Became Punto Emotion-ed on 27th Jun 2012!


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Fiat ASS update:

Guys, completed @ 500 kms in last one week and enjoying every bit of it. In the process, noticed a minor metal screeching sound in the front passenger side door when I used to drive over 40 kms / hr speed on abad patch of road. It was feeble sound but got irritated. Dropped a mail to Aadya customer service and they immediately booked an appointment with Fiat body shop people.

Took the car to Aadya body shop and met Mr. Morris. Boy-o-boy! He really took control of the situation as if it was his car and immediately arranged for a test drive with a techinician. Selected a bad patch of road for the drive and described the nature of sound to technician. He removed the door pannels and we continued the drive. Within 5 minutes of the drive, he detected the cause of the sound! (was really impressed) There was a small gap between the door and a horizontal tensile steel bar which caused the metal to brush against each other giving result to the sound. He stuffed the gap with adhesive tape and a sponge like material. Now, was the time for second test drive and was elated to find my Punto cabin dead silent again even on the worst stretch of road!! Hurray!

Later they appolozised for the inconveniece and I drove away with a smile [:)] Hope the sound stays dead now! Tomorrow going on a 150 kms drive. So should be able to test the same!

PS: For modern day diesel engines, people opine that no run in period is needed. But am driving the car within 80 kms / hr speed till now. Is it ok to take it to @ 100 kms / hr without revving too hard?
 
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Stick to user manual. Also a sticker would be on the windshield mentioning speed limits during run in period. Sudden acceleration is a big no. It would be very tempting to increase the speed. Also at times it would feel stupid to stick to 80 kmph. Let it be. By following run in precdure, you're giving the engine those added hours of life.
 
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Hey nozzlering, many thanks buddy! Am following the exact procedure mentioned by you though service engineers told me not to worry about the speed limit!
 

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Congrats for your new Punto, Carfreak, it's hot in the photos especially the PSed one.
Great going[thumbsup].

PS: For modern day diesel engines, people opine that no run in period is needed. But am driving the car within 80 kms / hr speed till now. Is it ok to take it to @ 100 kms / hr without revving too hard?
Absolutely no issues, you can spin around.
 
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Fiat ASS update:

Took the car to Aadya body shop and met Mr. Morris. Boy-o-boy! He really took control of the situation
This is really nice to know, if one thing which is letting Fiat product's down is their service but look's like that too is getting rectified(hopefully)

Have a nice trip buddy
 

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First things first: Missed this forum for few months as I was totally tied up with work and other personal aspects. Though was a passive visitor at times, couldn’t get going actively. In the meantime, have a good news to share. Got behind the wheels of Red hot Italian beauty (1.3 MJD 76bhp) on 27th June
Great photographs. Congrats on buying Punto. I notice that most of the long-term members of our forum have eventually end up getting a Fiat Punto (raj_5004, RSM, thetraveller etc.). Perhaps a coincidence? I look forward to an initial ownership review with more details.

PS: For modern day diesel engines, people opine that no run in period is needed. But am driving the car within 80 kms / hr speed till now. Is it ok to take it to @ 100 kms / hr without revving too hard?
Just ensure not to rev too hard and avoid sudden braking. Please refer to the ownership manual for details.

Drive Safe,
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Great photographs. Congrats on buying Punto. I notice that most of the long-term members of our forum have eventually end up getting a Fiat Punto (raj_5004, RSM, thetraveller etc.). Perhaps a coincidence? I look forward to an initial ownership review with more details.
A sweet co-incidence! Happy to join the Punto club [clap] Definitely will put up an initial ownership review shortly


Just ensure not to rev too hard and avoid sudden braking. Please refer to the ownership manual for details.
Drive Safe,
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Many thanks for the suggestion. The manual doesnt say any thing about the speed restrictions and neither did the showroom people recommended the speed restriction. Hence was the doubt [:)]
 
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My Italian beauty is celebrating 1st month anniversary today [clap] and recently completed 1000 kms mark! So thought it would be a good time to pen down thoughts about my association with this gorgeous so far! (A small tribute to my Red Hotty!

Selection process: I would have to admit that selecting Punto 1.3Mjd was not a tough task. My friend bought Fiesta Classic few months back and during his selection process, test drove various cars (Fabia, Jazz, Figo, Fiesta, i20) which helped me a great extent to cut short my options.

My basic criteria were – Diesel, Safety features (Top priority) – Like Solid heavy build, ABS, Airbags, Stability at highway speeds etc. Good mid-range for highway cruising, decent space for fellow passengers, good boot space.

Cars which formed part of initial shortlist but then excluded were –

Swift: Obviously was scoring low on build quality, way too many cars on road, rear seating space and boot space! Especially the boot was a clear let down in the new Swift. As soon as my Wife saw the boot, she was like – “Do they call this as boot? :P and when she saw Dzire, Instant comment was –“What design is this! Is this a car?” (No offence meant! Honestly after seeing new Dzire, I felt Old one was much better). But I liked the interiors of the New Dezire. Maruti has done exceptionally well with regards to interior when compared to the old one. My wife helped me to a great extent in eliminating Swift & Dzire :P Any ways my personal driving experience with Swift at high speeds was neither inspiring nor gave me confidence (light steering and poor brakes). Though engine response and gear ratios are superb, sorry Maruti! Please provide better build quality to customers and come on, people cant wait for ages to drive their car!

i20- though a good car, way too expensive and was never a fan of soft suspension set up of Hyundai! Liked the space inside the car though!

Fabia – superb build quality and space, but let it go due to lack of features, 3 pot noisy engine, Skoda service!

Jazz – First driving impression was – Wow!!! Someone’s comment was so true – Space inside Jazz makes you feel like you are in a football field But due to lack of diesel option and paying 7 L + for a petrol car wasn’t feasible for me!

Vista – Though personally am fan of this car, none of my family members preferred

Finally it boiled down to Punto and Figo. Well, Figo scored well in all departments but was a huge disappointment when it came to ground clearance and no rear power windows. I was ready to live with the latter, but ground clearance issue was tough! Always I cant ride with a fear of scrapping something. Most of the highway drives for me will be with 4 adults and boot luggage! So good ground clearance was very important. So had to let go a true value for money car! Well well ! All these factors made me more inclined towards my dream of owning this true Italian beauty – Grande Punto 1.3 Mjd! [:D]

Buying experience: Approached 2 showrooms – Concorde and Aadya Motors. Aadya motors won my heart right from the word go! I ended up selecting this showroom even though it is 15 kms away from my place and Concorde is just 2 kms! The sales guy (Mr. Sudhakar) of Aadya was really initiative and helped me through out!

Test drive: Promptly, as promised the Sudhakar came with Emotion variant for the test drive. As soon as I closed the doors of the cars, I was like – This is it! The heavy build of the car gave so much confidence and peace of mind to the occupants. We were totally cut off from the outside world! (Driving experience explained later)

The car was delivered as promised on the stipulated date and time! 3 Cheers to Aadya team for keeping up their promise.




Likes:
  • Stunning looks, stylish curves & SUV like stance with increased GC. Since the day Punto and Linea were launched in India, I just fell for its looks.
  • Rock solid build quality, Steering feedback and heavy doors
  • Amazing low end torque
  • Loaded with features – Simply brilliant. Its like Car is interacting with the driver all the time!
  • Brilliant ground clearance in 2012 Punto. Can drive over worst patch of roads with total peace of mind even when car is fully loaded.
  • NVH levels. Many of my friends have asked – “Is this a diesel car? Especially after 40 kms / hr speed, the engine settles down into a nice rhythm!
  • Space inside – front seats are absolutely fantastic! Gives great support and ample leg space for front passenger. Feels like a sedan. Rear leg space is fine, though not in the league of i20 or Vista. But offers good thigh support.
Dislikes / Issues faced:
  • Too much clutch play was causing inconvenience during initial few days. Later got used to.
  • Slight metal screech was appearing from left front passenger door which used to irritate me while driving over bad patches of road! But Aadya people helped me to great extent in resolving this issue.
  • Takes time to get used to the size of the car. Its much bigger than what it appears. It’s a positive as well as negative at times.
  • Slightly longer turning radius when compared to other cars in the segment
  • Position of dead pedal could have been better (like in i20)
  • Took time to get adjusted to 2nd gear of punto. Initially, it was really irritating. But once a person masters the use of it, it’s a real bliss while driving in slow traffic. The car has massive low end torque.
Thanks for the patient read [;)]
 

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Nice review carfreak, Punto makes sense among other hatches as it scores well in every dept, but only of the A.S.S backup,it lags. That's why it's an enthusiast hatch (and most preferred car in TAI).

You car looks great in the second photo, do you wax the car?
 
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@ Vishwas, thanks buddy! Till now havent faced any issues with Aadya A.S.S. Hope the same continues in future.

Since the car is just a month old, havent applied any wax / polish. Just SONAX car shampoo wash. Thats it.
 
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Nice initial review mate. Pics are less but both are really good. We want more pics. While driving I was thinking and was comparing other hatchbacks with PUNTO. Found that leaving apart A$$ Punto is total VFM car that provides you everything. While other cars always lack something or other.
 
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Look's like you are sticking with your sunfilm, Have you faced any problems in Bangalore with sunfilm's on? i seriously haven't found a single cop who is interested in this law.
 
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Congrats buddy.. welcome to the club. Even I own Punto Emotion 2012, and I'v done 3k kms.
Even I have encountered the sound you have mentioned from the passenger side door, gave it to service station and they gave it back without fixing it.

Anyways, what FE figures are you getting?
 

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