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Fiat Linea/Punto - Maintenance Cost of Ownership

Discussion in 'Pre service query' started by VahanPujari, Jul 14, 2011.

  1. sungoa2010

    sungoa2010

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    Total maintenance cost after 11.5K/2years:


    Total amount : 18214 (including 3rd free service + running repairs + wheel alignment/balancing)

    Cost per km = Rs. 1.58
    Cost per year = Rs. 9107


    I would have spent the same amount if the vehicle were run 30K(except the additional amount for alignment at 5K interval ) which is the maximum that is eligible for 2 years before 3rd service.
    In that case the cost would have been Rs. 0.60
  2. VahanPujari

    VahanPujari Staff Member Janitor

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    Well, not necessarily. There is wear and tear cost. Maintenance cost usually increases with increasing no. of km's. 11.5K kms to 30K kms i.e. 18.5K kms is a lot and you never know quite a few costs may come up.Why is there a difference in Resale value for the same age of vehicle? e.g. Resale value of 11.5K kms run Punto in 2 years is usually found higher than resale value of 30K kms run Punto in 2 years.
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  3. sungoa2010

    sungoa2010

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    I agree with what you said. But I have changed all parts that one will change at 30 K. Also if we look at the cost of other punto owners there is not much they spent than what I spent for those extra kms that they run within 2 years. So there will be some errors but cannot be 150% of the current figure(0.6 and 1.5). So 1.5 of my case looks slightly out of the world and in my case average cost per year make more sense which will agree with(with some error coming from wear and tear maintenance) that of person who does service in 30K interval. I just mentioned it just to make readers aware of my low mileage. Otherwise some body who will have a quick glance at this post will carry the impression that punto have a high cost of maintenance which is not true if one compare its Gernam counterparts and even the asian counterparts while take in to account of their lower service interval. For example the maintenance cost of my alto was 1.68 per kms when calculated for 7 yearshttp://www.teamfiat.co.in/non-fiat-cars-two-wheelers/8261-maintenance-cost-non-fiat-cars.html#post138219
  4. VahanPujari

    VahanPujari Staff Member Janitor

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    I don't know what all parts you have changed. But, there is a high propensity to change any of the following parts by 30K kms:

    - Brake Pads
    - Brake Discs
    - Elastic Pads (if not in warranty)/ Strut mounts
    - Link rods / anti-roll bars

    As mentioned, maintenance cost increases as the no. of kms and/or the time period increases. You can't compare age of 2 years with 7 years.

    Whatever total amount I spent on Ford Ikon in 5.5 years & 85,000 kms, I've already spent that amount in 1.5 - 2 years (in less than 50,000 kms) in my Linea and the meter is still runnning.
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2012
  5. sdp1975

    sdp1975 Amatore

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    VP, isn't strut mounts and elastic pads the same ?

    Taking inflation into account, what you spent on the Ikon would have been more now - although it would still be lesser than what you spent on the Linea so far.

    Will post my Punto MJD expenses soon.
  6. Akshay4384

    Akshay4384 Superiore

    Under normal running conditions,apart from brake pads,i would not expect these parts to fail.
    For someone whose running is 25-30K kms in a year,this would mean parts failing in 1 year of ownership.
    and In fact,i havent seen any car around me,going in for replacement of parts so soon.
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  7. sungoa2010

    sungoa2010

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    You are correct one need to take in to account the inflation rates while comparing car which is almost two generation older.

    I would request people to maintain a spreadsheet for all service details like Ravi ji and VP maintaining so that it will be very useful for others to compare their expenses.
  8. sdp1975

    sdp1975 Amatore

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    You're right - but unfortunately many Punto's/Lineas have undergone parts replacement for these components in such a short duration. It's probably the localization and cost cutting, combined with insufficient testing by FIAT that causes this.

    I myself had to change the strut mounts @38,000 KMs ; FIAT refused to honor warranty citing 35,000K suspension warranty. They refused to acknowledge this as a manufacturing/design defect despite this being a widespread problem in Puntos/Lineas. I had to pay from my pocket and these are the kind of expenses that shoot up the maintenance cost.

    I haven't heard of these parts failing in other cars so early apart from the Punto and the Linea ( not even the Palio )
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2012
  9. VahanPujari

    VahanPujari Staff Member Janitor

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    Though, sdp1975 has answered, here you go....(And this is only Elastic Pads and in only last 3-4 months posts, can't imagine forum pages if we get into all other such parts and dig deeper in the forum...)

    ELASTIC PADS:

    Parts changed in 1 year in 2011 model car – 1) Elastic Pad, 2) Radiator for Leakage, 3) Gasket for AC Gas leak, 4) AC unit, 5) Steering Rack
    http://www.teamfiat.co.in/linea-1-3...un-wine-1-3-multijet-em-pk-10.html#post137918
    Elastic Pads changed in 10K kms
    http://www.teamfiat.co.in/punto-1-3-mjd/1224-punto-1-3mjd-my-destiny-2.html#post129005

    http://www.teamfiat.co.in/fiat-indi...older-versions-linea-punto-31.html#post132934
    http://www.teamfiat.co.in/punto-1-3-mjd/34-fiat-grande-punto-mjd-emotion-pk-17.html#post133959

    http://www.teamfiat.co.in/fiat-india-news/4899-fiat-india-sales-2012-discussion-50.html#post133201


    http://www.teamfiat.co.in/minor-iss...se-problem-front-suspension-5.html#post127092
    http://www.teamfiat.co.in/technical/6819-grinding-noise-steering-column-mjd-2.html#post126106
    http://www.teamfiat.co.in/minor-iss...-going-steering-column-change.html#post125744

    http://www.teamfiat.co.in/engine-compartment/1409-hard-steering-problem-6.html#post118731
    http://www.teamfiat.co.in/technical/6634-heavy-vibration-inside-car-while-idling.html#post115296
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  10. anicaution

    anicaution Amatore

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    2 Years & 1 Month...

    KM : 85,121

    Total Cost : 82,375/- i.e. 0.97 Per KM

    Details As Below:

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