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Old 15th April 2011, 23:06   #1
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Default Fiat Linea MJD Boss(a) Nova White. EDIT With Race-chip and 30000 Kms update

Cars have come and gone, but nothing seemed to be like the Fiat. After 18 long years we again have a Fiat in our family. The difference is, that time it was the PADMINI and this time it is the LINEA MJD. The Linea's are less on the road making it a "exclusive". The car is built like a BULLET PROOF car. The doors, close with a solid european thud. The panel gaps are quite nicely filled in and the engine, ah just love it. The car was delivered to us on 30th march and have completed 1089 kms till date.

INDEX:
1) Brief Introduction
2) Selection Process
3) Delivery
4) Driving Impressions & Observations
5) Things I love about the car
6) The Not so good things

7) Mods

1) Brief Introduction
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We owned a Logan for 2 years and it had clocked 46000kms. So now time had come to replace this vehicle by some other car. The Logan is a typical European car which had heavy doors which close by a thud. The Logan is a very good car, but somehow in India it's called a taxi. My dad modded the car which didn't look like a Logan BTW. Now after driving 46000kms in it my dad wanted to upgrade. We had many choices but we wanted a diesel car as the monthly running is around 2000kms. We had shortlisted few cars which had to be test driven. We never wanted a Tata as my mom thinks Tata only make good Tea and steel.
-We wanted a premium sedan which looks just awesome.
-Wanted a diesel engine only.
-Should have lots and lots of bells and whistles.

2)Selection Process
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My dad always wanted a car which handles well around the corners. Even the Logan did those with ease. It had Hydraulic Power steering which weighed up perfectly and had nice feedback to it.
Our Logan did not have ABS and Airbags which is now a necessary on our roads.
We wanted a car which should have all these features as we had experienced the need of ABS on wet roads.
Well we started of with the
1)Vento- It's a VW so no questions about quality. The car we drove was the 1.6 diesel. The car was just amazing and we all were blown away by it's pickup and acceleration. But the car did not have many small features which are now standard on even a 5 lakh rupees car. The OTR of the car was around 11.3lakhs, and the waiting period was about 6 months. So we gave it a miss.
2)SX4 Diesel- This car was newly launched and the car for the test drive was a brand new car. The car never attracted any of us. The car had our national engine the MJD. The engine was tuned different from the Swift altogether. The car performed like a petrol engine and the steering was very good for city driving but the car did not handle well around the corners. The car had all the basic features but did not have all those high end stuff like the DIS( Drivers info display). The seats were comfortable but the quality was just too poor! even maruti 800 seats were better as per my views. It had messed-up ergonomics like the passenger side grab handle is just above the passengers head. This was very uncomfortable and the hand hit my head badly. The OTR of this vehicle was around 10.5lakhs which seemed to be high seeing the quality of the interiors. So we decided not to buy this vehicle and walked off the showroom.
3)Linea MJD- Everyone in our family liked the looks of this car. The car was a fiat and we had heard about the solidity of the car. We took the test drive of the car and we were impressed with the handling,refinement levels,and the features. This also had rear a.c vents like the Vento and the car we just liked it very much. The sales person also showed us the Blue&me feature which was very exclusive. The car looked too good in white so my dad decided to book the car on the spot. We were happy that we had booked a fiat again.

3)Delivery
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The delivery process was smooth and we got the car at 4 pm. I checked all the parts as indicated by the moderators in the PDI inspection. The car was manufactured in Feb 2011. The sales person showed me all the features of the car. They had promised me to fit parking sensors which they had fit. They had put white parking sensors which look as if it was fitted from the factory. Anyhow, we took the delivery and were happy with the behavior

4)Driving Impressions & Observations
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Few things that changed after 1000 kms-
1) Engine noise- The engine has become far more smoother than the engine we had on delivery.
2)Mileage- it's showing an average mileage of 15.5kmpl in Bangalore city traffic with 100% a.c.
3)Turbo lag- The turbo lag has not changed but we are used to it now.

5) Few things that i liked about the car-

1) Solid built.
2) Looks just amazing.
3) The MJD.
4) The space.
5) The features list.

6) Some negatives of the car-

1)LOW CG. Though it did not scrap once even after full load. But i think fiat should have given the 16" wheels in it. (15" alloys cost 12500/- where as the 16" alloys cost 13500/-)
2)Turbo lag- It takes getting used to. Initially we felt the acceleration is very bad, but has improved drastically after it covered distance.
And nothing else actually.

Software upgrade-
I've recently upgrade the ECO-DRIVE in the car which shows where the driver has the deficiency to improve mileage.

7) MODS-
The power is enough for the car but we needed more power so we ordered the RACE-CHIP tuning box which increases the power from 94Hp to 120Hp and 209Nm torque to 275Nm torque. This product must be arriving soon and will update about it later.
2)Fiat provided me parking sensors from the showroom at free of cost.

Here are few pictures of the car.
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Old 15th April 2011, 23:28   #2
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Congratulations Naparajito!!
Did you try upgrading your tyres to 65 profile instead of going for the 16" alloys, that would actually give an additional 9.5mm (not much but it's in the region of the other C seg cars).
Also awaiting more details on the MOD chip, if that turns out as mentioned on paper i feel it would be definitely worth that investment.
The turbo lag would still be evident though, right?
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Thanks AvinashKeezh. I've not tried upgrading the tyres as the tyres are pretty gud in the handling department though. Fiat is providing APOLLO ACCELERE or whatever :P. With the tuning box, the turbo lag will be evident but not as like the stock.
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Congratulations Naparajito for your brand new Fiat Linea ! A fantastic car turned down by many people due to fear of after sales support by TATA.
Any more mods planned excluding the race chip box? Please post some more pictures of interiors & engine bay and keep the thread updated with servicing experience.

Once again congrats for your ride and drive safe.
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Hey congrats on the Italian beauty.

guys, can we fit the Linea dials (Speedo, odo diatls frame) into Punto? I just love Linea's dials, they have a classic touch to it.
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Old 16th April 2011, 12:53   #6
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Dealership Experience- I had taken the delivery from Concorde motors, Mysore road, Bangalore. We initially went to check out the Manza but were blown away by the LINEA. The sales executive was quite nice and had good knowledge about the car and its features. We took the test drive of the car. The MJD was super smooth as silk. The refinement levels were just awesome as we drove the Renault Logan earlier. The Logan was refined but initially has good vibrations but after the engine starts it's quiet refined. The car pulled nicely in the first gear, but when my dad started in 2nd gear, the turbo lag was evident. the car responded quickly in the higher gears though. The brakes were nice and gave a good feel. The car had a long features list which impressed us all. The sales executive connected the phone to blue and me. The HU is good but the speakers start cracking very easily. We were promised few things such as Idol, Scuff plates, etc.

Till date those things are not given to me as they say " Sir, we don't have the stock." Yesterday we had called up regarding this again, and gave they gave a positive response by saying that we have the stock, so you can come and get it fitted. When we went today, they said the stocks will be arriving on Tuesday. My dad really got angry on them as they had lied on the phone yesterday. Anyhow we had some problems in the indicators which they were able to sort out in few minutes. Overall dealership experience was good we are little dissatisfied with the accessories department.

Few Mods thought later-
1)Speaker upgrade
2)Leather seat covers.
3)Sun film( not so sure as the car already has tinted glass).

I do have few interior pictures as follows and will update with more pictures later.
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Hey congrats. Your Linea look hot. May be my next 1.6 MJD will be White. Lets catch up in the next FIAT Meet in Bengaluru.
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MODS-
The power is enough for the car but we needed more power so we ordered the RACE-CHIP tuning box which increases the power from 94Hp to 120Hp and 209Nm torque to 275Nm torque. This product must be arriving soon and will update about it later.
First of all, congratulations on your wonderful new purchase! The car looks very nice!
Furthermore, where did you get this RACE-CHIP tuning box? Can you please provide more details about this? Thank you.
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@EARTHed- Ya sure. But when and where will it be held?
@ByDesign- Thanks! I found this product online. This product is made in germany, and can be used on your 1.3 MJD 75Hp too. The website is
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i have bought two boxes from race chip.but i am not using it.It was bought for 2 palio mjds.even my friend and fellow bhpian amulu10 uses race chip on his punto mjd 75hp.it is actually very good and cheaper than all other boxes in the market.it also has many settings which you can set after opening the box outer casing.
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Many many congratulations on the majestic Linea in your garage!
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Congratulations on your new Linea. I too would have opted for the Linea over the Manza.
Thats some fantastic mileage you are getting there especially in Bangalore traffic.
Wishing you many miles of joyful motoring with your white beauty.
Drive safe!
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Thanks everyone.
@vigneshram- how is the performance??
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Hey, many many congratulations on your white Angel. Wishing you many joyful miles with your beauty. Happy motoring and drive safe.
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