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Old 18-04-2008   #331
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Re: What defects have you had with your Grande Punto so far?

Quote Originally Posted by snownrock View Post
I wouldnt say that, they replaced my headlight unit under warranty, which im pretty sure was my fault for breaking.
What if they refuse to acknowledge, or fix/replace a defect when it should be covered under warranty and not my fault?

You obviously don't live in Australia so I don't blame you.
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Re: What defects have you had with your Grande Punto so far?

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I wouldnt say that, they replaced my headlight unit under warranty, which im pretty sure was my fault for breaking.
I think this has as much to do with the local dealer attitude than FIAT as a company. Living in Andover I have a choice of 3, in Salisbury, Winchester and Basingstoke all within 20 odd miles. I have already used Salisbury and Winchester and they were poor to say the least. I will try Basingstoke and see how that goes in the next couple of weeks with my new GPS.
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Re: What defects have you had with your Grande Punto so far?

Quote Originally Posted by Dukeman View Post
I think this has as much to do with the local dealer attitude than FIAT as a company. Living in Andover I have a choice of 3, in Salisbury, Winchester and Basingstoke all within 20 odd miles. I have already used Salisbury and Winchester and they were poor to say the least. I will try Basingstoke and see how that goes in the next couple of weeks with my new GPS.
Good luck! I had 3 Puntos before my first GP and my 1.3 MJ Dynamic was a fantastic car spoilt by design faults. In spite of replacing the anti-roll bar, steering rack, shock absorbers and mounts, and steering column shaft, Fiat dealers were unable to overcome the excessive knocking noise the car made when passing over bumps in the road. There were steering problems as well.

I had so much trouble with it that my local dealer gave me a fantastic PX deal on a GP Sporting. If you visit your Fiat dealer in Basingstoke then you will find my Dynamic for sale on their forecourt.

The Sporting is also noisy over bumps but this is relatively unimportant because the seats and suspension are so uncomfortanble that you are dying to get out of it!
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Re: What defects have you had with your Grande Punto so far?

Hi Im new here.

Got an 06 Grande 1.4 dynamic in midnight blue and its done 11, 000 miles.

1. When i bought the car in Jul 06 i asked for floor mats and had to wait a month for them to arrive as they were missing when i collected the car.

2. Car went back to Fiat in Aug 06 because i couldnt open the off side door. Lock was replaced.

3. Back to Fiat Nov 06 for the recall. New steering rack fitted. Another new door lock on the other side of the car as couldnt open that door either. And a new motor for front passenger window as it was going AWOL when i tried to open it.

4. Jan 07. Another new door lock but now on the drivers side. I couldnt get out my car!! Plus another new window motor on the drivers side. God knows what i would have done if i had had an accident and needed to get out the car.

5. Also Jan 07. New heater motor as it had burnt out. Was really noisy couldnt even hear the stereo.

6. Dec 07. Reported problem with back lights and error messages showing on dash "Check stop lights", "Check RHS turn light" No fault found.

7. March 08. Back to fiat for the above problem. Said that back light was corroded. Also RH indicator clicking nineteen to the dozen when it feels like it. Fiat 'fixed' it but an hour after driving out the garage ALL the problems were still there!!!! Also told by Fiat that the car would have to be back in the following week for another new steering rack.

8. This week...car is going back to Fiat and i'm not having it back until its fixed. Strongly worded letter sent off to dealership and headoffice.

Warranty up on the car this Jul. Apparently there is an extended 3 year warranty but it doesnt cover much. My dealership unable to give me a copy of what it does cover. Really worried about the future of my car. Cannot keep taking it back every few months as i cannot afford constant probs.

And with regards to the motorway gliding...mines done that from day 1. In face i had a company ford fiesta and that was better on the motorway and cost half the price.

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Re: What defects have you had with your Grande Punto so far?

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Hi Im new here.

Got an 06 Grande 1.4 dynamic in midnight blue and its done 11, 000 miles.

1. When i bought the car in Jul 06 i asked for floor mats and had to wait a month for them to arrive as they were missing when i collected the car.

2. Car went back to Fiat in Aug 06 because i couldnt open the off side door. Lock was replaced.

3. Back to Fiat Nov 06 for the recall. New steering rack fitted. Another new door lock on the other side of the car as couldnt open that door either. And a new motor for front passenger window as it was going AWOL when i tried to open it.

4. Jan 07. Another new door lock but now on the drivers side. I couldnt get out my car!! Plus another new window motor on the drivers side. God knows what i would have done if i had had an accident and needed to get out the car.

5. Also Jan 07. New heater motor as it had burnt out. Was really noisy couldnt even hear the stereo.

6. Dec 07. Reported problem with back lights and error messages showing on dash "Check stop lights", "Check RHS turn light" No fault found.

7. March 08. Back to fiat for the above problem. Said that back light was corroded. Also RH indicator clicking nineteen to the dozen when it feels like it. Fiat 'fixed' it but an hour after driving out the garage ALL the problems were still there!!!! Also told by Fiat that the car would have to be back in the following week for another new steering rack.

8. This week...car is going back to Fiat and i'm not having it back until its fixed. Strongly worded letter sent off to dealership and headoffice.

Warranty up on the car this Jul. Apparently there is an extended 3 year warranty but it doesnt cover much. My dealership unable to give me a copy of what it does cover. Really worried about the future of my car. Cannot keep taking it back every few months as i cannot afford constant probs.

And with regards to the motorway gliding...mines done that from day 1. In face i had a company ford fiesta and that was better on the motorway and cost half the price.

Happy days
How about that for a first post..

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Re: What defects have you had with your Grande Punto so far?

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How about that for a first post..

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Thank you!! lol. The wonderful world of Fiat eh? My first and last Fiat anyway...
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Re: What defects have you had with your Grande Punto so far?

other than the recalls i've had to send the 1.2 active back for, (the usual cam shaft cover, squeaky brakes etc) i also had a problem with the sensor for the drivers seatbelt, it would go off even if i was belted up!! it did my head in for weeks!! haven't had any recall notices for the new car, so im assuming that they did the recall work before they delivered the car to me!!
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Re: What defects have you had with your Grande Punto so far?

Quote Originally Posted by georgios1976 View Post
Ongoing faults.
  • Fume-like smell in cabin at crawling speeds with the blower on.
  • creaks from the nearside.
  • rear brakes noisy at reversing at low speeds
  • EXCESS RADIAT. Engine won’t start!
Previous faults, now fixed under warranty.
  • misaligned rear screen
  • bit of paint missing from rear o/s bumper.
  • USB stopped reading music files. 3 times!
  • glove-box would not close.
  • steering wheel hub was rubbing against the steering column.
  • alloy wheels corroded!
  • missing steering cover metal plate (passive safety issue, recall)
  • EGR valve and turbo gasket
  • knocks from front suspension: Drop link(s) replaced.
  • Passenger seat drop mechanism was very stiff.
  • The right side of the stereo head unit popped out.
  • The low oil indicator went on despite being full with stuff.
29,000 miles so far, lots of niggles, however the car always gets me form A to B, I have yet to experience a proper breakdown! Cross fingers...

I asked the dealer to print out all the warranty work they have carried out on my car. So far, warranty repairs have cost Fiat the following:

Heater £199.60
Break kit £49.12
EGR valve (sadly, a reconditioned one...) £126.86
drop links £87.47
Alloy wheels (sadly, the T-jet sporting ones...) £510.64
Rear tailgate glass realignment £126.09

A whopping £1,100 so far! And despite Fiat Italy's assurances, Fiat UK has yet to contact me! So much for improved customer service then!
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