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Old 19th October 2009, 02:24   #241
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The rest of the journey was quite smooth upto my Resort in south goa beach.

Journey Summary :

Total Distance Travelled : 558km (the shortcut did shave off about 20 odd kms of the journey had i gone thru sawantwadi)
FE : 12.8 kmpl (now my earlier posts should explain this poor FE )

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Old 19th October 2009, 10:14   #242
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Some Interesting tid bits during Goa Stay.

I was looking for a good place to wash my beauty and especially give it a good Spray cleaning underbody.

I remember that during our earlier trips too we had tried (not real badly though) to find a good service centre in goa but failed. This time around i asked a few locals and got negaive reply as all claimed that the nearest such place would be 30 odd km into north goa (near panjim etc.). One of the waiters just hinted that there is some place for me near varca church (holy trinity church) . I just passed through the church while going back to the resort with my family after a lunch and wow spotted just what i wanted on my right. A indica hoisted u and being given a splash. I askd them when i can have my turn and they said 20 minutes. I dashed to my room , dropped my family there and dashed back to the garage. The indica was being moved out and the deck was clear for my Linea.

The guys there first just admired my car and were speechless and just gesturing to each other for some time and i could see their smiles. Slowly they started opening up and started their queries on everything they saw that was so much worth admiring about the car. Now, am i used to all this by now ??!! hehe.

The best part was , the owner of the garage came out from his lovely home which is just where the garage is. He just went across and started advising his boys to take good care of the cleaning job. Supervising themn for a while , he took over and started doing detailed cleaning of every possible point as he couldn't stop admiring the beauty About 10 minutes into getting his hand dirty he started asking me about my experience with the beautiful machine . He told me that he owns Honda city, Civic and Maruti Esteem etc which he rents out and wants to buy new cars and love FIAT's but was apprehensive about the Service . We exchanged cards. His name is MArcus and has just an ideal place for Car Wash / Rentals . Anybody who want his number do PM me. I recommend his garage for that much needed wash when you drive down to goa.
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welcome back dude...

the photo of kid looks lovely with linea

do post some more photos
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Old 20th October 2009, 12:25   #244
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welcome back dude...

the photo of kid looks lovely with linea

do post some more photos
Thanks recshenoy!

I have not been able to transfer all the pictures to my laptop yet.

Will do it soon with the update on my Return journey by tomorrow.

Btw, on my return journey i took NH17 and it was not a bad decision at all.

Update with some pics tomorrow.

Meanwhile some pics of the beauty taking a bath in Goa (pictures taken from my fone)
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Old 21st October 2009, 14:38   #245
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I read this somewhere, Reproducing the text below :


In Brazil the Linea can be equipped optionally with a Blue&Me Nav system, an enhanced Blue&Me system that has a GPS system integrated. This GPS system doesn't show maps in a touch screen, but it has a regular display that shows some arrows and directions and you are also guided by voice instructions. You can either enter addresses that you want to go and other instructions by voice instructions just like the regular Blue&Me system or using the controls on the steering whell. The Linea is the first car in Brazil that has an integrated GPS system.


Now, has this been discussed here before ? I think this is a lovely feature to have NAvigation system integrated wth Blue & ME. If this can be achieved in our existing E Packs then i want to do it right away !
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i have also been searching for a GPS device for my car. if this thing can be upgraded to our car it would be fine. ill enquire with my dumbo dealer.............
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I am approaching 15000 km . So my First Actual service (Oil Change) should be coming up Mid December. I am at 13400km now.

A very new important development - My Bonnet has developed small bulge just like AKSKarthik . There is one near the tip of the bonnet. and another small one around it. These are not visible easily. However, i have made my Dealer notice it and already got a Report raised with pictures taken by them.

Got a call after 3 days that they will be getting it Repaired/ Replaced in warranty.

Cause - as reported by the BodyShop guy : A bracket at the point where u slam shut the bonnet causes this if the bonnet is pressed from above. Infact this bulge actually appeared when my car was at the dealer for my 2nd 3M Paint Protection. Atleast i didnt notice it before.

I will post pictures shortly.

Any suggestions on the REpair of this small dot/bulge ? I am not sure if it will give the same look as i may end up in bigger mess if the paint dont match with body.
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hmmm another Linea with same Bulge issue.
IMO,it's a manufacturing defect.
They have to check the bonnet locks and hooks near that Bonnet closing area.
They are ready to replace the bonnet.but we have to spare 2 days without our car.very irritating.

Aswin,

I am also looking for a good GPS system.
if we can get it from FIAT as inetgrated with Blue & me then it's nice.
i have seen Mapmyindia gps sets for 15k.it's good.
if you check anything lemme know so that we can buy.
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as reported by the BodyShop guy : A bracket at the point where u slam shut the bonnet causes this if the bonnet is pressed from above.
He was right. As per Fiat Linea owner's handbook, while closing, the bonnet is to be dropped from a height of 20 cm.

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IMO,it's a manufacturing defect.
I do not think so. Even in case of my previous vehicle, Maruti Suzuki Versa, I remember the service advisor telling me not to press the bonnet, but let it drop from a small height. BTW, I noticed bulges on my neighbour's Maruti Suzuki Dzire's bonnet.
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He was right. As per Fiat Linea owner's handbook, while closing, the bonnet is to be dropped from a height of 20 cm.



I do not think so. Even in case of my previous vehicle, Maruti Suzuki Versa, I remember the service advisor telling me not to press the bonnet, but let it drop from a small height. BTW, I noticed bulges on my neighbour's Maruti Suzuki Dzire's bonnet.
Right Ravi . I agree with you. So, the reason is clear now.

Could this be same for all cars ? Else , this can be callled a manufacturing defect as in todays mall culture your car enters Malls and Hotels where your bonnet is opened and shut by Security Guards who are not trained to handle cars like Linea . We cant always walk out and ensure the Bonnet is shut in a particular way. We normally let the guards do the honours . This is a concern now !
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have got apointment for Wednesday 18th November for my Bonnet Work.

I am also planning to do my 1st Oil change (actually scheduled at 15000 km interval ) during this visit. I am at 13900 km and should be 14000km on the day i give in my car for the job. So , will be doing my 2nd service as well.

Moreover , i do feel that oil change shud be done asap as it looks quite dark brown now and the dipstick level also is making me go for it right away.

Any suggestions from fellow lineans on this service ??

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That's lots of mile crunching FasLove. I feel it is better to stick with manufacturer's recommendation of 15K, as they must have have put in enough testing before reaching this figure. If a commercial vehicle maker gives a tolerance limit, 15K in this case, actually the oil must be capable of pulling a little more.
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That's lots of mile crunching FasLove. I feel it is better to stick with manufacturer's recommendation of 15K, as they must have have put in enough testing before reaching this figure. If a commercial vehicle maker gives a tolerance limit, 15K in this case, actually the oil must be capable of pulling a little more.
Yes Kapil, i think you are right. It would be another 3 weeks or so before i get to the 15k mark. I might as well do it as
instructed in the manual.
Only thing is that i will have to go back to the Dealer Workshop again. I may actually postpone the bonnet repair then. Will decide tomorrow.
and yes i cant take my foot off the Accelerator when i am in my Linea. The Miles keep happening & each mile is a happy mile
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He was right. As per Fiat Linea owner's handbook, while closing, the bonnet is to be dropped from a height of 20 cm.
....I do not think so. Even in case of my previous vehicle, Maruti Suzuki Versa, I remember the service advisor telling me not to press the bonnet, but let it drop from a small height....
This is indeed the correct way to close the bonnet for any modern car.
My Ford Escort had this instruction specifically on the manual. Do it any other way and you risk denting the metal.
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Today morning i have given my Linea for 2nd Free Service @15063 km at Fortune, Nerul.

I was there at 935 am. HAd good experience overall .

Incidentally, i had met Mr. Ishan Bhatt (TAta Service Incharge for Mumbai and West) yesterday evening as i was passing by the Service centre and thought of meeting the CRM at Fortune Nerul to fix my appointment for today. My idea was to also show them the bonnet bulge which has re-surfaced. Ishan spent a good 40 odd minutes to understand my concerns and has promised to replace the bonnet.

Today morning i was greeted by the CRM and Ishan at the Service Centre and My Appointment was taken on priority.

Nothing much for me to report in the First Service. Following things i have pointed out to the Service Advisor:
1. The Microsoft button / phone button on the stering control not working since last 7 days.
2. Steering wheel needs very slight alignment.

They are doing Oil change , Fuel Filter change , Wheel Alignment/ Balancing.

HAve given me an estimate of Rs. 3000/- including charge for Wheel alignment/ Balancing.

Car to be collected by 430. Will post my comments after i receive the car .
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