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Old 20th June 2016, 13:41   #16
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I am very much confirmed that Life Time Mobilities is an useless Fiat authorized workshop in Thane.

I had gone to LTM on Saturday for my Punto's 3rd year service. The car has clocked 36K kms. Although my brain said to go to RS or Car menders my heart said LTM. I guess I had a brain freeze. Upon reaching the workshop, I was unattended for 30 mins. When I raised my voice, a SA with a disgusting look on his face came forward to attend my car. The SA assigned a shop floor guy (supposed to be an expert) to do a Test drive. That chap started off without me in the car. When I hollered, he sheepishly grinned at me. All through the test drive, I kept pointing out at the noise from the front right suspension. But the chap ignored it saying I am hearing things. After all the formalities, I was given an initial quote of 11K. Surprised I asked for break up since I had done the calculations mentally and it was about 7K. I wanted to install the front wiper blades which would cost me 1800, so the total amount was not to exceed 9K in any case. The SA recalculated the spares cost and confirmed it was 7K. Again a sheepish grin.

I dropped the vehicle and headed home, hardly had I reached the doorstep I got a call from the SA saying the brake pads and discs have gone bad and need to be replaced. Muttering the best expletives known to me I rushed back to the workshop. These cunning guys tried to convince me that the brake pads have gone bad even without opening them. I asked to them to remove the pads. Took a couple of pics, sent to Fiat owner WAG and everyone confirmed that pads need replacement whereas discs were Ok. Upon physical inspection, I found the discs to be OK, no cut or groove on them. Gave them a go ahead to replace the brake pads only and the total cost came out to 4.1K incl of labour and taxes.

When I reached the workshop to collect the car, the SA again was rushing things since he had a Roza or something. I inspected the car, saw smudge marks all across the seats, arm rest, the mats were folded in the front. The car was not cleaned from exterior too in some places. Told them to get everything in order. So finally when the time to pay the bill came, found that the front wipers were not replaced and there was nothing on the spares list but the labour of Rs 150 was charged for the wiper blade replacement. Now things were going out of control and blasted the SA for his ignorance. Later he confirmed that the wiper blades were out of stock. This after getting a confirmation on Friday about availability of spares. The total expense was 11.3K (7.2K for regular service + 4.1K for brake pads).

After an bitter experience with LTM, did not feel like writing to Fiat coz I remembers "you pay peanuts, you only get monkeys".

LTM IMO are more interested in multi car workshop since that is the revenue. Fiat is just for time pass because no one else in the region was ready to partner with Fiat.

Attaching a few pics of the brake pads and the disc.
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Old 19th September 2016, 16:33   #17
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Originally Posted by ghodlur View Post
There are a few Fiat owners who had got their service/repair done at Car menders and they had only good things to say about the workshop.
Originally Posted by AbhishekE View Post
Sounds good. I'll take my car for its service to Car Menders and let you know my experience.
My ailing Fiat TJet to Car Menders needed to get the following long pending jobs done.

- Body Work on the Boot
- Alternator replacement and Battery completely discharged

I had initially planned to get the above work done at Sunil Shanbaug's garage at Dadar, but because the alternator was gone I would have to get it towed to the garage that was both costly and I would have had to pay Octroi while exiting Mumbai meant that this was not an option.

So, after much deliberation and thought and primarily because I did not have much of a choice, I headed out to Car Menders at Panvel. I am pleased to report that it was a good decision and in the last 6 years that I have owned my Fiat - I have never felt better or more comfortable with a service center and and service advisers.

The garage itself is very small, with a max parking capacity of 4-5 cars at the very most. The approach or entry too is extremely narrow with the TJet just managing to squeeze is between the compound wall on one side and small huts on the other. I must say, that at first look I did not think too much of it, but after seeing the quality of the work done and the whole experience I am extremely satisfied.

They have one service adviser - Vaibhav, who is a gem of a person and a model service adviser - the best I have experienced till date.

All in all, I am much at peace now knowing that my car has a safe and reliable place for all her service and repair needs.
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I recently heard from another Fiat owner about Vroom service centre @ Koparkhairane. This is run by Mr. Lokesh (98333. zero. 3849). I wanted to check a part for my Palio and called him up yesterday, which was left unanswered.

5 mins later, a lady called me up saying my number was passed on to her by Lokesh and enquired how could they help. I was quite happy to receive a call back which was unexpected.

She said the centre is close to the Kopakhairane station, next to some school there. I believe this is a FA$$ or atleast Fiat specialists and am told these guys procure the parts from the Ranjangaon factory itself.

PS :: I don't have any direct experience; but as I said, the initial impression is positive.

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