Fiat Punto: common problems and solutions

The Fiat Punto is classed as a supermini car which is produced by the Italian automobile manufacturing company Fiat. The Punto has been in production since 1993 and is currently in its third generation of production. It has been marketed as the Grande Punto and Punto Evo in previous years, but is now known as the Punto again. Click here to read our full Punto review. These cars are practical with good handling and performance, but have a few reliability concerns. Like all cars they have their known common problems which we have listed some of these below with the solutions and difficulty ratings for fixing the problems. We have also listed some of the most recent recalls made on the Punto.

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Fiat Punto common problems and solutions

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Power steering problem

Problem: These cars are known for having problems with the power steering. If you have noticed that the steering is pulling to one side or that the power steering is sometimes not working, then the main cause for this is the steering column, or power steering motor.

Solution: You will need to identify exactly what is causing the fault, if it is one of the above you will need to replace the faulty part(s) to fix the problem. Have a look at the video below to see the part which is causing this problem:


Engine management warning light

Problem: If you have noticed that the engine management light has come on the dashboard, it could either be an ECU fault or a problem with one of the sensors. The most common sensors to go on this car are the lambda sensor, or the water temperature switch.

Solution: Get a diagnostic check run on the car to correctly identify what is causing the light to come on. Once identified, you will need to replace the faulty part.


Back of car kicking out when cornering

Problem: When you are turning around corners and you notice that the back of the car is kicking out or lacking control, this is usually caused by a problem with the rear trailing arm.

Solution: You will need to replace the rear trailing arm to resolve the issue.


Knocking noise from suspension

Problem: When you are driving over speed bumps or rough surfaces and notice a knocking noise coming from the rear suspension, it means that there is a problem with the rear suspension bushes.

Solution: This problem could be resolved by lubricating the bushes, but if they are damaged in any way, you will need to replace the bushes.


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Window wiper problems

Problem: If you have come across some problems with the window wipers, this is common to the Punto. This problem is caused by a weak wiper linkage.

Solution: You will need to fit a replacement wiper linkage to resolve this issue.



The Fiat Punto has now been in production for 20 years and has had an incredibly high amount of recalls during this time. You can find the full list of recalls at the website. We have listed the most recent of these taken directly from the department for transport recalls database. Remember, that these problems should no longer be an issue on your car as Fiat should have fixed them free of charge due to manufacturing errors.

We know that we have not listed every single problem for the Fiat Punto, but have listed only some of the most common problems. If you can't find your problem listed above, it still may be a common one, and we can still help you find the parts you need. You can start by visiting our Fiat Punto parts page or entering your vehicle registration number in the part finder below. You could also give us a call on *0905 232 3000 if you prefer to talk to one of our friendly advisers.