I have completed 10,000 Kms mark on my lovely Punto on 06/05/2013. It took me 17 months to reach this small milestone. It was expected as I have done only long drives and weekend drives in city which was preplanned. Many guys can ask then i choose diesel as petrol would be a better choice for my need. Well, I am a SRK fan and heart always rules over mind. Jokes apart, the feeling punto has given me from the first time when i test drove it, i fell in love with it and no other senses capitalized over the decision to take the MJT engine.
Few Observations(Good/Bad) within this time period
Good Features and Memories
1- Punto is a gem in the highway and no other car i have seen which gives that much stability @ 120 KMPH in it's class. We will never feel you are out of control at any moment.
is the punch to the stability it gives. You will certainly feel that when you want slow down from 100+ speed to 20.
3- Seat adjustment features are really helpful when user having short height or long legs.
4- Maintainance cost is almost zero till date. Never face any big issues except the brake disc which is again replaced under warrenty.
5- Looks, everyone knows it. Best in India in its class. People who know or do not know about FIAT, certainly turn their head. I feel White and Red are the best paint for Punto and TW is a claasy.
6- Steering, felt very stable at normal speed and felt even better at high speeds.
7- Gear, good in 2nd and absolutely no jerk in sudden pull over. In city traffic, no need to use 1st gear as you can drive from stand still @ 2nd gear.
8- Smooth like butter even if you go over any pot wholes. Never felt shacked even if i have gone through any big wholes.
9- Big space for driver and passenger seat. Many people has complimented me on this part. First person is my wife though.
10- MID options, always got required information while driving without any issues.
11- Personally liked the indicator knob position. Though it's uncommon like all indian cars, but it felt good. While driving, i always can put the indicator in my left hand with the right hand controling the handle. May be I am a righty, so it helps.
And lots more features.
Few good Memories,
1- First long drive to coorg on 1st aniaversary with wifey. Was not so confident of driving still managed to cover the hilly roads, NH quite comfortably.
2- Continues 8 hrs driving from kodaikanal to Bangalore. Highest speed touched 160KMPH with 5 people onboarded.
3- Best mileage got 23 KMPL on Highways with 2 people onboarded.
4- At Waynand, one person asked what car is this? I said why and he responded it looks awesome.
5- All long/mod drives was a good memory (Coorg, Waynand, Kodai, Bandipur, Mysore, Hyderabad, Muthathi, Sivasamudram, ...)
6- The moment First time got the Key of my OWN car, was a bit emotional but very happy.
1- On the day of receiving, returned empty handed due to dent. Though it was good during PDI.
2- First hit by the biker on the 3rd day of purchase. Replaced left ORVM.
3- Sometimes the GC is a issue, generally felt when you try to move fastly on uneven surface.
4- Inbuilt ICE, need better speakers and at least AUX/USB in today's era.
5- Due to big nose, sometimes road is not visible in traffic. But after a few days, you are OK with it.
6- Long clutch, need to adopt for new bies. After you got adopted to it, not an issue.
7- Interior Plastic quality need to be improved considaring the image it has in market.
Well, inspite of all the bad, i just love my beauty Punto.
No few Pics from Past,