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Old 24th September 2011, 19:12   #16
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Yes, I got he sensors fitted from Dealer (Dhingra, Gurgaon) He promised me genuine Fiat ones, but gave a non-Fiat one. He also said that those are available only in black and would lose the sensitivity, if painted. I checked at other dealers also and they said the same thing about painting the sensors and only black/white being available.
These sensors are working fine but only problem is the snap-on kind of rear-view mirror, which, on hot days, proves too heavy for standard RVM and becomes loose. As a work around, I keep once AC vent directed towards this to make it cooler.
I also got it from the dealer. He gave me an Autocop unit. Luckily, since my car is white, I got body coloured.
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Old 26th September 2011, 00:11   #17
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Hi Guys
Yesterday the car mileage reached to the five digits. I touched this figure while returning from a night out trip to Worli sea link and Marine drive.

I also got the tires filled with Nitrogen from a fuel station close to Goregaon flyover. The guy charged 100 bucks for this.

The Mumbai roads are not as good as Delhi or Gurgaon, specially the starting/ending points of any flyover and millions of patchwork; if you hit them in any speed above 30, you will get your car's underbody kissing the road and unfortunately I did that once

I am looking for an opportunity to go for a proper photo shoot of the car and any suggestions for a suitable place around Mumbai will be very helpful.

Few pics:

Fiat Punto MJD 90HP - The Story of 90 Fuel Burning Italian Horses: 9800 smiles so far-side1.jpg

Fiat Punto MJD 90HP - The Story of 90 Fuel Burning Italian Horses: 9800 smiles so far-side2.jpg

Fiat Punto MJD 90HP - The Story of 90 Fuel Burning Italian Horses: 9800 smiles so far-side-side1.jpg

The last four digit number it did:
Fiat Punto MJD 90HP - The Story of 90 Fuel Burning Italian Horses: 9800 smiles so far-9999.jpg

Finally the 10K mark:
Fiat Punto MJD 90HP - The Story of 90 Fuel Burning Italian Horses: 9800 smiles so far-10000_img_2176.jpg

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Congratulations DJ One darn good Car with the best color it wears.

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Show me another hatch which can do this!
The Figo can very well can, on those stock 175 section tires. Braking/Ride the Linea/GP have an advantage. Rest, I have found them to be strikingly similar.
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Congratulations DJ One darn good Car with the best color it wears.



The Figo can very well can, on those stock 175 section tires. Braking/Ride the Linea/GP have an advantage. Rest, I have found them to be strikingly similar.
Thanks Sheel.
Though I have not done more than 150 in a Figo but I have my own doubts about getting a feel of same solidity and safety in it as in GP, but that's purely my viewpoint; actual owner may think otherwise.

Guys, I need some suggestions, I am going to Om Sai Motors tomorrow to get the dent repaired. Do you recommend talking to any specific SA there and as I have done 10K now, should I go for engine oil and fuel filter replacement as it will be again due in next 5K Kms.

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A short Update:
Yesterday I gave the car for repairing the dent and replacing front wheel arc. I was pleasantly surprised when I got a call from FIAT/TATA regarding the dent repairing work and they promised that they will take care of the expenses whatever comes over and above the insurance claim (as I already had claimed once, I was not bothered about losing NCB). I explained the issues to SA and today I got a phone call from him that the issues were resolved and he has given the car for dent repair work.
So far so good, I am hopeful that the quality of work will be better this time.
Waiting for Friday !

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Regarding the oil change, SA checked the oil and recommended for not changing it now. I took his words, now I plan to do it at 15K service.

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Exactly 5 months and 15 days back, I got into a long commitment with one Italian beauty who promised me to take care of me whenever I take her out and keep me safe with all the bells and whistles which others call ABS and airbags.
Hey DJ. Beautiful car mate, heartiest congos. Your love for her flows through the pics man.

Query - When did Fiat bid adieu to the (crappy) Goodyear GT 3 tyres? How is their (Apollo Acceleres) performance ie - Grip / Ride / Road noise / Punctures?
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I will also try to learn from this thread now. Right now I also have hired a person to daily clean the car but I have to take some more care now as once cleaning itself left some spiral scratch marks because of abrasive sand particles :(

This Tuesday I will be visiting Om Sai Motors in Kandivali West for removing the dent on the back. I hope they are better than the previous ones.

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From my past 2 years of TFASS experience , i can say Fortune powai works is the safest bet. But now they was moved into a small gully , (earlier it used to be bang opp L&T Powai gate).
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Dj_turbo : Congrats and welcome to the punto league..

I had one point to mention on this thread about the Fuel effeciency. How accurate is the Fuel efficiency calculated by the Multi Function Display (ECU) and Full tank basis.. I never tried to do an exact comparision..

I never tried comparing..but just in case any one of you have tired it..One one of my 250Kms trip I achieved a FE or 22+KmpL based on the information from Display.

And in on of the previous trips (first one), I wanted to test it on long trips and maintained a constant 130-140KmpH (most of the time) and was very harsh on drive..and later realized that i got 19+ KmpL on a rough calculation from Full tank to full tank.

One point i follow during my long trips is I switch on instanteneous fuel consumtion..and always try to maintain it as good as possible..I see that the fuel effeciency is generally good at 2000-2500 RPM ( this is where the turbo kicks in ) and the vehicle is cruising at 100+...
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Can any of the Punto owners confirm if the ground clearance is a problem with the Punto as compared to the Swift or polo or i20 with passengers at the back and at the front only ( Does it really affect) . I live in bangalore and have shortlisted Punto, Swift Zdi, Polo and I20 as possible candidates all of them diesel and loaded.

Punto with all the discounts running seems a VFM proposition now.

Though have booked the Swift Zdi in july, I am somehow not liking the way they have handled the boot and lack of 60:40 split.
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@dj, Congrats on your possession - I have a Punto Emotion Pack (75 HP) too, in Tuscan Wine. What I have felt is, when its clean, nothing can beat its looks. But with the slightest hint of dust on it, the looks are spoiled! Very tough to maintain... :-(

Apart from that, the greatest joy I enjoy on my Punto is that it gives the least number of heart aches coz of its amazing handling characteristics along with the fearlessness of being in a safe car. Braking is fantastic too.

I wish we could get the following with the Punto:
1. A 1.6 / 1.9 MJD
2. All four disc brakes
3. Rear A/C vents
4. Better after sales service - not that I am terribly pissed with the current, but it could be far better.

Actually almost everything else is perfect on a Punto, in my opinion. Of course I cannot ask for a Skoda Laura like interior in a 7 lakh rupee car... :-)

@muni, yes, I think Punto's ground clearance is lesser than the others you mentioned. However, I think once you get used to it and have an idea about it, you wouldn't face much issues with it. I have a Punto and have been to Bangalore a couple of times - I did not face any issues with its GC. Also, Punto has a strong underbody protection plate - I think a 3-4 mm thick iron plate. With that and a Dinitrol underbody coating, I sort of don't care even if its belly touches - I mean, don't feel that strong heart ache these days after I discovered that it doesn't harm.
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Dj_turbo : Congrats and welcome to the punto league..

I had one point to mention on this thread about the Fuel effeciency. How accurate is the Fuel efficiency calculated by the Multi Function Display (ECU) and Full tank basis.. I never tried to do an exact comparision..
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Hi Sad, Though I have not maintained the records of comparing MFD and Tank full to full fuel efficiency, but what I recall is, there is minimal of difference about 0.2 to 0.6 kmpl which is not significant enough for not trusting MFD (MFD displays higher in my case).
I think the turbo kicks in at about 1700 rpm and when I drive constantly at 120 kmph, the Inst. cons. shows about 12.1 kmpl.

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Can any of the Punto owners confirm if the ground clearance is a problem with the Punto as compared to the Swift or polo or i20 with passengers at the back and at the front only ( Does it really affect) .
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muni, I do not think there is a problem of ground clearance with E+ (including 90HP) as it comes with bigger tires. Still there were few occasions where I crossed big (I mean real big, even on open highways) potholes and the car scratched the ground, but as devansn mentioned, the protection plate is awesome and does the job superbly. I am sure on those occasions, the cars you have mentioned, would require a lot of repairing work for underbelly.

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@dj, Congrats on your possession - I have a Punto Emotion Pack (75 HP) too, in Tuscan Wine. What I have felt is, when its clean, nothing can beat its looks. But with the slightest hint of dust on it, the looks are spoiled! Very tough to maintain... :-(

Apart from that, the greatest joy I enjoy on my Punto is that it gives the least number of heart aches coz of its amazing handling characteristics along with the fearlessness of being in a safe car. Braking is fantastic too.

I wish we could get the following with the Punto:
1. A 1.6 / 1.9 MJD
2. All four disc brakes
3. Rear A/C vents
4. Better after sales service - not that I am terribly pissed with the current, but it could be far better.

Actually almost everything else is perfect on a Punto, in my opinion. Of course I cannot ask for a Skoda Laura like interior in a 7 lakh rupee car... :-)
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Thanks devansn, yes, the T. Wine color takes a lot to maintain it, but once cleaned, it is surely a beauty contest winner. I hope it maintains the shine even after few years.
You have written my heart here. Specially the 1.6 MJD (Hard to expect Fiat to fit a 1.9 to Punto in India).
Regarding the interiors, i feel that the quality of plastics have improved over a period of time and its the legacy of earlier versions, which is making everyone question about it now as well.

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Hey DJ. Beautiful car mate, heartiest congos. Your love for her flows through the pics man.

Query - When did Fiat bid adieu to the (crappy) Goodyear GT 3 tyres? How is their (Apollo Acceleres) performance ie - Grip / Ride / Road noise / Punctures?
Thanks Urban_Nomad.
So far I do not have complaints for Apollo, still the road noise at higher should have been lower. There was one puncture three months back and I drove with less air pressure for some distance, that caused valve failure which I replaced with a new one (100 bucks for that).
Last week I filled the tires with Nitrogen at 32 psi, after which made the car little bumpy, once I get the car back from service, I will again check for it.

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Hey dj congrats on your thread making it to the list of hot threads on the home page !!

Now that the crucial 10k kms is over and as many mention that the 1.3MJD comes on its own after 10k kms, can you post a small write-up on the difference you've felt post the 10k kms as opposed to say at beginning and after 1k kms.
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Maybe, fixing 1.9 is a lot easier than fixing 1.6. 1.9 has the same engine block as the 1.9 diesel that Palio had at some point of time. I think fixing 1.9 could be more cost-effective for Fiat.
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Congratulations. Wish you many happy miles.

By the by, did you buy two cars. On Page 1 I see the photos with HR Registration and on the second, it is RJ Registration. Or is it the same car with photoshopped licence plate?
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Sorry Dj_Turbo, I forgot to mention. I have a Punto Emotion..It does not have a VGT.. But good I always wanted to know the engine speed at whihc VGT will kick in..that the advantage of a VGT.

I know that the calculation of the fuel effeciency from the ECU is almost very accurate...but there are always options in the ECU softwre wheter to consider the non torque generating injections..whihc may not be considered for Fe calculation...This is more applicable in case of Particulate filters where some of the late injections are used to burn soot in the particualte filter.
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