Riding on her earnestly-clocking 7k+kms
(sigh.. not with her presently)
there has been lot said about everything about driving her blissfully but is not everybodies cup of tea.
let us look how i live with her.
early morning 6am i peep out of my window to have a glimpse of her and make sure she is still their (lot of theft happening nowadays everywhere).
i would be glad to note that she is relaxing their calm and quite for another great day.
after my primary chores ,i have to search for keys which happens to be daily morning routine now. key goes missing as if it have legs of its own.
once i could not drive her one whole day because keys went missing ,finally my mother picked her out of sofa cushion gap in evening.
ok then .
i get near her i have to adore her little bit from every angle and make sure no scratches or unlikely things except dust on her body.
i open the door feel the the divine scent of machine/car interior i feel blessed.
i plug in the keys turn half and note everything on odo.i hear a faint buzz and some clicks from bonnet.then everything settles down.
confirm the gear to neutral ,press clutch fully and observe the starting sound whether it is quick or slow (sometime there are varaition sometimes but normally it is quick with single rev of starter)
she do not roar or grumble like a powerhouse diesal engine but just a gentle buzz with her traditional clatter.!!
i turn and take her out to road slowly with rev just under 1300rpm.check the breaks if it is as it should be .
and continue at least 2-5 km or 3-5 minutes for warm up.
after that here we go ..for a brand new day full of joy with her.
most of the time i am in an effort to save our planet and my pocket.
i try hard to maintain her to 1700-1900rpm where i get best fe.
but sometimes for fun i do rev her bit hard and she is not hesistant but eager to be revved hard.
ist gear is too torquey if hard revved will end up in wheel spin and jerks. second is tall and sedate will make you feel "you are under control".
changing gear most comfortable way i have found so far.
first gear : rev her upto 2.5k+ and shift to second leave the clutch half pressed or depress the clutch gradually and pedal her to gain over 2nd gear .
please note that it is not easy for a new person to get accustomed to punto driving ..but nowaday i feel that is the best way of driving from where i cannot look back .
punto has so much torque. i have demosntrated to 3 of my friends (just for fun) how this diesal engine can accelerate from 0 - 40 without pressing accelerator pedal but just its idle rpm and clutch and gear change.(though such practices may not be good for engine but i was carefull enough to see that she doent judder or knocks )
punto rolls freely at 40kmph in idle rpm in 5th gear.most of multijet does i believe thanks to good torque.
seconf gear is so good for crawling traffic she maintains to crawl with idle rpm without any fuss.
she is highly climate sensitive in hot dusty mid day she is bit lazy to move but in cold or rainy environment she is much eager (as usual with every other engine maybe due to more dense air in cold)
brakes are amazing. so far thanks to abs
i never lost the track yet .
couple of time i had to press as hard as i can due to some careless road crossers ,animals, birds and foolish bikers. anyway she had saved a lot of souls so far in 7500km journey of her.
i felt or maybe just a wierd thought ac is not as instant chilling as before it takes bit longer maybe 5-10 minute longer i think those filters could be jammed with dust.
lately i realized those seats or cushions lacks additional support and that is why it was not so pretty much comfortable while driving/sitting .i will try to resolve it somehow.
steering position again is not everybodies cup of tea. but as much as i have known this is the best driving position (or maynot be) which gives more agility and better response.i feel the eyesight and steering handle give the best coordination in punto only probably great for high speed drivers and racing. but for comfort seekers they may or will complain.
my mother and wife needs both thier hands for horn . it is too hard and tough built i love it .there are no accidental horns beeps while using steering extensively . of course it was just impossible for that naughty kid of my friend. :) instead he opted for music system and volume controls :(
tires make hella noise ..no problem as far as the noise dont creep in cabin when windows are up and they do not.