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Old 13th December 2010, 12:31   #2986
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Is there anyway the rear seats could be moved backward, I feel that the seats were slightly in front compared to the international variants to make good boot space! I might be wrongly assuming though!

This car would be primarily used by my parents who would be taking the rear seats and the rear space has become the deal breaker for me now!

Is there any solution to this?
I dont think there is any way to move back the rear seat. Only option you can try is to move the front seats forward. I think punto's rear legroom is fine when the front seats are not kept in full stretched mode.
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@ All Punto owners!
This car would be primarily used by my parents who would be taking the rear seats and the rear space has become the deal breaker for me now!

Is there any solution to this?
IMO the only way to increase or rather get more legroom at the rear is to employ a 'short' driver say height not exceeding 5 feet 4 inches

Edit: Thought of one more thing to increase rear leg room. I think replacing front seats to that of Etios thinner seats will add up some space. I have no idea if that can be done.

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By the way, is the engine guard rusting ( the rust is only near the scratches ) normal ?
Its normal for the engine guard to take a beating and rust. It is a replaceable unit if I remember correctly.
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Its normal for the engine guard to take a beating and rust. It is a replaceable unit if I remember correctly.
Yes, the engine guard is a replaceable component and it costs less than 2K (INR 1700 or so IIRC).

I have found that the chances of the car gets scraped is more if you apply the breaks. That is, approach the speadbreaker/pothole with your foot on break thus slowing her down to maximum possible extent; then just before the pothole take your foot off from break. This procedure will give you a couple of more millimeters of GC I guess.

Disclaimer: I said..."I guess".

@anachronix, the GP is not the ideal car for chauffeur-driven missions. The rear leg room of the Punto is not very bad, but it ain't that great either. There are no other options other than those suggested by arunkk and HammerHead.

I drive a Punto with passion but in your case I think I'd suggest you to take a look at the Manza.

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Old 15th December 2010, 01:19   #2990
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Received a letter from FIAT saying that If I recommend FIAT to a friend and then the person actually buys a FIAT Linea or Punto, then they will give me a GPS navigation system for free !!!!

So if anyone is booking a FIAT and has a friend who has already a FIAT, then he can earn his friend a GPS!!!!

In case you do not have a friend who has a FIAT, then I will be happy to oblige. Kindly PM me. I will recommend you.
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Old 16th December 2010, 11:21   #2991
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My parent's 2009 Punto 1.4 EPk will be going in for its 2nd service tomorrow, having run almost 13500km in a year's time. No major problems at all during the whole year or even now for that matter. In fact only one problem all year long. The rear left tail lamp bulb came loose somehow. Problem was addressed in 15mins at the service station. The only issue right now is that the rear left doors rattling a bit, when getting shut. This being a chauffeur driven Punto, and both my parents alternating between the Punto and my dad's office Ambassador, they tend to shut the doors with a lot of force.

The best part for both my parents is the great ride in the Punto, and most people who drive everything from Corolla's, City's, Civic's and even a C-Class owner say the Punto's ride is just too good. Though for me the real surprise is how much mileage our chauffeur is able to get out of the 1.4 engine, and he isnt exactly a slow guy. I had told my parent's that you may get as low as 10kmpl, but we are getting 12.5 without the AC and about 11.5 with the AC running in city conditions. 17kmpl is easily achieved on the highway.
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I had told my parent's that you may get as low as 10kmpl, but we are getting 12.5 without the AC and about 11.5 with the AC running in city conditions. 17kmpl is easily achieved on the highway.
In a chaotic city traffic like in Bangalore I am able to extract this kind of FE figures. See the link below, ofcourse because of Bangalore weather the AC never runs all the time.

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/test-d...ml#post2062867 (A honest post about buying my first Car A GP 1.4 E+.)

And Yes! with good and wide roads else where in the country the Punto 1.4 can give still a better FE.


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Hi Julupani/Samson02, I am owning 1.4 as well and in national highway-1 I am extracting FE of 17-18 KM/Litre easily with AC on. Haven't noticed much difference in FE with AC on or OFF (may be maximum of .5 KM/l). I am in Gurgaon(OLD GURGAON) now a days this part of Gurgaon is very conjusted and not so very wide roads, even here I am extracting FE of 13.5-14 km/l. In my case tacho needle mostly stays between 3000-3500 RPM.
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In normal driving conditions like bumper to bumper Bangalore traffic I am getting 21- 22 most of the time, if its highway then not less than 25, and in my latest experiment, on Hosur Road Fly over from Toll entry at E-city to Silkboard, I got 36.5 - @60 KMPH/@1500 RPM/@without AC, come another day I will keep my camera and a friend in my car to catch the snap
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In normal driving conditions like bumper to bumper Bangalore traffic I am getting 21- 22 most of the time, if its highway then not less than 25, and in my latest experiment, on Hosur Road Fly over from Toll entry at E-city to Silkboard, I got 36.5 - @60 KMPH/@1500 RPM/@without AC, come another day I will keep my camera and a friend in my car to catch the snap
B2B mileage of 21-22 is hard to believe
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I have a query for all Punto owners : What is your engine temperature? My temperature guage shows it to be at the halfway mark. Is this normal?
Also, when the cold, it makes less noise and once it reaches this halfway mark, the noise is more, although at 1800+ rpms. Do I need to check something during first service?
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B2B mileage of 21-22 is hard to believe
Yeah but unless most the drive is in the Bangalore Elevated Tollway as mentioned

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I have a query for all Punto owners : What is your engine temperature? My temperature guage shows it to be at the halfway mark. Is this normal?
Also, when the cold, it makes less noise and once it reaches this halfway mark, the noise is more, although at 1800+ rpms. Do I need to check something during first service?
I am not sure about the noise issue which I never noticed but temperature gauge at the halfway mark is normal.

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Redrove the 90 HP today. Now this particular piece DID NOT have that much hyped turbo lag (the blower like whistle could be heard and was amazing) and accelerated briskly. Its fun to floor the throttle and the car accelerates strongly.
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Redrove the 90 HP today. Now this particular piece DID NOT have that much hyped turbo lag (the blower like whistle could be heard and was amazing) and accelerated briskly. Its fun to floor the throttle and the car accelerates strongly.
Funny that you are talking in terms of "this particular piece". Fiat should standardize and make all the pieces alike...
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Funny that you are talking in terms of "this particular piece". Fiat should standardize and make all the pieces alike...
Well, they may be making all pieces alike, but it also depends on the usage! TD cars are badly treated.
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