2000 FIAT Punto User Reviews

2000 FIAT Punto Review Ratings

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  • 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:3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars 3.8 / 5
  • Build Quality:3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars 3.3 / 5
  • Overall: 4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5

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"ride" 9 reviews
"power" 5 reviews
"cheap car" 4 reviews
"fuel economy" 4 reviews
"exterior" 3 reviews
CONS
"power" 4 reviews

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Daniele writes:
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Economic

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Take This Car For The Daily Use — It is an economic car, so you haven't to pretend over performance. it is right to use in city or going to work, not to do long travel. The engine is very economic, I really spend few for the full fuel.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Gavin writes:
2000 FIAT Punto Review
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Fuel efficiency, simplicity to drive, general appearance.

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Basic everything - engine, interior, gadgets.

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Does Exactly What It Says On The Tin! — Nice simple little run around. handles relatively well, is not great at accelerating lacks power, but braking performance is creditable. Doesn't require high maintenance. Interior is simple yet effective, gentle on the eyes, my exterior is gold, bit noticable - "hairdressers car" my mates reckon! Fuel efficiency is very good. Is a fun little motor to drive, relatively cheap on the insurance depending on your circumstances and would recommend it for a relatively new driver.

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Nuno writes:
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4

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Performance above expectations.
Practical and economical.

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Some problems/glitches during it's life, but mostly simple things to repair.
It's the commercial version.

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Practical And Performance Above Expectations. — LAST UPDATED: January 3rd, 2013 . This is my everyday car. I've owned it from new and I consider it to truly be my first car (I had an used Opel Corsa 1.5D for about 2 weeks which didn't pass muster), so much of my driving experience comes from driving it. . It's practical and its performance is above most people's expectations. Like most small Fiats, it's surprisingly good fun to drive. . This is the commercial version, with all the disadvantages that implies for someone who doesn't use it for that purpose. PERFORMANCE: . Its 80 hp might not sound like much but the well tuned gearbox and good torque delivery (196 Nm) means you hardly ever find yourself in trouble. It provides really strong low-speed acceleration. . It sips fuel even when driving hard. It averages 5,5L/100KM. If you try hard, you can get down to 5,0L/100KM or a little less. . This was, one should remember, the first direct-injection common-rail engine in this car class. The traditional diesel clatter is there but does not bother passengers inside the cabin. HANDLING: . Handling isn't what you'd call sporty but it's good fun. Its natural tendency is to understeer but only in extreme situations. When the opportunity comes up you can get some oversteer with a "scandinavian flick". . The suspension is a reasonable compromise between stability and comfort, with independent McPherson strut, coil springs, telescopic dampers and anti-roll bar at the front and torsion beam axle with coil springs at the rear. The setup is mildly stiff and low-speeds bumps and potholes filter through to the cabin. It's advantage comes up while cornering, even if the car rolls a bit. . Brakes are pretty good, particularly considering it doesn't have ABS and, something I consider important, they have excellent feedback and are progressive. . The clutch pedal is a bit on the heavy side. . The gearbox is well tuned and crisp so you can easily engage gears swiftly and with no grinds. . This was the first Fiat model to feature the two-stage "DualDrive" electrical power assistance steering, which is now widely used in various Fiat models. Many criticize it for not providing much feel when in normal mode but I don't think its any worse than other electrical power assistance steering systems. LOOKS: . Personally, I have always liked its styling (the 3 doors version) and still do. It's simple, yet slightly aggressive, something the 5 doors version lacks, being more family-oriented. I strongly dislike the face-lifted version that came out in 2003, which looks more bland and reminds me of Korean car design of old. How ridiculous that the Italians should have decided not to follow their own path as regards to style! INTERIOR: . The interior isn't exactly a looker, just plain and simple, but quite ergonomic. Indeed, it has some of the most ergonomic, well-laid, controls I've ever used. . The instruments display is simple and easy to read. The trip computer (one of the first in this car class) is good, providing typical information: odometer, trip odometer, average fuel consumption, range, average speed and trip time. When starting the car it also shows the engine's oil level (only in diesel versions). . The interior is roomy and there are enough storage compartments but with no lining, which means possible scratches and irritating noises. It also has various places with slots for cards and coins, which is handy. . It has good all-round visibility except for the slightly obstructive rear quarters. . It has a huge boot (trunk), having only 2 front seats. COMFORT: . Seats are very supportive and have plenty of adjustments, such as lumbar support (something the more recent Punto Evo, for instance, is missing). Also, the height adjuster actually adjusts the height of the seat, unlike many other cars in which it acts only on the cushion. . Steering column is height-adjustable. . With the "DualDrive" power steering, mentioned above, at the press of a button ("City") the steering gets so light that you can actually use a single finger to turn the wheels. This is great in the city (dah!) while parking or doing three-point turns. Truth be told, you'll be making this sort of maneuver more often than you'd care for - blame it on its slightly wide turning circle. . Engine noise is never really a problem inside the cabin, but it is more noticeable from a cold start. . It has a few parasite noises, like the squeaking clutch pedal and rattles from plastics, but that's only natural for a 12 year old cheap car. . The heater/ventilation system is nothing to write home about. Mine does not have air conditioning, and although I'm not a fan of using them, they certainly come in handy in some situations. RUNNING COSTS AND RELIABILITY: . It's cheap to run: maintenance hasn't been expensive (knowing a good friendly mechanic does help). . There have been glitches along the way, but mostly minor things like, for instance, water getting inside the rear lights (about nine years after having the car though). . Only once did it break down on the road because of a "simple" engine sensor. Replacing it cured the problem instantly. . The MAF (Mass airflow sensor) has been replaced twice (at 63.000 km and at 182.000 km), which is a common thing in turbocharged cars, particularly diesel ones. One of the symptoms that may indicate you need to replace this component is the occasional sudden lack of power followed by everything being OK again. . The dashboard LCD panel was replaced at 177.000 km. Digits started "going crazy". This same issue happened on my mother's Punto 1.2 8v. . None of the previous batteries (3) lasted long, which is why it has been replaced with a larger capacity one (75A instead of the previous 45A). Despite being almost twice as expensive and taking up more space under the bonnet, it has made a difference in the way the car starts up, which has become smoother, and I hope it will last much longer. . About 3 or 4 pre-heating glow plugs have had to be changed, due to normal wear and tear. . It seems to "eat" low beam light bulbs - several of these have been replaced. . The front lights covers are fogging up. . The steering wheel has started, after 12 years and when the weather is humid, to peel. SAFETY: . Driver airbag only. . Seat-belts with pre-tensioners. . As I mentioned before, it has no ABS. OTHER POINTS: . The rear window wiper has one single speed and no intermittent mode. . It's sometimes hard to fill up the fuel tank fast, because the fuel pistol keeps stopping. The solution is to hold the pistol upside down! . The headlamps have the “follow-me-home” function which, after turning off the car, allows the lights to stay on for a while, useful when you park in a badly lit place. It's just a detail, but truth is even few top cars at the time had that feature. SPECIFICATIONS: . Engine: 1910cc inline 4-cylinder 8v with turbocharger (with intercooler) . Power: 80 bhp @ 3000 rpm . Torque: 196 Nm @ 1500 rpm . Engine location/alignment: Front/Transverse . Drive: Front wheel drive . Layout: FF . Transmission: 5 speed manual . Weight: 1040 kg . Power-to-weight ratio: 13 kg/bhp . Wheels: 185/60 R14 - currently fitted with Bridgestone Turanza, but my favorites are the Bridgestone Potenza RE720 which are no longer available in this size. PERFORMANCE: . Top speed: 170 km/h (106 mph) . 0 to 100 km/h: 12.2 s . Standing kilometer: 34.20 s . Average mileage: 5,42 l/100km

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Jordan writes:
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Cheap little run about.

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Not the quickest car in the world.

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A Great First Car. — What I like about this car: - The looks. - The drive, easy to steer and manover. - Cheapish to run. What I dislike about this car: - Bit and bobs starting to fall off. - A few chips in the paint and its starting to bubble a bit. - The lack of alloys and not looking very sporty.

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Matthew writes:
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Cheap

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The rest

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Fiat Punto — It's my first, so gotta love it, but if i'm honest its crap. the paint should be red, it's more pink now, The engine rattles, I've had most of it replaced, and when you put your foot down hard, it pauses before doing anything! the best bit is the post fit stereo. But I love it!

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Tom writes:
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looks

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not the most relyable

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Average — i love the look of my punto, 15"wolfrace alloys, rear window tints. i looks class but after having it for around a year i've had a new clutch slave cylinder, a new clutch and a new head gasket. its been a pain. now its in need of the clutch bleeding and possibly a new master cylinder :(

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David writes:
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Nippy, big inside, Cheap to run, Good looks

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Known electrical issues, Check everything works before you buy.

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2000 Fiat Punto — Peformance: Very nippy, feels quicker than a 1.2. 6 Speed box is nice to use. Brakes good. Handles nice and tidy. Build Quality: So far, good. But these are known to be flimsy. Appearance: Looks very nice and sporty. Aptly named Sporting Cost of Ownership: Very cheap to insure and fuel. Fun Factor: Is a good drive.

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

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Luke writes:
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nice and comfy

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unreliable

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Comfy But Unreliable — an ok car nice to drive and very spacey. comfy for long journeys and a good run around. cheap to buy and insure and is eay on petrol. very unreliable and easy to lose alot of money on when selling on. parts are easy to come by

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Gianluca writes:
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abarth kit, acceleration

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no A/C

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Red 012 Mk2 — acceleration is ok for a 16v braking and handling still ok.. build quality is not the best but very good.. interior is acceptable and exterior is great considering it has and abarth kit it does not cost much considering cheap parts fiat has and does a lot of mileage because it is 16v not 8v. the car is fun to drive

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

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Sven writes:
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Good allrounder.

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Not easy to change the left front light.

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Great As A Modest Allday Car. — 1.2 ELX. Bought because I liked the look of it and because it was the best smaller car when it came to passive safety. After the accident with the Mini that was pretty important. Did 170.000 km in 9 years. Only two problems in the early years: the button for the hazzard light came on and off when it decided and the gear box changing down tho 2nd. Was both fixed for free with no hassels in the "close protection program". Could go reasonably fast in corners. Loads of headroom.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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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

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1995 FIAT Punto Reviews

Great For Me At The Time! By Derek

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1996 FIAT Punto Reviews

Get The Cheapest Model, With The Fewest Electric Gadgets. By Lars

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... Read More

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 ... 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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