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Old 10th September 2009, 12:17   #256
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Just to highlight, On a discussion with my colleagues in office two days ago, everybody was aware of the new Estillo being launched but most of them did
not have a slightest clue that a Punto exists.
That's right. On one of my recent train journeys from Trivandrum to Cochin, some Govt. officials workign in Trivandrum were having a chat in the train. They were talking about the potential car upgrade or a new buy. The only names I heard were

1) New Estilo
2) A-Star - much talked about, especially the 19kmpl stuff!
3) Chevy Sparc
4) Swift Vdi
5) i10, i20.
6) Ritz Vdi

They didn't have a clue about Punto. Linea seems to be much more popular.
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True about not many people being aware about both Linea and Punto. A few days back in Kharghar, 2 women and 1 kid were looking at my Punto from the front. "i20" is what they said! The shiny Fiat logo was right in front of their eyes for God's sake!

Think about what will happen. The family wants to buy a new car and since women play a strong role in buying a new car, the lady will proudly proclaim that she saw a i20 and liked it so i20 is what they should get.

Problem is most people don't even consider Fiat when planning to buy a new car - they don't do it deliberately, they are not aware and don't care for a car maker called Fiat. Fiat needs to first ensure that their cars get shortlisted in a new car buyer's list.

When my mom saw the Punto the first time, she said, this is exactly like the Palio you had. What is different with this car?
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When I bought my car (Palio), the first reaction from my uncle was "Why did you buy Fiat? Look at the poor state of that car (Fiat 1100D parked - 1970 or so). These are bad cars."

He didn't even realize that the 1100D is one of the very few which was still in running condition, from that era. It belonged to my granddad. It was running fine till year 2008, until he sold it.
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When my mom saw the Punto the first time, she said, this is exactly like the Palio you had. What is different with this car?
LOL
Know what my mom said, after Punto was launched she said that oh Linea is a stretched version of Punto like in Swift and Swift Dzire. Why did you spend an extra 1L for a boot?

Now listen what i said, "Mom, Linea was launched first, they cut short Linea and made a Punto" so dont worry

Still after 8 months of Linea launch, people stare at the car like its some spaceship. They slow down and read name of the car. Should i debadge it?
Punto is selling at a double rate so maybe within 3-4 months people know.
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Still after 8 months of Linea launch, people stare at the car like its some spaceship. They slow down and read name of the car. Should i debadge it?
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I've already "debaged" my Linea. Thanks to those thieves who steals Fiat Badge. Stole from my car twice . And now every car parked in vicinity to my appt are seen without logo. Last week Innova driver from next building stopped me & said his Innova badge is also stolen in a few minutes in the morning when the car is taken out of the building parking for a wash
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yes,it's true.
whenever i go to fill fuel in bunks or Beach,surely some people come near to my car and ask for the Make,price,FE and etc .
After i explain everything about her as they asked,finally they tell,
The car looks very big and rich and congrats me for buying this beauty.
I always return from bunks/beach with pride.
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My car is with Fortune Nerul for it's first service right now.
Amit,

I am not sure if you checked Punto Owners Group : but the oil cost for Punto is Rs.750 per lit (Selenia Semi-synthetic) I checked with B U Bhandari service station today and the guy there told me the oil change cost for MJD Punto will be somewhere around 4000 (for Selenia) OR 5000 (for Mobil 1)

Could you confirm from Fortune Nerul ?

And are you going for an oil change at the first service ?

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Hi Amogh,

I got my car serviced yesterday.
They charged me 2600 for the oil change. Can you confirm the price of Selenia?
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Hi Amogh,

I got my car serviced yesterday.
They charged me 2600 for the oil change. Can you confirm the price of Selenia?
2600 is right. Punto needs 3.5 litres of oil

Selenia is priced at 750 per lit

I think that is expensive for semi-synthetic. If I have to pay that much : I would rather pay a 1000 bucks more and go for Mobil 1
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With regard to the awareness. Many people do not that Fiat is still selling cars, forget about the model and the makes. Its a pity that FIAT is doing nothing to increase teh market awareness and the highlights of its cars. God knows when these guys will learn
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2600 is right. Punto needs 3.5 litres of oil. Selenia is priced at 750 per lit. I think that is expensive for semi-synthetic. If I have to pay that much : I would rather pay a 1000 bucks more and go for Mobil 1
@Amogh:

Check out this link for the various oils on offer by Selenia. FL Selenia Poland

I could be wrong, but I think BUB uses Selenia WR for the Punto and Linea MJD. From it's specs, it appears to be a fully synthetic oil conforming to SAE 5W-40, API CF.

Cheers,
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Could you confirm from Fortune Nerul ?
Amogh, I just saw this thread. I plan to do the first oil change at about 7,000kms if I find particles in the oil.
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Amit Bhai,

Why this Clutch Cylinder Overhaul was required ?

Were you facing any issues regarding the clutch or it was detected at the dealer level.

How's the overall experience in getting the car serviced, was the car sparkling clean or any other issues you have faced, kindly share.

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Amit Bhai,

Why this Clutch Cylinder Overhaul was required ?
Clutch cylinder was replaced so no overhaul.

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Were you facing any issues regarding the clutch or it was detected at the dealer level.
I didn't have any issues and I don't feel any difference in pre and post service clutch operation. SA said minor leak was found and hence they decided to replace the clutch cylinder.

Good to know that the part was in stock .

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How's the overall experience in getting the car serviced, was the car sparkling clean or any other issues you have faced, kindly share.
Expereince was good. Waited for about 10 minutes for SA to attend to me and was out in the next 5 minutes. Delivery was supposed to be at 3pm, got a SMS from TATA at 2.59pm that car is ready! Vehicle was washed very well. Good job on that front. At time of delivery, I asked for the SA at the reception and he was with me in 2 minutes. Car was parked in dealer parking which was a good 2 minute walk. SA waited with me till car was brought back and wished me off. Got chatting with him in that time and he said service guys are happy with Fiat over Tata because their cars have very few issues compared to Tata ones. Split between Fiat and Tata for service is now almost 50:50. Loads of Linea's and now Punto's are coming in for service. They have already serviced 3 Nano's .
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I plan to do the first oil change at about 7,000kms if I find particles in the oil.
Amit

I always wanted to change oil at 7 - 7.5K kms but could not find a way to check oil to check if particles present. How do I do it?
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