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Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
25,000 miles
Total Complaints:
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2003 Fiat Punto clutch problems

clutch problem

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2003 Fiat Punto Owner Comments

problem #1

May 272008

Punto 1242

  • Manual transmission
  • 25,000 miles


I was driving along very busy road, approaching traffic lights and I could not get car into second gear. I thought if I could get car to quieter street to stop it would be better, but as I drove through lights clutch exploded, ruined gear box and water tank. It was quite terrifying. Car is 5 years old, has low mileage and only one driver. It is out of warranty, so goodness knows what it will cost to repair. Surely this should not happen to a five year old car. I bought the car new 5 years ago - first time in my life I have been able to afford new car. I am a 75 year old pensioner, so I don't even know if I shall be able to afford repair ( still waiting for estimate) never mind buy another car. If I am left without a car it will affect my life greatly.

- , Stockport, Cheshire, UK

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