gear lever and clutch is getting softer .
slight feel of right side drag (maybe time for wheel alignment, never did it yet.)
engine rev is getting smoother . it is getting smoother and muted .
called the service manager for the slight engine vibration felt on steering wheel, he said "it is quite normal due to diesal engine, nothing to worry. it wont increase anymore but stay at what you feel now".
asked some more things for which he rplied as,
"the ecu is programmed in punto for longer engine life and better mileage so less troubles and maintenance that is is why punto has longest service frequencies in its segment of diesel vehicles ..3k..15k..45k . btw
i do not know how is normal punto diesal. but i think it shares same technology as indica vista qdjet which i have driven for 12000km .if so then punto 90hp is light years ahead of normal punto.
the major issue one would face is, the armchair comfort of a Japanese like short clutches,short gear shifts,light steerings ,rhs steering wheel well managed space lighter wieght more fe faster performance et al ...would go haywire as in punto.
this punto 90hp cannot be relied on torque for acceleration or quick pickups.
it need to be revved up seriously like a petrol engine which is the hidden strength in it means more gear shifting for performance.
cooldhaya wrote; i love everything about the Punto! If FIAT can improve that then i will definitely consider Punto again!
well i have said too much about same thing as above in several comments.
finally i would say that fiat did not do any mistake by making it in such a way; bit sluggish.
they gave me more practicality and usability than performance and light weightedness .
feels tough strong, very torquey first gear very usefull at certain instances , most silent and fuel efficient at 70-80km which is allowed maximum speed in india,
Originally Posted by amiti
Good discussion guys. Seems like jayadev is in deep love with his "girlfriend" aka Punto.
sure amiti, definitely i am. today i was whole day with her . not for any cause but just due to fact that i just dont want to get out of it.
i just met some old friends in their office,did some window shopping,sat at beach...
comfortable ride,good music system ,fully handsfree phone calls with voice dial and messages in mid ,excellent AC,accurate steering for perfect maneuverings and good mileage means i can stay in it as much as i want.
all day i was in city dined at restaurant .
fed her with rs.500ltr fuel and she returned me 16.8 in city with full ac at 22 degree c.
initially there was so much of concerns and nightmares when i bought it ;purchase wise and performance wise.
but now it is a delight . the so called infamous performance issues are only for those who just do the test drive for 15 or 30 minutes. and it is much obvious that it will under perform if expected like a regular diesel car.
there is a 1000 way of seating position possible in punto and even i havent found one perfect position for me. so i keep changing like an experiment .nonetheless i was never out of comfort or hurt but enjoyed it much.
today i tried with seat fully high steering full low and myself pulled bit near the wheel. which i found very good for in city responsive driving.
last week on a long drive, i pushed seat fully low,moved seat further from pedals, so i was like in a armchar position legs stretched and and head on head rest.enjoyed it thoroughly.
only thing which kept bothering me and everyone else was i might fall asleep in such a position.