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Old 14th July 2009, 13:04   #1
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Default Some quality niggles & Issues in Fiat Punto

  1. rear parcel tray lock on the right side can break, its very fragile.Seen personally in 6 cars.
  2. rubber beading on the rear door fell off in a brand new car in showroom.
  3. front driver's seat lever cover (trim where the lever is attached) unscrewed in showroom car.
  4. glovebox door loose in 3 cars unloaded from truck.
Fiat India, when will you learn to have decent quality control?
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Old 14th July 2009, 13:11   #2
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I think we need to wait for some more time, till good numbers of Punto's are in Road. So the real problems faced by owners can be judged after a month or two.

Hope the above problems will sorted out by Fiat,as they can not afford to mess up with quality issues with these two cars (GP and Linea).

But as pointed out Sidindica, these problems should not have been there in first place.
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[*]rubber beading on the rear door fell off in a brand new car in showroom.
I have seen it in a Punto displayed at a Hyderabad showroom.
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Sid,

You just signed your death warrant.
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Sid,

You just signed your death warrant.
ha ha..... thats true.
Sid, time for some "puntastic" bashing.

By the way, cost cutting has to show somewhere. i hope it does not show on really really important parts.

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Sid,

You just signed your death warrant.
Was thinking the exact same thing
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Yet another thread discussing about bad plastics in the new Fiat cars.
Folks, We already know what to expect of the plastics in the Punto.
Part of the problem is the aggressive pricing and hence cost-cutting.
The plastics are all typical TATA quality. There won't be any change unless the prices of punto increase.
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Thats true.
Just think about it, if they start giving decent quality plastics then it might just go to i20 crdi or jazz price levels.
who would buy it then?
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Old 14th July 2009, 14:06   #9
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Would it really cost that much to get some QC in place? I doubt it. Secondly, expensive feeling interiors and plastics are one thing, but robust parts can be cheap.
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The plastics are all typical TATA quality.
Heard exactly the same thing from a FIAT service engineer I know. I guess you have to pay for quality which is why I never grudged the Jazz its price.

And yeah ... Sid, you are finished now!
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I met with a person from Fiat Corporate quality when I complained about poor plastics in Linea.

Here's what he told me:
- All these plastics are controlled by TATA and their parts-dealers.
- They had to cut corners somewhere after giving so much for so less
- The plastics aren't as bad as they look. They did some stress-testing to qualify them.
- In any case if anything breaks, they'll replace it under warranty.

This seems to be the situation. So don't expect any improvements just as yet.
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FIAT gets away scot free if Tata controls the interior plastics ? Nice.

How does it matter whether it's TATA or FIAT who is controlling the quality ? If the Punto is positioned a step above the Indica - there should be better parts inside , no ? Or is that expecting a lot ?
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Ah one more Fiat thread

When the plastic quality is average in Linea their C segment model, i dont expect better plastics in Punto by any chance.

If they improve, they may improve Linea first and then Punto.
Cost cutting is evident with the problem in such parts.

We have so many Punto threads out here, lets see which owner breaks what if it happens. Even i was told that seat height adjuster of Linea can break easily but till now no owner has reported a broken seat height lever even more with the seat going down on its own
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Is it the quality of the plastics or fit of these plastics. You can have less quality plastics which are bad to touch and see but could be fitted nice.
Did TATA force FIAT to use such items. How come nothing falls off on Vista?
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FIAT gets away scot free if ... Or is that expecting a lot ?
Yes. Even you have signed the death warrant my friend.

On a serious note, I think that Tata does have a lot of say in what is used. 50% of the profits are theirs right?
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