Team-BHP > BHP India > Team-BHP Reviews > Long-Term Ownership Reviews


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 17th January 2019, 10:41   #511
Distinguished - BHPian
 
arun_josie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 2,816
Thanked: 6,294 Times
Default Pune - Panchagani - Mahabaleshwar trip

Pune - Panchagani - Mahabaleshwar trip:

I have crossed Pune few times, but never entered this city. So, when I got a chance to meet few of my friends here, I didn't want to miss it

Day 1

Started around 3:00 AM from home and hit the NICE road entry(from Bannerghatta road) by 3:15am. It was all smooth till we reached Davanagere. The roads between Chitradurga and Davanagere is little unven with few diversions. After Davanagere, the diversions increased drastically.

The challenging part during this stretch was thick fog coupled with diversions + one side of the road being dug for deep excavation. It was almost zero visibility and I had trouble finding a proper place to stop the car. It was a bit unnerving with faster trucks in the traffic. At one point, a Creta in front of me almost missed a diversion and braked hard at the last moment.

So, when I got a chance to stop, I stopped for few minutes for the fog to clear. After 10 minutes, we started again only to hit the fog again in few Kms. So, one more stop for the fog to clear.

Unexpected love affair with an Italian beauty, Fiat Linea MJD. EDIT: Sold-img_20190112_065502217.jpg

Unexpected love affair with an Italian beauty, Fiat Linea MJD. EDIT: Sold-img_20190112_065511513.jpg

Unexpected love affair with an Italian beauty, Fiat Linea MJD. EDIT: Sold-img_20190112_072828516.jpg

At a toll, I missed the fastag lane here :-)
Unexpected love affair with an Italian beauty, Fiat Linea MJD. EDIT: Sold-img20190112wa0011.jpg

Overall, this was a scary + nice experience as it was a new driving condition for me. Also, I experienced that the high beam doesn't help much while driving trough thick fog.

After an eventful drive through fog, we stopped for breakfast at a Kamath Upachar.

Once we reached Hubli, the roads got better and I was able to maintain better speeds.

Refueled at BPCL COCO, Nipani

Lunch was at Mcdonalds just before Pune and we reached Pune by 3PM. And our destination by 4:00PM.

Watched the Rajini-starrer Petta 7PM show with our friends and returned to their home by 11:00 PM. This movie was a better than his last few movies. A bit too much violence than necessary but, a good one-time watch.

Day 2:

Spent this day also with our friends. We woke up late and after lunch, we drove around the city, visited Aagha Khan palace, Amanora mall, had food in a Punjabi restaurant and returned to our friends' place by 9PM.

Day 3:

Started at 6:45 am to Panchgani / Mahabaleshwar. We stayed there for a day.

The climate here was very pleasant and crowd was very less too. The best time to visit these places is during monsoon. Jan - June is the strawberry season..so, we enjoyed the fresh strawberries. Strawberries and cream is a delicacy here. so, we tried that too. We visited Mapro garden, few view points, went go-karting at an amusement park.

Unexpected love affair with an Italian beauty, Fiat Linea MJD. EDIT: Sold-untitled.png

We had lunch at Nukkad in Mahabaleshwar town. It was sumptuous and lulled us into a lovely afternoon siesta. The weather was perfect for a relaxing day.

Day 4:

Plan was to start at 6am but it was little foggy outside. So, we started by 10am only.

Unexpected love affair with an Italian beauty, Fiat Linea MJD. EDIT: Sold-20190115_093428.jpg

Again, refuled at BPCL COCO, Nipani

Stopped for lunch at hotel Amar, this is after crossing Nipani.

A snack break at Chitradurga

Surprisingly the traffic between Tumkur - Bangalore was less.

Reached home by 9:30 PM

Overall it was a fun filled trip.

Trip details:

Distance: 1849 Kms
Fuel Efficiency: 19.6 Kmpl
Avg Speed: 62 Kmph
Duration: 29:41

Despite 1.8L Kms on the ODO, the MJD doesn't miss to give some good fuel efficiency number :-). The speed maintained was around 110-120 Kmph. ODO is closer to 1.85L Kms now.

Unexpected love affair with an Italian beauty, Fiat Linea MJD. EDIT: Sold-trip-details.jpg

Due to my carelessness, I got this hit on the bumper. Like last year, this too happened during my Christmas vacation at home.

Unexpected love affair with an Italian beauty, Fiat Linea MJD. EDIT: Sold-img_20190101_120425318.jpg

Last edited by arun_josie : 17th January 2019 at 10:47.
arun_josie is offline   (4) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 17th January 2019, 10:50   #512
Team-BHP Support
 
CrAzY dRiVeR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: India
Posts: 11,969
Thanked: 31,493 Times
Default Re: Pune - Panchagani - Mahabaleshwar trip

Quote:
Originally Posted by arun_josie View Post
Also, I experienced that the high beam doesn't help much while driving trough thick fog.
I remember you having installed some fog cutter or breaker lamps? How did they perform in the situation?
CrAzY dRiVeR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17th January 2019, 11:12   #513
Distinguished - BHPian
 
paragsachania's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Belur/Bangalore
Posts: 5,548
Thanked: 15,770 Times
Default Re: Pune - Panchagani - Mahabaleshwar trip

Quote:
Originally Posted by CrAzY dRiVeR View Post
I remember you having installed some fog cutter or breaker lamps? How did they perform in the situation?
Ideally, High Beam and Fog is a bad combination, and this is applicable even in rains. They don't help much because you are essentially lighting up the fog rather than the road ahead of you.

The best way to manage this is to set the Headlight beam to the lowest position and then switch between High and low beams. By doing this, your car's beams are piercing through the dense fog and hitting the road in front of you, helping you immensely in terms of aiding the driver with the required visibility.

Here is one of the videos from my drive that shows dense fog and the beam set to lowest position that made things better:





This road witnesses fog in Dec-Jan on 2 major stretches - Belgaum - Haveri and Chitradurga - Tumkur. This was again in January when I encountered dense fog and again drove with my beams seat at lowest position.


Last edited by paragsachania : 17th January 2019 at 11:37.
paragsachania is offline   (5) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 17th January 2019, 11:21   #514
Distinguished - BHPian
 
arun_josie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 2,816
Thanked: 6,294 Times
Default Re: Pune - Panchagani - Mahabaleshwar trip

Quote:
Originally Posted by CrAzY dRiVeR View Post
I remember you having installed some fog cutter or breaker lamps? How did they perform in the situation?

Those yellow lights were definitely helpful when it was foggy under dark. Once the day light started coming out, its effect reduced.

This was around 6:40AM types, Fog + it was still little dark. Sorry for the bad quality pic. I missed to save the dashcam clips

Unexpected love affair with an Italian beauty, Fiat Linea MJD. EDIT: Sold-img_20190112_063555971.jpg
arun_josie is offline   (3) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 22nd January 2019, 22:16   #515
Distinguished - BHPian
 
arun_josie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 2,816
Thanked: 6,294 Times
Default 1,85,000 Kms - Elastic pad (LH) replaced under goodwill - parts warranty:

Quote:
Originally Posted by arun_josie View Post
Noise from the front left suspension:

Noise from the front left suspension(while on uneven surface) was resolved after replacing the elastic pad.
Elastic pad (LH) replaced under goodwill - parts warranty:

This noise reoccurred from the left suspension and I had my doubts on the elastic pads even though it was replaced recently. So, I took the car to Vecto to check this issue. Initially, they suspected the spring as the culprit for this noise. But after a quick check we couldn't find any issues with the spring. The shock absorber was good too. So, they went ahead and replaced the elastic pad again. This resolved the issue. Thankfully, they agreed to cover this under goodwill - parts warranty as it was less than 6 months since the last replacement. The Kms covered was outside 10K Kms limit though.

There was a mild play in RH Elastic pad too and a very mild noise when on uneven surfaces. So, I asked them to replace that too. This costed 2.7K including the labour charge and GST.

The culprit, LH Elastic Pad. It looks good though.
Unexpected love affair with an Italian beauty, Fiat Linea MJD. EDIT: Sold-1.jpg

RH Elastic Pad (Old Vs New)
Unexpected love affair with an Italian beauty, Fiat Linea MJD. EDIT: Sold-2.jpg

Insurance:

It was time to renew the insurance and I decided to continue with Royal Sundaram as they agreed to give the Zero Dep policy for the 6th year too. Premium came around 12.5K with IDV as 4.3L. Key cover is included too.

ODO has crossed the 1,85,000 Kms now

Unexpected love affair with an Italian beauty, Fiat Linea MJD. EDIT: Sold-185000.jpg

A random click
Unexpected love affair with an Italian beauty, Fiat Linea MJD. EDIT: Sold-img20190121wa0010.jpg
arun_josie is offline   (7) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 1st February 2019, 22:43   #516
Distinguished - BHPian
 
arun_josie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 2,816
Thanked: 6,294 Times
Default 5 Years and 1,85,622 KMs

5 Years and 1,85,622 KMs

One more year has passed with another 35K Kms on the ODO.

Unexpected love affair with an Italian beauty, Fiat Linea MJD. EDIT: Sold-img_20190201_193135908.jpg

Unexpected love affair with an Italian beauty, Fiat Linea MJD. EDIT: Sold-img_20190101_120012072_hdr.jpg

ODO Share

Unexpected love affair with an Italian beauty, Fiat Linea MJD. EDIT: Sold-1_odo.jpg

Total Kms done each year

Unexpected love affair with an Italian beauty, Fiat Linea MJD. EDIT: Sold-2_y_kms.jpg

Days taken for every 10K Kms

Unexpected love affair with an Italian beauty, Fiat Linea MJD. EDIT: Sold-3_10k-kms.jpg

Fuel efficiency graph - Full Tank Method

Unexpected love affair with an Italian beauty, Fiat Linea MJD. EDIT: Sold-4_fe_ftm.jpg


Fuel efficiency graph - MID


Unexpected love affair with an Italian beauty, Fiat Linea MJD. EDIT: Sold-5_fe_mid.jpg


Fuel price range during the last 5 years

Unexpected love affair with an Italian beauty, Fiat Linea MJD. EDIT: Sold-6_fuel.jpg

Average Kms per day / Expense per Km / Data on fuel efficiency

Unexpected love affair with an Italian beauty, Fiat Linea MJD. EDIT: Sold-7_data_exp_fuel.jpg


Fuel refills / Highest Kms done in a day

Unexpected love affair with an Italian beauty, Fiat Linea MJD. EDIT: Sold-8_data_exp_fuel2.jpg

Service Details

Unexpected love affair with an Italian beauty, Fiat Linea MJD. EDIT: Sold-9_service1.jpg

Unexpected love affair with an Italian beauty, Fiat Linea MJD. EDIT: Sold-10_service2.jpg

Wear and tear parts replaced apart from the regular consumables,


1. Front brake pads (@27,434 Kms , @67,011 Kms , @1,04,713 Kms, @1,40,976 Kms and 1,77,226 Kms


2. Front brake disc replaced at 1,40,976 Kms


3. All tyres were replaced to Michelin 3ST @ 35,582 Kms and then @1,10,413 Kms


4. Timing Chain replaced @ 59436 Kms and 1,11,913 Kms


5. Clutch Assembly replaced @ 1,11,913 Kms


6. Front Shock Absorber @ 1,07,350 Kms


7. Wiper @ 59436 Kms @ 1,27,311 Kms


8. Coolant Hose @ 1,51,005 Kms


9. Rear Suspension Wick @ 1,53,439 Kms


10. C-Mount @1,69,448 Kms


11. Elastic Pad Front LH @1,69,448 Kms (Later replaced under parts warranty @1,84,893)


12. Elastic Pad Front RH @1,84,893 Kms

Note: Oil, Oil filter, AC filter and air filters were replaced 21 times so far. As per Fiat schedule, it is every 15K Kms only.

Parts replaced under Extended Warranty (1,00,000 to 1,50,000 Kms):

1. Glow Plug (2),
2. Alternator
3. Elastic Pad (Front LH and RH)
4. Lower Arm(LH and RH)


Parts replaces due to minor incidents:

1. Tail Lamp Replacement (Auto hit from behind)
2. Rear Bumper Chrome Replacement

Parts replaced under warranty:

You can refer to https://www.team-bhp.com/forum/long-...ml#post4137793

States Linea has traveled to so far,
  1. Andhra Pradesh
  2. Chandigarh
  3. Delhi
  4. Goa
  5. Gujarat
  6. Haryana
  7. Himachal Pradesh
  8. Karnataka
  9. Kerala
  10. Madhya pradesh
  11. Maharashtra
  12. Punjab
  13. Rajasthan
  14. Tamil Nadu
  15. Telangana
  16. Uttar pradesh
  17. Uttarakhand
The closest state yet to travel is Pondicherry .
And states from East and NE.

Looking forward to a few more enjoyable years with this Linea.

Last edited by arun_josie : 1st February 2019 at 22:56.
arun_josie is offline   (18) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 1st February 2019, 23:01   #517
BHPian
 
gopikb's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 459
Thanked: 174 Times
Default re: Unexpected love affair with an Italian beauty, Fiat Linea MJD. EDIT: Sold

Wow. What a detailed history you have been maintaining about your vehicle arun_josie. No wonder, the car is returning the favor for your care too. You have already accomplished exemplary value for money with your Linea. The thing with FIATs is that you never get tired of your drive with it any-day. I have done 1 lakh plus kms on my Punto + Linea put together and still both the cars does not fail to bring a smile on my face whenever we hit the highway. I am sure it is the same with you too which is why your car has visited 17 states out of the 29 in India. Wish you many more miles ahead with your Linea.
gopikb is offline   (2) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 2nd February 2019, 13:10   #518
BHPian
 
venkyhere's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: hump city
Posts: 584
Thanked: 973 Times
Default re: Unexpected love affair with an Italian beauty, Fiat Linea MJD. EDIT: Sold

Some amazing info. Hats off to the patience and tenacity to maintain the data.
Looks like mid shows 1kmpl more FE than actual tankful method, consistently. Do you concur ?
venkyhere is offline   (1) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 2nd February 2019, 21:47   #519
Distinguished - BHPian
 
arun_josie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 2,816
Thanked: 6,294 Times
Default re: Unexpected love affair with an Italian beauty, Fiat Linea MJD. EDIT: Sold

Thanks for the kind words guys!

Quote:
Originally Posted by gopikb View Post
I have done 1 lakh plus kms on my Punto + Linea put together and still both the cars does not fail to bring a smile on my face whenever we hit the highway. I am sure it is the same with you too which is why your car has visited 17 states out of the 29 in India. Wish you many more miles ahead with your Linea.
I agree, it is at its best on highways. One of the reason why 60% of usage is on the highway.

Quote:
Originally Posted by venkyhere View Post
Some amazing info. Hats off to the patience and tenacity to maintain the data.
Looks like mid shows 1kmpl more FE than actual tankful method, consistently. Do you concur ?
Yes, the difference is mostly around .50 Kmpl.
arun_josie is offline   (1) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 23rd February 2019, 11:03   #520
Distinguished - BHPian
 
arun_josie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 2,816
Thanked: 6,294 Times
Default Bangalore - Sakleshpur - Kudremukh - Mangalore - Shiradi - Bangalore

Bangalore - Sakleshpur - Kudremukh - Mangalore - Shiradi - Bangalore Drive:

A quick drive with team-bhpian speedsatya and a friend to Mangalore and back. We started at 2:30 AM from NICE road and reached Hassan by 5:30 AM, stopped just before Hassan for few minutes. The traffic was very less and we were able to maintain good speeds.

Fome hassan, we took the Sakleshpur - Kottigehara route to Kudremukh. Stopped at Kottigehara for tea. It was super cold here with the temperature hoverig in the 10-11 degree range.

After Sakleshpur it was a super fun drive as it is full of curves on this stretch, especially after Kottigehara. It was still dark with almost no traffic. Even when there was an occasional vehicle passing by, we could easily spot them at the curves. Probably the best time to drive on such roads are during the nights or early morning hours. And the road was super smooth which just added to the driving experience.

We stopped at Kalsa for some delicious Mangalore buns and proceeded towards Mangalore. The roads beyond the forest area were good too and we reached Mangalore by 10:30 AM.

Icecream at Pabbas and Sea food were the order of the day

Returned via Shiradi ghats. We started around 2:00 PM, this time the traffic was heavier with long train of vehicles to navigate. Shiradi ghat road is cemented and was nice to drive. Beyond Hassan the traffic was less but the traffic was super crazy once we touched Nelamangala and worse on the NICE road. We reached NICE road at 7:15 PM.

Total Distance: 829.4 Kms
Driving Duration: 14H:03M
Average Speed: 59 Kmph
Fuel Efficiency (MID): 18.3 Kmpl


Overall, a super enjoyable drive, good food and good company. Thanks to bhpian speedsatya for his invite and route planning

Here are some pics

Stopped before hassan
Unexpected love affair with an Italian beauty, Fiat Linea MJD. EDIT: Sold-1.jpg

Towards Kudremukh
Unexpected love affair with an Italian beauty, Fiat Linea MJD. EDIT: Sold-2.jpg

Scenic
Unexpected love affair with an Italian beauty, Fiat Linea MJD. EDIT: Sold-img_20190222_085518493_hdr.jpg

Unexpected love affair with an Italian beauty, Fiat Linea MJD. EDIT: Sold-img_20190222_085540350.jpg

Nicely laid new tarmac
Unexpected love affair with an Italian beauty, Fiat Linea MJD. EDIT: Sold-img_20190222_091147235.jpg

Unexpected love affair with an Italian beauty, Fiat Linea MJD. EDIT: Sold-img_20190222_091209974.jpg

gadbad @ pabbas
Unexpected love affair with an Italian beauty, Fiat Linea MJD. EDIT: Sold-img_20190222_120619351.jpg

On the Shiradi ghat
Unexpected love affair with an Italian beauty, Fiat Linea MJD. EDIT: Sold-img_20190222_152724372.jpg

A quick stop near Hassan
Unexpected love affair with an Italian beauty, Fiat Linea MJD. EDIT: Sold-img_20190222_170440587.jpg

Last edited by Aditya : 24th February 2019 at 10:57. Reason: As requested
arun_josie is offline   (8) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 23rd February 2019, 15:19   #521
Newbie
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Trivandrum
Posts: 4
Thanked: 2 Times
Default re: Unexpected love affair with an Italian beauty, Fiat Linea MJD. EDIT: Sold

What app are you using to monitor your car's service, maintenance and fuel logs?
Wiley Coyote is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 23rd February 2019, 20:09   #522
Distinguished - BHPian
 
arun_josie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 2,816
Thanked: 6,294 Times
Default re: Unexpected love affair with an Italian beauty, Fiat Linea MJD. EDIT: Sold

I am an old school guy, I use a simple Excel Sheet/graphs to capture all the data
arun_josie is offline   (2) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 26th February 2019, 11:07   #523
BHPian
 
bharatbits's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Hyderabad
Posts: 269
Thanked: 144 Times
Default re: Unexpected love affair with an Italian beauty, Fiat Linea MJD. EDIT: Sold

Hi Arun, Needed some input from you on the suspension front. My Linea Classic Plus MJD is at 33500 kms now. Off late i have been feeling the ride is not so smooth and planted in my car. I experience lot of horizontal left right movement in the car on uneven roads even at slow speeds. When i bought the car 2 years ago i used to rave about how good the suspension was that i used to just glide over small speed breakers at decent speeds and still feel very comfortable. But, i just cannot think of doing that now. Apart from that there are no weird noises or leaks from the suspension setup. I went to my regular Fiat ASS Vroom in Mumbai. The guys there are quite friendly with me and don't recommend unnecessary replacements. They checked the car on a test drive and said all's fine and that i am just being very picky. I had done couple of fully loaded to the brim highway trips, interstate home shifts from Vellore to Pune, Mumbai etc and i am not a slow driver either. Not extreme but i do cornerings at quite some speeds.

I have aged parents at home who started to complain about the ride quality especially at the rear and i want to ensure a pliant ride. Might i add, the car's shod with 175 70 R 14 apollo tyres on steel wheels stock from factory. Alignment and balancing are perfect as i get it done regularly from one of the best guys in the city.

Appreciate your inputs.

Last edited by bharatbits : 26th February 2019 at 11:09.
bharatbits is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 26th February 2019, 11:29   #524
BHPian
 
gopikb's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 459
Thanked: 174 Times
Default re: Unexpected love affair with an Italian beauty, Fiat Linea MJD. EDIT: Sold

Hi bharatbits, if the suspension is okay, then my guess is that it has something to do with the tyres itself. The 175 70 R14 is too thin a tyre for a heavy car like Linea. You should consider upgrading your tyres to atleast 195/60 R15. I was not aware that Linea was fitted with R14 rims from factory. Can you check if your rims are really R14?
gopikb is offline   (1) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 26th February 2019, 16:43   #525
BHPian
 
bharatbits's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Hyderabad
Posts: 269
Thanked: 144 Times
Default re: Unexpected love affair with an Italian beauty, Fiat Linea MJD. EDIT: Sold

Thanks gopikb, mine is the Classic Plus MJD variant and is fit with 175 70 R 14 apollo tyres on steel wheels from factory. 175 cross section may be very thin however, i was very happy with the ride quality till almost 1.5 years after purchase. It has deteriorated now i feel. I suspect either the springs or shocks nearing their end of life. How do i check how much life is still left on the existing ones?
bharatbits is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
My 2nd Italian Beauty - Fiat Linea 1.3 MJD finneyp Test-Drives & Initial Ownership Reports 9 5th December 2017 20:36
A love affair: Fiat Punto Evo 1.3L MJD. EDIT - sold! rav11stars Test-Drives & Initial Ownership Reports 89 1st August 2016 07:44
The Love Affair: Fiat Linea T-Jet Plus johy Test-Drives & Initial Ownership Reports 61 11th August 2015 14:45
Italian Beauty at Home - Pre-LOVED Fiat Linea MJD Emotion EDIT: Now sold! Mr.Boss Test-Drives & Initial Ownership Reports 60 18th May 2014 19:24
My Italian Beauty - Fiat Linea tinkywinky Test-Drives & Initial Ownership Reports 69 20th April 2009 17:15


All times are GMT +5.5. The time now is 04:57.

Copyright 2000 - 2019, Team-BHP.com
Proudly powered by E2E Networks