Punto is one spicy meatball!!!
I have a Fiat Grande Punto T-jet 1.4 turbo and it is so much fun. I have had it for three years and whilst there have been some issues (I'll get to that) overall it is cheap and cheerful and has lots of great options.
I wanted to buy the cheapest turbo charged car for a bit of fun and landed a beautiful red punto with 70k on the clock that was well looked after. About a year into ownership the dreaded electric steering column failed, FIAT want in excess of 2K for a replacement and that wasn't even with fitting it. A quick look on ebay sees a r...efurbished one can be bought for 300 bucks including postage from Italy,I followed some instructions in a forum and changed it myself in 2 hours. Ah Fiat Australia will happily rip off schmucks who don't do their homework...think about it, Punto is one of the best selling cars in Italy, Luigi in Napoli isn't going to pay 2k for a steering column so why should we. Just order it from overseas and you'll save $$$. Since then I have modified it, exhaust, sports cat and a larger turbo from an abarth is a straight forward conversion along with a remap, coilover springs were cheap and made a real difference, droplinks and strengthening bars make it handle like it is on rails!!! This thing whips around twisties with ease and leaves other cars for dead, I had someone in an xr6 tailgating me in Kangaroo valley once, it wasn't hard to lose him. Insurance is cheap and the car is roomy, I'm 6'2 and fit really well, I get all my gear in this thing too like inflatable kayaks and all my camping gear. I have cruise control (on a manual) which is essential in Australia. Electric everything that all still works and I get about 6-7 L per 100kms. So cheap to run. What was supposed to be a crappy second car has now ignited my love for all Italian automobiles, there really is that something about them that separates them from all those boring cars...(I'm looking at you Golf!!) I do all my own maintenance, it's not hard, lot's of forums with great people that help you along too if you get stuck (Search for FB pages). I never really kept second cars longer that 3 years but here we are and I have no intention of parting with it.
Purchased in April 2018.
Little red Fiat
Got the little fiat with dualogic AMT gearbox for a learner driver.
very good overall with fuel consumption under 4.5 litres per 100 km with spirited driving.
Would recommend if you don’t need to go through hilly terrain often.
Dualogic transmission is an acquired taste.
Great & Fun to drive car but EXPENSIVE dealer servicing.
I owned a 2008 Fiat Punto Dynamc 1.2 Diesel since new until I decided to trade in the car for another diesel car a few months ago. For my 8 years ownership, the Punto built quality felt Ok and has generally been reliable, very economical diesel consumption (averaging 5.8l/100km mostly city driving) and not much major mechanical issue other than failed battery and a few minor issues replaced/fixed under warranty in the first 2 years of ownership. HOWEVER, servicing was VERY expensive, each annual/15k km service usually costed anywhere between $...650-1000 plus any additional repair parts/labour.. brakes wear out quickly too (this was typical of many european cars). Each pair would last only between 30-35k kms. Front brake pads and rotors costed upwards of $1500 (front two wheels only) including labour. So you can imagine a major service plus brakes would cost close to $3000 every $30-35k kms. This was however, done at Fiat dealer servicing, independent servicers would be significantly less. Prior to me selling my Punto, I asked KMart auto who quoted me between $400-600 for each annual/15k kms service While I was quoted front brake pads/rotors costing around $500+. So I think servicing at third party would cost roughly half the cost at a Fiat Dealer servicing. Also note that parts may not be readily available, I serviced my car at Fiat dealer however, they have to order in the brake pads and disc rotor, and I have to rebooked another week to fit the brakes. I have been lucky that my car has generally been reliable but for the last 3 years or so, the gearbox has been playing up, ie. difficult to engage first gear and particularly the reverse gear. This problem has been gradually getting worse overtime and after reading many reviews from other owners with their gearboxes failing, I came to a conclusion my gearbox was probably failing and would not last much longer (apprpx $4k cost), so i decided to trade in my Punto while the gearbox was still operational. I think being a manual gearbox, it lasted me 8+years which was not bad but I read many reviews with the auto/dualogic gears failing much earlier than mine. Other than this the car has been fun to drive. Only selling due to potential cost of servicing $800-$1000 plus brakes $1500+ plus rego/greenslip another $1000+ Plus $500+ insurance, not to mention the potentially failing gearbox repair $4k. All up I was facing $4k-$8k bill just to keep the Punto running for another year (while private sale value was approx $5k) . So I decided to trade in the Punto for another brand's new diesel car. Only giving a four stars rating due to the gearbox issue and poor attitude and arrogance of the servicing Fiat dealer, whose service I was not happy with. In summary : Pros: Nice, punchy and reliable Diesel engine. Fun drive feel. Nice external Italian styling and engine sound. Very economical diesel consumption.
Dualogic.... More like no logic!!
I have owned my punto for about 7 years now with no issues except for the constant dualogic problems. I have taken the car to several different mechanics where I have had to leave the car for extended periods of time with no fix. Nobody seems to know how to fix it or know where to fix these transmissions in Melbourne? I have have experienced gear changing issues (crunching sounds), the car not being able to select any gears when starting, stopping at traffic lights and then being stuck in a turning lane at peak hour traffic time....... The list goes on!!
Terrible, terrible gearbox.
By the way a friend of mine had to trade their Punto in because of the same thing!
Stay clear of these cars!!!
I actually like my fiat punto grande. The one thing that I can't fathom about the car is that rubbish dualogic gear box. Fuel economy is great and the driving experience is great. The gear box has a mind of its own. It fails without warning. What's worse is the cost to have the actuator relplaced. It will cost you more than the car is worth. I have always worked on Fiats and liked them. If you do buy one go for a traditional manual or auto. Stay clear of the electronic rubbish gearbox.
Decent Car. Worst Company!!
I picked up my 2006 Punto from a dealer. Was decent. Good thing I bought extended warranty. The alternator failed within the first two years. Was out of pocket $600 to get the car back on the road.
Was standing for a year as I had a work car. Tried to get the car back running again. Sent it to my usual mechanic. He had everything fixed. Until a warning started to pop up saying the alignment was out.
Was recommended to take it to a Fiat dealership. Organised with Fiat Essendon for them to have a look. The head mechanic diagnosed it. Said...there was a crack in the steering column. The car had never been in an accident. Said it would cost around $8000 - $10,000 to get it fixed and I would have to source the parts myself. I told him they were selling a new car for $15K why would I pay that much to get it fixed. He was completely unhelpful and could not be less bothered if he tried. Then after he confirmed that it was a free diagnosis, I arranged a tow for the next day but was told he was not there the car would not be released until I paid a $300 fee. Which I had to pay to get my car released from them. So basically they lied, couldn't care and were indifferent to anything and everything I suggested. I paid someone $500 to get the problem fixed. The car is now up and running. Would not buy another Fiat if they paid me. Reasonable car but nothing special at all and worst ever customer service I have ever had the displeasure of in the whole of Australia from each and every member of their staff. Basically they could not give two shits about their customers.
Fiat Australia have said that they do not regard the systemic transmission problems reported off shore are a factor for their consideration!
Fiat say the part to repair the transmission in our 2009 transmission (just the part) is $5,000.
Car is valued at the same price.
Fiat Customer Care dept. will not accept our email or snail mail evidence of the service history to support our position. What a terrible company to deal with.
Great reliable car
I purchased my Punto new in 2008. The 1.3 ltr diesel is a great economical engine. A great car with no problems.
I have recently sold my Punto Sport turbo diesel. It was a great car but I needed 4 doors. Now have a Ritmo turbo petrol 2009 model which has also been fantastic so far. The Punto was reliable, economical and quite sporty, especially for a diesel. It was the orange colour-the best for this model.
reliable, inexpensive, good performance, distictive
Now good value
What a shame when Fiat released these in 2006 that the pricing at that time wasn't where it is now. They are a good car, with reliability & durability beyond any doubt. The Diesel was the pick of the engines, but because of the initial pricing only sold in small numbers. Just hope Fiat might reconsider adding the diesel back to the range at a more affordable price.
Reliable, durable & safe for a small vehicle. Great diesel in previous model.
Some minor quality issues.
I unfortunately own a 2008 Fiat Punto with automatic gearbox. Nothing but trouble with the gearbox actuator. This is the electronics that send a message when to go into the next gear. It turns out on enquiry that it is a very common problem globally. I now have to spend $3k to get it fixed and no parts in Australia. Do your own internet research before buying an automatic. Also difficult to get competent people to service and also resell. Cannot even get parts from a wrecker. Steer clear of this Italian rubbish and buy a Corolla. Apparently the manuals are a lot more reliable but have no experience with the manual version.
Automatic gearbox actuator - common global problem and expensive to fix!
I bought a Fiat Punto in 2008. In 4 years, no problems at all. A Great car that looks good, drives fantastic and isn't just another boring dot on the road. The panoramic sunroof is great. The 1.4 litre "T-Jet" turbo motor is a gem, giving you plenty of sprinting power. Highly Recommended. Fiat make great cars.
Style, Performance and Reliability.
Love hate relationship
I purchased a 1.9 turbo diesel Sport in early 2007 new. I like its drivability, looks and economy. It does have its problems however. The car shakes when I turn the air con on. I have taken it back to the dealers on a number of occasions but they have been unable to fix it. The front seats stitching came apart within the first 2 years of owning it. The leather steering wheel is not quite leather as it has peeled and looks rank. I have had a rubber turbo hose puncture. The 20 cm long replacement cost $400 and took 3 weeks to arrive from Italy. P...arts/service are charged excessively eg. $1200 for front brakes at Fiat (disk/pad). I replaced them at a local mechanic (bosch/pbr parts) for $350 and they work a treat. Overall the car is enjoyable to drive with good looks however the package is by no means perfect.
Fiat Punto: 5 years on still lovin' it!
This car rewards you with a responsive diesel engine (1.3), great grip and handling, and excellent economy. European engine of the year, sporty, SCCS chassis/fuel management work with GM in the 1990s, donates its mechanicals with 17 other cars (see Wikipedia) and $10k-$13k less than a Prius with the same economy.
It looks fabulous, the Italians can style a car: I love the metallic orange paint and matching interior. It's the first car I've owned where other drivers commented about how good it looked in the middle of traffic! One day after shop...
In more than 3 years of ownership its has been trouble free, except for a stiff door handle fixed under warranty.
It is overall fun to drive and in diesel form is very economical. I would buy another or would also consider the new 2011 VW Polo.
Great styling, value and safety. Plenty of features in the base Dynamic model including cruise control, ABS, 6 Airbags, 5 adjustable headrests and three point seatbelts. Comfortable driving position with great forward vision. Full size spare wheel. 6 speed manual offers moonshot top gear for very quiet ...
Questions & Answers
I have a Fiat Punto 2013 dualogic transmission which broke down yesterday while doing my delivery. I parked my car in front of a customer’s house, handed over the food, returned back and when I normally tried to shift the gear from N to 1st auto/ manual both weren’t working. I’d never encountered this situation before and I reckon my car was totally fine until then. I furthered got it toed to a RAcv mechanic shop as it seemed the only option during that situation. Whilst, I’m awaiting for my mechanic to get back, I really want to know what might have gone wrong as I’m totally devastated and tensed.
Thanks in advance for your time and replies.
I feel sorry for you having the issue. I used to own a Fiat Punto (see my review on this site). Unfortunately the Punto has a well documented history of being a great car with great engine BUT with poor/failing gearboxes (including mine). I think The problem for you is, the gearbox has failed and need replacement, cost estimate is anywhere between $3-5k. Even more problem is no mechanic is likely to have a spare gearbox, which means it has to be imported from Italy (and huge delays with the delivery timing during COVID pandemic these days).
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news for you but from my experience and perspective, it is not looking good for you.
OMG?? I’m feeling totally down and out now. Looks like I’ll have to get rid of it and buy a new one. Feels really painful. Thanks for your honest reply even though it shattered me into pieces.
I have a diesel 5 speed it's stuck in first gear when turned off I can put it in 2nd 3rd 4th and 5th but can't in reverse
I used to own a Fiat Punto Diesel manual for 8 yrs, and experienced what you described. Back then I did a lot of research and found the likely cause was that the gearbox is failing. And to replace it, it needs to be imported from Italy and bacl then it cost approximately $3-4k just to replace the gearbox. Fiat Punto was a good car and fun to drive but the gearbox was the weakest link and it has well been documented with so many problems. For me it lasted 8 yrs before I trade it in for another car, and getting 8yrs out of the gearbox was not too bad considering the many documented problems with shorter gearbox lifespan. In any case, Good luck with the car but I would recommend trading in for another car if u have the budget as gearbox replacement probably would cost more than the car value itself.
I have a fiat punto duo-logic 1.4 petrol 2007 and would like to acquire a workshop or sevice manual for same but cant find one. Any help?
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|Transmission||Manual||Automatic and Manual|
|Drive Type||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)|
|Wheels||17" Alloy||15" Steel|
|ANCAP Safety Rating||5 Stars|
|Fuel Consumption||5 L/100km||5.7 L/100km|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||6.6 L||45 L|
|Engine||4 Cylinder 1.4L||4 Cylinder 1.4L|
|Max Power||88kW @ 5000rpm||57kW @ 6000rpm|
|Max Torque||206Nm @ 5000rpm||115Nm @ 3250rpm|
|Country of Manufacture||Italy||Italy|
|Manufacturer Warranty||3 year(s)||3 year(s)|
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