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Old 1st September 2005, 12:15   #1
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Hey guys,
I'm Avinash from chennai. Was looking at buying the fiat petra 1.6. How has the experience been for guys in chennai?
I'm quite new to this forum and would definitely appreciate if you folks could help me out. Is the petra a good option? I know, fiat is going through some torrid times, but i feel they are trying get out of the rut. I was also wondering about the cost of the on-road version. Will it be under 5.5 lacs. Haven't had a chat with the dealers yet, the TVS guys out there should be good (hope). So till further notice...
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Hi ..

For some upfront info .. search this forum for Petra .. you will get loads of information in multiple threads ..
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yup, i had done that.. but threads on the petra 1.6 are quite old.. to the time when the petra was first released.. has anything changed for fiat during this past year.. ( hope it has not gone worse).
I'm not able to get the price of the car in chennai, on the net.
the company site seems to be way out of sync with times; so they have taken it out..
what could be the best price on that car???
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Hi Avinash. Welcome to the forum. Take a look at the posting rules before you dive in too deep

About your Fiat query, there are a lot of threads on Fiat's floating around. If you don't find an answer there, post your question in an existing thread on the Petra.

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have a look at these two threads .. it'll take some patient reading .. but theres a lot of info in there ..

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/showth...ighlight=petra (Drool on the latest and greatest Petra)

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/showth...ighlight=petra (Petra 1.6 ELX vs Baleno LXi)

have no idea regd chennai prices .. but the last post in the first thread has the July '05 Kolkata price ..

happy reading ...
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Hey guys,
Was looking at buying the fiat petra 1.6. How has the experience been for guys in chennai?.....I was also wondering about the cost of the on-road version. Will it be under 5.5 lacs. Haven't had a chat with the dealers yet, the TVS guys out there should be good (hope). So till further notice...
thanks,
Avinash
Good choice. There are a number of threads on the Petra and Fiat.

If you are confident about the dealer, then your choice will start making sense. However, do take test drives.

Regarding the cost, it depends on which model you are looking at - the EL or the ELX. I doubt if the ELX will be below 5.5 on road. Don't know about the EL though. I got mine for for under 5 on road in Mumbai. 5.36L on road, 39K discount on finance through the dealer. But this was in April of this year.

And yeah, test drive for sure. And do compare it with the Baleno LXI to make a more informed decision. In the price bracket of 5-6 L this is the only true competitor of the Petra. Though you may like the Indigo petrol too.
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Old 2nd September 2005, 14:02   #7
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How does the accent GLE compare with either the baleno or petra!!
The guy at hyundai was pretty surprised when i said i was planning for a petra! still a long way to go for fiat to get rid of it's bad reputation.
The gle version was quoted as 5.78L. need to really understand if going in for a petra is afterall a good buying decision.
Can anyone, having a fiat in chennai, please advice me on the A.S.S at TVS?
Will the petra1.6 make sense in the long run? coz this is my first car (after a series of performance 2 strokes) and which should eventually last me at least 7-8 yrs.
If there is an ambiguity in my decision it better be now and not after i buy the car.
Looking forward to some serious brain storming from folks out here to help me make that step!!
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Accent GLE at 5.78? It means it will be 6+ on road right. The Accent is a nice car, but IMHO boring as hell. ASS of Fiat is not as bad as it is made out to be. Still, check up on the Chennai dealers. And if it is 7-8 years that you need to keep the car, then the Petra is a nice choice.

And if you are even considering the Accent and are a speed freak to boot, then why are you not checking out the Ford Ikon 1.6?
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TVS Sundaram, dealers and authorized workshop for Honda and Fiat, is not as bad as how people project FIAT ASS.

The trick is that try to befriend the guy in charge of service and get his mobile number. This solves half of your problems. Going through the board lines will create hell lot of problems for you as you will not get correct information (They don't translate what was communicated to them) (I guess the service manager name is Keshav Prakash)

They do good & prompt service, but it differs for individuals based on their expectations. If you ask me, yes, Iam happy with what they do.

We have company owned - Honda City 1.5, 1.3, Palio 1.2
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Accent GLE at 5.78? It means it will be 6+ on road right. The Accent is a nice car, but IMHO boring as hell. ASS of Fiat is not as bad as it is made out to be. Still, check up on the Chennai dealers. And if it is 7-8 years that you need to keep the car, then the Petra is a nice choice.

And if you are even considering the Accent and are a speed freak to boot, then why are you not checking out the Ford Ikon 1.6?
The 5.78L for the Accent GLE is the on-road price. So should be a good take. I haven't talked in detail with the sales guy, maybe could work out some discounts.
But i still feel the petra would be the car for me. Will work it out with the guys at TVS before making a decision.
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Hi Surprise!,

I feel that should be the case, the A.S.S for fiat. It has been truly blown out of proportions, just my opinion. After all it all melts down with how we interact (even in this age of competition), so if a good product goes badly in the market people blame a lot of things and the easiest target is the after sales service.
Will someone advice me on the best choice on the following
Fiat Petra 1.6
Suzuki Baleno (LXi)
Hyundai Accent GLE
Of these i personally wanted to go for the fiat, i've loved the way the car works on the road .. built like a tank...
Please advice
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Avinash,
Hope you have seen this thread by Scorp72
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/showthread.php?t=7340 (Hi ! Thanks BHPians)
It is easy decision in Mumbai since Petra is a real steal there. Not sure about Chennai though. I am dealing with Sundaram here in bangalore and it was good so far.
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Please don't scream at me for posting this but from what I gather on the PalioUsersIndia yahoogroup, the Petra "seems" to have a serious manufacturing defect with its power steering assembly. You might want to check it out! I think there is a mention of it in this forum as well.

Also, you haven't mentioned your average monthly running. If running costs are important to you, you might want to consider a diesel sedan.
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Please don't scream at me for posting this but from what I gather on the PalioUsersIndia yahoogroup, the Petra "seems" to have a serious manufacturing defect with its power steering assembly. You might want to check it out! I think there is a mention of it in this forum as well.

Also, you haven't mentioned your average monthly running. If running costs are important to you, you might want to consider a diesel sedan.
hi hrag,
I don't know if that is a common problem, may be would have been in the palio, but none in the forum have expressed such a fear for the petra (the stearing prob).
Well the usage would be in the range of 800-1000 kms a month which would be the maximum. so going for a diesel does not substantiate the difference in price.
But would any petra owners throw some lite on the stearing problem if any
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Avinash,
Hope you have seen this thread by Scorp72
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/showthread.php?t=7340 (Hi ! Thanks BHPians)
It is easy decision in Mumbai since Petra is a real steal there. Not sure about Chennai though. I am dealing with Sundaram here in bangalore and it was good so far.
yes siva,
i had gone thru that stuff.
wil i be able to get such an offer in chennai...
sundaram guys are good so it should be ok once i decide on the car
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