1996 FIAT Punto User Reviews

1996 FIAT Punto Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 8 reviews

  • Performance:3.2 out of 5 stars3.2 out of 5 stars3.2 out of 5 stars3.2 out of 5 stars3.2 out of 5 stars 3.2 / 5
  • Appearance:3.2 out of 5 stars3.2 out of 5 stars3.2 out of 5 stars3.2 out of 5 stars3.2 out of 5 stars 3.2 / 5
  • Build Quality:2.5 out of 5 stars2.5 out of 5 stars2.5 out of 5 stars2.5 out of 5 stars2.5 out of 5 stars 2.5 / 5
  • Overall: 3.2 out of 5 stars3.2 out of 5 stars3.2 out of 5 stars3.2 out of 5 stars3.2 out of 5 stars 3.2 / 5

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PROS
"power" 3 reviews
"reliable car" 2 reviews
"cheap car" 2 reviews
CONS
"handling" 2 reviews

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Stu writes:
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4

Pros

good first car, easy to maintain, care free fun

Cons

poor top speed, can develop problems easily when driven to its limits

25

Good Little First Car — Brilliant first car. Can get up to 90 on a steep downward incline. Had it for a year and a half, eventually got into a very sorry state, developed a problem with the bearings, gears, firing sequence and exhaust but fun to drive and suprisingly nippy if you arent afraid to hurt it a little.

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Lars writes:
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3

Pros

Cheap reliable transport tool.

Cons

Electrics suck on this car. All electric motors fail.

45

Get The Cheapest Model, With The Fewest Electric Gadgets. — Light weight small car with excellent mileage, and quick to. On this 3 door model, you should watch out when you open the mighty barn doors on each side. With both doors fully open, it's much wider than it's long... ;o)

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Graham writes:
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3

Pros

Practicality

Cons

Rattling noises every time you hit a bump

35

Ok — Good engine performance, poor handling. Poor build quality lots of squaks and rattles. Smart looking car inside and out. High servicing costs. Not a great fun car to drive. Very practical can fit 6 footers in front and back. Never use a Fiat dealer for your servicing, extortionate prices for labour.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Ben writes:
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3

Pros

Cheap insurence

Cons

cheap and nasty

25

A Cheap Run Around Car — i like the appearence of the car and its ability of being highly tuneable but as it is a fiat the build quality is queationable and with only a 1.2 engine it wasn't that quick but its not a bad car

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Robin writes:
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5

Pros

Easy to keep running and easy to modify
Easy to find parts for

Cons

Prone to head gasket failures
Better to the point where the best maintained are rare

85

Great Little Italian Car — Okies...I had a 1.2 8v Punto mk1 pushing out a "whopping" 75bhp. As an engine there are pretty decent, being a Fiat 'FIRE' engine means that parts are pretty easily available as pretty much any other 'FIRE' engine has parts to match...giving the choice of about 4 engine models in the scrapyard. The engines ARE prone to head gasket failures though which can be annoying. The car itself handles like a go-kart and seems quite nippy, surprisingly so for a 1.2 engine. Not a bad set of comforts inside considering the age of the car, electric windows and rev counter on the SX models, split rear seat on most models, the S model leaves something to be desired however. Also available as a 1.6 cabriolet and a 1.4 turbo model

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Emma writes:
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2

Pros

Sportier looks than the Rover.

Cons

Flat spot, terrible handling, gasket problems.... I could go on and on!

35

My Second Car, Polly Punto. — Had a terrible flat spot in third gear, had gasket problems, didn't always start first time... but had purple cloth interior and felt sporty. Had a huge sub and amps in the boot, then some thieving gypsy broke in and stole them! Finally sold the car for £999, only £1 less than what I'd paid for it in the first place!

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Matt writes:
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4

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Performance to scare off REAL sports cars

Cons

Average-Good looks, Looked down on by people who just dont know!

35

The First Step To The Modern Day Sports Hatch. — Excellent reliability, Engine and amazing turbocharged performance from a small engined hatchback. Winner of the local traffic light grand prix!!

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Roxy writes:
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2

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Easy Car

Cons

Basic and problematic

35

No Thanks — This goes hand in hand with the MG Metro...very heavy steering & its meant to have power steering!! OK for a first car I guess but the drive is very simple and basic unless you have a high spec. Experienced a lot of technical problems.

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Reviews From Other Years

1993 FIAT Punto Reviews

Hate It!!! By Tomasz

I drove a friend's Punto once and hated every bit of it! The handling, the lack of comfort, the quality, all together this is one car that I cannot recommend to anyone. Read More

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1994 FIAT Punto Reviews

It's The Most Suitable Car For Someone Who Loves Trips By Car And For The One Who Needs A Movε Τοολ By Don Jorhito

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1995 FIAT Punto Reviews

Great For Me At The Time! By Derek

My first "new" car! Bought new in 1995 had it for 3 years and covered 60k miles in it! Lots of room and fast for a 1.2. Never really had many problems just general ware and tear. Just dont loose that ... Read More

Bondo2 By Ahmed

the car is great with high performance and nice stability and handling , the braking is fair the design looks fabulous inside and outside and a neat dashboard , also the cost of ownership is not high... Read More

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1997 FIAT Punto Reviews

It's Ok. By Jeff

eh... It's a car and it gets you from A to B... One good thing about it, for it's age it gives great Gas Mileage. One major thing... It's a Girly/ Grandpa car. But I guess one can see past this... I g... Read More

1997 Fiat Punto By David

Performance: Quite Slow, but Nippy, brakes Ok, handles well on the 17" alloys Build Quality: Base model so nothing really to go wrong, all the mods poorly finished Appearence: Not too bad. Rear Bump... Read More

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1998 FIAT Punto Reviews

Expensive In Repairs By Ella

slow, rubbish brakes, doesnt go well with potholes, fan is loud, has needed new exhaust and clutch is rapidly on its way out, rubbish on fuel, judders when accelorating, but it gets me from a to b w... Read More

Square, Practical, Good By Kresten

Just bought it - I'll be back with more info when I have a little experience with the little commuter. Sofar I've only done 15km - not really enought to evaluate... But then again - it feels really ... Read More

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