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Old 27th April 2011, 22:19   #106
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* Accessing the USB in the glovebox is a pain. When playing songs through USB, the co-passenger cannot change the tracks. Its possible only through the steering wheel controls. bad idea! Even accessing folders in USB is a pain.
Can you please tell me how to navigate the folders in the USB? I can only run through the files in the root.
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Old 28th April 2011, 21:37   #107
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* Press the 'Main' button on right of steering wheel
* Go to media player
* Press down arrow
* Go to 'folders'
* Press OK
* Navigate through folders using up & down arrow
* press OK

Hope this helps.
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* Press the 'Main' button on right of steering wheel
* Go to media player
* Press down arrow
* Go to 'folders'
* Press OK
* Navigate through folders using up & down arrow
* press OK

Hope this helps.
Thanks Raj , I took delivery of the car last Saturday and am slowly learning the features of the car.
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You are welcome buddy, we are "punters" after all!
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An idiot in a verna rear ended my pintu today...

My car was stationary on the flyover near the SION hospital. Those who wish to take the next flyover need to keep the right lane. I did the same & being peak hour traffic, the right lane was not moving. I saw a black verna cutting into our lane behind my car quite rashly. our lane just moved for some seconds & came to a halt again. as soon i stopped, after 4-5 seconds, i heard a loud thud with a big jerk. Luckily I had not pulled the handbrake & my car moved forward with the impact, absorbing some of the impact. I saw in my IRVM & the verna has a broken bumper & damaged bonnet.

Fearing the worst, I got out of my car, just to see a misaligned bumper & hanging light of the rear number plates. They clicked back into place. No scars on the bumper but I need to get it aligned at the F.A.S.S. tomorrow.
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We should be careful of these eve-teasing rogue cars when we are with our italian beauties.
Good to hear that the damage is minimal.

Drive safe
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I am glad the tail lights are high up near the windshield!
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The bumper is not yet repaired.

Meanwhile the Italian beauty seems to be getting better with age, atleast on the fuel efficiency front. When new, she used to return 13 kmpl, slowly it rose to a consistent 14 kmpl.

Now, after 4800 kms, she gave me 15.5 kmpl. All in the same conditions, that is peak hour city traffic with 100% AC. And i am not a very sedate driver too!
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5600 kms update:

+ FE has been more or less steady at 14 kmpl & even 15.5 kmpl in the last filling.
+ Ride quality & build quality... blah blah blah !!!
+ Steering feel is awesome, perfectly weighted & precise turning.
+ Handling corners at high speeds is cakewalk for the punto, she does not lose the line even with rough surfaces.
+ View from both the ORVMs is great.
+ From 3rd gear onwards, performance is good. She has enough torque to pull cleanly without any sudden jerk or boost.
+ AC chills like anything, in no time.
+ Front seats are very very comfortable.

- Slight rattling from dashboard & rear parcel tray. I bought a FIAT because I thought its sturdier than a Maruti. Anyways, I have done some ICEing on the car, so it may be the culprit. I have to get it checked.
- Acceleration in first two gears in pathetic. Whats the use of buying 90 hp?
- Legroom in the rear seat is very very tight.


I work in VW, so I drive the VW polo extensively. Comparo between Polo 1.2 diesel highline & Punto 90 hp:

* Punto is cheaper by a huge margin.
* Punto has got more power & torque.
* Polo feels more responsive in initial gears but the performance dies down as revs climb. Its the opposite in punto.
* Polo is noisier & has more vibrations.
* Ride quality of polo is harsh, especially at slow speeds. Punto feels more planted at high speeds.
* Both cars are built strong & feels sturdy. Infact the punto feels heavier but interior fit & finish & build quality is leagues ahead in the polo.
* Punto has got many features which polo does not have, like auto AC, USB port, Blue & Me, etc. which is missing in the polo.
* VW brand is 100 times superior to FIAT.
* Resale value of VW is also much better than FIAT.
* A.S.S. of both are equally pathetic!
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^^ This comparison could not have come from a better person.

One thing. 90 HP Punto pales in front of Polo at higher revs? I see that you drive a 90 HP one and hence asking.
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^^ This comparison could not have come from a better person.

One thing. 90 HP Punto pales in front of Polo at higher revs? I see that you drive a 90 HP one and hence asking.
I think you mis-read Raj's post he quoted "Polo feels more responsive in initial gears but the performance dies down as revs climb. Its the opposite in punto."

IMO he stated that the Polo is more responsive initially, but as the revs climb the performance pales. But in comparison to the Punto 90 HP, it feels a bit sluggish in first 2 gears and from 3rd gear onwards it pulls nicely and performance is very good as the revs climb.

@Raj, hope i have interpreted it correctly
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I think you mis-read Raj's post
Well reading attentively was never my forte.

OT : Being a 3 pot Polo is going to be more noisy compared to Punto. But I wonder if the regular public would be knowing this. I am not talking of Team-BHPians. But many of my friends did not know that Polo came with 3 cylinder engines.
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I think you mis-read Raj's post he quoted "Polo feels more responsive in initial gears but the performance dies down as revs climb. Its the opposite in punto."

IMO he stated that the Polo is more responsive initially, but as the revs climb the performance pales. But in comparison to the Punto 90 HP, it feels a bit sluggish in first 2 gears and from 3rd gear onwards it pulls nicely and performance is very good as the revs climb.

@Raj, hope i have interpreted it correctly
Yes, you got it right sir.

Also, I feel, interior cabin design is much better in the punto. also the dashboard & doorpads of the punto have a nice soft feel whereas it is hard plastic in the polo. but again, build quality of the polo is much better. There are no loose gaps or unfinished edges in the polo. everything, right from the glovebox to the headlight controls work with a precise & quality feel, in the polo.
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Some pics from a recent trip to my friend's farmhouse in Uran. The dislodged rear bumper when a verna rear ended my car can be seen in the pics -
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Nothing more sexier than a dirty white Punto with sinister black wheels!

And yes, the pictures do not do justice to the location and the car.
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