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Common man's Merc -My punto 1yr /14k kms review

Discussion in 'Punto 1.3 MJD' started by Cinju, Dec 30, 2011.

  1. Cinju

    Cinju Esperto

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    Perhaps this is my 1st ownership thread in TFI :helmet ( I was supposed to write an ownership thread when I bought my car). Well the reasons being, TFI was my 1st blogging site & I was really new to all these topics. Let me personally thank all the Admins,mods & those who have worked behind in bringing out such a wonderful site :clap. Proud to be a part of TFI family. I have always felt that Punto is really a common man's Merc
    Today 30th Dec 2011 my baby is 1yr old & completed 14,000 kms. My driving experince started with our Mark II petrol amby, then Fiat Undo diesel (which was actually my 1st owned car), Wagon R & finally Fiat punto. It was always my dream to owe a Punto when I heard that Fiat had plans to launch Punto in India. I wanted to be the 1st customer from trivandrum to book a Punto . But things were never favorable for me at that time & I had to drop the plan. By 2010 Nov I desperately wanted to buy a diesel hatch as my petrol expenses were running way too high because of my Wagon R's low mileage & the car had all those rattles & irritating sound from here & there . I fixed my budget to 6 Lakhs & I wanted to buy a diesel hatch within 6 Lakh. My options were Swift D or Ritz D & even though punto was there to my like , there were some concerns which held me back. They are 1) As punto was having more turning radius when compared to UNO, I was wondering whether I could take it to my garage without hitting my neighbors walls. Getting to my garage is kind of 'L' shape road accompanied by a steep incline & I have to take reverse all the way to the garage 2) I was under the impression that Punto was a costly hatch & no way it was going to match my budget. I had almost finalised Ritz with ABS model & before closing the deal I just wanted to have a final opinion from a good friend of mine who was working there for an automobile dealer. His opinion was I should take a test drive of both cars before finalising the deal . I never did TD on Ritz as there was no TD vehicle with the dealer. I was also aware of the issues with Ritz. But for me I didnt have much options. My friend called up someone & within 15 mins a TD punto was near my house. It was an exotica red punto & I was like :-o. I couldnt get my eyes off the beauty . So my 1st herculean task was to check if I can park her to my garage. The car go into my garage much easier than I expected & it was much much easier than my UNO. I was wondering whether there was any difference in the spec with respect to turning radius. My wife & my parents started enjoying the exotica red beauty in my garage & they were all having a brief viewin & out. So my major concern was over and next comes the "M" factor. I asked the SA to workout the pricing & he gave me price of Emotion & Emotion Pk. I was again shocked to see the price of Emotion after discount. I could get myself a punto for just around 30 k extra compared to Ritz. It was like oh God am I going to fulfill my dream :dance. So the car was booked & after having so issues with the Loan section, I finally got the loan cleared & got my car on 30th Dec 2010.

    The car is still running as good as new & I am enjoying each day of my drive with my Punto . I did my 1yr service @ 13,500 kms & got a whopping bill of 6,713 Rs. The main reason being they have put Mobil 1 full synthetic oil instead of Selenia.
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    On my baby's 1st b'day, I gifted her a Fiat Keyring & Fiat air valve, did a good wash & gave a good coat of wax. I am not saying that I never had any issues with my punto, but all those issues are forgotten once you take her for a ride. As of now all the issues remain solved except a slight wobling in slower speed which can be rectified only on changing 2 tires. The JK ones are really pathetic. Here are few snaps of the b'day baby.

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  2. hello cinju, wish you puntoing many more years ahead. whenever my punto starts showing some niggles, I get disappaointed, BUT when behind the steering wheel, I will fall in love with her again. AMAZING A CAR IT IS...
    DRIVE SAFE AND HAPPY NEW YEAR
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2011
  3. Cinju

    Cinju Esperto

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    @Dr.Thank you very much for your wishes. You too have a great New Year.:up
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2011
  4. gurjinder

    gurjinder Staff Member Janitor

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    Cinju bhai , the Punto is looking killer. Hats off !

    Wishing you safe and joyful miles with the Punto. :)
  5. clash81

    clash81 Regolare

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    the car looks awesome. Wishing you many more miles with your punto!! :D
  6. nbvcrao

    nbvcrao Amatore

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    informative update...and nice pics. Congrats.

    Happy New Year and wishing you many memorable and happy moments with your Punto.
  7. Cinju

    Cinju Esperto

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    @guru thanks for the compliment. It took around 5hrs + for the enitre job & that too by hand. Washing, clay bar, scrath removal, Glaze & finally a light coat of carnuaba wax. Wishing you a wonderful new year ahead. Drive safe.

    @Clash81 Thank you very much. My hand is still aching because of y'days hard work.

    @nbvcrao Thanks . Wishing you too a very happy new year.
  8. mescotc

    mescotc Amatore

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    @Cinju,

    great going & wishing you many more miles ahead.

    BTW your car looks gr8

    Atul
  9. Tony

    Tony Esperto

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    Congrats,
    The Punto is looking awesome, so share with us the ownership review of it...
  10. Cinju

    Cinju Esperto

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    Thanks a lot Atul & Tony.
    Tony Bhai what more review do you expect from me :confused1? I am really bad in writing.

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