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Old 4th March 2008, 23:16   #331
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Yes almost all of the current generation cars have Child locks at rear, even an Alto has them so i think it can be safely assumed that even Xeta would be sporting them.
I think it could be a mandatory put up by the government or something? I have seen base version cars having this feature as well.
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Hi - I have a black Palio 1.6 Stile purchased in Oct 2007 from Shaman motors. The car is absolutely brilliant and have no problems. My brother in law just loves a chance to drive the car (he has a Zen). Anyways coming to the point - the rains are here and the fuel price hike is here to stay and perhaps more on the way. So
1) I read that the Palio has a rear washer wiper System. My question is how do you operate the rear washer ? Where do you fill in the water ?

2) What are the gear changes recommended for best fuel economy. Let me be specific - At what rpm do I change up and at wat ideal rpm do I change down
e.g. in 2nd gear when rpm touches 2500, change to 3rd and while driving in 3rd if rpm drops to 1000 rpm drop gear to 2nd.
What is the best time to change for good FE

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Old 13th June 2008, 17:02   #333
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Hi - I have a black Palio 1.6 Stile purchased in Oct 2007 from Shaman motors. The car is absolutely brilliant and have no problems. My brother in law just loves a chance to drive the car (he has a Zen). Anyways coming to the point - the rains are here and the fuel price hike is here to stay and perhaps more on the way. So
1) I read that the Palio has a rear washer wiper System. My question is how do you operate the rear washer ? Where do you fill in the water ?

2) What are the gear changes recommended for best fuel economy. Let me be specific - At what rpm do I change up and at wat ideal rpm do I change down
e.g. in 2nd gear when rpm touches 2500, change to 3rd and while driving in 3rd if rpm drops to 1000 rpm drop gear to 2nd.
What is the best time to change for good FE

Do reply.
Many thanks
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Hi, to get the rear washer to work, push the wiper stalk forward, instead of backwards.

There is a water reservoir at the rear right of the engine bay.

As regards fuel economy i'm still on discovery drive ...havent managed anything more than 8-9 as yet !
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Thanks for the response. I was assuming the rear washer would work when the stalk was pulled back. Happy that it is now working - as usual.
Keep me posted when you get some numbers on the FE.

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Been reading through this thread and just finished it! Have been in love with the GTX for a while now. No updates for almost 2 years now! So..someone please update this user experience thread with some of the latest updates of your Palio!
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KwokFist,
Would a note on my 1.6 Sport do for you?

I am into my third year with it (bought in '08), done close to just 30K.
My brother who owns a Petra Petrol told me that PUG has arranged a a deal on the remaining stock of Palios for a discounted price, and it is valid for this month.

Hearing that reminded me of a few posts I made in here when I got my Palio, and thought I'd look in other people's experiences too.

The gripe about Fiat (and Tata)..... when I bought my car..... was.... indifferent service, lackluster workmanship, scarcity of spares, and various other turn offs.

But then I heard other negative comments when I bought my Matiz in '98 and again when I bought my Scorpio in '03. Before that I heard it in '84 when I booked my first Yamaha RX 100. I listened then and so I was delayed and bought the same bike only in '87. And after '87 I think I learnt to listen, but make my own decisions too.

My Palio is a great car, it does all that I expected it to anyway. It scoots well, especially at traffic lights. It maneuvers excellently, and gives me satisfactory speed.
But all these are experiences from having really driven only a few cars, as I have not driven, a Honda, a Toyota, a Skoda, etc, but I have always driven alongside and ahead of a whole lot of them, but I always suspect that they let me go more out of sympathy, or because they get tired playing games very quickly.

The Palio IS a bit expensive on repairs, because I got to know first hand last month. It had been drizzling, and I had to brake suddenly when the Maruti 800 just in front of me himself braked abruptly at a curve, because (he said) a Tata Sumo coming from the opposite side had his head lights on Bright. Anyway, I skidded and bumped into his rear.
As I felt it was my responsibility because I was behind him, I offered to foot a bit of the repairs on his car (5K) and also did stuff on mine. (Bonnet, Headlamp units, grill and front bumpers... workshop said replacement was needed and as I don't know better than them I agreed (53K)....

So I learnt recently:

1. that it is indeed cheaper to drive more cautiously than I figure is cautious enough
2. that it is cheaper to get your tires checked properly and frequently during monsoons
3. that it is cheaper to keep a safe distance from drivers who drive suspiciously ahead of you
4. that it can be expensive if you don't watch the way you drive in different kinds of roads, and in different kinds of traffic.

I try to be a cautious driver because I am often scared sitting behind the steering wheel, afraid I'll make a stupid mistake, but just being scared and cautious is not enough I learnt, I also need to be alert all the time, more so if it is likely that the guy in front of me is not that alert, and if the person behind me is not watching his speed.

I like to think it is because of the increased traffic on the roads these days, but honestly speaking I must also point a finger at myself too, because impatience and milds outings of road rage can be a danger, to myself, other drivers and pedestrians.

What say you?
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KwokFist,
Would a note on my 1.6 Sport do for you?

I am into my third year with it (bought in '08), done close to just 30K.
My brother who owns a Petra Petrol told me that PUG has arranged a a deal on the remaining stock of Palios for a discounted price, and it is valid for this month.

Hearing that reminded me of a few posts I made in here when I got my Palio, and thought I'd look in other people's experiences too.

The gripe about Fiat (and Tata)..... when I bought my car..... was.... indifferent service, lackluster workmanship, scarcity of spares, and various other turn offs.

But then I heard other negative comments when I bought my Matiz in '98 and again when I bought my Scorpio in '03. Before that I heard it in '84 when I booked my first Yamaha RX 100. I listened then and so I was delayed and bought the same bike only in '87. And after '87 I think I learnt to listen, but make my own decisions too.

My Palio is a great car, it does all that I expected it to anyway. It scoots well, especially at traffic lights. It maneuvers excellently, and gives me satisfactory speed.
But all these are experiences from having really driven only a few cars, as I have not driven, a Honda, a Toyota, a Skoda, etc, but I have always driven alongside and ahead of a whole lot of them, but I always suspect that they let me go more out of sympathy, or because they get tired playing games very quickly.

The Palio IS a bit expensive on repairs, because I got to know first hand last month. It had been drizzling, and I had to brake suddenly when the Maruti 800 just in front of me himself braked abruptly at a curve, because (he said) a Tata Sumo coming from the opposite side had his head lights on Bright. Anyway, I skidded and bumped into his rear.
As I felt it was my responsibility because I was behind him, I offered to foot a bit of the repairs on his car (5K) and also did stuff on mine. (Bonnet, Headlamp units, grill and front bumpers... workshop said replacement was needed and as I don't know better than them I agreed (53K)....

So I learnt recently:

1. that it is indeed cheaper to drive more cautiously than I figure is cautious enough
2. that it is cheaper to get your tires checked properly and frequently during monsoons
3. that it is cheaper to keep a safe distance from drivers who drive suspiciously ahead of you
4. that it can be expensive if you don't watch the way you drive in different kinds of roads, and in different kinds of traffic.

I try to be a cautious driver because I am often scared sitting behind the steering wheel, afraid I'll make a stupid mistake, but just being scared and cautious is not enough I learnt, I also need to be alert all the time, more so if it is likely that the guy in front of me is not that alert, and if the person behind me is not watching his speed.

I like to think it is because of the increased traffic on the roads these days, but honestly speaking I must also point a finger at myself too, because impatience and milds outings of road rage can be a danger, to myself, other drivers and pedestrians.

What say you?
Thank you so much for your word on your Palio! And it was all very nicely worded! Sorry to hear about the hefty repair bill but i hope it was all finally sorted! Your observations on that matter are quite spot on. No matter how cautious we are sometimes things do get out of hand.

Now the gripes are still there. But whatever works for you, works for you and that's important! Btw, since the repair estimate, has there been any progress with your car? Is Fiat still supplying all the necessary parts for the 1.6 Stile Sport? How long do you plan on keeping your car now that Fiat has stopped production of the 1.6 Sport?
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KwokFist,
It gets like this when you are off doing other things... I look in here off n on, without signing in. I am here now experiencing the team app on my pad.
Thank you for the appreciation.
Yes I am indeed still having my Sport, and in fact I returned this evening after a 260 km drive to my shop at Marthandam.
Parts availability? My elder brother who owns a Petra, is a memeber at PUG and gave me the contact details of Mr.Vijay Sheth of Kavi Motors, Mumbai. He stocks all sorts of Fiat partsand will courier them.

I recently gave my car to RF for its 50 K service, and for replacing the ac fan resistor ( the third time now I think).
It was there for more than ten days, because of Diwali, plus because they did not have stock of the resistor.
The morning after my nephew picked up the car from RF, he discovered that the battery was dead. I came into Cochin in the evening to take the car back home, found that the charger my nephew had hooked on, had not do its job, and called the RF helpline.

I could have gone petty and shouted at them, but what purpose would it serve?

In 45 mts a service team arrived. They had been on another job, and came immediately that was done, they said. Polite and efficient.

They checked and told me the battery was dead, jump started from their vehicle battery, and adviced me to either take the car to RF, or to the nearest battery shop.

They were polite all the way, so I saw no need to be petty and complain to them that I had paid for a service and checkup, and that the service centre ought to have checked all parts, etc.

I drove to a nearby shop, and fitted a new battery. My car is 2009 model, the old battery was 2008, and one cell was damaged. At the battery shop, the car did start on the old battery, but I bought a new one anyway, because the shop keeper suggested that a new one might be safer, than trying to save the money for a little longer and getting stuck somewhere else when you do not expect it.

My drives take me through long streches of pot hole ridden ways and let us politely say, bad roads.
As I tend to drive rather steadily, if possible, I drive my Fiat, like I drive my Scorpio, as would Lochinvar, whom I read in school..." he stayed not for stone...etc". And three years down the line, my car still performs as it did when I bought it.
There are more frequent rattles, of the struts or mounts I think. I changed the mounts recently at a local worshop, with new ones from Mr. Sheth.

Both the alloys on the RH are dented, but my brother who got a new set of four for HIS Palio Diesel,as ordered a set for me too. They are for the Adventure, and has some nice sounding manufacturer name. At 11.00 PM, my brother will not be eager to enlighten me, so I will omit it for now.

I have a squeak in my brakes, caused I think by some work done by a private workshop at Cochin that allegedly does good work on Fiats. I went there once, and camr back with the squeak.
Now I do small jobs at my local workshop.
I also had a clutch failure, such as the whole d..n thing stopping on a gradient on a busy hospital street.

That was when my local workshop came and hauled the car to his place, and fitted a new something.
I forget its name, but I remember that it is different for diesels and petrols. Mr. Sheth sent it to me.

On good tar roads, or on all roads, except for the half km stretch of my estate road that I have to do every day, there is only the refitted mdg parcel shelf and the tool bag that makes a racket.
On my estate road, which is all that bad, just moderately uneven with a few stones, some puddles, etc., we get to know even the mildest rattles, thuds, suspicious sounds etc.

I hope this is a long enough post for you.
( FE ?, Last week I got 12, but this evening I filled up, and the pump attendant was really patient, he went at it like for 5 minutes, and from Orange to full it took 41 litres and gave me 10+. So my next top up should tell me more. I am driving 200 kms plus tomorrow, so by Monday, I will do my next top up.)
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Default Re: Palio Stile Sports 1.6 OWNERS review!!

http://www.99rpm.com/

I'm sure most Fiat owners know this site. But if by chance you are not aware yet, 99rpm is the site one can search for original Fiat parts. They are prompt and responsive.

( I should have checked previous posts to verify if someone else has already posted this info here. Apologies if I'm repeating)
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Is it possible to install engine immobiliser in 1.6 since strangely 1 .1 have it but not 1.6? I am asking because my ignition switch needs to be replaced and I got it with lock set locally. If yes can it be done by FNG? Does it require to upgrade/amend ECU for that and need to visit ASC?
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