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Old 22nd February 2011, 17:21   #106
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During the AC retrofit 2 weeks ago, I had complained of a slight pulling of my car to RHS, They tried to rectify but they did it a bit too much. So much so that the vehicle started pulling sharply to the LHS. I was very disappointed, then came the feedback call and i had given 4-5 rating.
This made the concorde guys to wake up and I got 3 calls in an hour from their service supervisor to the service manager. They apologised and told that they'll correct it if I can bring it the next time.
Fiat is taking a step in the right direction. Hope they continue the good work in future also in all their dealerships across the nation. Good to note that your problem has been solved once and for all.
Will wait for the alloy pictures this weekend
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Old 23rd February 2011, 11:55   #107
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Fiat is taking a step in the right direction. Hope they continue the good work in future also in all their dealerships across the nation. Good to note that your problem has been solved once and for all.
Will wait for the alloy pictures this weekend
I'm hoping that I get the same treatment, same enthusiasm, same amount follow ups even after 2 years. I have seen maruti dealers following up with me when I'm a new customer and totally forgetting after the customer is 2-3 year old.

till you wait for the alloys, Here are some "Beneath-the-sodium" shots.
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Very nice pictures ! Have you airbrushed the plates off the pictures or did you remove them physically ?
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Old 26th February 2011, 22:14   #109
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^^^ @neil.jericho, Well he is one master with his camera . And he hasn't physically removed the plates dude!! Look carefully at the 3rd pic from bottom and you'll see he has copy pasted a rectangular section with picked colour matching the car's over the number plate. Thats a standard trick...hehehe

Hey Hemant!
Wonder how I had missed this update on the thread! I just was curious how there was no addition of pictures and so searched your thread! Viola there are additions...Good pictures as usual...I'm kinda running short of words to appreciate your skills. Get the feelings. hehehe...
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NOW
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After 5 months and 8350kms, My Fair lady from Italy got a new set of wheels.
A set of 4 Fiat OE Alloys coupled with Yokohama AVS ES100 205/60 R15 95H tyres.
I had purchased the OE alloys put on sale on TBHP Classifieds by fellow BHPian raj_5004

I first went to Madhus on langford road as suggested by many BHPians.
On quoting TBHP I got a final price of 5450 on 205s and 4750 on 195s.
The old set of wheels were evaluated at around 700 per wheel+tyre combo.
But only problem was they didn't have the stock of S-Drives or the ES100.
One Mr. Davis contacted other Madhus stores butit was not available.
It would take 3-4 weeks is what he said and I gave my number to contact me oce they are available. I didn't like the A-Drives as much.

I came back disappointed and enroute, just some distance away from my house I passed by the Iyengars Tyre Care Centre. I thought "let me try my luck here" and went inside. I asked for the S-Drive But found the ES100 205/60.

I was quoted 5k per tyre and 400 for the old wheel+tyre combo.
I decided to go with this one. I gave 4 of the old wheels and I have kept the same spare wheel for now.
After some days, I plan to buy a new OE alloy with the same tyre.

I knew there would be a slight power loss for the 1.2, But let me be frank...I have not been able to make out-Atleast till the 50kms that it has run after the upgrade.
The steering getting firmer is also very less and that too only in city traffic.
The tyre noise is more as expected. The braking distance difference is yet to be seen.

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Old 27th February 2011, 21:50   #111
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Wow those rubbers looks meaty.
I guess you got a fair enough deal .
So how was much was the hit in the wallet with the alloys and rubbers.
Also one more photo shoot please with those alloys .

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Congrats on the purchase Hemanth. As Schoudhury has requested, please post a few pictures of the entire car, from various angles of-course. What do you plan to do with the wheel caps?

Also get smaller mudflaps (like swift), they will help in enhancing the look of the car IMHO.
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Amazing alloys. Do inform about the total hole in the wallet if its okay. By the way, 205/60 R15 is an upsize in all dimensions compared to the stock 1.2 Punto Great job! The Yokos look very good, and the Punto always deserves wide and 15" tires for its stance.

205 will be pretty grippy. Even if you don't see much power loss, I'd be interested in knowing your FE figures afterward. I expect to see a little drop there. Keep us posted on that.

And IMHO, keep the original mud flaps. 1. they have already been screwed into the bumper. 2. The "good looking" mudflaps from the swift are just for the looks. The day they really manage to stop the water spray, I'd change my name. They are merely an inch or 2 in size, and of 0 use. They enhance the look of the car, but your current mud flaps help in retaining the look of the shirt worn by the biker behind you - if not enhance it.

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And IMHO, keep the original mud flaps. 1. they have already been screwed into the bumper. 2. The "good looking" mudflaps from the swift are just for the looks. The day they really manage to stop the water spray, I'd change my name. They are merely an inch or 2 in size, and of 0 use. They enhance the look of the car, but your current mud flaps help in retaining the look of the shirt worn by the biker behind you - if not enhance it.
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I think till the time you get better flap you can keep them on, and specially the ones on the front , they will surely help to keep the side of the car clean.
Also if the mudflaps on the rear can be properly fitted they will also look nice

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Wow those rubbers looks meaty.
I guess you got a fair enough deal .
So how was much was the hit in the wallet with the alloys and rubbers.
Also one more photo shoot please with those alloys .

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@Schoudhury,
The final bill was 18900/- (Tyres+Fitting+Balancing+Nitrogen-4 Old wheels)+2% for the Credit card.
The alloys were purchased for 21000/- from BHPian raj_5004.
I'll have to plan for a photo shoot for the coming weekend.

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Congrats on the purchase Hemanth. As Schoudhury has requested, please post a few pictures of the entire car, from various angles of-course. What do you plan to do with the wheel caps?

Also get smaller mudflaps (like swift), they will help in enhancing the look of the car IMHO.
@MCR,
The wheel caps are with me. I'll see if I can sell them to anyone.
If not, I'll keep them for my spare wheel.
I'll see if I get a better looking flap which serves its function also.
IMO we are not getting many accessory options for punto as much as for a swift.
After sometime we'll get it I'm sure...till then the search will be on.

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Amazing alloys. Do inform about the total hole in the wallet if its okay. By the way, 205/60 R15 is an upsize in all dimensions compared to the stock 1.2 Punto Great job! The Yokos look very good, and the Punto always deserves wide and 15" tires for its stance.

205 will be pretty grippy. Even if you don't see much power loss, I'd be interested in knowing your FE figures afterward. I expect to see a little drop there. Keep us posted on that.

And IMHO, keep the original mud flaps. 1. they have already been screwed into the bumper. 2. The "good looking" mudflaps from the swift are just for the looks. The day they really manage to stop the water spray, I'd change my name. They are merely an inch or 2 in size, and of 0 use. They enhance the look of the car, but your current mud flaps help in retaining the look of the shirt worn by the biker behind you - if not enhance it.

Cheers!
P.S. - forgot to mention it in earlier posts- Nice avatar.
@Reinhard,
Thankyou, they sure are an upgrade in all dimensions.
I also agree with you that Punto always deserved wider wheels considering european punto has 215/50 R17.

I'm also interested in the FE..last full tank gave me 13kmpl with intermittent AC.
Just before the tyre upgrade, I have filled another tank full of fuel.
Summer has also started to set in.
So new tyres and 90% of the times AC...Keeping my fingers crossed.
I have to consider the error factor also this time
Many a times, I have been a biker behind trucks or vehicles without mudflaps.
I don't want people's curses. I'm looking for good looking mudflaps which can also stop the water spray. till then these will stay.
I know its searching for a Beautiful girl with Brains. But I'll not give up.
Thankyou, BTW the avatar is my petname.

Also today When I checked the spare wheel, it was 165/80R14
Shouldn't the Emotion have 175/70R14 tyres??
Now when i checked all my old photos, even other wheels were 165/80.
I don't have them now anyways, but can the culprit be the dealer? Or was it an error in the factory? Or is the petrol emotion having 165/80?

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Ah Phantom .

@165/80R14 - this amazed me some days back as well. A friend who got MJD Emotion, got it with 165/80R14 JK Tornados !! I guess thats what comes with Ritz right? AFIK it should have come with 175/65 or so Goodyear GT3s. I pointed that out to him, but somehow it made no difference for him. Now I'll try to call the dealership and ask what comes with Emotion.
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in the manual it is mentioned that emotion will have 175/70 R14.
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BHPian MCR having a 2009 1.3 has 175/70 R14 Bridgestones.
Now that you have also told me about this, I feel from 2010, they have made this change along with many other changes. A sad change IMO.
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in the manual it is mentioned that emotion will have 175/70 R14.
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BHPian MCR having a 2009 1.3 has 175/70 R14 Bridgestones.
Now that you have also told me about this, I feel from 2010, they have made this change along with many other changes. A sad change IMO.
the overall diammeter for 175/70 R14. was less than 165/80R14 and 195/60/r15

so emotion was having GC issues .

This has been rectified 2010 onwards by giving 165/80R14 which is correct dia.
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thanks ms001 for your clarification.

So effectively, with the 15" alloys and my new 205/60 tyres, I found that:
I have increased the width of the tyre by 40mm
I have increased the radius and with that the GC, by only 3.7mm
So the error factor will be very less (about 1.2%).
So the FE readings on the MID is more or less accurate.
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I guess thats what comes with Ritz right?
Yup sadly Ritz L*I and V*I comes with this profile of rubbers .
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