General Replacing Punto with Stilo - big improvement?

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General Replacing Punto with Stilo - big improvement?

yugo23

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I want to replace my 2005 1.2 16V Punto with 2004 Stilo JTD, preferably Multijet 140HP.
Apart from the obvious - size, what are the areas where Stilo is big improvement over Punto? Or maybe not? :p
 

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hi, I replaced a 97 sporting for my stilo abarth - the obvious differences for me being power available / delivery of power, and the level of kit / trim it is decked out with.

overall, from punto upto stilo should give noticable;

superior feel on motorway cruises,
larger car "feel" when sitting in as driver and / or passenger,
more toys as standard between like for like models,
a "newer" design, therefore more innovations / higher quality,
more rear room,

i kept the punto and have it in the garage, drove it last week for the first time in 2 months and wow, what a difference in overall feel. (a backwards step).

there may be more......
 

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The biggest shock for you would be how stable the car is at high speed, 100mph on motorway feel like 70-80.
as for the JTD, you might find the car understeer badly as some inexperance member think and start saying the stilo handling badly. you just have to adapt your driving style a bit.
 

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Punto V stilo = no contest and never will be whatever it has under the bonnet end off subject :D
 

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I'd suggest you only consider a <03 Stilo if it has warranty. Although we have numerous 02 owners without problems the 03 and 04 are much less prone to the little gremlins.
 

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The biggest shock for you would be how stable the car is at high speed, 100mph on motorway feel like 70-80.
as for the JTD, you might find the car understeer badly as some inexperance member think and start saying the stilo handling badly. you just have to adapt your driving style a bit.

Understeer can be helped with the right wheel/tyre/springs choice.

Mine was much worse stock 15s etc.
 

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Intresting... I feel it has plenty of grip and brake power with Winter M+S tyres. Just can't imagine how it holds the road with 17" 215's for dry road and some stiffer suspension.

What were they driving before Stilo, if they complain any grip issues? A carting?
 

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mine has "16 205s and it understeers badly and well if the road is wet, it´s a nightmare, i´m pretty sure something has to be wrong with it : (
 

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mine has "16 205s and it understeers badly and well if the road is wet, it´s a nightmare, i´m pretty sure something has to be wrong with it : (
You should get superb grip on those :confused:

As long as the car is standard then all it can really be is alignment or choice of tyres.
 

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I really don´t know i mean the car is barely 5 months old, so the tyres don´t have that much use on them, and they aren´t exactly the cheapest nastiest tyres, they are continentals R16 205/55 96V, so i´m really thinking of going to fiat and ask them to have a look.
 

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I really don´t know i mean the car is barely 5 months old, so the tyres don´t have that much use on them, and they aren´t exactly the cheapest nastiest tyres, they are continentals R16 205/55 96V, so i´m really thinking of going to fiat and ask them to have a look.

should have kept your punto ;)
 

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LOL!

On the bright side the punto had amazing grip, almost as if it though, if i skid i die lmao

On the darker side, even if i hadn´t moved back to spain i would´ve changed it, the engine was leaking oil all over the place, regardless of how many times it got "fixed", and it didn´t have that much mileage either, like 65k
 
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