstatic about that. It doesn't know the meaning of failure! It has no mysterious rust spots (like la KAs), no propensities for bits falling off and it's not a bad looker either. I'll admit my Punto, which is getting on a bit, takes a little longer than I'd like getting for 0-60mph, but once you get there it's quite happy going at that and faster. Handling's good and I learnt during my recent MOT that the techy-junk in the bonnet is innovately built in such a way that if the cambelt snaps at any point, it won't take out half of the mechanics with it. Pure GENIUS! It's lovely to drive, with a nice bit of leg room and, on a personal note, a friend managed to fit a double-bass into hers...so it's roomy. My advice to all review readers is, frankly, buy it! Cheap and cheerful as a first car and a family car and brilliant value for money!

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      17.02.2011 19:29
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      It does the job perfectly for me!

      I will speak highly of this car, as most people do when talking about their first car. Despite it not being what I was really after (Mini Cooper) I am pleasantly suprised and even named 'him', Percy the Punto! As weird as it may seem to name a car I have actually grown quite attached to it over the last few months.

      I have experienced no problems except the key code sign showing up on the dashboard so it won't start up first time but never mind, it is a W reg after all. It runs really well although I have heard people say that Punto's are known for breaking down, maybe I just got lucky!

      Inside the car is pretty basic, red interior, black exterior. Nothing fancy but it does the job. It has electric windows ('oooo' I hear you say!) and an excellent heater which most definitely served its purpose over the last few chilly months. Even in the cold weather.. It was -16 here at times, it still drove perfectly and I found it easy to handle in the snow and ice as I am not the most confident of drivers.

      It has all the basic features that you would expect from a car of this age and price (I paid £800!). Considering it has done over 80,000 miles I'm really pleased that it is as good as it is because I really wasn't expecting it.

      If you're after a super duper sports car then no, this isn't the car for you. But if you want something fairly basic but that does the job (and does it well) then I'd definitely recommend it.

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        21.11.2010 21:09
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        Cheap first time car but make sure you get a model that's been looked after.

        I bought my first (and only) Fiat Punto back in the summer of 2005. It was a beautiful Wednesday afternoon and my rover 414 SLI had just gone bang so not quite as idyllic as I would have liked but as fate would have it me and the Fiat met for the first time. As our eyes locked across the busy road i don't think either of us thought much of the other. She was a funny shape with a few to many dents and an interior that had been used to cart around several pounds of dust and I was an unshaven 26 year old male with a habitual tendency to kill cars and drive far to fast (where the conditions allow)

        I checked the make and model and saw that I was about to embark on a purchase of a Punto 60 S, the lowest in the range then. I never did work out what the S stood for, it certainly wasn't sport and although it could have stood for s*** although it's unlikely that Fiat would call a car that. It was metallic blue in colour and had a grand total of Three doors. Two of which were slightly worse for wear. the problem with the doors on the fiat is that they open so wide, practically at a right angle to the rest of the car. This meant every time the wind got up it would sweep them out of your hand and bend them back on the hinges. Nevertheless I was willing to forgive her for the small faults and take her back to my place.

        Two years later I took her to the local scrap dealer with her exhaust hanging in two pieces with much contempt and was pleased to see the back of her. The story behind this shall be explained below.

        The problems started when the clutch went first of all, the car had supposedly only done around 40,000 miles and I expected a bit more. That cost me £130 to replace and have fitted, then it was the brakes front and back only to find out when the rear drums were off that the bearings were shot too. Another £200 down the pan. Mis-aligned tracking, corroded brake pipes, blowing exhaust from the back box and the cat not to mention the god awful smell that the heater produced every time I turned it on. These are just the things I can remember. For a car that had only done a low amount of miles she was nothing but trouble. Every month was another expense.

        The 60 S came with (as standard)

        Sunroof..........

        Come to think of it I think that may even have been an option!

        It really was and is a very basic car. You get a heater, something to De-mist your rear window and seatbelts. I'm fairly sure the seats and steering wheel were standard but don't quote me on that. It had a 1.2 litre engine which is about the same as a pint of milk and while it was willing it struggled at anything over 60mph. The noise inside the car was terrible and resulted in me putting draft exclufing strips inside the car door to try and stop the wind noise, you could hear and feel everything from the road as well.

        Now I feel at this point I should point out that it wasn't all bad. It did feel a bit like a go kart and when you gave it some throttle at anything up to 50 mph it really did try hard to please. You could fling it around corners at speed and apart from some understeer it was very easy to control, I think it being so light helped a lot with that. The tax was cheap though and providing you budgeted for the MOT it didn't come as a major suprise. As I recall it was only group 3 insurance too so very cheap to insure.

        You can pick up a 1995 punto now for £500 or less with tax and MOT but beware because there are an awful lot of poor examples out there. many of them have been owned by boy racers and young drivers and have not been serviced properly as a result. Anything without some service history should be dis-regarded. The ELX is the best model to go for prior to the punto shape change as it has colour coded bumpers and a lot more kit inside the car. if you can stretch to over £1000 then get the newer boxier shape, it's a much better car than the original on a like for like basis. The only exception to the rule is the Punto GT, I've never driven something as much fun as that. If you can get and afford to run one of those then do that instead, you can't go anywhere without grinning like a fool, it's a fantastic little car.

        As an amusing story to the end of my review i did get the chance to turn it into an Italian sports car for the last few weeks of it's life. Some kids decided to try and steal the badges off the back of the car, they took to FIAT badge but only managed to take off the N from the Punto S part whhich left me with a Pu to S Otherwise known as a Putos. (pronounced poo-toss) I had great fun declaring to the world that I had a sporty 3 door Italian sports car! Anyway, shortly after that it was traded in for a slightly shiner ford focus from my ex-partner. I know it's still on the road though so I hope whoever bought has more luck with it than I did. For a first time driver it can be a great little car and if you get one that is already slightly dented then no-one will notice when you bump it into your first parking bollard or wall (happens to us all) Happy motoring!

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        05.10.2010 15:05
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        Well my first Car didn't last me very long. A mere 5 months, and before you perhaps thought this brand new driver smashed it up or that, that wasn't the case, My little Saxo had a Water leak through the roof which couldn't seem to be cured. Since I live in Scotland and it's nearly always raining I couldn't put up with getting Soaked in the morning and smelling like Damp clothes through the day, so this is my current Car.

        The brand or badge didn't appeal to me. I didn't have much money to spend on a Car since I didn't really have much time to save up for one, so it was basically what I could get money wise.

        My Punto is a 1998 S Reg and was selling for £550. I bought it from my husband's work friend, and he said he would take my Saxo off me and i could have the Punto for £350 plue my Saxo. yes, it was a total rip off in my eyes, as Saxo's were selling on Gumtree and Ebay for £600 and I let it go for £200 essentially, but I would have had to spend money on fixing the leak, It needed Road tax, it's MOT was up in December and it was a bit sketchy weather it would pass or not, so to cut my losses and walk away from the Saxo I took him up on his offer - it's now his problem!

        Anyway back to the review in hand the Punto. Mines is a 1.2 16v. Quite a nippy little thing. Still a small car, but a bit larger than the Saxo. My insurance has went up since it is a higher insurance group, and although i'm 30 year old and only have it insured for 3rd party fire and theft I am paying £570 a year for this Car. This is £70 more expensive than the Saxo. Whereas if my husband just insured it under his name, as he has been driving for years then it is around £180 fully comp! Apparently because it is a 16v then that makes it a bit more expensive since it is considered a faster Car - yes, in a 1.2 litre!

        Mines has 5 doors and is pretty spacious inside. 1 of the gripes I have is no Cupholders apart from in the glovebox. In the Saxo I used to be able to wedge a tin of Red Bull in the driver side pocket just right, and although i don't drink the tin when i'm driving, if I was half way through a tin before I left the house, then I could finish it up when I got to where I was going. There is a handy little shelf bit at the side of the steering Wheel though, which can keep my sunglasses and purse. So my wish would be more cubby holes!

        Mines has a Sunroof which doesn't leak - yet. It tilts up and also goes right into the Roof as well. This has adjustable Steering Column, Power Steering which my Saxo didn't have, and electric Windows which the driver side is 1 touch up and down. On the Steering wheel it has the volume control buttons for the radio, but these only work if you use the Original Fiat one, which I had in the Car, but it has a cassette player!

        This is a Petrol and I am getting about 220 miles for £25 at the current £1.12 per litre aroudn here. Most of my driving is motorway and over 60 miles an hour, with a little of town running. i would say probably 170 miles of that is Motorway/bypass driving and the rest through the towns. This has a 5 speed box, and is happy in 5th gear at 40mph and above. It can take 4th gear at just over 20mph and is a torque-y little thing.

        It does the job, is nippy enough, easy enough to park due to the light steering and seems to handle alright in the bad weather. This still has 11 months MOT on it, and if it was to pass or not need much spent on it then i would probably be happy to keep it.

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          27.09.2010 22:50
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          Good as a first car, or as a town car, but country roads and motorways may leave you wanting.

          There is an abundance of Fiat Punto's about, which means you can get a pretty decent car for an excellent price.

          My Punto experience is very much one of two halves. On one hand it was reliable, fun to drive and cheap to run. On the other hand it did have shortcomings which kept slapping themselves in your face every time you thought you had forgotten them.

          I owned a 1996 1.1 Punto S for two years, and it proved to be extremely reliable. Even after standing for 8 weeks with only the slightest turn of the ignition the engine came to life instantly.

          In regards to cost, it is cheap to run. As a plus this has on most cars is that the engine is non interference, which means you don't need to worry about the cambelt going as when it does it won't result in a big bill as is the case with most cars.

          The driving experience is fine, though with most cars of the age, somewhat unrefined. I had replacement suspension as mine was a bit sloppy in the corners, and this turned it into a go cart. I have never driven a car which was quite as much fun in the corners. At motorway speeds there was a fair bit of engine noise, and with a couple of heavy passengers you would be going nowhere fast.

          The only real criticism I had with the car, was a poorly designed exhaust. If you look at a fiat Punto you will notice the exhaust sits a few inches lower than the rest of the underside of the car. This isn't a problem most of the time, but made the car completely incompatible with bad country lanes, and speed humps.

          Even at the lowest speeds a fair sized speed bump seemed to result in the exhaust scraping, which then resulted in the need to have a replacement exhaust every time the car was booked in for an MOT. Considering this is not a sports car it feels silly having to slow down to a poodle every time a modest speed bump or bumpy road presents itself, not to mention being a nuisance. I even resorted to telling friends or family to exit the car before I drove into a car park in an attempt to avoid the costly scraping that often resulted.

          It was this single point which marred the experience. It was a fun drive 95% of the time, but it was this one point that ruined what would otherwise have been a very nice car.

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            16.08.2010 19:35
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            A great car but expensive to repair

            I am currently an owner of a 1995 Fiat Punto, but only just. More on this later.

            My Fiat Punto has been named Max, and he is a 1995, Punto 55 SX, with 4 doors, a boot and is black in color. I have owned him for nearly two years now, and has done me quite well. I originally bought him for £350 off my friends Grandad, and for the price and age of the car, he has done surprisingly well, but there has been quite a pricey amount of repairs on him.

            I have had to replace many parts on the car, including the radiator fan, brake discs, rocker cover gasket and much more. I have a bad problem of the car over heating as the fan once again is broken! Over the time I have owned the Punto, I have spent about £1,500 repairing it!! Since I got Max, I have done over 30,000 miles, so to be honest it has done pretty well and has taken me many places at many times.

            The car does have central locking, and the front windows are electric. The back windows are both manual. There are 5 seats, 2 in the front and 3 in the back, all with their own seat belts. There is an ashtray in the front underneath the stereo, and a push in cigarette lighter. I have a CD player in my Punto, but it originally came with a casette tape player. This was easy enough to change over, well so my brother in law tells me as I had him do it!

            Due to the age of the car, there is no power steering but to be fair, I still find it easy enough to steer the car, even when parking. The gears are always easy enough to change, nice and smooth, and thankfully the gear box and clutch are two things I never had problems with. There is a rev counter on the dash display, as well as a speedometer, temperature gauge, petrol gauge and lights panel which tell you if something is wrong like low oil or the handbrake is on.

            The petrol cap flips open really easy to reveal a locked filler cap, which is nice and secure. The boot opens with a key (same key as the doors and ignition) or there is a pull switch on the floor of the drivers side which also opens the boot. There is actually a surprising amount of room in the boot, which is brilliant for a great shopping spree, and if you need extra room, the back seat fold down flat, which enables you to take in bigger items like washing machines etc.

            The accelerator, clutch and brake pedals are a decent size, so you feel they are quite secure under your feel, and they are nicely spaced apart so there is no worry about hitting the wrong pedal. The handbreak is nice and secure, and the steering wheel is a good size, with a comfy grip. The wing mirrors are adjustable from the inside of the car with a small stick, and the doors open nice and smoothly. The brakes have a good response, and there is a good amount of space in the glove box, as well as on the dashboard. There is also storage spaces on both the drivers and the passenger doors, so you can always have things to hand. I also found a handy little compartment just by my right knee when driving, which was very handy for holding phone and cigarettes, as it was the perfect size for them.

            The speakers in the car are only in the front, so you have to turn up the volume a bit for people in the back to hear the radio or music, but they are not too bad for sound quality, especially considering how old they and how much less technology it would have in comparison to more modern musical systems in cars.

            There is quite a decent amount of space in the car, and I was always comfortable when driving the Punto. I have had the car full and no one has ever complained for lack of space or being uncomfortable. The heating system in the car is pretty good too, you have to wait a little while for the heat to come through after starting the car, as it takes the heat from the engine. Once the heat comes through, it gets very warm very quickly, and you can adjust how warm or cold you want the system to be. This is brilliant in the winter, to keep nice and warm. The cold air is also great for when in the summer.

            The windscreen is nice and large, and has a great view all around. The back windscreen is also nice and large and the general heated lines to remove misting, which works nice and quickly so you do not need to wait too long to see out the back of the car. The wing mirrors are also a good size, so you get a good view of what is around you. I have seen cars with much smaller wing mirrors, so I was quite pleased of the size of them on this car.

            Personally, I found the car nice to drive, despite the hefty repair bills and the hassles of having him repaired. For the age of the car and the mileage I did, I think it did very well. Unfortunatley now, the car failed the MOT and is going to be beyond economical repair, so I sadly have to say goodbye to my little baby and find a new car.

            If you looking to own an older car, or are given a Punto from the 1994 - 1999 range, they are a good enough car to drive, but do not expect them to be a cheap car to own. If you are able to fix your own car and can get the parts cheap, then it is not a bad car to own. I would happily have another one, as I am not too sure if the high amount and cost of repairs was due to the fact that is what Puntos are like in general, or if it was just this one.

            You should expect to pay around £300 - £500 for a Punto depending on the condition, but do have a proper look at it, or get a mechanic to have a look at it, as I have had a lot of expense and time put into my Punto, and I wouldn't want anyone to have to spend out the same amount I did. I still think they are pretty good cars, there sure is worse you could own, but then there is always a lot better too. There is 2 and 4 door versions of this car available, so you should be able to get one that suits your needs.

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              04.01.2010 17:24

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              I have a 1996 punto sporting 1.6, its a fab quick little car very reliable i had no problems with it, the sporting edition, has extra features like the sunroof and electic windows power steering etc, its a good car for insurance of younger drivers who want sportier cars and i was told it was impossible to steal as the key acts like a computer so it cannot be hotwired, i previously had a 1998 1.2 punto and my insurance went down when i got this new car. What i also love about puntos is the fact the lights turn off automatically when the engine is switched off, i love puntos i find them to be reliable and they are not too expensive to run i also like the high head rests but they restict your vision slightly when reversing. I would recommend the punto as a good all round, quality practical car.

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              18.10.2009 16:22
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              A great car overall

              I have had a fiat punto now for six years and it is still running as smooth as ever. Even after 6 years there has never really been any major problems with it which is why i would describe it as the most reliable car i have ever had. As far as comfort goes it always gives a smooth journey and is fairly spacious for being a small car. It is definately a car i would recommend especially as a first time car as it is so stress free and well worth its price tag. If i had to pick one criticism of the fiat it would be that the boot space is not big enough for me as i often go travelling and like to take a bike or something if the sort and i struggle to fit it in. However the boot is fine for most things. So to summarise a great little car that i would strongly recommend.

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              11.10.2009 15:21
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              A fine car in its day and as second hand now

              I am an owner of a 1997 Fiat Punto 60s. This car has caused little problem to me and I find it enjoyable to drive. Most of the work done to the car has been through general wear and tear over a ten year period rather than a bad car. This work includes- wiper motors, clutch plate, suspension parts. I have had the car serviced regularly and perhaps this was a help in prolonging the car's good health.

              The exterior of the car has stayed in good order with only issues arising from vandalism, be careful where you park! The car's exterior styling does show its age now as car designs have moved on. The interior in my opinion still looks quite contemporary and up to date. There is also a lot of customisation available for those interested.

              Performance wise I have enjoyed driving the Fiat Punto 60s as it corners well and is fun to drive. The car handles well and feels reasonably comfortable over uneven roads. It can exaggerate some bumps at times. There is some cabin noise when at higher speeds. The engine has done well for me for a 1.2 litre, it can hold its own on long journeys or motorways and is still small for parking in towns. The car has very good mpg, I can currently achieve 49mpg.

              I like this car and I think it is a good second hand purchase if regularly serviced as evidenced by my own experiences.

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              Great value for money provided you find a fairly low mileage one, service history shows its been car

              Most of these reviews are quite old now!
              I have just bought my second punto, so getting back into the swing of fiats! I have barely driven it so I will review my first punto! It will have bits of comparing with polos in too!
              I bought mine from a local lady.
              The head gasket went on my polo, so I was desperate to find a cheap car having lavished thousands on my polo (purchased for £400)
              The Greenflag man said he knew of a lady selling a small car and gave me her number, and it turned out to be a beauty! It was her mothers car since new, had 64,000 miles, and almost top of the range at a 1.6 ELX. It was dirty and had a few parking dings but seemed fine, and a bargain at £250, even with no tax, and only a months mot. The first thing I did was take it to the garrage and get it an mot which cost £300 for shock absorbers. I think this was due to the lady I bought it from living up a ridiculously bumpy drive! and something else. I drove the car for a several months, and it was just like a brand new car! It was really nippy, and surprisingly only group 6 insurance. The 5 doors are a godsend after 3 doors with my polo, as was the remote locking, despite having to point it very close to the window!
              Driving the car is a little bit like driving a go kart! the windscreen feels huge and it feels like you are very high up. the ELX model comes with most things! mine had alloys as well. The remote locking, abs, power steering, airbag, and steering controls. For the age of the car I think its really well styled. considering when this was made in 1996, its rivals were the citroen AX, Peugeot 106, VW Polo, and Renault Clio. The interior styling of all these looks about 10 years older! and the only real rival for exterior styling is the polo, which has one of the ugliest interiors. Having owned 2 polos and 2 puntos (in my year of driving haha) I would and have chosen the punto over it. Both my polos have had fairly high mileage at 140k which everyone said they would cope with being volkswagens! They were wrong, and both of mine have not been worth repairing, but once youve spent a certain amount its hard to go back! Anyway! Back to the punto!
              Mine was pretty much fine apart from me knocking the exhaust front pipe on a pavement, with my ingenuitive parking at college! This was relatively cheap to fix. Unfortunately, just the week after I had spent £170 on the exhaust and a tyre, disaster struck and my cam belt snapped!
              This unfortunately took out all 8 valves in the process, and cost £400 to fix from a friend of the family!
              The crucial point being here, so the greenflag man says, is that the cambelt must be replaced not just every 70k miles, but if not that then every 5 years, apparently this is a common misconception! hence my low mileage bargain became a bit of a silly mistake!
              Eventually after 3 weeks (if you want a cheap mechanic you have to wait)
              I got back on the road!
              --- Another point, the valves are so rare to find for this model of punto, they had to be shipped from italy! which is another reason for the 3 week wait!
              Finally once I was back on the road, I had slept very little the night before (not due to alcohol I assure you!)
              and had lost some of my spacial awareness on the road! These two combined was a tragic outcome! and I hit a bit of the hedge sticking out, and rolled the car :( The barna-bus was gone!
              Anyway! this has turned into more of a story than a review!
              I eventually replaced this with the only thing I could find, an S reg polo, 140k, diesel (supposedly could handle the mileage) with 6 months mot and tax. First thing I discovered, The steering wheel was loose! resulting in a trip to the garrage which they diagnosed, to cost £400, needless to say I decided this would be a mistake and tied it up, so it barely moves... Safe...
              along the line we had the cambelt and glow plugs done by a local garrage, I told them to not do anything expensive, as it wouldnt be worth it, and somehow they managed to cost me £700 . This was for glow plugs which I could do myself in an hour, and a cambelt which should take a couple of ours, I thought this was extortionate! They then told me the exhaust had burnt a hole in my bumper, I would need new suspension bushes, and several other parts! Not what you expect from a regularly serviced Volkswagen!
              Ive finally decided, I hate this car, and I never want a polo again unless its got a low mileage, and feels like new!
              So! while browsing the paper I saw a punto! £100, and 154k miles, for a start I am astonished a punto managed to get to this mileage! theyre good but not that good! And the price doesnt suggest brilliance!
              I was pleasantly surprised! a 1.2 75SX Its got oomph and will easily nip round! and is only 15hp less than my 1.6 which is brilliant for such a small engine!
              This also has the luxury of power steering and wheel controls for the stereo! which is not something you often find on the SX models. However being a pre 98 model, it has black plastic bumpers. I plan to paint these!
              The car has worn its miles well, and still looks fresh!
              My ELX had horrible Velour seats which looked very old and faded, this model has dark purple/black cloth uphosltrey which looks like new. The carperts are clean and the body is in good condition! I am very surprised at this for the mileage! The car also had a file with every single bill or piece of service history since new! I thought this was amazing, and coupled with the low price bought it without even driving the car myself! I know the guy vaguely through other friends, and he was very honest with me! he said the exhaust was blowing a bit and would need some welding for the mot, Im going to take the car to a garrage and ask whether its worth having this done. He said his friend of his, an mot tester said it shouldnt have much trouble passing the mot. I've driven it round a bit at home, and it drives like new! The clutch bites really high, and the brakes are firm! it doesn't sound rattley at all! I just hope I dont get a nasty surprise! the only thing I did notice was the car has had in the last 4 years, the brakepipes changing upwards of 8 times, as has the cam belt tensioner! I cant find the cam belt as the writing of the mechanics all fairly poor! theres a sticker which has annoyingly rubbed off just over the date and mileage!
              Anyway! the car is similar to my last one, and I should point out puntos have an incredibly hard ride! this was the one thing the polo has over the punto! However the punto is still more pleasing to drive if a little loud...
              I'd definately go for SX over the S level trim.
              However, these days when your buying an mk1 punto theyre so old now the trim barely affects the price! So look out for an ELX as it is a much stronger feeling of quality (much as you get for a punto)! look out for the post 98 SX's as well as theyll come with the body coloured bumpers which transform the car!
              I recently test drove the equivilent model of MK2 punto. The mk1 feels stirdier, and less plasticcy, and the new one seems more designed to be cheap... This could just be me being mentally biassed! and obviously given the choice Id have the newer one!

              Looks wise, the punto is attractive from the back, from the side its relatively ok, and from the front it looks cross eyed because of the small lights and old style fiat badge! I put on a new style round badge which somehow transforms it! another point for the interior would be that the stereo on anything below ELX is quite poor. It comprises of two tweeters in the dash, and two 4 inch speakers in the parcel shelf support... nothing else. Handy for putting 6x9s into a parcel shelf but it laks oomph. The ELX is a big improvement, it has 6 inch speakers added to this in the door. This also has a more stylish door card and looks less like the door of an austin metro!
              For value for money, and a good first car, a punto is a safe choice, provided nothing major is likely to fail i.e cambelt or head gasket.

              Essay over! I cant think of anything else to say!
              Rest assured of this punto comes to be a costly mistake my oppinion will lower somewhat!
              However I remain adament polos are not very good, though the most attractive, exterior wise, of their generation of superminis!

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              Fiat Punto 60 SX




              We have had our little Fiat Punto 60 SX for over a year now and seeing as I am so happy with it I thought it a good idea to write down a little review for you all to let you in on the secret that is this great little car.


              We bought this car at the beginning of March last year from a local independent dealer and it cost us a mere £1,100. It is a wonderfully weird shade of burnt orange and although at first this colour was a bit of a turn off I have now grown to love it and see it as something a little different from the norm. After only having had white cars before it is nice to have something that really does stand out from the crowd and I don’t often see many cars of this colour out and about which is also helpful for people who I know to spot me driving and give me a little wave!


              The car is a five-door model and this I think will come in handy for when the baby arrives so it is going to be easy to get the baby in and out of the car seat from the back. This car is a petrol car and there is no way that you are able to fill it up with anything other than petrol due to the unusual, if not a little difficult, design of the bit where you fill the car up with fuel as it is designed to only take in the nozzle for the petrol dispenser as I believe they differ somewhat in shape to the diesel nozzle. This I suppose is handy if you are particularly dozy and forget that it is petrol the car takes, this however has not happened to me. However this design can be somewhat awkward and a lot of the time I struggle to even get the petrol dispenser nozzle into the car and it takes a while to find the right position to be able to fill the car up. The petrol cap is fitted with a lock but ours has never worked and we do not need to unlock before taking the cap off, the cap though fits tight and there is never a problem of this coming loose.


              This Fiat is a 1.2 litre car and it takes roughly around £35 to £40 to fill the tank right up to bursting. Filling the car up to the brim the petrol usually lasts me around 2 to 3 weeks although as we live on a small island we really don’t drive for long distances and never really do a great deal of mileage. The power of the car is pretty good compared to the old banger of a ford escort that I had before and because of the light weight body of the Fiat Punto the 1.2 engine really does have some nip init. The engine makes no real noise and seems comfortable going high speeds and can get up to a fast speed in a short space of time happily. The fuel consumption on the whole is really very good and a full tank lasts a good while compared to other cars I have driven this one really is cheap to run.


              This particular car however has no power steering that can be a right pain when parking but is good to keep those arm muscles working hard! Even though there is no power steering the car being so lightweight anyway seems to be managed easily round corners when driving and as I say the lack of power steering is only really noticed when parking the car up. This model also has no airbags in the front but this is not something that I am overly bothered about.


              The inside of the car really does look nice tidy and neat. The interior colour is a purple like shade of blue and the seat coverings are that of a hardwearing material that look pretty much still brand new. The dashboard and all fittings are in a shade of grey that just attracts the dust like no ones business but I find that is the case with most cars. There was a fitted tape player in the car but we soon had that out to be replaced with our own CD player. The speakers in the car are fitted not in the side of the doors as I believed to be standard but in the dashboard next to the windscreen. These speakers are not that great but can still be turned up pretty loud. The only downside is that the speakers I had in my old car will not be able to be fitted in this one as to take the fitted speakers out from this car is I believe an impossibility. We will however at some point get around to fitting our own ones in the parcel shelf in the back.


              The seats in this Fiat Punto are very comfortable and can be moved right back giving extra available legroom for both the driver and passenger. This is exceptionally good as we have a disabled friend who gets in the car from his wheelchair and the extra room really does make it that easier. The drivers’ seat can also be lifted up or down depending on the desired height required. Me being somewhat shorter than my boyfriend always have to adjust the seat so that it raises a good few inches enabling me to still reach the pedals and see easily over the steering wheel. The seat belts also have an adjustable section where you can alternate from the seat belt being used for a taller person to a shorter person and this is able to offer a proper fit that I think is an excellent idea.


              The windows in the front of this car are electric and there is two buttons on the drivers’ side door where you are able to lower both the passenger window and the drivers’ window. These however I don’t think are positioned in the best possible place because if it is raining outside but you wanted the window open a little the rain comes in and lands right on these buttons and I always think that if too much rain gets in it might mess up the buttons for good. The passenger side only has one button to control that window that I also feel is a good idea because when I am driving I wouldn’t want my boyfriend doing up my window but I like the idea I can lower his if necessary! It’s a power thing!!!


              The back seats can be somewhat of a tight squeeze if the front seats are pushed right back but if not there is plenty of room in there to get at least three people and there are enough seat belts to cover this. The windows in the back are manually opened and this again is no big deal as it is not often we have too many people sitting in the back of the car. There are ashtrays in the doors, which are of no use as I don’t like people to use them but other than that there is not much going on back there to talk about.


              The glove box in the front is very small and not much can really fit into it. It does however have two cup holders but I tend not to use them as they are rather unstable and we have had a few times when I have used them and drinks have gone all over the floor and this can be somewhat of a worry if you are driving at the time of the spillage. The storage space in the side of both of the front doors may as well not be there at all because there really is not much you can fit in them. They are as thin as magazine and rally only good for putting in some tissues or things that are not too chunky. My mint wrappers seem to go nicely in there and because I am eating so many mints still the car is overflowing with empty wrappers from these!


              The gearbox is easy to use with the 5-gear speed and to use reverse you have to be in neutral to push the gear stick down and slot it into fifth gear. At first this took some time to get used to but now it is simple and easy to use. There is a small loose change pot just in front of the gear stick where I keep putting change for the car park meters but my boyfriend keeps using it up to buy things with which I find very frustrating but that I suppose is the joys of sharing a car.


              The heating controls in the car are pretty basic giving you the ability to de-steam your front window, take the chill off your feet or to simply have the heat bellowing out from every available fan heater. The heat comes on quickly in this car compared to my last and it takes only a matter of minutes after starting the engine to get some heat into the inside of the car which is perfect for the winter months. There are lots of outlets for the heat to come and the car gets pretty hot after only a short period of time when the heating is on full blast. There are buttons in this car to use for the heated back windscreen and of course the usual two fog lights giving you the power to have your front fog lights on or your back warning fog light.


              The windscreen wipers are easy to use with a few different settings that can be set for intermittent, slow, fast or very fast. There is also aback windscreen wiper that you can have on constantly or just flick the arm to give it a quick once over wipe every now and again. The indicators are also an option to use from these arms together with the lights that of course can be set to full beam, normal headlights or sidelights. This is all pretty basic stuff that can be found in most cars.


              All in all this little Fiat Punto is a car well worth every penny I paid for it. In all the time we have had it nothing has yet to go wrong with it and it is costing us hardly anything to run. Both the tax and insurance is very good and to insure both my boyfriend and me driving it costs us only £20 per month. It is fairly nippy and looks neat and tidy driving it around town. I would say this is a perfect starter car for young drivers or for those who don’t want to payout too much in tax, insurance and petrol.


              Recommended to practically anyone!

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                After passing my practical driving test, I could not wait until i buy of my own. So I started saving money which meant working every day. Having to deal with my exams at the time and also spending alot of time at work was stressing me out. But again the thought of buying a car give me what was needed to carry on.

                So, after a year of getting my licence, having worked so hard I managed to save enough money for a second hand car. (Now a word of advise to the first time drivers."Never spend too much money on you 1st car, since you are going to be on the road by yourself")

                So I started looking and doing test drives on the cars that I wanted to buy. But even though that I had enough saved up, most of the insurance company would not insure me because of my age(20), them with thier funny policies which would mean that I had to be older. Also it meant that I had to look for small cars with a small engine and hope that the price for insurance would not be high.

                One Saturday I went to an Auction to buy a car. I did not really plan what make I wanted. All knew was that, it had to be small and should not be Fiat Punto, since I had heard alot of bad stories about it. Anyway as cars kept on passing through, I saw this black Punto. The looks of it was great for the price, in fact I thought it was a bargain. So I raised my hand and bought the car for the price of 575.00 Pouns. After paying the administration fees it totaled to 675.00 Pounds(my pound sign does not work).

                My Fiat Punto at the time of the buy was on 48000.00 miles, M reg 3 door Hatch back, Black with Power steering. A

                Driving after a long time, especially alone in the car was a bit scary, but I managed. I took the car to a mechanic near my house, he did the M.O.T test and said that it was a fine car. But it needed few repairs and replacement of cetain things. As you can see I am not a car expert.
                Anyway all the expenses including the price of the car came to a total of 1000.00 pounds, which was still well below my budget.

                After few weeks I got the Log book, and I found out that i am the 4th driver, so I thought "I'm really lucky to have a cheap moderate looking car that runs really well ".
                It's been a year since I've had that car. It drives is fine, As an owner you just need to do the regular checks in terms of Oil and Water Coolant.
                As of anyone saying that, Punto is not a good car, all I can say is that "You have been unlucky".

                The great thing about the car, is how little petrol it uses. I drive about 80 miles a week and spend around 10.00 pounds. So as you can see it save alot. The insurace too is quiet cheap comparing to other cars. I paid around 900.00 pounds for 3rd party , fire and theft and now I pay around 700.00 pounds for the renewal of my policy.

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                Over all I would advise any body to buy this car. It's good car and gets you from A to B.
                As long as you service it regularly, every thing will be fine. Especially for the 1st time drivers, the insurance would be low. It is also a very economical car. Mine is 1100 cc 55 SX.





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                  I purchase my brand new 3 door Punto 60 SX in the summer of 98 from the main Fiat dealership in Warwick, making this an S reg, the price was £8,800, which included the metallic paint job. Engine size 1198cc. Things were looking good, the car was great, well it was brand new. There were three main reasons I plumped for this car originally. Firstly was the test drive. Although it's only a 1.2 it was still quite nippy, the drive was smooth and the engine noise was minimal. I took it on a duel carriageway to open it up a little and again I was surprised at its performance. Very quick for a small engine initially but once the 5th gear is used the power is gone. Secondly was the finance deal. A deposit of around £3000 and the rest was interest free over three years. Most other manufacturers at the time wanted at least 50% deposit which I did not have, and thirdly they gave me £800 for my old C reg battered Astra which was only worth a couple of hundred at the most. I know they charge top whack but at the time it was the best deal for me. Slowly over the years (yes I have had the car services on a regular basis) it has development several problems. Firstly the noise of the springs on the drivers’ chair is very annoying. The body work does seem to dent very easy and it’s not my driving. The skin seems very thin. The handling is not too good. The front wheel drive and no power steering does not help. It's very heavy on the tyres. All 4 have been replaced and the wear was very bad. I've only done 25,000 miles at the time. And now, the head gasket has gone which cost £350.00 to fix plus the car hire charges and I've got an intermittent squeaking noise coming from the front wheels. I think I would have been better off spending more money initially and getting a better spec car. Maybe I've just been unlucky with this car. I’ve also been hit by a drunken cyclist who caused
                  £500’s worth of damage and there was also the two drunken women who went on the rampage and smashed bottles over parks cars and yes mine was one of them. I understand they were upset at not being allowed into a local night-club. I work nights so the car is sometimes parked in the street late at night. None of these people were ever charged and I was the one out of pocket and breathalyser by the police when the cyclist hit me! My test was negative of course. So maybe I’m now biased based on these experiences but I do feel over the few short years the car has taken something of a motoring nose-dive. The depreciation on the car is also very high. It’s worth around £3,000 to £3,500 which is over one thousand per year I’ve lost. I've still got the car but I'm looking to replace it. Ideally I'd like a similar car is size but maybe with a slightly larger engine, say a 1400cc. I'll either look for a new car for one, which is around 1 year old. Any recommendations would be appreciated.

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