Those with a FIAT PUNTO Watch

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I am thinking of purchasing one, as they are relatively cheap and i''ve a tight budget.

Who has one?... how have you found it? Any consistent probs with this brand of car ?

was it 2nd hand or from new?. mine will be 2nd hand/trade/and prob around 95-97 model
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My fiend had one and had a lot of problems with the suspension which is quite common apparently.
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My dad had a 1996 SX, go for the SX if you can, you will add electric windows, height adjustable seat/steering, front fag lamps, central locking, an imboliser, rear speakers, better head rests, its well worth it for the extra £100-£200 second hand, my dad paid £1000 more for this model in 1998 when he bought his.

It was a very nice car, it had a very cheeky close ratio geer box meaining you could beat some much faster cars as the lights. The 1.1 was a bit slow for motorway driving though.

We didn't really have much problems, just make sure you get the brown key with it. Also check for rust, if a Punto has rust walk away it would have been involved in accident and as the bodies are gavanlised so can't rust.

My dad wrote his off but we walked out of the car in that accident without a scrape, the man in the Peogout 106 was very badly injured and his car was allover the road. They are actually pretty strong cars.

My dad did about 50,000 miles in his the suspension did need replacing (a £150 job) but he did use the car as a van. Check the gaskets on puntos as they can go if driven hard, this about £200 to replace. Also make sure there is no whine from the gearbox.
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Ive got £1000 to spend on a car, and when looking at punto's it looks as though you can get a newer model much cheaper than any other make. Im still deciding, its not much money, but my dad had a mondeo for £ 300 and it is excellent drives well, safe etc..
so just goes to show you can get cheaper good quality 2nd hand cars.

I dont know whether to go 4 a corsa, punto or fiesta...bearing in mind the punto will prob be a newer model in comparison to a corsa in the same price range (???) but are vauxhall's better?.

Any advice?

ps. thanks for the 'rust' advice. Im a bit worried il be taken for 'a ride' lol. Being a young female who doesnt know about cars... im unsure what to look for straight away.

id say milege, service hist, mot, tax. anything else :rolleyes:
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You pay for what you get.
So theres no point me slating it . . . . . .

I had 2 mates with Fiat Punto's.

My Brother: 1.2 8v Active (cheap as chips - he sold it now) - everything fell off from glove box lids, to the actual drivers seat. Easy to dent and an awful driving position.

My Mate: 1.8 Fiat Punto HGT (expensive to buy) it wasn't fast! It dented easy, his gearbox fell out in the car wash, his windscreen wipers fell off and he eventually sold it 2 years later for 4.5k after shelling out £13k for it! For this amount of money you would of expected something half decent, so the 1.2 is a better option for 6k brand new, even though it has a long list of faults as well as Fiat Customer Service which is just not amusing, which brings me back to . . . . you pay for what you get.
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(Original post by angeleyes1)
Ive got £1000 to spend on a car, and when looking at punto's it looks as though you can get a newer model much cheaper than any other make. Im still deciding, its not much money, but my dad had a mondeo for £ 300 and it is excellent drives well, safe etc..
so just goes to show you can get cheaper good quality 2nd hand cars.

I dont know whether to go 4 a corsa, punto or fiesta...bearing in mind the punto will prob be a newer model in comparison to a corsa in the same price range (???) but are vauxhall's better?.

Any advice?
I would persoanlly go for a vauxhall. The MKII punto was brought out on a V Registration whilst the Corsa a W/Y reg. - more Y.
The corsa has better handling, better interior trim, better customer service, better stereo, and more equipment generally. Its just a better car. Seriously.
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I it always makes me laugh about all this Fiat bashing threads, my dad had to Puntos one he owned and one was hired, none of these things happened with my dads. It was a solid car yes it dented easily that was the only fault. Also most motoring journalists agree that Puntos are good cars.

I hate the old shape Corsas the gearboxes are the most awful horrible things ever, the post 95 Fiestas are actually very good cars and the 1.25 engine is very good, this will probably be my first car.

When I ever I drove a Corsa I just wanted to do what Basil Fawly did and kick the thing.
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If were talking about old Fiats, then yes your right about build quality. The old Punto was far better (MkI) in as far as dents etc. The MkII is an absolute pile of c.rap, believe me.

The MkI however still has a clutch that comparable to going down the gym and pushing strong leg weights. The interior is flimsy still and the the appearance I feel is still worse than an old Corsa. You get more VFM with a Corsa.

Old Fiestas do have a great 1.25 engine especially the Zetec version (16v) which is a lot of car for not a lot of engine. Pretty nippy as well.
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Taken advice on board ( actually written it down to ask the salesperson... then least they wont think im a walkover when i actually purchase one)

I still dont know what to do... :confused:

ok, so old fiats are better than new ones?.
vaxhall over fiat punto
fpunto not so good for motorway ( i will def be on motorway 40 miles at a time)
and if i went for as fiat i should go for a mkI. right?
thanks peeps
...oh, im confused.

keep the much needed advice and knowledge from experience coming.
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Ummm, I have a Punto and the oil filters just gone on it, the same thing happened to my friends Punto (his is P reg, mines 04). The mechanic replaced mine with a new fiat one, which still leaked so he replaced it with another make which seems to be fine (although my engine is still making rather disturbing noises!!)

Other than that its been fine (apart from me smashing it up quite spectacularly, but that was my fault rather than the car )
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I have a brand new Fiat Punto, and Ive never had any problems with it. Its the nicest car Ive driven by far, and cheap to run/insure.

I had a friend in college who had an older model, I think it was a P Reg, and as far as Im aware, he had no problems.
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Ummm, I have a Punto and the oil filters just gone on it, the same thing happened to my friends Punto (his is P reg, mines 04). The mechanic replaced mine with a new fiat one, which still leaked so he replaced it with another make which seems to be fine (although my engine is still making rather disturbing noises!!)

Other than that its been fine (apart from me smashing it up quite spectacularly, but that was my fault rather than the car )
Like most cars the oil filters need replacing every year or every 12,000 miles. The actual part costs about £4 and should be no more than £15 labour. What kind of noise is your engine making? If its a whining noise is might be gearbox problems, if its a knocking noise it usualy means the big ends gone (the drive shaft) though thats not a common problem with Puntos.

The lambda sensor went twice on my dads car which is annoying becuase they are expensive.

If you get the Punto 75 then they will be very good on the motorway, its the 55 (1.1) which is the problem. They are fast enough but when my dad got his 1.6 Escort he noticed a huge difference when driving on the motorway.

I believe the MK1 60bhp is better for motorways but by much, a basic Corsa will be no better either btw. The 1.25 Fiesta will probably be the best cheap car for motorway driving.

From what I can tell the newer ones seem to be more prone to trouble, if you do get a punto buy one second hand with a good service history then any major problems have likely to have been sorted.

www.honestjohn.co.uk is a very good site for information about cars. Also if you are looking for somthing which will last have you considered a Nissan Micra? My grandad had one it was bullet proof.
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Like most cars the oil filters need replacing every year or every 12,000 miles. The actual part costs about £4 and should be no more than £15 labour. What kind of noise is your engine making? If its a whining noise is might be gearbox problems, if its a knocking noise it usualy means the big ends gone (the drive shaft) though thats not a common problem with Puntos.
Nope, its more of a chugging noise. It only started after my engine seized (because I tried to drive it home with no oil!! It was only two miles and I figured the oil light would come on BEFORE it was completely empty, apparently not :rolleyes: ) The noise only kicks in when I get up to about 30 revs. I'm getting round this problem by turning my stereo up so I can't hear the noise The mechanic told me it was fine so long as it didn't start leaking oil again!!
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Mk1 puntos are the best mines a 98 on 50k and its doing fine apart from the fan gave up the other week. When looking at the history look for any mention of suspention and especialy anthing about trailing suspention as it was a new design that needed refining somewhat (e.g. it rolled out the factory and 2 years later they realized the bushings wernt strong enough) also look at the car from behind and see if the rear wheels lean in to the top too much. If its bad then its not too much of a problem to replace them but you've now got more haggling power.

Ask me anything about the mark 1's. I love mine and I dont regret a single day getting it over something else.

Plus I got 110mph on the M6 going down a gradient the other day so I'm well pleased.

P.s they handbrake turn real easy just make sure you have lots of room

Edit= The only weak part on puntos is the gearbox and thats it. Engines are rock solid, revvy and last to hell and back AS LONG AS you take care of it. Anyone who's engine has gone cannot blame fiat only the poor maintaning of the car over its lifetime.
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I am thinking of purchasing one, as they are relatively cheap and i''ve a tight budget.

Who has one?... how have you found it? Any consistent probs with this brand of car ?

was it 2nd hand or from new?. mine will be 2nd hand/trade/and prob around 95-97 model
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I have one. Probably a model between 95-97. It's a Punto 60. For that price, they're decent looking cars.
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Edit= The only weak part on puntos is the gearbox and thats it. Engines are rock solid, revvy and last to hell and back AS LONG AS you take care of it. Anyone who's engine has gone cannot blame fiat only the poor maintaning of the car over its lifetime.
The gearbox is a main problem on the MkII, just like my mates one that actually fell out in the middle of a automatic car wash.

Engines Rock solid???? I don't think so . . . never. Even the carburettor went as well, something I failed to add to the long list of problems. These are parts that should not be going within the first 2 years of ownership.

Everything can be strong and reliable if taken care of. What makes a good car IMO, is one that you can completely abuse and it will just still burble along. A typical example would be the V-Tec by Honda which just requires trashing before it will respond to you. Only every service interval will it require a drop of oil.

A Fiat should last like every other car I know if taken care of; but it doesn't.
Fiat is a company I wouldn't touch with a barge pole especially as they are always on the brink of liquidation. Their service is poor, there are next to no dealers when comparing to Vauxhall's, and I just can't stress enough what a heap of crap their whole model ranges are.
Fiat best ever car was supposedly the Multipla - work that one out! It says a lot really.

However, if you do take the plunge, a Punto upto V registration (00) should not be too much a painstaking choice.
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Thanks for all the ace advice.

Hmm, Im rethinking.
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I don't think so . . .

Their service is poor, there are next to no dealers when comparing to Vauxhall's
I was talking Mk1 8v engines there not the rest which as far as I know are rubbish as they changed the injection system. I would never take a 7+ year old car to the stealership because thats just asking for an assrape isnt it? There are loads of independant guys out there who know there ****. Alternatively puntos are a peice of piss to work on so you can do it yourself.

I'm not defending fiat here though, anyone who buys a new fiat is just asking for it. It takes them at least 3 years to get all the parts out to fix what should have worked from the start on their new modles. I did drive a panda 4x4 round a field last week however, it was fun.
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Nope, its more of a chugging noise. It only started after my engine seized (because I tried to drive it home with no oil!! It was only two miles and I figured the oil light would come on BEFORE it was completely empty, apparently not :rolleyes: ) The noise only kicks in when I get up to about 30 revs. I'm getting round this problem by turning my stereo up so I can't hear the noise The mechanic told me it was fine so long as it didn't start leaking oil again!!
Cars don't like being driven without oil - not even for a short distance. If you're getting noises at the high end, then your tappets are probably on the way out, or need adjustment. Personally, I'd get it sorted out, and, depending on cost, get the engine rebuilt. Unfortunately, when an engine seizes due to lack of oil, it normally needs a rebuild. This is why I carry a litre of oil and water in my car, along with a tool kit.
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I am probs getting a Renault Clio. Great little cars with no major problems - for us anyway
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