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      27.07.2012 15:49

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      Mine was a 2004 1.2l 3 door Fiat Punto in Grey. I bought it in 2005 and traded it in about a year ago. I must admit I didn't put much thought into the purchase. I worked near a Fiat garage and liked the look of this car - it had alloys and looked nice and shiny (maybe not the best way to choose a car!).
      Having 3 doors was always a nuisance but I guess it's my fault for not buying the 5 door version - I always think the 3 door looks better styled though.

      The car broke down on me a few of times. One particular incident I remember was the radiator overheating and boiling over on the motorway! The clutch also went at one point and the exhaust fell off! Many of my other cars have been fiestas and I don't think I've ever had one stop moving on me. Yes things happen likes clutches and exhausts but they tend to give a warning rather than causing the car to just suddenly brake down like Fiats. I did have one other Fiat (a Panda) and the head gasket went so I'm not particularly fond of them.

      There are a number of acronyms for FIAT which garages told me about when I've taken them with problems;
      Fix It Again Tomorrow
      F$*k It And Thumb
      Failure In Automotive Technology
      Feeble Italian Attempt at Transportation

      There's loads more if you google it.

      I'm trying to think of something positive to say about it but really can't think of much.
      Fiat's depreciate very quickly as well, I paid about 5k for the car but got very little when I traded it in.
      Fiats are also prone to rolling down hills if you leave the handbrake off (erm.. maybe this is driver error rather than the car)!

      In summary, I wouldn't recommend a Fiat Punto or any other Fiat for that matter.

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      04.05.2012 19:27

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      great car!

      I decided that after my first old run about car i would get myself a new one, on finance, as i couldnt afford to just buy on.
      Anyway, Fiat were offering punto Evo 2010 new in with 0% finance over 3 years. It was acid blue 5 door. I thought it looked brilliant and had new stop start technology, bluetooth, usb ports :) I just had to have it! The bluetooth connection is brilliant, as its a built in hands free- through the car. Stop start, i first thought would also be good, as when you are stopped, or at lights, etc, if you put the car in neutral it cuts the engine so saving petrol, then when you go back into gear it re starts.

      BUT- a few weeks into having the new car the stop start begun playing up, it would work but then when i went back into gear-it would not come back on, and then sometimes when i went into neutral to change it would go on :S it was quite dangerous, so i have it llooked at by Fiat, which they had for a week, then when they had checked it over said there was nothing wrong. But since this it has been fine.

      The general look of the car i think is much more new and funky looking than the older punto cars. the lights at the front look slightly cat eye style as they are upslanted and quite big then on the back they go downside the boot.
      The front also features a black think bumper deatil as something extra.

      Generally all in all i love the punto evo. I think it looks great, it is a medium sized car, although the back of the car isnt great for 3 adults sat together :( but 2 people is better :) The boot is also quite tiny, compared to others, but i think with the style of the car a big boot would be quite odd. But for myself it is fine. I drive to university for days a week and 2 work 3days a week and on average i use aound 20-30pounds worth of petrol. The tax is 120 yearly which is not too bad also.

      Hope this is helpful :)

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      20.01.2012 13:45

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      all round good little car

      I purchased a brand new Punto Evo My Life, & i must say got a very good deal at my local Fiat dealer. I am very happy at most with the car but there are a few good & bad thigns to point out;

      Good; it's very spacious. Has bluetooth. MP3 socket. built in socket for a Fiat TomTom sat nav. lots on info available on the screen regarding mileage, fuel consumption etc. City driving switch, I especially like the stop option so the engine switches itself off when you stop at a junction or other to save fuel etc.

      Bad; Upon folding down the rear seats (which do not split unfortunately) the seat came out of it's socket & was very hard to get back in. The handy little cubby hole on dash is very temperamentle & never opens on first attempt. The Fiat TomTom sat nav is very expensive. Although it is only a 1.2 ltr engine, it does take a while to get up to any speed, but once there is great.

      To conclude I am very happy with my Evo Life & would recommend to anyone only wanting a little run-around for town driving.

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      08.08.2011 16:28
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      A solid buy

      I've had a Fiat Punto for about 2 years now, it's not brand new (2002 plate) but was in good condition when I bought it and I took it for a test drive and thought it was lovely to drive. I had previously had a Ford Fiesta, and when that went to car heaven I needed a reliable replacement because at the time I was doing about 400 miles a week.

      I've only ever driven small cars, so I wanted something compact but sturdy. Some smaller cars are great for parking in tight spaces, but you do wonder how well they would hold out if you had an accident. The Punto seems solid and after hours of research by my partner we had it in mind that my next car would be a Punto.

      My Punto was bought privately and had a good service history, so I knew it was in good condition from the start. I loved the smooth drive and the interior is really smart (they're usually blue inside). The dashboard has the usual speedometer, mileage counter, and petrol gauge. It also tells you when a lightbulb has gone, this is probably fairly standard in most cars but not something I'd ever had before so I was pleased. There were some nice features like drinks holders and a little shelf for your money which comes in handy in multi-storey car parks.

      The Punto is a nice smooth drive, and reaches a good speed on the motorway without having to press the accelerator to the floor. It has a City Driving feature, which is supposed to be used when driving round town and for parking etc, but I used it once then didn't bother again as it was a bit over-sensitive and meant I couldn't judge my parking very well. I think this is probably just a case of getting used to using it.

      I've had a couple of problems with my Punto, including the head gasket (very expensive) and the gearbox (very expensive). I honestly couldn't say whether this was just bad timing on my behalf, that when I bought the car it was at a certain age where all its problems were ahead of it, or if they are unrealiable cars. I think I am partly to blame for the problems I've had because I can be a little relaxed when it comes to getting cars serviced, so whatever car you have it's unlikely to go on forever without needing a little attention.

      It's been a while since I've had any issues though (touch wood!), and my car has now clocked over 100,000 miles. Hopefully if I continue to look after it, I'll get a few more miles out of it yet.

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      09.06.2011 17:27

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      Great car to drive, really efficient and with a great entertainment system.

      I have had my Fiat Punto Active 1.4l car from new since October 2009. The car is really comfortable compared to other cars I have driven but the main advantage of the car is the 'blue and me' hands free system that comes pre-installed in the car. The blue and me system allows the driver to control the radio/cd/mp3 player from the steering wheel and includes volume control. Personally this comes in most handy when I'm in the car with my partner and we are having a conversation. I can instantly turn the volume down (or up depending on the conversation). Furthermore, the system allows you to connect a mobile phone via bluetooth, which can be controlled through the steering wheel, which includes a button for voice activation. This allows you to dial a specific number. This is an excellent feature of an excellent car, which is smooth to drive and great on fuel consumption. I regularly make a 55 mile journey on around 8 litres of fuel or less.

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      12.02.2010 12:17
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      A great car best of the small cars!

      Well I've decided to write a review about my Fiat punto it's a 1.3 Multijet Active 3 door. I've had this car since June 09 and I totally love it!!

      My previous car was another punto a T reg 60 S, I looked into lots of small cars Peugeot 106's Ford KA's and Micras as I needed something cheap to insure but I decided on another fiat. This car is my 3rd Fiat and I can't rate them highly enough.
      My punto is on an '04 plate and when I bought it had 96000 miles on the clock was px at a posh garage and they wanted rid of it so it was a great price. When I went to pick up the car I had to drive it home the journey home was 70 miles.
      My first impressions was that it was very comfy compared to my old punto. The interior it's by no means amazing but I wasn't expecting luxury!
      The engine is the 1.3 Multijet JTD and I must admit I love it! It's really nippy the turbo really helps.
      I spend a lot of my time driving and this car has never let me down. I jumped in it and drove to the Highlands and it was not a problem, it does 70 easily on the motorway the ride is comfy and not really noisy. I also drive on country roads a lot and this car really is great it copes well with little roads the steering in light and responsive and despite there being a bit of lag of the turbo it picks up really well.
      The City button is great for town driving and parking it makes it easier, although it's only to be used for this had a scary experience at 70 when my friend switched it on to see what it did!

      I would recommend this car to anyone, it's a really nice little car top of it's class a lot nicer than all the Micras and KA's I drove!
      Fiat really have got this right and it's fabulous!
      I've done about 4000 miles in this car since I got it and it's never missed a beat!

      The MPG is fabulous getting between 55-60MPG and that's not driving it nicely.. Also being a small diesel this car falls into a low emmisions bracket and so the road tax is only £30 per year.

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      28.01.2010 20:13

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      I have had my fiat punto (lucy) she is 13 in july bless her she has been such a good reliable car i travel up and down the motorway and love it when my lucy over takes posh faster cars ha. unfortunatly she is old now and bits of this and that are failing just ad new clutch, exaust and she sounds a bit rough. I want to trade her in for retirement now but don't think i will ever get a car as faithfull lol. you think i'm mad not really but it was my first car and the first fiat in the family i have never regreted it and want another one now. jill

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      02.11.2009 23:19

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      great car

      i have a fiat punto dynamic 2007 at the moment with a 1.2 litre engine at the moment we were looking for something that was nearly new yet not too expensive. I have now had it just over a year and its a cracking little car, and when i say little its actually really roomy inside, its 5 dr and seems like there is more room inside than my partners audi which is a decent sized car. I find it takes a while to build up speed due to its 1.2 engine but its a cracking motor and the only fault i can find with it is to the side of the windscreen the reinforced pillar things (dont no what they are called sorry) tend to get in the way on tight corners but you only have to move your head a few inches and you can see clearly and at the end of the day it is a safety feature and i believe although dont quote me on this that this car actually won awards on safety and having a 3 yr old that is quite reassuring also when i first got the car the boot seemed really small but iv never had a problem on that score we can fit 2 huge suitcases and 3 small cabin cases in to go abroad and also fits all my shopping in which can be a lot

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      25.10.2009 19:27
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      lovely to drive

      I purhcased my 54 plate 3 door Fiat Punto 1.4 sporting (bright yellow) a little over a year ago, I love the city driving option, its great its like steering a bubble, my dad has a golf gti and even he was impressed with how smooth the fiat is to drive. Silly little problems i have had are, the drivers visor has broken for no apparent reason but soon rectified with the help of jamming a one pence piece in, i do find that the heat control switch sticks some times and can de difficult to turn, and there is a light that tends to come on in the winter on the dash board a car with a lock through it, havent really got a clue what it means but if i turn the ignition off and restart it again the light normally goes off and the car hasnt shown any other problems. Not very powerful going up hills. As a 35 year old lady i love this car

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        14.03.2009 17:53
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        sleek small car to save you moeny in the credit crunch

        Fiat Grande Punto Dynamic multi jet diesel 1.3, 16v in crossover black

        In October I decided I needed a new car as I had had my old car since new for over 6 years and it was tiring a little. As there is only me mainly in the car I only needed a small or compact car and was debating what to buy. I used the internet for my research tool and looked at which small cars had the biggest discounts. In the end I settled on the Grande Punto as the price was good and two members of my family had bought a Punto that year and were pleased with them.

        Buying it
        I bought a 1.3 dynamic multi jet diesel car for about £8500 which was nearly 3K under the RRP and what dealerships offered. I had to add in £375 for the colour I picked. Ordering online was a little worrying at first as I handed over £500 deposit before my car was to be dispatched and the car was delayed as the Italians were having a holiday in August meaning there was backlog on the colour i wanted and everyone seemed to be chasing the series 2 puntos so stocks were low. But this was a speedy service as they organised the hire purchase deal and with the cost of this it still came under the rrp which I was happy about. I used the fiat online site to see what it would look like and looked at others who owned one and found that it does look sleek and good for a small car.

        What does it have inside?
        As it is a series 2 model in the dynamic range I got a 3 door car which came with air conditioning and blue tooth mobile to sync your phone into so that you can make call through the speaker system. The best thing it has for me is radio/cd player and I can play my mp3 player as it has a USB point installed for this. The seats are comfy and it has remote control locking and once you are in the doors automatically lock after a few seconds. Only downside is I have to make sure I keep the keys on me in case it locks me out especially with the bad weather when I have been trying to defrost the car. It also came with alloys as a dynamic edition.

        Economy
        This is the first car that I have picked as a diesel as i'm normally a petrol person. What sold me on this car was that it was a diesel so longer term I would save money and due to it being a 1.3 multi jet my road tax is only going to be £35 a year which is a great saving. It has a button that lets you work out the range and so you can make sure that you go at an average speed and not be too heavy on the pedal to save your fuel consumption in the credit crunching times. The insurance for this is really low too as it is better for the environment and a low risk car and as i'm over 25 and being driving a while now I pay under £20 a month.

        Driving it
        I find it a bit sluggish at starting compared to petrol and find it leaves junctions easier in second gear so it's not a fast car to start off. But once you're up to speed it does drive pretty well. The heating system inside the car heats up quick and it feels nice and warm especially in the winter. But the bug bear I have is when I get in it the windscreen mists up and this takes quite a few minutes to clear up to see before you can start to drive off. On the road it grips well and turning corners is fine. It has one of those little city buttons to make it easier to park.

        Overall
        I am happy with my new car and will keep it for at least 4 or 5 years. My main reason for buying it was I only needed a small car and friends recommended it. The positives are the money I will save in fuel, the cheap road tax and the air con and mp3 player. The only bugbear I have is moving out of junctions is a little slower than i'm used to and the demister isn't as quick as it should be. I think overall it is a reliable and good quality small car. If you want an economy saving car that looks quite sleek then I would recommend this. The pricing has come down since I bought in October too and i think its one of the better small cars out there.

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          20.02.2008 12:27
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          For a first car you could do worse

          Having recently handed over our RAV4 to the body shop for some extensive repairs I have had the dubious pleasure of using a Fiat Punto as a courtesy car. While not a like for like replacement for our car, as there was no one else to blame for my situation I had little option but to accept the car offered or hire another at my own expense.
          The model I have received is the three door 1.2 Active Sport. On an 05 plate with just over 20,000 on the clock my initial reservations have been reversed by what has turned out to be a very pleasant car indeed.

          Performance~
          With just the driver on board this is a pretty lively little car. By no means a hot hatch it is willing around town and an enjoyable drive. 0 - 60 times are unlikely to impress anyone but it is quick off the mark and will reach town speeds without any sense of sluggishness, it corners accurately and the gear change is neat and swift. At motorway speeds the engine noise becomes more noticeable, and may prove tiresome on long journeys, but it never becomes overly intrusive and it doesn't feel like it is being over worked at seventy miles an hour.
          With the wife and two kids on board you can feel the car working harder. Accelerating from stationary is more of a strain and there is more noticeable roll through the corners. With a full house on board this is a less pleasant drive and everything feels like hard work.
          Fuel consumption is, not surprisingly, in a different class to the RAV4 with quoted figures in the mid 40's mpg for the 1.2. I haven't had the car long enough to do my own analysis but it is clear that I'm going a lot further between fill ups.
          All round visibility is good with no noticeable blind spots, although the wing mirrors are a little small and tricky to line up.
          Exterior~
          I actually think this is quite an attractive car. It may lack the design flourishes of its prettier French cousins, I'm thinking of the Renault Clio or Peugeot 207 (or 206 given the age) but the simple lines carry a certain Italian style and are an improvement on the bland previous model. While not trying to be too gender specific, if the Clio and 207 are rather girly I suspect that an 18 year old lad would be quite happy driving this.
          The rear light clusters run the height of the rear window and the overall look is quite rakish, I also think the revised badging is an improvement over the Fiat badge of the early nineties. My model comes with steel wheels and lacks hub caps but with a nice set of alloys or even good quality 'caps in place I think this would look pretty good.
          The car feels solidly built; doors open without any creaking or hanging and close with a satisfying 'thunk'. There are no disturbing noises when driving and it feels as sturdy as the German and Japanese cars I've had recently.

          Interior~
          For such a small car the interior is surprisingly spacious. The front seats and steering wheel are height adjustable and there is plenty of travel to accommodate taller drivers, although this will compromise rear leg room significantly.
          The rear will seat three adults. Although not in luxurious comfort they will each have their own space and should not be leaning on each other at every corner. Head room front and rear is unlikely to be a problem for most.
          With child seats in the back getting the kids in and out is a bit of a chore and although this makes an adequate stop gap it isn't really up to the job as a family car. But then it isn't really meant to be.
          The seats are comfortable and supportive and show no signs of sagging. The materials used in the interior are of a good quality. I'll be honest and say I expected the dashboard and switches to feel cheap but that is not the case. It has a solid, good quality feel to it and the controls are easy to find and operate. Build quality is also a lot better than I expected. Given that this is a courtesy car and therefore the people using would not have treated it as carefully as they would their own wear and tear is at a minimum. There are no shakes or rattles, nothing to give cause for concern in fact.
          There isn't a great deal of storage in the cabin, beyond a standard sized glove box and pair of drinks holders you are left with several trays around the dashboard. These aren't particularly useful as they are in full view from outside and are likely to be magnets for rubbish more than anything else.
          The boot is a good size for the class of car and should be adequate. The rear seats fold flat but don't split which could prove inconvenient.
          The stereo is Blaupunkt but not especially impressive. With a tape deck but no CD it feels very basic and the speakers are not very good.
          Ownership~
          I don't own this car so can't comment on long term ownership, but the car seems relatively cheap to buy and run. These cars depreciate quicker than you can burn money so buying new is a poor option. Fiat dealers also seem quite keen to offer aggressive deals on new cars so if buying nearly new you need to be sure you're getting good value.

          Costing £8500 new, What Car gives a private sale valuation of £4000 for this three year old model, but that seems high to me and given the choice in this sector I would expect to be able to pick up a good one for nearer £3500 and for that price you are getting quite good value.
          Fuel and servicing costs are good for the class and being insurance group 4 it would make a good choice for a first car.

          Conclusion~
          I have been pleasantly surprised with this car. It is nice to drive and is of a much better quality than I expected. As first cars go I think this could be well worth considering.

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            26.01.2008 19:15
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            There always comes a time when we are fed up with our current car and want to move onto something new and that time has come for me. I currently have a Fiat Punto Active Sport in Imola Yellow (Bright Yellow) to suit my personality but its warranty has just expired, I'm a little bit fed up of of and want to try something different, particularly looking at Honda Civic or possibly Seat Leon.

            Over the years, I have had 4 Fiat vehicles, at one point I was marketing manager for a Fiat dealership so I suppose I was being loyal to the brand there and tended to stick to what I knew best but overall I have found every Fiat that I have owned to be superb little motors.

            My current Punto is 1.2 Active Sport, 54 plate therefore manufactured in 2004. All Fiat vehicles when purchased new come with three years warranty and as per usual are not needed to undertake an MOT until the third year.

            The Punto Active Sport that I have is a Mark 3, just after the change from the Mark 2 to include a little bit more shape to the vehicle and also the grill on the front which I thought it gave it more style to the previous version. With any vehicle when upgrading it some manufacturers do better than others and do actually improve the vehicle and its styling to ake it look better, however I do feel some companies fail to improve, i.e Renault when they changed the Megane, fair enough it was supposed to be more stylish but I much more preferred the Megane with its rounded shape to it.

            The Active Sport is a 3 door, you can't obtain this particular model as a 5 door purely because the 3 door give it that much more sportier look. Also Fiat only manufactured this particular model in two colours at the time, Blue and Yellow, also to add to the sytling. On the car itself it has coloured coded wing mirrors, spolier and door handles, fitted with CD player, power steering, alloy wheels, chrome interior and your could choose from a choice of two different styles for the interior, grey and black or blue and black. With my car being yellow, I chose the grey and black which I thought would compliment the car a little more.

            Driving the Punto is comfortable. You have various seat adjustments to arrange your posture in a comfortable and suitable driving position, as we all have different likes and dislikes when driving. I have a bad back and find the seats within the Punto very comfortable when driving and they don't make my back feel any worse than what it normally is. I find rather high spec car's don't ahve very comfortable seats and with leather interiors I find these hurt my back a lot more as you don't seem to be able to mould into them as much. The steering wheel also has adjustment so you are able to set it to the right height for your seating posture. I find the Punto be very spacious inside aswell for a hatchback and can actually fit three average sized people within the back seats.

            I've had no trouble mechanically with my car at all, it regularly serviced at the dealership to ensure that the warranty is kept in tact. The only problem I have had is the clutch went two months after I had the car, but that was purely my own fault as I actually burnt it out. I have a habit of not putting my handbrake on and I was on the ramp in a car park for quite a long time. Something I have learned from and will use my hand brake in future. Its had one set of brake pads since I have had it and a couple of tyre changes so it hasn't cost me too much money.

            Fuel consumption is very good. The car takes unleaded fuel. The only problem I have with this is the price of fuel keeps going up. I don't use this car for work and it has only done 25,000 miles over three years. The longest journey I have undertake was from Stoke to Wiltshire and back in a day. It drives nice on the motorways and is quite a nippy little car, you don;t actually realise how fast you are going in it, resulting in me obtaining a speeding ticket on my journey.

            I would recommend Fiat to people looking to purchase a vehicle from the range. Also owning Alfa Romeo, these are great car too, but I would like to go on a journey and nor actually see one broken down in the layby or hard shoulder.

            Excellent Little Car!!

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              28.01.2004 02:53
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              I bought this Punto 1.2 ELX new in March 2002 and as this was the fifth Punto that I have owned, I thought I knew what I was getting into. I have driven a lot of other cars but I always seem to come back to this charismatic little car. Some painless negotiating at Piccadilly Fiat in Ripon soon sorted me out with 35% deposit on a £9,800 car, leaving me with a comfortable 0% finance deal of £135 a month for 4 years. A 5 door model, in black with burgundy cloth interior, extras included side airbags, a CD player, 6 speaker stereo with factory fit subwoofer in the boot, boot protector, carpet mats and 6 spoke alloy wheels. Obviously, for this price you are not going to be the envy of the street but it looks pretty good. Imitation being the sincerest form of flattery, one of the neighbours has just bought a 3 door 1.2 Active model in the same colour scheme for a "cheap as chips" deal where his monthly payments are only £99! All the other Punto's that I had owned were mark I's and this mark II is a real improvement. The fit, feel and quality of the interior trim is better and the seats feel more sporty (height adjustable driver seat is a nice touch too). The location of all the controls is well thought out and it is easy to reach the stereo, electric windows, etc. As is often commented on, the interior space and design is light and roomy. On the road it is a car with two sides. Around town and up to 50 mph, it is nippy and involving to drive, responding to every change in direction quickly, and the gearchange working with a light, smooth action. Thanks to the great all round visibility, parking and weaving through traffic is a breeze. However, things change when you are on A roads and motorways. Like all small cars, this is not the environment where they excel and road noise, lack of overtaking power and the fact that the seats are not as comfortable to sit in for a long period of time as a large saloon, add up to a functional
              but tiresome experience. On the plus side, at speeds of 50 - 75 mph, I regularly get 48mpg, which is as good as a diesel. The biggest benefit to running this car (especially from new) is that the costs are very low. Fuel consumption is miserly, and the warranty is excellent (3 years + 3 years AA cover to boot). Servicing is every 12 months or 12,000 miles, the first service cost £85.00 at Fiat Piccadilly, who collected and returned the car from my front door. The larger service at 24,000 miles (including plugs, oil, etc.) was nearer £150.00. At 21,000 miles I also had the front tyres changed, front discs and pads too, for about £250 all in. This model is group 5 insurance and as 37 year old with full no claims, I pay £275 for fully comp including no claims protection. It is now almost 2 years old, with 27,000 miles on the clock, which makes it worth about £4,500 if I sold it privately (I owe approximately £3,850 still) and has a trade in value of about £4,000 at a Fiat dealer. Reliability has been great - it starts first time, nothing has broken, literally the only thing that has needed 2 minutes of attention was a juddering wiper blade - which Fiat fixed under warranty. In summary, it's a great town car, more stylish than a Ford/Vauxhall/Peugeot/etc. alternative, roomy, reliable, practical and fun.

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                Well, ive had my BRAND NEW punto for 8 weeks now and its the new uprated 2003 (53) reg model. I have had a punto before which was a 1999 1.2 16v Sporting and it was the best car id ever had, so obviously i thought i would try the new and improved version. I should have stuck to my old one as ive had nothing but trouble from this car since day one! The car radio is faulty, the lights which illuminate the keys are not working and the cd player is burning my cd's, for the second time this fault has been brought to the attention of the dealership. There is also a cooling fan problem. When the car has been stood overnight and i go to start the car from cold the fan will come on and stay on for the duration of the journey. Sometimes this will not happen, but it still worries me to think my BRAND NEW car can have a fault like this. Then i noticed that there was water coming into the passenger footwell of the car. I called the dealership and was told to bring the car in a week later. when i dropped the car off i was given a courtesy car which was an old shape punto 1.2 8v active, this car was FASTER than mine which was very suprising as my car is a 16v and its a newer car. then i realised that my new car was very under powered so i informed the dealership and they told me that they had test driven my car and it was fine. when i was ready to collect my car that same day 4hrs after dropping it off i was told that the passenger side door hinges had been bent and that i would be held responsible for the repair costs. Then i was told that there was no radio fault and there were no problems with the cooling system. when i went to the dealership (which im am only going to say is in CROSSHILLS ,KEIGHLEY, WEST YORKS) i was told that the broken door was not being blamed on me but they would have to send it off to be looked at by another company to see if the door damage was my fault or if it was the dealership or the manufacturer. i w
                as also told that i had to ring the dealership if the cooling system problem came up again but in my opinion if it works when it wants to and it stops when it wants to, whats going to happen if my engine overheats??? who would be held responsible for any damage? The dealership have been very unhelpful and i am not happy with car at all, In my opinion i have bought a banger!!!! i feel like im driving an early fiat and im just waiting for something to break or explode, for a brand new car i am very very disappointed. Hopefully mine is the only one because i do like fiats and i dont want to put people off, but with the amount of problems i am having after 8 weeks of taking delivery of the car i have had to give my own verdict on the car. After all these problems i have contacted fiat direct, trading standards and the dealerships head office. I am now hoping my problem can be resolved so i can enjoy reliable motoring Update 29/02/04 I would like to thank you for taking note of this review and to the people who have sent the kind messages. The leaking door is now fixed and the dealership took responsibility for the problem as it was a manufacturing defect which was put right free of charge (but no apology for them blaming me for the damage) But I got so fed up with the radio (that i PAID a £300 upgrade fee for when I bought with the car) that i have now replaced it at a cost of £170 with no sympathy from the dealership or no compensation for my cd's. On December the 22nd I was about to set off for my works Christmas do, when i got into the car set myself up and started it, the car it went pop and would not start again! Then i called the dealership (which was about to close) and festively told them what i thought of them they said i was rude and put the phone down, i then called the aa and they got it started, i was 2 hrs late for the xmas do. The dealership yet again have not apologised. There is
                another water leak, this time in the boot! the dealership was informed of yet another fault and they sorted it after 4 days! The cooling fan problem still exists with it now never switching off, so at last the dealership held there hands up and said they would sort it out, I now thought that this would be the end of my problems! HA I have not seen my car since January the 10th 2004 and its about to go the first of March now. I have been given a REALLY bad standard courtesy car which has no cd or no style and its slow! I have contacted the dealership 8 times now to find out what is going on and they have told me that all the attempts to fix my car have failed! They have only contacted me once and that was to say they wanted to change the courtesy car for a better equipped one like mine...... That was 3 weeks ago! im still waiting!!!!!!! After another call to them they have told me that they want to keep the car till its fixed! and they have no time scale of when it will be fixed! I have again contacted Trading standards and Fiat direct who have told me that all they can do is fix the car and they cannot replace or refund me as the car is over 3 months old, obviousley they have not taken into considiration that ive been having problems since day one! So i spent over £9000 for a BRAND NEW car which is about to come out of the latest reg prefix to be given a £5500 car instead. and when id had enough and asked to be given a price for the sale of my car they offered me £6200! I cant offer the car for sale else where because i dont have the goods to be sold. The car will also lose more money as the 04 plate comes out in 1 day. I have now changed my mind and recommend you do NOT buy a fiat punto! If you do make sure it's second hand and has some sort of warranty. If not buy a Mk1 or 2 punto as these seem to be a good buy. I hope this has been some help to you as i wouldn't wish the problems on my car to anyone.

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                  A little, good car. I have a 2 years old, 37.000m , Punto. Stylish, roomy and a pleasure to drive, even for long trip. I always use the "city" option, if i'm not driving sporty, it makes the steering very light , 1kg instead of 3kg of other citycars. I also enjoi the real big space for passenger and lugage. The fuel consumption remains low in every condition, and the noise is low. I have a 1.2 16V version, with good performance. The HiFi sistem is well integrated and sounds great. I don't like the poor looking interior. I think that the price is excellent, the car is good (not excellent).

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