Product Type: Fiat cars
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Reliable if you look after them
Fiat Punto in general
Member Name: Holland1
Fiat Punto in general
Advantages: Compact but solid, comfortable drive
Disadvantages: Like any car, it needs the usual money and attention thrown at it to keep it on the road
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.
Summary: A solid buy