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Old 26th August 2013, 00:55   #16
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Thanks, do we have any current 1.9D owners on the forum? It will be great if we can get inputs on current service back up situation. Palio petrol owners inputs on general service back up will help too.
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Old 26th August 2013, 08:26   #17
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Renewing this thread, is it worth it to buy the 1.9D today? I found a single owner 2006 model for 2 plus lakhs, I'm thinking its better than a 20 year old jeep. Between a jeep, spark LPG, this seems to make sense as a car
Palios are built like tank.

I have used Palio for 7 long years and sold in in 2010. (See my thread in long term reviews) The second owner is still using it with no hassles.

If you get one with running less than 80~85000 km its worth to pay upto 2 lakhs if tyres are still ok.

Only thing is - find a person who can repair it and has access to diagnostic software. It is more advanced than Tata vehicles and I found Tata service people can not really maintain it well. FIAT has now reopened its stand alone sales and service centers. It may be worth trying them out.
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The car is very good, build like a tank, good feedback, good ride/ handling balance, good space and stable on highway. The size is perfect for city and occasional highway trips. We had it in the family.

I would not recommend it just because it is a fiat. Sourcing parts would be a pain. Fuel pump seems to be a usual culprit.
Fiat parts are available and they are not cheap. An original fuel pump could go upto 18k and the chinese / taiwanese pumps fail effortlessly.
The deal is to get a 1.9D under 1 lakh and spend lavishly to refurbish it.
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Old 26th August 2013, 13:55   #19
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@ SamuraiJack - How much time/effort/money would you like to spend/invest into maintaining the car. Typical Challenges ->
1 -> You will find knowledgable mechanics, but they may be setup in a diagnoally opposite part of the city
2 -> Spare parts availability is an issue. You need to know which parts are available where. There are different fiat forums where you will get all the assistance you need. There are some shops around in India where you will usually get most of the spares. Knowing people in scrap yards helps. One can get very rarely sold spares at cheap price
3 -> Spare parts would be expensive (OEM). Some of the spares are imported from places like Brazil/Turkey. Good quality after market replacements are available in most cases

In general Palio's age very well and are very sturdy. I agree with HillRam. Try to find something between 1-1.5 lakhs and then refurbish it.
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Hi Samurai
Before you find a good conditioned 1.9 D, I would suggest you to look for a mechanic who knows in and out of a 1.9 Engine so that you could rely on him in case something goes wrong. Trust me, there are very few people available who has got a fair amount of knowledge in this particular vehicle. Most of them would take you for a ride without detecting the core issue. Spare parts are available but costly. Also, get in touch with a FIAT service to know if they can do an ECU scan on PALIOs. Without the scanned results, it is really very difficult to detect the problem zone even for a seasoned mechanic. So, IMO these are the groundworks which you should do, before going for a PALIO 1.9D.
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I still have the Petra 1.9D with me. You can find my review at MFW. It covers most aspects of the car including maintenance. Have a look there and you can get an idea.
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1.9 D engine IIRC was imported from Italy and not built locally. The parts are frightfully expensive may take days to arrive and you wont be able to find a mechanic trained on it. So unless you are getting one ultra cheap from a reliable source and are willing to spend time and money on it, stay away from a 1.9D.
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1.9 D engine IIRC was imported from Italy and not built locally. The parts are frightfully expensive may take days to arrive and you wont be able to find a mechanic trained on it. So unless you are getting one ultra cheap from a reliable source and are willing to spend time and money on it, stay away from a 1.9D.
Perception. Spares for all Palio models are available in the local market ( quality would not be as same as OE )

RockAutoParts UK has each and every part for any model of Palio's

99rpm.com INDIA has / can arrange for every Genuine parts for the Palio's

Though i've owned the 1.6 GTX for over a year, i've never faced issues with spares. Basically Genuine spares last quite longer/ Reliable.

1.9D is a good buy, considering the condition / upkeep of the car.
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Perception. Spares for all Palio models are available in the local market ( quality would not be as same as OE )
Not Exactly Pavan. We have a 1.1 stile that is a relatively newer version of the Palio and twice it has been at the workshop for 15-20 days for want of parts that were fairly routine and that too at a place like Chandigarh. Even in the year 2007, when I was about to pick up a 1.9D Petra, a person in FIAT India itself, at that time had suggested that it would take a bold heart to go for a 1.9D since it was stopped in the year 2006 I think. And that was in 2007.

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Fiat Palio 1.9 D all parts are available,

It's a car that is build like a tank,the 1.9 D engine is work horse that performs extremely well if the car is well maintained,

Not sure why a person told you not to pick 1.9d - it still gives a run for money to latest diesel engine as the drive is really smooth,

I hope it helps
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Posting on behalf of a friend:

He has an offer for a 1.9 d Palio (2004 Model) for Rs.1,09,000. It has 50,000 kms on the ODO as the owner claims to have been out of the country for few years. Can he close the deal? How much can my friend spend on this car to acquire it? Your suggestions will help a non-petrol head.
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Posting on behalf of a friend:

He has an offer for a 1.9 d Palio (2004 Model) for Rs.1,09,000. It has 50,000 kms on the ODO as the owner claims to have been out of the country for few years. Can he close the deal? How much can my friend spend on this car to acquire it? Your suggestions will help a non-petrol head.
Too much at 109k in my view.

My 2004 top of line variant 1.9D (ELX SP PS- Safety pack with ABS+Airbag+Power steering) was very well maintained, and sold at 120k , 5 years ago. And even then , it was after a process of multiple newspaper ads etc. The bottom price then was a little over 80k.

In today's day and age - I would think with the extra 5 years of age - he should be able to get one in about 50-60k.
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NCR rates are much lower than those in the Southern states.

If the car can be vouched to be in good condition by a reliable mechanic who knows the 1.9, with no expense in the visible future, the price seems reasonable. Lesser the better of course




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Too much at 109k in my view.

My 2004 top of line variant 1.9D (ELX SP PS- Safety pack with ABS+Airbag+Power steering) was very well maintained, and sold at 120k , 5 years ago. And even then , it was after a process of multiple newspaper ads etc. The bottom price then was a little over 80k.

In today's day and age - I would think with the extra 5 years of age - he should be able to get one in about 50-60k.
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Mine is a 2003 model still going strong. Had bought it from a pre-owned car dealer in hyderabad around the same time in 2007. About to complete the magical figure of 100000 Kms on the ODO.

I have one major niggle on the Fuel-Pump. At times the check-Engine light doesn't go off, the only way is to start the ignition and switch it off again. On subsequent restarts, most of the times the check-engine light goes away. But this has started to bother me, especially while stopping at the Signals for a long time (Bangalore Traffic you see)

Any remedy for the above problem is appreciated.

Regards,
Manish

I know it is probably not fair to ask on this forum, but does anybody have the ex-showroom pricelist [2003-2007] of the Fiat Palio 1.9D EL model.

I recently moved the car from Hyderabad to Bangalore and need to pay the taxes to avoid harassment by the local cops, since my wife uses the car most of the times. Appreciate if someone can share the ex-showroom pricelist.

Also any tips or contacts in Bangalore who can help with the Tax Payment process would be helpful. I've heard that once you show-up they harass you big-time for papers and documents.

Regards,
Manish

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