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Old 3rd June 2019, 16:26   #16
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Default Re: Does it make any sense to buy the Fiat Linea T-Jet in 2019?

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Dated purely in terms of age and familiarity or in other parameters like technology, power, fun?

How about a new Linea TJet with a suspension upgrade and may be a remap?
It is literally dated in terms of age itself

Like i said, it is a lovely car. A last of a dying breed here. Petrol turbo!

It's got all wheel discs, abs as standard, good handling even with that GC, nice thick tyres, lovely steering feedback.

These are all factors which made me go for it over the city or vento as was suggested by man of my peers, 5 years ago.

The car still puts a huge grin on my face when i take it out on the highway. In the city not so much

The only niggles are the abysmal city mileage and the hit or miss service support.

Ultimately it is your choice. Our opinions are just that, opinions. Make your choice and be happy with it and have fun.

PS: Wolf remap is amazing! The old GC kit of the first gen lineas are not available as a kit and the parts add up to 30k or so.
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Default Re: Does it make any sense to buy the Fiat Linea T-Jet in 2019?

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I want to buy a Linea 125S. Yes, the one that's going to go out of production anytime from now. Well, the straight answer is a big NO. I know. But some cars to some are like that - you just wouldn't want to let it go.
There are cars and then there are cars....

You have to make a choice on what you want from the car. Issues like part availability, service etc are secondary because if you love the product, you will find a way to get parts and good service done from anywhere.

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With the Abarth, you'll face the same issues (outdated, parts issues, service, poor resale, weird ergonomics), but at least it will be WORTH IT . There is simply no 10-lakh hatchback like the Punto Abarth in India, and I doubt we'll be seeing one anytime soon.
Bingo. No car comes close to the amount of fun you can get from a Stock Abarth. I'm not even talking about any mods and all - which will take it to a whole new level. And at 8.8L on road, its just 20k more than the Swift Zxi+ (Mumbai prices).

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Without any exaggeration, I can say that the Punto Abarth is as much fun on the open road as a 70-lakh rupee 530d.


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Not sure how practical it would be to have an Abarth as the only car - although it is indeed leagues ahead in dynamics when compared to the Linea TJet, the extra space, boot and features that the Linea gives is what is making me think.
I have used my Abarth to goto Spiti, move homes, take 4 adults + their luggage on a long trip, used in city, used it as a hotel (kid you not, slept a night in the Abarth on my Spiti trip) and much more....

The one aspect where Linea loses and is a deal breaker is its suspension. The new one gets a setup that can't be reverted to pre-GC setup unless you get it from a used car. The springs are no longer made by FCA so even if you change shocks, it'll leave you about halfway between Abarth and Linea.

If at all a boot is a must on some trips, you can buy an Abarth for 8.8L and spend about 2-2.5L on a used Corolla for days when the boot is an absolute must. Plus it'll give you a car to use when you are waiting for a part to come by - trust me, that will happen.

Just as I type this, my Abarth is waiting for a front bumper due to a minor brush with a truck. Thanks to my SA, the part was ordered on Saturday itself (day of incident) and insurance approval is was scheduled today. Hopefully by weekend the bumper comes from the plant and I can take her out on the weekend.

A pic sometime back. She recently did a long trip with my folks and is just shy of 60,000 km in just over 3 years. Enjoying it? Hell yeah. My only grouse is the poor choice of exterior colours. I wanted a smoking red or a yellow shade, but once you sit inside, you can't see the colour. Even if Fiat shuts shop today I will have no regrets on picking her up:
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Old 6th June 2019, 01:57   #18
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With the present discount its a steal to buy a Linea T-jet.I would say its an Abarth detuned to perform like a formal daily driver.
Go for it if ur getting one brand new. it's a car that will serve your purpose that u have listed above. I am sure no other would satisfy your needs in the price budget.
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Default Re: Does it make any sense to buy the Fiat Linea T-Jet in 2019?

Hello All, requesting your opinion:

I am looking at buying a pre-owned car, and recently came across a Fiat Linea T-Jet priced in the range of 2L.

It is a 2010 Model, has run around 65k, first owner. My usage would be very less, and I do not intend to use the car beyond ~2-3 years.

The car looks fairly good in the photos; haven't driven it though.

Any advise will be of great help in terms of spares, reliability etc. and also is it good enough to buy.

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Hello All, requesting your opinion:

I am looking at buying a pre-owned car, and recently came across a Fiat Linea T-Jet priced in the range of 2L.

It is a 2010 Model, has run around 65k, first owner. My usage would be very less, and I do not intend to use the car beyond ~2-3 years.

The car looks fairly good in the photos; haven't driven it though.

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Hi Rish, 2L for a 2010 model Linea T-jet looks like a steal for such a good car. I paid Rs.3.7L for 2011 model Linea with 70K on the odo last year. But I got it from a fellow bhpian who had maintained the car well. Also, the initial batch of Linea Tjets came with the imported Tjet engine until 2011. I am not sure if it makes a difference, but my Tjet at 78K on the odo drives butter smooth.

Since you plan to keep the car only for 2~3 years and your running is low, I think it is a risk worth taking given the below conditions
1. You are buying from a direct owner and not a dealer. The dealers are known to tamper the mileage and you never know.
2. Test drive the car preferably using a known mechanic who can judge well on the condition of the car.
3. Ask for service history and bills of the car. At 60K, there is a major service due to change timing belt, alternator belt etc. If not done you may need to change it.
Also, if your drive is going to be maximum within city, I dont recommend the Tjet. The fuel efficiency is low (9~11km/l) and also can be pain to drive with narrow Bangalore reads. But if your intention to buy the Tjet is for highway trips, then look no further. 2L is a deal if the car is maintained well. I will not even bother about the Tyre condition at 2L car price. Just change them all.
All the very best on your hunt.

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Hello All, requesting your opinion:

I am looking at buying a pre-owned car, and recently came across a Fiat Linea T-Jet priced in the range of 2L.
and also is it good enough to buy.
Hey Rish. If this is the only car in the family and is a daily driver, I would say approach with caution. The reason is it can easily be off the road for a week or two for minor incidents due to spares. My dad had an accident with his Esteem and it took them a month and a half to get the spares he needed, and that car has sold multiple times more than all Fiat's put together. Otherwise, it sounds like a good deal, assuming it has been well maintained
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Default Re: Does it make any sense to buy the Fiat Linea T-Jet in 2019?

Hi,

I have a 2013 Punto. Two months back, I got rear ended. At first decided to get the hatch door replaced. However came to know that the hatch door is having a backlog of months. Finally got it repaired as i could not wait that long.

I would say, be extremely cautious.
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Hi,

I have a 2013 Punto. Two months back, I got rear ended. At first decided to get the hatch door replaced. However came to know that the hatch door is having a backlog of months. Finally got it repaired as i could not wait that long.

I would say, be extremely cautious.

Hmmm. this is very true. Accident repair on any FIATs in future in India is most likely to end up with car getting scrapped. Would not be worth the repair cost and the waiting time. All we can do is "Pray" we dont get into such situations.

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Default Re: Does it make any sense to buy the Fiat Linea T-Jet in 2019?

I'm on my 2nd Linea, the current one a pre owned 2010 T Jet Plus that i picked up in pristine condition for < 2 Lacs in 2018.

I feel with Mopar in the picture now, the ASS and part availability both are very good, at least in Mumbai/Thane/Navi Mumbai.

In fact I had suffered with my earlier Diesel Emotion Pk, which I had purchased brand new and recollect once having to wait 20 days for a busted alternator.

With my T Jet till now have never faced part availability issue. Its a calculated risk, if I were getting a good price I'd buy the T Jet in 2019 too.
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You better make up your mind fast or FIAT may exit the market faster. You have almost no dealers and those service centers are nothing but FNG's in your locality and your brand new car may be a few years old lying out in the open. Good luck to you!
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