Hello everybody on the forum!! im a complete novice as to posting on forums ,so mistakes if any request the mods to kindlybear with me .FIRST TYRST WITH FIAT:My love for fiat cars was inherited by me from my father.way back in 1984 when my father bought home a sparkling white premier padmini with those white circular strip on tyres on my birthday.as any kid would do seeing a car in the porch, I jumped up & down wid joy!!!! I grew up wid that car until 6 yrs later when my dad had taken her to Mumbai(then Bombay),she was taken away(yes she got stolen).it broke my heart ,though we had another car soon after dat being a omni van.but still nothing could and nothing can lessen/diminish the nostalgia of a fiat.Had ample of opportunities to get behind the wheel of Uno,palio and siena.Palio being the one dat always topping the driving experience(it was a friends 1.9 diesel) once I learnt driving. FINALLY WE WERE DESTINED TO MEET:I owned a zen(98 carburetted version) prior to my punto,well actually it was my cousin's 2[SUP]nd[/SUP] hand buy ,transferred to me .it gave me good company for years.but I always wanted a fiat parked in my garage. And it had to be a hatch!!my checklist was quite the following: Wanted a diesel motor,with a decent economy & punch(power) Aggressive &,masculine styling Should be a complete DRIVER’S CAR Budget was 6.5 lakhs(OTR) should be kind off exclusive. PUNTO had all the check boxes checked ,So it would be coming home was the decision taken in the month of august 2011 soon after a Test drive and hours of drooling prior to that .(I had to wait for 2 hrs for the TD vehicle to arrive)In Goa we have only one dealer i.e Auto Industries Goa Pvt .Ltd. so booked a Punto DI Dynamic and the colour was FOX TROT AZURE ( im a sucker for BLUE,electric blue was discontinued).Delivery was promised by the dealer by end of September.meanwhile competed all the formalities,i.e banking,R.T.O etc.by myself as I opted for maximum cash discounts and basic accessories only .Finally on the 30[SUP]th[/SUP] Sept 2011 I brought home MY PUNTO-SERATI.. my puntoserati( as I love to call it) has given me a very satisfied ownership from the time I was handed over the keys.as per my checklist it has a proven engine, with quite the decency in terms of torque/power & efficiency .i never was bothered about the power to weight ratio and 0-100 timings unless I would be racing for pink slips.gives 15kmpl in city(100% AC usage)& 20 .3 Kmpl (100% AC usage) on highways for spirited driving(above 130 kh/hr) & sedate driving till 110 km/hr returns a healthy 21.9 kmpl Handles like a FIAT!! True to its character never felt nervous at speeds in excess of 160 km/hr.(whether its braking or steering feed back) The suspension set up is the best according to me as it gorges on the potholes. Easily is the best looking hatch on the Indian roads in my opinion.(it sure turns heads!!) I opted for the dynamic as it was in my budget zone,costed me 5.8 lkhs, besides me being the one who likes to get my ride personalized. The only things I missed was probably ABS ,airbags .rest all I managed with the after market add ons. it has been a little more than two years with my puntoserati and clocked more then 30k kms,I have had to deal with only one Authorised Service Centre-Auto Industries .except for normal servicing(5k,15k &30k) and re-placement of front (replaced them @22324 kms ) I have’nt visited them .(touch wood!!)I have issues with them but I guess I will have to post it in a separate thread. So Far So good and truly it has been one of the best of the cars ive owned till date…!!