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Re: Highest mileage punto on the forum?

To the best of my knowledge, there are no 'signs' of a head gasket failure, it either works or its gone. I've never heard of a pre-emptive head gasket change out either, its not a dynamic part so there is nothing to wear out. Unless you constantly drive it in the top 10% of the rev range, that won't help longevity.


When a head gasket does blow it usually blows a gas path through the hole, if that isn't addressed by skimming the surfaces perfectly flat again then the engine will eat head gaskets. Other than that, as long as its got enough oil and water and all the systems work properly [aka maintenance] then you shouldn't need to touch the head gasket.
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To the best of my knowledge, there are no 'signs' of a head gasket failure, it either works or its gone. I've never heard of a pre-emptive head gasket change out either, its not a dynamic part so there is nothing to wear out. Unless you constantly drive it in the top 10% of the rev range, that won't help longevity.


When a head gasket does blow it usually blows a gas path through the hole, if that isn't addressed by skimming the surfaces perfectly flat again then the engine will eat head gaskets. Other than that, as long as its got enough oil and water and all the systems work properly [aka maintenance] then you shouldn't need to touch the head gasket.
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Re: Highest mileage punto on the forum?

Don't know what's on it now but saw my old Punto yesterday, it had about 206000 KLm when I sold it about 4 years ago, 2005 1.2, great car, 05D 31186 anybody on here?
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Re: Highest mileage punto on the forum?

Fiat Punto Mk II (188) 1.2 8V bought in Sep 2002.

86.500 KM, 10.000 KM on LPG.

LPG fuel consumption is 5.81 ltrs/100 KM (mostly highway).
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Re: Highest mileage punto on the forum?

I have a 2000 reg punto mk2 8 valve.
It has done 137,000 miles and I have it from new.
The head gasket went pop in 2012,everything else ok.
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Re: Highest mileage punto on the forum?

hi,my little 2001 1.2 8v punto hit the 180k there a few weeks ago,im happy with that.

i would have thrown 24k on it in the last year,500miles a week car

no issues have cropped up,the electric steering stopped,i ignored it and kept driving it without.

one day it just started working again,been grand since.

all she has cost me has been a few second hand tyres and 3 oil changes.


she has got a bit to go on my highest milage car,a bmw 735i 1991, she has 437k on it,orignal engine gearbox etc.

im impressed with my punto,it converted me to fiats,it was my first one,now ive 6!! puntos/cinquecentos and seicentos

the little fire engine is a gem
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The Mk2b runs with either a Panda or a Grande Punto engine. Both have pressed steel headgaskets - they rarely need to be replaced.
The inevitable has now happened. However the failure I got is that of a obvious leak from the radiator which I will replace shortly. This means that my HG may be OK and the symptoms I was getting was due to the failing radiator. Time will tell.
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I know the thread is old but today at Halstead, Essex there was a Fiat Punto 1.9JTD 86BHP Eleganza 2004 for sale is park on the grass with a white label on the windscreen it said is in a perfect condition with 100% full service history and it runs well force to sale because expect the fourth child. I look inside from the window it was a perfect condtion with a climate control and a cruise control which is very a rare car with this on standard, no rust but a quite few of stone chips on the bumper and bonnet. The asked price is 250 and the mileage is now at 227,000 miles! My Eleganza is currently at 132,000 miles. I did not see anyone thread owner's go over 250,000 miles yet on JTD Punto.
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My silver streak MK2 is now on 103,000 miles. It's got a full service histroy up to about 90,000. The Clutch is starting to slip and although it runs fine I suspect the head gasket has popped a leak somewhere as despite ALL the tried and tested ways I cannot seem to cure an infernal gurgling sound coming from the matrix on startup none of this bothers me though as the lil 8V Fire is a pleasure to work on
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I'm not 100% sure about my total mileage because my speedometer broke but it's about 370k km so 230k miles. Car is 2001 1.2 8v. Original engine lasted 300000km (blown valve), then I changed another one from 175000km 2004 Punto. Other things changed: 2x clutch, 2x gearbox, 2x drive shafts, 2x wheel bearings, 1x front shocks, 2x rear shocks, 1x rear springs, 2x lambda sensor, 1x throttle body, 1x fuel pump, 1x speedometer, ~30x oil & filter and I'm sure that's not everything
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I'm not 100% sure about my total mileage because my speedometer broke but it's about 370k km so 230k miles. Car is 2001 1.2 8v. Original engine lasted 300000km (blown valve), then I changed another one from 175000km 2004 Punto. Other things changed: 2x clutch, 2x gearbox, 2x drive shafts, 2x wheel bearings, 1x front shocks, 2x rear shocks, 1x rear springs, 2x lambda sensor, 1x throttle body, 1x fuel pump, 1x speedometer, ~30x oil & filter and I'm sure that's not everything
Sounds like Trig's broom (apologies to those unfamiliar with Only Fools and Horses).
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Re: Highest mileage punto on the forum?

MY 2000 Reg fiat punto did 152,000 miles and then the headgasket went.
It had a headgasket change at 112,000 miles in 2012.
I havent driven the car since the headgasket blew,because i bought a 2006
punto 1.2 with 60,000 miles.Dont have any history on the newer one but it is driving fine,not sure when i should get the timing belt changed.
If the headgaskets werent so **** on these puntos i am sure the engines would do over 200,000 miles,like the diesels.
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