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Old 9th June 2016, 17:35   #31
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re: 2 years / 20,000 km with my Italian Stallion : The Fiat Punto Evo 90HP

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You Punto certainly looks smashing. 16K in one year is a good usage. Any issues in the car after this usage?

By the way, do you still have the swift? (I remember driving your car in BBSR, on the infosys road, somewhere in 2011)

Now you should be able to guess who i am.
Gotcha Mr.

Its been long long time, since you drove my Swift.
Its still there, with just 40K clocked, planning to upgrade that, but not pretty sure.

PM me and share your details
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re: 2 years / 20,000 km with my Italian Stallion : The Fiat Punto Evo 90HP

My PUNTO 90 HP VIN ends with BGZ so manufactured Feb '16.

So latest PUNTO 90 HP vehicles come with upgraded entertainment system. Same as Punto Abarth. Which means no more blue&me.. So I got A2DP bluetooth music streaming as well
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Fiat Punto Evo Sport Vs Punto Evo 90bhp

I was looking to buy a hatch back and visited Fiat for a test drive.
I drove the Punto Evo Emotion 90hp. As we know the Punto Evo sport (90hp) is now discontinued.
I was thinking aloud why they did not take forward 16" rims and all-black interiors to the new 90hp versions, and the Fiat Sales guy said there are still couple of old (Feb 2016) Sport versions left in the stock, in case I care to have a look. The prices are almost the same, with some difference in features as below :

Punto Evo Emotion 90hp ( Punto Evo Sport 90hp)
15" rims ( 16"rims)
touch screen with MMI nav (No touch screen, no nav)
No spoiler (small spoiler)
Dual tone interiors (All black)

He said everything else is same. But I feel there is a difference in the ECU mapping slightly. The Sport is cheaper by a few thousands but since these are leftovers, there is no choice in colors.

Would appreciate any help in overcoming this dilemma. Thanks.

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Old 30th July 2016, 06:44   #34
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Re: Fiat Punto Evo Sport Vs Punto Evo 90bhp

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I was looking to buy a hatch back and visited Fiat for a test drive.
I drove the Punto Evo Emotion 90hp. As we know the Punto Evo sport (90hp) is now discontinued.

He said everything else is same. But I feel there is a difference in the ECU mapping slightly. The Sport is cheaper by a few thousands but since these are leftovers, there is no choice in colors.

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Hello, i suggest please go ahead with the New Evo Emotion 90 hp
All cosmetics like Rear spoiler and Wheel/ Alloys can be upgraded at any point of time.

Secondly your vehicle depreciation will be right with current year vehicle, which should be expensive than the actual 90 hp versions which are old stocks.

The new Music system is also up to date with current league of hatchbacks.
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re: 2 years / 20,000 km with my Italian Stallion : The Fiat Punto Evo 90HP

After a drive to Lavasa, accompanied by Friend's New Ford Figo :

The Headlamp design seems inspired by each other:
2 years / 20,000 km with my Italian Stallion : The Fiat Punto Evo 90HP-dsc_0142.jpg

2 years / 20,000 km with my Italian Stallion : The Fiat Punto Evo 90HP-dsc_0351.jpg

A very necessary underbody and full body-wash during the monsoon at an automated Car Wash near to my place:

2 years / 20,000 km with my Italian Stallion : The Fiat Punto Evo 90HP-img_20160618_100209.jpg

2 years / 20,000 km with my Italian Stallion : The Fiat Punto Evo 90HP-img_20160703_105823.jpg

A long weekend drive to Mulshi Dam and Tahmini Ghats. Awesome drive and even better landscapes:

2 years / 20,000 km with my Italian Stallion : The Fiat Punto Evo 90HP-dsc_0441.jpg

2 years / 20,000 km with my Italian Stallion : The Fiat Punto Evo 90HP-dsc_0445.jpg

2 years / 20,000 km with my Italian Stallion : The Fiat Punto Evo 90HP-dsc_0461.jpg

2 years / 20,000 km with my Italian Stallion : The Fiat Punto Evo 90HP-dsc_0479.jpg

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2 years / 20,000 km with my Italian Stallion : The Fiat Punto Evo 90HP-dsc_0522.jpg

2 years / 20,000 km with my Italian Stallion : The Fiat Punto Evo 90HP-dsc_0540.jpg

2 years / 20,000 km with my Italian Stallion : The Fiat Punto Evo 90HP-dsc_0600.jpg

And in the awe of the sights nature was throwing at us, I missed the magic number on the Odo at 20K, still got this as a consolation:

2 years / 20,000 km with my Italian Stallion : The Fiat Punto Evo 90HP-img_20160820_135326.jpg
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Re: 2 years / 20,000 km with my Italian Stallion : The Fiat Punto Evo 90HP

Hi sudeep, Nice write up with brilliant pictures. I want to know if the squeaks from the roof liner mentioned by you are still there. Did the SVC guys take care of that well? I am getting that in my '15 Punto evo 90hp from the front passenger roof area whenever the car goes through a bad patch on the road. Heard from few people its common in the 90hp alone (all black interiors) is it true?
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Hi sudeep, Nice write up with brilliant pictures. I want to know if the squeaks from the roof liner mentioned by you are still there. Did the SVC guys take care of that well? I am getting that in my '15 Punto evo 90hp from the front passenger roof area whenever the car goes through a bad patch on the road. Heard from few people its common in the 90hp alone (all black interiors) is it true?
Hi, Thanks for the appreciation's of the pics.

The roof liner noise disappeared after Second Servicing. No special care was taken for it. It has not returned since then and I am happy (touch wood it doesn't return).

The tailgate rattle is still there and the only irritant for me. Fiat SVC unable to solve it.
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Re: 2 years / 20,000 km with my Italian Stallion : The Fiat Punto Evo 90HP

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The tailgate rattle is still there and the only irritant for me. Fiat SVC unable to solve it.
Hit the plastic trim on the tail gate with your hand and see if it's making rating noises. If so, please ask them to open it and dampen the edges with either double sided tape or rubberised damping material.

The finish of the trim was not a perfect fit in my car and this was obvious if you hit the trim with one hand.
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Re: 2 years / 20,000 km with my Italian Stallion : The Fiat Punto Evo 90HP

@sudeep: thanks for the info, I will make the SVC guys take a proper look at the roof liner this time. As for the tail gate rattle noise, my bad luck, its just started making the noise on my car after driving for 12,000kms. I am still to locate the noise to the tail gate, but have known that punto is notorious for this issue. I am also getting a metallic hitting noise whenever the rear left suspension goes into full rebound (fully extended), example I get into my apartment while turning sharp left onto a steep ramp. when the front wheels are half way on the ramp, the rear left wheel is extended and makes a loud CLICK noise. wonder if any of you have faced this.

@Crazy driver: Thanks for the tip. will try it out immediately.
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Hit the plastic trim on the tail gate with your hand and see if it's making rating noises.
It isn't really the trim that's rattling. Its actually the gate itself.

The tailgate lock seems the culprit.
After Diwali on my way back from Mumbai to Pune, i saw the tail gate open info flash a couple of times on the MID. But went away automatically.

Need to get a thorough check done. A recent issue of Headlamp and Taillamp fogging has also come up. Nothing serious though.

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I am also getting a metallic hitting noise whenever the rear left suspension goes into full rebound (fully extended), example I get into my apartment while turning sharp left onto a steep ramp. when the front wheels are half way on the ramp, the rear left wheel is extended and makes a loud CLICK noise. wonder if any of you have faced this.

@Crazy driver: Thanks for the tip. will try it out immediately.
Not really.

And my tailgate noise is metal hitting types also.

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Bought my first car! A Fiat Punto EVO Sport

Back story
It was back in 2013, I Was a 12-year-old kid who was interested in cars more than cartoons. We had an i10 in our house which we all loved and cherished. Every time we crossed a certain street Mom and I drooled over a light blue Linea, I still remember it used to have a yellow-colored diesel sticker on the fuel cap. My mom who was never interested in cars loved the design of the linea (she has good taste ). Fast forward to 2015 we lost our i10 to the Chennai floods and were left without a car till 2024. We didnít need a car as Ola and Uber were booming and cabs were cheap at that time. coming forward to 2022 we felt the need for a car and decided to get one. The enthusiast side of me kicked in and I took my sister to test drive the i20 N-line DCT. After a five-minute test drive my sister was already convinced and we started the N-line buying process. The car costs 14lakh on-road Chennai and it was way out of our budget. We managed to increase the down payment and convinced ourselves to pay the extra EMI every month. Everything went well and then I suddenly got a call from an automotive publication in Pune offering me an internship which I had applied to. I got super happy and sad at the same time, on the happier side I got to work my dream job and on the sad side, I had to cancel my car booking. So with a heavy heart, I cancelled my booking and moved to Pune.

After 6 months of working my dream job, I had to quit because of the ďnon-toxic office environmentĒ. I was back in Chennai and the urge to get a car was over the roof! New cars were straight ruled out as my perspective changed. I found investing 15 lakhs in a car and paying EMIís for 7 years would make me stick to the same car for 7-10 years which would have been a financial and mental disaster. So, what is the next best option? Used cars! I surfed many online used cars sites and visited one car a week but most of the cars were rejected either because of the condition or the asking price. After months of searching, I found this 2015 Punto Evo sport with around 71k clicks. Spoke to the guy, visited the car on a sunday, and finished the deal on a Wednesday. Coincidently I got the car home on the same date I got my R15 (sold) home!

The car had to get a wheel speed sensor changed which the seller did and I picked the car from Expert Spanners Omr. They delivered the car with lots of dirt and mud so straight up went to Focal Car Care in Anna Nagar for a wash and to remove the fake Abarth sticker in the boot. The AC vents had lots of dirt in them which made us cough while driving from Omr to Annanagar. The guys at Focal Car Care did an AC vent cleaning service even without asking us for free which made my parentsí first drive of the new-to-us car memorable ( it was memorable for me and my sister in a bad way cough cough ). I really liked the attitude of the boys at Focal Car Care as they gave attention to every small detail even to my car (they work on lots of premium cars). My mom never really gets excited for materialistic things but once she saw the shining red nugget she started smiling as we approached our gate.
2 years / 20,000 km with my Italian Stallion : The Fiat Punto Evo 90HP-086a9576-copy.jpg
Cars considered

Swift zdi - this was my first preference but got rejected due to over-inflated market price.

Figo 1.5 TDCI - Another gem of a car searched extensively for one but was disappointed as I saw nearly 4 cars, and every one of them had an issue.

Punto evo 1.3mjd - I found this to be an all-rounder but parts availability was a concern.

Polo 1.5 or 1.6 Tdi - the polo never really impressed me but had a lookout for them.

Requirement
After seeing the considered cars you might have judged me! Yes, I was looking for a diesel hatch that I could drive daily without spending much on fuel. The other reason for considering a hatch is because I didnít have parking at my house and would have to park it outside.

Living with the punto

Ahh what do I say, Iíve started to love the car day by day once I found a way to solve its shortcomings. The 1.3mjd with the 5-speed gearbox is a pain to drive in bumper-to-bumper traffic, but once you let the car loose on open highways youíll see the brilliant highway capabilities of this little hatch. This is the closest to a German hatch on the highways, both in terms of stability and frugality. On my last Circuit de Pondy run (Pondicherry through ECR route) I averaged about 21kmpl with 4 adults on board. Another good and bad thing about the car is the steering wheel, The feedback is great but the steering is very heavy and the turning radius is high compared to modern cars. The heavy steering has made me hate my friendís cars as most modern hatches under 10 lakhs donít offer the feel and feedback that this decade-old car provides. The icing on the cake is the suspension, the car is still running on its OEM suspension that came from the factory and it works well even after doing 70k clicks. It is a bit on the stiffer side and absorbs potholes like an SUV. Rattling is something I was worried about while getting an old car but this punto hasn't rattled till now which shows how good the built quality is. Another thing all my passengers have said is they feel safe inside the car compared to their Swift and i20s just because of how heavy the car feels.
2 years / 20,000 km with my Italian Stallion : The Fiat Punto Evo 90HP-img_1948-2.jpg

Enough with the good stuff, every movie has a villain, right? In this case, the punto evo has multiple villains.

First and the most obvious thing is servicing. Chennai has 2 Jeep service centers and 2 authorized 3rd party fiat service centers, iam sad to say both options are disappointing. Vtk Jeep doesn't pick up calls and they donít even bother to call back, expert spanners are always full (so full that they had to park customers' cars on the service lane).
After going through the forum I found World of Service in Porur which the owner claimed to be a fiat specialist garage. I reached out to them and dropped my car only to be disappointed again.
They went through the car and gave me a quote of 77k. I saw the quote and my heart skipped a beat. I went there and collected my car back as the labour rates with super high. And the quote they sent seems to be fishy as the alternator of the car works well and the starter motor too. They mentioned a hose needed to be replaced at demanded 5k for it but the part cost 1200rs and was replaced for 700 when my mechanic did the timing( later I procured all the parts and got the job done from an expert mechanic who runs a garage near Ambattur and is quite famous for fiat diesels) All the parts and labour costed me around 34k in which I had done some extra work also.
2 years / 20,000 km with my Italian Stallion : The Fiat Punto Evo 90HP-screenshot-20240508-7.53.528239pm.png

The rear seat is a bummer as 3 people can't fit in it and the legroom is minimal. Part availability is not an issue as such because Iíve found stores that stock up on fiat parts.

Another savior is the option to cross-shop parts, since the engine was shared between Fiat, Tata, and Suzuki most of the maintenance parts can be interchanged.
The punto is a heavy car and that takes a toll on fuel efficiency. A Swift with the same engine returns 16kmpl inside the city while mine returns 11-13 kmpl when I have a light foot, but hey you canít have everything without losing stuff right?

Preventive Maintenance done
Iam a huge believer in the concept of Preventive maintenance from the day I started doing DIY on my bikes. With the Fiat, I replaced every fluid in the car including the windshield washer, replaced all engine and transmission mounts, and the timing chain was replaced even though my mechanic said there was zero sound from the chain and it may run for another 10k KMS easily. All the wiper blades were changed and a weather strip was missing so I replaced that also.
While the car was being worked on I found the intake was fully blocked with carbon particles so I insisted my mechanic to clean off the intake and EGR which later made a big difference in the way the engine revved. The intercooler was not cleaned as one of the hoses needed to be changed and I couldnít source the part.
2 years / 20,000 km with my Italian Stallion : The Fiat Punto Evo 90HP-img_2180.jpg

Iam planning to slowly start building the car to be the best daily driver as well as an engaging weekend car. Iíve given myself 10k km to understand what the car lacks and will start the mods once Iam confident enough.

Basic mods planned
First is better sun films. I had zero budget so went to a local place in General Platters Road in Chennai and did basic 50% sunfilms which basically does nothing. The front windshield has lots of minute scratches so once I change it Iíll get good quality sunfilms from Focal Car Care.

Better audio system
The head unit is an aftermarket one which does the job but the speakers are terrible so once I save up a good amount of vitamin M Iíll upgrade them too.

Tyres
The car came shod with verdestine tires on all four wheels, The threads on the inner side of the tyre have worn off due to faulty alignment. Planning to upgrade to better tyres that offer less road noise.
2 years / 20,000 km with my Italian Stallion : The Fiat Punto Evo 90HP-086a9569-copy.jpg

I guess this sums up my initial ownership review of my Fiat Punto Evo.A special mention to @CrAzYdRiVeR. His detailed thread helped me to gain knowledge about the car and gave me the confidence to get one. I haven't got time to shoot the car properly will post more images later.
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Living with the punto

Ahh what do I say, I’ve started to love the car day by day

Welcome to the old school world of Punto

Given that it’s your first car, the only challenge you will face is when the time to upgrade will come The weighty (and telepathic) steering, that surefooted high speed behaviour is hard to find in today’s tech ridden cars.

I have the exact same car that has run 93k+ kms and still love driving it.
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Re: Bought my first car! A Fiat Punto EVO Sport

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Living with the punto

Ahh what do I say, Iíve started to love the car day by day once I found a way to solve its shortcomings. The 1.3mjd with the 5-speed gearbox is a pain to drive in bumper-to-bumper traffic, but once you let the car loose on open highways youíll see the brilliant highway capabilities of this little hatch. This is the closest to a German hatch on the highways, both in terms of stability and frugality. Another good and bad thing about the car is the steering wheel, The feedback is great but the steering is very heavy and the turning radius is high compared to modern cars. The icing on the cake is the suspension, the car is still running on its OEM suspension that came from the factory and it works well even after doing 70k clicks. It is a bit on the stiffer side and absorbs potholes like an SUV. Rattling is something I was worried about while getting an old car but this punto hasn't rattled till now which shows how good the built quality is.
Ex Punto owner here.
Your post brings fond memories of my Punto.
2 years / 20,000 km with my Italian Stallion : The Fiat Punto Evo 90HP-img_1068.jpeg
I let go off my Punto Evo 75hp in 2022, after driving it for 7 years and 100000kms. Had to shell out three times the price of Punto to get something that satisfied me While we were on our first highway drive with the Compass, I was wondering how the Fiat managed to get the same rock solid stability under a third of the price. The HPS of the Punto is one of a kind, something we may never get to experience ever again.
Be prepared to have some delays in sourcing parts I would say, but the car will surely give you a memorable experience if you take good care of it.
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Re: 2 years / 20,000 km with my Italian Stallion : The Fiat Punto Evo 90HP

The new gen Punto surely looks very good. The old gen felt very barebones.

I recently bought a 2013 Active variant 1.3 MJD done 135000 kms for a mere 2 lakhs(transfer charges included) for my native place. Love the FE it is giving me a constant 20 kmpl mix of majorly city and highways. The only big expense I have come accross is the clutch plates change which is a direct fit from Tata spares for Zest and Indicator Vista and put a second hand compressor. Hoping no other big expense comes up. Already driven 8000 kms in 7 months. Even my daily didn't cover that much in this time.

Really like the VFM it offers in pre owned diesels in today's generation. However, spares are eye watering costly. You really need to have one in great shape.

Kudos to you and wishing you many miles with this gem.

2 years / 20,000 km with my Italian Stallion : The Fiat Punto Evo 90HP-img_20240424_184549003.jpg

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Re: 2 years / 20,000 km with my Italian Stallion : The Fiat Punto Evo 90HP

Here is mine which I purchased in 2015. Shod with 16 inch rims. Has done 1.2L kms. The driving dynamics is simply unmatched. I still use it for my highway runs.
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