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Old 29th November 2013, 13:09   #6136
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If latest media reports are to be believed, Fiat is planning to kill Punto. :-( I sincerely hope the news should be just a rumor.

According to the source, a new car based on Fiat 500 will replace, the existing Punto.

A five door version of the 500 will replace the Punto. The Punto, last restyled in 2005, has long been a fixture in Fiat showrooms and as recently as 2007 it accounted for almost a third of the Fiat brandís sales in Europe.
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If latest media reports are to be believed, Fiat is planning to kill Punto. :-( I sincerely hope the news should be just a rumor.

According to the source, a new car based on Fiat 500 will replace, the existing Punto.

A five door version of the 500 will replace the Punto.

I don't know if it really would be the case for India. They are planning to invest heavily in European markets and this may be in that line. However in India, I am not sure if Fiat would be looking to set up assembly line for new products when the existing ones haven't perhaps recovered their cost. Plus with the two door 500 retailing at such high price, it would be funny to have a five door version of the same at Punto's levels.

They may just decide to go along with the Punto in India for some more years. Not sure if India really features high in their plans. They may be content selling their engines and discontinued ( elsewhere) models here in India.
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Could somebody please tell if the Punto in India has a hydraulic or a cable clutch?
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Could somebody please tell if the Punto in India has a hydraulic or a cable clutch?
Hydraulic clutch and all the cars which share the same engine.
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I am planning to book Punto 90 HP. I got in touch with Fiat dealers in Bangalore. Zeroed on a dealer in KHT Fiat Whitefield last week. Since I was busy during the weekdays, I thought of booking the car today. However to my surprise the dealer told that they do not have stocks for Punto 90 HP or 75 HP. I was really surprised by their response and their behavior. Just couple of days before the sales person got in touch with me and asked about my tentative booking date.

I also got in touch with KHT Fiat Caffe on inner ring road. The sales person advised me that I can book the car this year and take delivery after January 14th next year. I asked him why, he gave be a funny answer, told me that your car will be registered in 2014 so you will have much better resale

Did anyone from TeamBHP planning to book Punto 90HP or 75 HP in Bangalore in this week? Did the dealer hint about stock availability?
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I also got in touch with KHT Fiat Caffe on inner ring road. The sales person advised me that I can book the car this year and take delivery after January 14th next year. I asked him why, he gave be a funny answer, told me that your car will be registered in 2014 so you will have much better resale

Did anyone from TeamBHP planning to book Punto 90HP or 75 HP in Bangalore in this week? Did the dealer hint about stock availability?
How does that matter? If they do not have it in stock, they can order one and get it for you. Fiat will be more than happy to ship it. May be you should recheck with the sales rep or check with other dealers too as an option.
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....I also got in touch with KHT Fiat Caffe on inner ring road. The sales person advised me that I can book the car this year and take delivery after January 14th next year. I asked him why, he gave be a funny answer, told me that your car will be registered in 2014 so you will have much better resale...
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How does that matter? If they do not have it in stock, they can order one and get it for you. Fiat will be more than happy to ship it. May be you should recheck with the sales rep or check with other dealers too as an option.
I think it's because of the plant shutdown during December and most probably the new batch will come with a revised price too.
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Hello friends finally i got my BNW 1.3 MJD active, just loving the way she handles and how beautiful she looks.The buying experience was very good indeed and after buying Safari Storme this year , this is again a buy which makes me say, when buying a car listen to your heart.

I wish to thank all of you at Tbhp to make this decision of mine an easy one.
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Hello friends finally i got my BNW 1.3 MJD active, just loving the way she handles and how beautiful she looks.The buying experience was very good indeed and after buying Safari Storme this year , this is again a buy which makes me say, when buying a car listen to your heart.

I wish to thank all of you at Tbhp to make this decision of mine an easy one.
Congratulations on your new punto. I would like to share my experiences with same model between jan 2012 to may 2013 after 14000 Kms. Watch out for dampness under the passenger footwell, this can happen with a defective AC drain pipe. I have mentioned the solution for this in my earlier posts. Also make sure the windsheild washer pipe underneath the bonnet is secured properly or you will be emptying the washer instead of spraying water on windsheild. There was a problem with a loose number plate light which can be rectified easily at FASS. And finally watch out for a loose link rod which makes a click sound when going over sharp bumps.It happens within the first 1000-1500 km, it's a 10 min job tightening it. All these are very minor but things to watch out for.
But overall a fantastic small car, and I doubt if any other small car can be so rewarding to drive. Sold mine because of closure of dealership in my place.

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Congratulations on your new punto. I would like to share my experiences with same model between jan 2012 to may 2013 after 14000 Kms. Watch out for dampness under the passenger footwell, this can happen with a defective AC drain pipe. I have mentioned the solution for this in my earlier posts. Also make sure the windsheild washer pipe underneath the bonnet is secured properly or you will be emptying the washer instead of spraying water on windsheild. There was a problem with a loose number plate light which can be rectified easily at FASS. And finally watch out for a loose link rod which makes a click sound when going over sharp bumps.It happens within the first 1000-1500 km, it's a 10 min job tightening it. All these are very minor but things to watch out for.
But overall a fantastic small car, and I doubt if any other small car can be so rewarding to drive. Sold mine because of closure of dealership in my place.
Thanks damodar would surely look to get these things checked once I drive her for some kms. She has just clocked 250kms till now. One good thing is that I have procured 98 pcd alloys for her which is a humongous task otherwise.
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And finally watch out for a loose link rod which makes a click sound when going over sharp bumps.
I cannot appreciate more the timing of your post Damodar - my 40 days old Punto Sports has developed both of the above symptoms. Hence, have taken up an appointment with the service center for 31st, Dec. Your posts was extremely helpful in self diagnosing the issue. Just one question, if you don't mind answering - if a replacement is compelled, should FASS be doing it under warranty ?
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Sold mine because of closure of dealership in my place.
sad to hear that you had to part ways with an otherwise excellent hatch
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Tabrez: Definitely under warranty, do not worry.

The AC drain pipe leakage is a 15 min fix. Quite common on the Fiats.

Link rod would be tightened, in case the issue repeats they will consider replacement.
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Just one question, if you don't mind answering - if a replacement is compelled, should FASS be doing it under warranty ?
Don't worry once the link rod is tightened you will not face the same problem again at least mine didn't even if i didn't treat it with kids gloves. If found defective FASS has to replace it under warranty.
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Tabrez: Definitely under warranty, do not worry.

The AC drain pipe leakage is a 15 min fix. Quite common on the Fiats.

Link rod would be tightened, in case the issue repeats they will consider replacement.
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Don't worry once the link rod is tightened you will not face the same problem again at least mine didn't even if i didn't treat it with kids gloves. If found defective FASS has to replace it under warranty.
folks, thanks for your reassuring response's. I've booked an service appointment for 31st Tuesday with my dealer.
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