Two years with an Abarth Grande Punto

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

I’ve owned my Abarth Grande Punto for nearly two years now, and in that time, I’ve only managed to clock up a feeble 9,500 miles.

I think it’s fair to say I’ve had a few ‘issues’:-

  • Abarth side-stripes replaced due to poor application by supplying dealer
  • Rattling C-pillar interior trim fixed with foam padding
  • Exterior trim at base of windscreen replaced after coming adrift
  • Plastic wheel-arch liner replaced (twice) after coming adrift
  • Front passenger seat replaced after stitching failed
  • Driver’s door replaced due to failed seam weld
  • Front suspension top-mounts failed four times

A few other issues have popped up along the way, too, but have either never been resolved, or I’ve just learnt to live with them – a rattling passenger seat mount, and the ubiquitous knocking door latches, for example.

There are plenty of design ‘faults’ that continue to infuriate me – the useless windscreen washers, the sun visors that won’t stay put, the lack of a cancel button for the cruise control, the uncommunicative steering, plus a few other niggles.

However (and probably to the amazement of most other Abarth owners), I’ve never had a single problem with Blue&Me.  And, although my brakes squeal occasionally, it really doesn’t bother me.

I’ve averaged 34mpg (according to the trip computer), and had one service (£253).  There’s plenty of life left in my tyres, too.

So, what now?  I think I feel a change coming on…

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