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*Arkin_Young* 11th September 2010 11:18 PM

My 27 year old Premier Padmini.
 
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1983. That was the year when my PP came into existence. A gray Deluxe BE with a magnificent black plastic grille and shiny wheel covers, w/o floor shift. It initially belonged to a then Minister, known to my grandad. A few years down the lane, the gentleman passes away, and the car is sold to someone, who in turn sells the car to my grandfather in 1989, for a 'princely' sum of Rs 60,000, with 35000 km on board, in not too bad a condition. It has served my grandfather and our family, ever since, giving us slightly less trouble than any other "Fiat".
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Here is what my grandad and yours' truly feel about the PP.
Looks: What can one say about the Fiat 1100, the Italian beauty!
Performance: It has had enough grunt to let us negotiate through small towns, go upto 90-100 (my grampa claims 110, but he says he has not dared go above 90) on highways. At times, it sounds like it lacks power. It is just a 1061cc engine.

FE: 15 KMPL after getting a Maruti carb ([frustration]). The car also has an RTO approved LPG kit.
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Brakes: Until the Brake Cyl. kit was repaired, the brakes were just about satisfactory. Not really responsive, but they did the trick.
Handling & Stability: Cyrus should comment here. The last time I was in the car when it crossed 50-60kmh was very long ago.
Interiors: 2 rows of Bench seats. The front seat, better the less talked about, the rear seat, comfy enough. It has carried 5 people + a kid (when I was one) on many occasions.
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Reliability & AfSS: :lol!:
Anyway, better than an old amby in terms of reliability, most parts easy to source, some very tough to. Serviced at a garage trusted by grandad.

@Raj5004 & Ilango[Speedthirst]:
What do you think of my ICE?
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The PP was recently given "away" to a relative from my gandpa's uncle's village. I will get to see the car as and when I want, and will take the car back, after a few years, and restore, with inputs from Cyrus.
I guess I'm posting this really late. Anyway, my Maruti 800's and Indigo's reports are pending too.

raj_5004 11th September 2010 11:27 PM

Nice review buddy, good to see a PP.

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Originally Posted by *Arkin_Young* (Post 48955)
@Raj5004 & Ilango[Speedthirst]:
What do you think of my ICE?

simply the best. [:)]

*Arkin_Young* 12th September 2010 12:02 PM

Oh, and I forgot. My uncle, now abroad loved the car too.
Any other Fiat 1100 owners here too?

mukeshus 12th September 2010 12:13 PM

Nice review Arkin.
Good to see this car in working condition.
Hardly i can see a few car in Bangalore.

*Arkin_Young* 12th September 2010 12:20 PM

Yes, old Ambys and PP are disappearing fast in Bangalore. And the car is registered in the erstwhile state of Mysore. MEK

ilango[speed thirst] 12th September 2010 01:00 PM

Good pics and report .
i hope it is in running condition , the radiator caps are missing.
my dad's friend owns up a pp still. - he services it once in 3 year. so bad of him.

ICE - i hope that is old gen speakers which are paper made. they accumulate dust but are best when used in home. My lancer had that model speakers in them- paper make. present days one are hard material

We can't say fiat lost its charm , its fading away. stylish compared to the amby - kinda youngster's car in those days!

*Arkin_Young* 12th September 2010 01:50 PM

Thanks Ilango.
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Originally Posted by ilango[speed thirst] (Post 49023)
Good pics and report .
i hope it is in running condition , the radiator caps are missing.
my dad's friend owns up a pp still. - he services it once in 3 year. so bad of him.

ICE - i hope that is old gen speakers which are paper made. they accumulate dust but are best when used in home. My lancer had that model speakers in them- paper make. present days one are hard material

Oh really? The speakers in my Premier were fitted in the early 1980s.

Akash 12th September 2010 01:55 PM

Hey Arkin, nice report. Even my dad owned this italian beauty. We sold it about 6-7yr ago.

*Arkin_Young* 12th September 2010 01:57 PM

Oh! I see. Please shed some more light on your PP. Like which year, which model, color and such.

cooldhaya 12th September 2010 02:05 PM

Oh great to see a PP owner here. Even we used to have one and that was also not floor shift. We sold it around 15 years ago when i was a small kid and then bought a TATA Sierra.

When was the pictures taken? I see the number plates are still in the old format! Yeah even i noticed the radiator caps are missing.

And BTW are you astonished by the FE of 15kmpl?! I am!!


But anyways the car looks to be in good condition!

*Arkin_Young* 12th September 2010 02:21 PM

Max. FE is 15 Kmpl. Nice to a 3rd (ex) owner of the Fiat 1100. here.
Thanks

*Arkin_Young* 13th September 2010 02:31 PM

I was wondering, are my rear speakers and HU classics ?

RSM 13th September 2010 02:55 PM

Great to see nicely maintained Premier Padmini.

Mehul H K 8th September 2011 12:25 AM

Re: My 27 year old Premier Padmini.
 
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Hi friends, its normal that we all have pity view of premier padmini, I have one 96 S1 AC, which I have tired to change the way its been looked.

raj_5004 8th September 2011 10:07 AM

Re: My 27 year old Premier Padmini.
 
WOW, your PP looks amazing mehul. I loved the color combo.


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