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Old 17th December 2010, 23:20   #3001
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Now this particular piece DID NOT have that much hyped turbo lag
Was 90HP known for Turbo Lag? This is news for me. Was it what you felt so long or read in many places about the Turbo Lag??

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Funny that you are talking in terms of "this particular piece". Fiat should standardize and make all the pieces alike...
Sid says that the TD car was good and you assume thats the only good 90HP car out on roads?
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Old 17th December 2010, 23:37   #3002
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Sid says that the TD car was good and you assume thats the only good 90HP car out on roads?
What I meant was there is too much variance in each and every piece. I can tell you that it has been the case since Palio too. My palio has a slightly larger panel gap between the hatch and the fender as compared with other Palios.

@Sid, did you check for any weight reduction? Any other changes?

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Old 18th December 2010, 13:43   #3003
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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.
I think the earlier car you test drove was a new one which had clocked less than 1000 kms. What was the ODO reading for this one. Its well known that MJD opens up after 10K.
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My parents' 1.4 Punto E+ has an issue where in the music system comes on automatically when the ignition is turned on (even if it is switched off before turning off). Initially the dealer (URS Car at Mysore) said it is a software problem and that they will re-install the software or something. Now some senior guy has taken photos of the system, odo reading, and number and said he will get in touch with Fiat and see what they suggest. He says the system will most probably be replaced under warranty! Anybody else have this issue?
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this can be easily rectified by upgrading blue and me to version 5.5
i had similar issue in my brand new linea.

go to fiat UK site, under blue and me section download 5.5 version

format your pen drive in FAT32 format.

copy all the files to root of the pen drive. i.e dont make any folders.

disconnect all bluetooth devices. turn the radio on in your car. switch off the car. then plug the pendrive and put the key on. you will see updating message.
this will continue with restart and ur radio will play inbetween. dont press any key or dont switch off anything till u hear a message update completed and get completed on ur display.

enjoy the new bug free system.
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^^ Thanks Amit. Will try this out. I have already downloaded this version but was not sure if its ok to update on the indian version.
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Old 29th December 2010, 23:13   #3007
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From the picture below it seems the suspension parts (near the wheel) are the lowest point for 173mm G.C. It seems the torsion bar and the underbelly has much more GC than suspension parts, especially as compared to i20. Can somebody confirm the actual G.C. of underbelly and engine parts?


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^^ I have a related question.
I have marked a space in the pic using a square. I feel that in my car this section on either end is not at same height.
Can anyone confirm if they are indeed at same level??
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^^ I have a related question.
I have marked a space in the pic using a square. I feel that in my car this section on either end is not at same height.
Can anyone confirm if they are indeed at same level??
Wouldn't it be easier to just check it with a foot ruler rather than continuing to 'feel' that way
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Was 90HP known for Turbo Lag? This is news for me. Was it what you felt so long or read in many places about the Turbo Lag??
The 90HP has Turbo lag as Severe as the 75hp version, it scores better in rev range beyond 3000rpm.
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^^ I have a related question.
I have marked a space in the pic using a square. I feel that in my car this section on either end is not at same height.
Can anyone confirm if they are indeed at same level??
Don't worry, i've seen the same in cars other than punto also.

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Oflate I am experiencing a squeaky sound when going over some uneven pot holes in my Punto. Not sure if its coming from left side front wheel or rear wheel, initially I assumed it was from front. But still not able to figure it out. After I finished 2nd free servicing last month, this issue i observed just a week back, Had taken on monday to the service centre but due to too much rush they asked me to bring it later as it can't be investigated quickly as they need an entire day, and as i needed the vehicle so I din't get time to take it again.

Worst part is its difficult to reproduce, and it happens randomly, sometimes it doesn't happen even on big humps. Not sure from where its coming thou. Suspension is perfect when going over normal roads no issues there but a slight squeak sound comes at times when going over uneven roads or when just completing going over a small hump.

Has anyone faced the same issue in their Punto?
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I have observed a slight squeak from the left rear suspension. But I have observed it when a heavy static load, like a person sitting, comes off, and nothing while normal running.
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I have observed a slight squeak from the left rear suspension. But I have observed it when a heavy static load, like a person sitting, comes off, and nothing while normal running.
If that's the case, it might have something to do with the rear seat too, keep an ear out for that.
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No, its definitely from the suspension,as the sound is a lot more audible when you are standing outside the car than when you are inside, and its not exactly a squeak, but the sound when a load is released from metal.
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