Fiat Punto: common problems and solutions

The Punto, classed as a supermini car, is produced by the Italian car maker Fiat. The Punto has been in production since 1993 and is currently in its third generation; previously marketed as the Grande Punto and Punto Evo but now returning to the bare Punto name once again. These cars are practical with good handling and performance, but do have a few reliability concerns. We have listed some of the common problems below with the solutions and difficulty ratings for fixing the issues as well as some of some recent recalls made on the Punto. Read our full Punto review for more information about this stylish supermini.

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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 usually the steering column or power steering motor.

Solution: You will need to identify exactly what is causing the fault, and, if it is one of the above you will need to replace the faulty part(s) to fix the problem. Find steering parts for your Fiat Punto here. 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 lit up 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 warning light to come on. Once identified, you will need to replace the faulty part.


Back of car kicking out when cornering

Problem: Problem: If you are turning corners and you notice that the back of the car is kicking out or lacking in control then 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. Look for Fiat Punto suspension parts on


Knocking noise from suspension

Problem: If you are driving over speed bumps or rough surfaces and notice a knocking noise coming from the rear suspension then it may mean 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 then you will need to replace them. Search for your replacement Fiat Punto suspension bushes for the right price through


Window wiper problems

Problem: If you have come across some problems with the window wipers then you’re not alone - this is common with 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 over 20 years and has had an incredibly high amount of recalls during this time. We have listed just some of these taken directly from the Department for Transport recalls database, but you can view a full list on their website. Remember that these problems should no longer be an issue on your car as Fiat should already have fixed them free of charge as they occurred due to manufacturing errors.

  • Reduced braking efficiency – 07-12-2012

    Multiple Fiat models built between 1st June 2012 and 30th September 2012 were recalled due to concerns that braking efficiency may be reduced. This was down to a connector on the brake servo pipe which may fail and cause a loss of vacuum assistance, requiring the driver to apply additional effort when braking. Affected vehicles were recalled so that a new brake servo pipe could be fitted.

  • Possibility of fire – 28-03-2011

    In 2011 Fiat recalled a number of cars after issues were found in the layout of the ABS wiring in the battery holding unit. This wiring could become pinched and trapped in some vehicles, exposing wiring in some areas increasing the potential for fire risks in extreme cases. Recalled vehicles were inspected and wiring repaired using industry accepted soldering connectors.

  • Airbag deployment error – 01-10-2010

    Once again Fiat recalled a number of models due to the potentially dangerous issue that the wrong airbag may deploy in a collision. In the case of a side impact it was found that the wrong airbag could deploy as a result of a software non-compliance, so Fiat recalled affected vehicles to apply a software update and remedy the issue.

We know that we have not listed every single problem for the Fiat Punto, but have instead focused on some of the main common problems. If you can't find your issue listed above it still may be a common one, and we can still help you find the parts you need. You can start by entering your details in our Find a Part tool.