THE CAR: I have 2010 Linea Baby packed with emotion that drinks petrol. THE ISSUE: I have always enjoyed Linea's planted ride and always boasted of its handling and cornering abilities with little/no body roll. Once in a while when I drove on bad patches, I used to get the unnerving scrapes. My heart used to sink every time the scrape happened. I read a lot on how to avoid them and learnt to maneuver over bad patches carefully. On one of my services in 2013, service adviser told me about GC (Ground clearance) upgrade kit. I was very skeptical, thinking it would spoil the stance. Another concern was the handling. I was convinced that low slung cars will handle well compared to tall cars, due to center-of-gravity. Didn't want to risk that by paying money. So, I backed off. Till 2015, I managed the problem by driving carefully and reducing the number of scrapes. --- Double Post Merged, Dec 28, 2015 --- MARKET CHANGE: Then came the revolution in monocoq mini-SUV era, the duster/eco-sport/terrano/avventura era. My bro picked up a Terrano. Superb ride, amazing handling and the best part - 205mm GC - no chance of scraping. My bro races on bad patches without any fear. I was now puzzled. I always thought the center-of-gravity is the main criteria for a car's planted ride. But I guess, if you engineer cars well enough, you can over come the high center-of-gravity problem. Now, my mind started wandering should I change to a mini-SUV. Whenever I had the thought, I compared Linea with all these mini-SUVs. Duster/Terrano had the space, handling, comparable to Linea, but lacked the creature comforts and ergonomics. Eco-sport, Avventura was good on creature comforts but reduced boot space. TUV didn't cut it because it was not monocoq, XUV is expensive. I was sure not to compromise on anything that my Linea offers. Creta came along, but its typical-hyundai video game steering (EPS) is not for my taste. S-cross looks like a sedan from front and over-sized hatch at the back. Even if I liked any of these mini-SUVs, they did not match value of money like Linea. All in all, no other cars completely match or over-take Linea in all departments at the same price point. --- Double Post Merged, Dec 28, 2015 --- RECONSIDERATION & DECISION: Nov 2015, I remembered the GC Kit offered on Linea/Punto. It would up the GC from 165 to 185 (20mm or 2cm). Started to think again - should I get upgraded. But was not sure - 2cm will make a difference. Another 2 scrapes on some moon craters and Everest humps of Bangalore, I made-up my mind to either upgrade the GC or get a mini-SUV. I started the comparo on GC. Linea 185mm(after upgrade), Duster/Terrano/Avventura - 205mm, Eco-sport - 200mm, Creta - 190mm. The difference between Linea and Mini-SUV GC was 5 to 20mm. Cost: GC Upgrade +/- 15K vs. Mini-SUV +/- 8L. Cost-benefit analysis clearly tipped towards GC upgrade. But wanted to be sure that GC upgrade would really solve the problem. Started to look at TFI and TBHP for minimum GC required. After lot of reading, figured that 175mm would eliminate 90% of scrapes. So that’s a confirmation that 185mm is more than enough. Then wanted to check if ride-handling will remain good. Very few posts were there of who did the upgrade. But sure enough got a positive feedback on ride and handling as well as solution to scraping. Dec 2015 - Finally, took the decision to upgrade. Checked the service centers, luckily the nearest service center had the kit in stock. Booked for service, dropped my baby in the morning, evening I got a call that it is ready. Service adviser said anti-rollbar did not need a change, just the shocks and the springs. Cost INR 15.7K. RESULTS: Finally, took a look at my baby, instantly recognized the change in height from all directions. It is amazing that a mere 2cm increase will make such visible change. Also, from being afraid whether it will spoil the stance to actually better stance. Yes the wheel well gap looks a bit over-sized now, but I guess we will get used to it over time. I somehow feel with the increased height, it also enhanced its already awesome road-presence. I was getting anxious to check the ride and handling. Got behind the wheel, started to go out of the service center. Immediately, to my surprise, I noticed the superb tuning of the new suspension. The ride has become a tad stiffer (I guess it is to compensate the height increase and keep the superb handing), but not too stiff to make it any bumpy. Handling is noticeably better. It can corner even better now, no increase in the body roll. That is some engineering prowess that Fiat can brag about. 5*s for Fiat engineering for that. Went on patches that used to scrape even little faster, NO SCRAPES... Peace of mind. Bliss. So, waiting to take my baby on long drives. SUMMARY: Cost: 15.7K (For Diesel it is slightly expensive). Solved the scraping issue, improved stance, improved handling, no compromise on ride. A big smile on the face. Anyone having pre-2012 Linea/Punto that are annoyed with scraping, please get the upgrade. It will really solve the issue and also better the value in some areas.