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Bye Bye Fiat Punto
Fiat Punto in general
Member Name: blondgem
Fiat Punto in general
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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!!