Fiat Grande punto ? … views please
Pretty good. We have the diesel 1.3 version with a 6 speed box, so it’s like having a proper grown ups car in a small package. Quite a lot of turbo-lag below 2500rpm, but not a problem once you are used to it. I’ve put it through 3 MOT’s now and only had 1 broken coil spring on the first one as a fail, and that’s more likely due to the state of the roads. Only real issues with it have been an ECU/injector programming problem when a duff battery went proper flat in the very cold winter a couple of years ago, but that was only a 45 quid repair on the Fiat diagnoistic thing.
Solid build, decent interior, (apart from the colour, but we didn’t choose that) We had a mk2 punto before this one, which was also ace and I’d buy another Fiat on the strength of these.
Only negative comment is, if you live in the North West, don’t use Mangolettsi near Knutsford for service. Wouldn’t give them the steam off my p…Posted 5 years agoGary_CMember
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The previous gen Punto had problems with the electronic power steering failing, the cars were still driveable but you needed arms like Schwarzenegger. The current (Grande) Punto has reports of the same problem, plus various other issues.
Best thing to do is take a look at the Grande Punto forum.Posted 5 years agotthewSubscriber
Read a forum for ANY car and you get to see all the problems. People only post there for help when they have a breakdown don’t they, never, ‘well it got me to the shops fine today’.
Granted the 1.2 engine in the mk2 did have a proper issue with the head gasket at 40k miles, I’d assume they’ve sorted that more recently though.Posted 5 years agobrianiMember
I’ve got a 07 plate 1.2 Grande Punto, which I downsized to from a 1.8L Mondeo.
Not quite as roomy inside as the Mondeo. But comfy enough for my 6’2″ frame with size 13 feet!
When I bought it a few months ago the garage replaced a rear spring which was gone. Just last week a spring on the front went! That’s probably due to the state of today’s roads more than anything to do with it being a Fiat.
For bike carrying purposes, if I take the wheels and seatpost off the mtb, it will fit in the back with the rear seats folded down. However for convenience I opted for a Saris Bones 2 rack, which fits the rear hatch quite well.
The car is a bit on the slow side going uphill on a motorway compared to my 1.8L mondeo, however it’s a lot cheaper to run!
Pleased with mine!Posted 5 years agoSuggseySubscriber
And the electric powered steering issue is I believe on a general recall across the ranges for a software update (the daughters Fiat 500 threw up steering fault not long after she had it at 2 years old). I dont think that they are any worse now than any other modern car with too many electrical bits and bobs on them. Give me manual windey windows and simple electrics over modern flakey stuff!Posted 5 years ago
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