Hello TFIans...Back again after a long time. Been reading a lot, posting little – so all of my notes at one go! (my way of saying sorry for the long post!) Got my first paid service (3rd year) done last week @Vecto Motors, Hosur road, Bangalore. Distance covered ~38K, but there were several problems that I had to get rectified. Long & short of it - the car feels as good as new (better, as it's smoother?) after the service Dropped off on Fri eve; got it back on Sat afternoon. Extended warranty claims required additional time. Problems: 1. Rattling sound from the front & back of the car (as if sheets were banging against the body), especially over rough roads – engine guard & door (!!) were the culprits. Thankfully they just had to beat the guard back into shape & adjust something on the rear door. Fixed! Good build Fiat! (Rs 800/-) 2. Creaking sound on engaging gears, sudden gear changes & reverse – suspected C-mount damage due to underbody hit. Would have cost 2K if indeed damaged! Thankfully, it was just loose apparently & tightened. No noise now. 3. Glow plug warning for past 3-4 weeks – fixed under Extended Warranty. I’d not got the EW booklet – just the receipts at the time of delivery. So was a bit apprehensive about approval of the claims - however, Vecto/FIAT had it on their records in their system - did not even ask me for the receipts. Plugs replaced - would have cost Rs 2.3K if not covered. 4. Increased engine noise (or so I felt) – SA mentioned that he didn't think there was any increase in the engine noise. But there was a leaking coolant hose that he pointed out on checking the bay. The clamp had come loose, and coolant had corroded the pipe & surrounding equipment. He later conveyed telephonically that the thermostat valve & water pump O ring were damaged, requiring replacement (I did not have a chance to inspect). Hit of Rs 5K – The SA (Mithun Raj) mentioned it would not get covered under EW. I requested him to recheck for the part for coverage, with labor to be borne by me, as the loose clamp was not because of my driving/ external damage. He tried – the thermostat valve got covered under EW (2K), but O ring cost had to be borne by me (2.8K). Was in a bit of hurry, so did not delve too deep into the matter - & took his observations at face value. 5. Parking light indicator warning – loose contact, fixed 6. Left front door squeaking on opening/shutting – greased 7. Squeaks when operating clutch – clutch spring lubricated, silent now. 8. On checking engine bay, the SA mentioned that there were a lot of mice prints all over (he had to point those out to me, wouldn’t have noticed otherwise). He suggested getting a rat guard for the dashboard costing Rs 1000 (mostly labor). Engine bay repairs would be easy, but just removing the dash would cost Rs 2K in labour! Components & sensors too would have been expensive. I thought it was an awful lot of money for just a mesh, wondering why it wasn't put in there by Fiat in the first place (!?). I had a bad experience with rats/mice chewing up my home theater wires in Mumbai a decade ago, on the 18th floor! Didn’t want to take on Ganeshji’s vehicles - asked him to install it, as I can’t really change my apartment parking spot. Hadn't read about this on TFI - so not sure if I was taken for a ride!! 9. 45K paid service & fluid changes – ~Rs 6K Overall damages – Rs 13.5K (from pocket) + Rs 4K (glow plugs & valve covered under Ext warranty) Service: Overall, pretty good. However, washing of the cars leave a lot to be desired. Windows were still unclean & there were smudges on the beige seats as well. Other than battery (replaced stock with Amaron 55 Ah, 2 months ago - the airbag failure message had started popping up & browsing through TFI provided me the solution), regular fluid changes & brake pads (@21K), haven’t changed anything from stock. EMIs get over next month (Yippee…it’ll be my OWN Linea then ) With the money saved on EMIs planning some changes in the next few months: Tyres to 195/65 R15: @38K run – the stock GT3s are creating a ruckus on the roads. Other than the noise (& low GC), I really have liked the stock GY GT3…just 1 puncture so far despite some rough roads that I’ve taken it on, confidence inspiring both in wet & dry – am a reasonably careful driver, but felt it on the couple of occasions that I have had to brake suddenly in such conditions. Highest speed touched – 160 kms; on highways, I'm usually between 90 & 120 only. On Hassan-Bangalore stretch a month ago in very heavy rains, managed to confidently drive at 80-100, and didn’t really feel the need to slow down further. I don’t think I’ve experienced the ABS kick in ever yet (if I did, don’t know it!). Not sure I want to splurge on Michelins/BS, and ok with a little noise (the MJD isn’t quite that silent anyhow!). I was leaning towards GY Assurance ArmorGrip & Falken Sincera – when I checked with Ashwin of Sai Iyengar tires, he recco’d Yoko Earth 1 instead. Clarified that soft sidewall is not an issue with it. Will probably visit them & get those next month. Upgrading to 195/65 for whatever additional GC I can get, based on reviews of those who have these on their rides. Have scraped the bottom umpteen # of times, esp when fully loaded - even at an angle & a slow crawl – typically the exhaust/left rear scrapes the speedbreakers. Lot of heartaches & ouches from my well-built co-passengers. Not keen on the GC kit - may consider when it's time to replace the suspension. Will consider remap/recode (maybe join the WOLF pack!), leather seating & speaker system upgrade in the next 6 months. Post that - the EMI moneys are going towards MF investments for my next car that I want to pay cash down – nearing 40, and want to avoid further loans Inputs sought: 1. Any feedback on Yoko Earth 1? Have gone through all available reviews online – seems ok I guess. My priorities are safety, reliability, comfort, handling & noise - in that order. 2. My stock spare (195/60R15) is still brand new (somehow didn’t really pay attention to tyre rotation!)– still has the “hairs” on it - is it possible to use it with 195/65 R15 for short distances as a spare? Will obviously travel at low speeds. 3. Does damping on doors also reduce engine noise further? Is it possible to do any kind of further damping in the engine bay – SA mentioned that it’s not possible. Cheers TFIans...Happy & Safe driving.