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Old 13th February 2017, 22:29   #1
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Default Fitting a Fiat Linea armrest in my Punto Evo

People who are familiar with my old red Punto may know that I had fitted the Linea armrest for a more complete and comfortable drive while doing long distances. The front centre armrest is nowdays more of a necessity than a luxury, and almost all manufacturers are providing it on their top end variants. However, Fiat being Fiat, still believes on the age old philosophy of "let it be who cares" attitude. 2 months into the ownership of my Punto Evo, and I was inclined to fit the facelifted Linea's elbowrest (of course, because of its dinky size) in my car.
I weighed many thoughts, and then the new dealership in West Delhi, Landmark lifestyle cars pvt ltd came to my rescue. I can vouch for their commitment towards giving excellent after sales service, though its only on its initial stages, yet they took pains to ensure that a solution is reached.
I spoke to the General Manager, Mr. Sanjay Tuli, and he conducted a mock exercise on their test drive Punto Evo vehicle for fitting the Linea elbowrest and after a week of doing the activity, he gave a go ahead and ordered the parts. What looked seemingly similar between both the cars, don't be fooled, they are as different as a chalk is to cheese.

In fact, its a big exercise and needs time, patience and expertise to execute it and I am happy that the guys at Landmark did it with OE finish.

Parts required:
  • The entire lower floor console of the linea
  • a set of bigger rear AC vent back connecting pipes
  • The rear floor console to fit the armrest base
  • A pair of brackets, one fitted lower and another one fitted high up
  • Linea rear AC vent grille
  • Linea shelf bin cover
  • The elbowrest
  • plastic cover (in vehicles equipped with touchscreen to cover the area where in older cars, the USB and AUX-in port was provided next to the gear lever).
  • This cover is not required on non touchscreen equipped vehicles.

The parts, this is how they look like.

Fitting a Fiat Linea armrest in my Punto Evo-16508001_1467942366573377_6176113428467806959_n.jpg

Installing the lower and upper bracket.

Fitting a Fiat Linea armrest in my Punto Evo-16508764_1467942383240042_1299726338657458677_n.jpg

The Punto has small pipes at the rear which are connected to the front pipes for airflow to the rear AC vent in the emotion/sport model. The rear AC vent placement of Linea is further behind, therefore, bigger pipes are required. getting them fitted:

Fitting a Fiat Linea armrest in my Punto Evo-16649408_1467942359906711_8956082406595401163_n.jpg

Another view of the same

Fitting a Fiat Linea armrest in my Punto Evo-16425991_1467942343240046_5819133385798711465_n.jpg

The upper console is fitted, and tightened with bracket with 6 bolts. The armrest is then fitted atop, and tightened with a further of 4 bolts. The upper bin is fitted atop the provision where the rear AC vent needs to be fitted.

Fitting a Fiat Linea armrest in my Punto Evo-16649116_1467998503234430_6222958246540465671_n.jpg

The elbowrest fitted.

Fitting a Fiat Linea armrest in my Punto Evo-16473471_1467998483234432_2460870802342612543_n.jpg

Next, goes in the rear AC duct. works perfectly.

Fitting a Fiat Linea armrest in my Punto Evo-16708283_1471792406188373_8864759867561543796_n.jpg

The final look:

Fitting a Fiat Linea armrest in my Punto Evo-16708200_1471792402855040_3706643866631778290_n.jpg

The bottle holder (bin) can take a half a litre coke

Fitting a Fiat Linea armrest in my Punto Evo-16649233_1471954446172169_6763017991704443736_n.jpg

Note the cover next to the gear lever to cover the usb/aux ports on touchscreen equipped lineas. In the Punto the same area is now moulded into a single piece.

Fitting a Fiat Linea armrest in my Punto Evo-16729315_1471954476172166_3091352561160543629_n.jpg

Fitting a Fiat Linea armrest in my Punto Evo-16684300_1471954456172168_1204276487686906296_n.jpg

The total cost including parts, labour and taxes came out to be in the region of Rs. 8500. Time taken was a good 4 hours, but the execution of work is as good as OE. Its a price to pay if OE parts are used that too at the manufacturer's authorised service center. Do remember that other manufacturers like VW and Honda charge even more compared to the parts charged by Fiat India.
All in all, I am happy with the much needed upgrade in my car.
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Old 14th February 2017, 15:45   #2
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Thank you for this Sid. The folks at the service center over here in Chennai (Ramkay fiat) were clueless when I gave them a similar request. Will try showing them this thread on my next visit.
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This looks interesting. My linea tjet is the active variant and does not come with the rear ac vent.

Time to call up the service center
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Hi Sid,

Thats a fantastic addition to the Evo !! I love it

If you dont mind, can you kindly PM me the cost of each part & part number required for this entire setup as I am now interested to get this done in my Punto 90HP.

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Fantastic to say the very least. I have always admired the exclusivity that Fiat offers on this side of million rupees which is unmatched and frankly I don't mind if Fiat doesn't come out of its cocoon.

The work done by the dealership is lovely and I am sure it will tempt many Punto owners to go ahead with it. The cost is not prohibitive at all and the work quality is at par with OEM.

Just to check mine is a 2013 model emotion, can this be replicated in it? essentially the rear AC vents which come as part of this changeover !

Cheers !

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Awesome upgrade Sid. Congrats for your patience and commitment. As always, you are awe inspiring to fellow fiat fans.

Well, just a small query. Whether you could able to flip the seats after fitting of this Linea armrest? Is it same like before or is there any difficulty you face to flip the seats?
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Excellent upgrade Sid. I believe an armrest a necessity these days. Once we get used to it, we just cannot do without it. I am also interested to get it fitted on my 2015 Fiat Avventura. Can you please share the cost of parts and their respective part numbers so that I can order the same?
Fiat dealership in Vadodara is clueless about it.
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