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  1. selwyn.a

    selwyn.a Amatore

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    Finally getting around to writing an intro, though I have been hanging about on TFI for a while. So just saying hello, and a big thanks to the mods for the fantastic job in keeping this site firing on all cylinders!

    I am a native of Goa, and been working in Bangalore for a few years now.
    Got meself a Punto MJD 90HP sport, DJZ VIN (APR14), pearl white with black top. (without all the stickering, as I think the car looks better that way, and also keeps the hole in the pocket slightly smaller :p )
    I have been carcrazy ever since I can remember, and just love to drive and maintain my ride.

    Things I like about the Punto:
    Great handling and stability at all speeds, confidence-inspiring braking and suspension, good ground clearance (it has never scraped any speedbreaker), quite a few intelligent features built in

    Things I wish were better:
    Gear-shift slightly notchy, could do with remote boot opener and steering reach adjustment. The media player integration with HU also leaves a bit to be desired.

    The first time I took the car long distance was to Goa, over the year-end break. Both wife and me drove, though the key was handed over rather reluctantly to the wife :rolleyes: . I assume most of us would feel the same, finding the passenger seat ever so slightly uncomfortable compared to being in the driver's seat :D

    Total distance covered (city+highway): ~1700km
    Average consumption : Blr-Goa 21kmpl , Goa-Blr 19kmpl ( this is due to Bangalore being at a higher altitude and having to climb up all the way, and not at all because of me ripping and sparring with swifts and vernas and such :angelic:. Though whenever the wife drives, kmpl goes up a bit)


    Anyway, sharing some pics of our trip here. The journey itself was smooth and the car performed flawlessly. The roads also were excellent. Route taken : NH4 till Hubli -> NH63 till Ankola -> NH17 all the way into Goa

    Taking a breather on NH4
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    Blasting through the ghats on NH63
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    The beach at Karwar
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    Out of Karwar on NH17
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    On the way to our family farm-house. Le me chasing bro driving the red Palio.
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    Both the Italian beauties at harmony with nature
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    One more
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    Stuff I have gifted my ride for Christmas :smuggrin:

    Valve caps
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    Water blade
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    3m clay (one used up to take off all the highway grime)
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    Handmade SS exhaust tip
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    Thanks for reading my intro-cum-travelogue!

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    Last edited: Jan 7, 2015
  2. prabhjot

    prabhjot Esperto

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  3. GirishRaghu

    GirishRaghu Amatore

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    Grande Punto 1.3 90 HP
    Hi @selwyn.a

    Welcome to the team, and congratulations on your second Fiat :)
    After reading the post, no doubt you enjoyed your long drive!
    Wishing you many such long drives with the beauty.

    Keep the thread alive with more pictures and your ownership experiences.

    Cheers
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  4. pabhishek

    pabhishek Esperto

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    Pune
    Linea T-Jet
    Welcome @selwyn.a and congrats for the punto!
    Beautiful pics there!!
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  5. himanshu4886

    himanshu4886 Regolare

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    Linea 1.3
    Congratulations for the ride and welcome aboard. Keep revving
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  6. selwyn.a

    selwyn.a Amatore

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    Thanks everyone for the warm welcome :)
  7. Coolwater

    Coolwater Timido

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    Mumbai
    Grande Punto 1.4
    Hey Nice pics Selwyn, both the Italian beauties looking good.
    BTW where did u get the neat Fiat valve caps?
  8. selwyn.a

    selwyn.a Amatore

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  9. nibedk

    nibedk Regolare

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    Grande Punto 1.3 90 HP
    :banghead: Both me and my wife drive as well. With each new trip mileage of Punto has fallen drastically.

    Last Trip to Pondy was a paltry 14 km/l. The first trip we took the mileage was around 19 km/l. One trip we had managed 20.3 km/l as well.

    800 kms was covered in a little over 10 hrs with avarage speed of 75 km/l

    Reason: I drive between 120-170 and wifes drives 100-140. No irrespossible driving though. No racing with anyone at all.
    As one discovers the strengths of Fiat one cannot resist utilising the brilliant chassis and suspension set up to the fullest.

    I do not encourage high speed or irresposible driving. These speeds are done only when we get stretch where such speeds can be done.
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  10. jackharrisw

    jackharrisw Amatore

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    Welcome to TFI family. Happy to see the Italian beauties(particularly the Palio D)..
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