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My Punto - MJD E - B white

Discussion in 'Punto 1.3 MJD' started by Maverickxx2006, Jun 28, 2010.

  1. Maverickxx2006

    Maverickxx2006 Amatore

    Booking: Pandit Auto, Pune.

    Specs: Punto MJD E, Bosonova White

    On Road Price: 6,12,000 Rs.

    1. Mudflaps (Duplicate. Fought and dealer promised to replace with original as soon as they are available)
    2. Floor mats (Original)
    3. As per the scheme - Free Insurance, 26 months extended warranty, 10,000 Rs discount.

    Kms on ODO: 400kms

    MILEAGE: Such is the awesome ride of the car that I frankly don't care how much mileage it will
    give / gives. Occasional cursory glance tells me its around 16-17 in city and 21 something on highways. AC on at all times.
    LOOKS: Italian damsel with drop dead gorgeous looks. Look at the car from any angle and car looks ravishing. All the curves are so well designed and shapely cut that it gives you a great feeling of happiness. Look at the front and it reminds you of Maserati or a Ferrari.

    RIDE & HANDLING: Typical FIAT trademark. Punto just unleashes a shattering upper cut in this dept. It smothers the pot holes as if they didn't even exist in first place.
    I have been used to Palio, so I dont feel any drawbacks regarding the short second gear. Amazing to see the car drive at low speeds in 3rd gear. Good gear ratios for city driving.

    Last year I had taken TD of Punto, compared to that the overall plastic quality has really been improved and looks really good. As compared to Linea, the black coloured plastic is now almost similar as in Punto. IMHO, at this price, plastics are great and surely exudes a feeling of richness, though may not be a luxurious feeling.

    ICE: Stock music system is good. I fail to understand why FIAT has not put in the USB drive here. Why FIAT why?
    Looking for options to have a usb drive.

    BUILD QUALITY: Again, really good.
    But the heavy thunk of Palio is definitely missing. Those who have been driving Palio will understand what I mean.
    Paint Quality: Overall paint quality is really good. But in some areas I don’t know what’s going wrong. I faced following issues:
    1. On the LHS front door handle, when you open the handle, some paint layer (around 5 mm width) has been peeled off. At first I thought some one has brushed against the handle. But after closer look and opening the handle to its fullest revealed that the handle was brushing against the top part hence paint peeled off. I checked for all remaining doors, there isn’t any problem.In my office parking there are 3-4 Puntos. I checked the LHS front door handles, and 2 Puntos had similar paint layer peeled off at same place. Other doors were fine.
    2. On LHR (Rear) door, a mark has appeared on the car body at a point (some paint has gone) – where the door shuts - due to impact of door closing. I don’t know how but this should not happened in first place.

    DRIVING POSITION: Excellent driving position, great comfort and you don’t feel tired. You feel as if you are in a cockpit. Good visibility. I have been driving Palio (with huge A pillars) for 9 years now and compared to that, visibility in Punto is really good. This may be attributed to the fact that there is a quarter glass.

    ACCESORIES: From Carax, Baner, Pune.
    a) Garware Films Side & Back (50% visibility): 2600
    b) Garware Film Front (70% visibility) : 3600
    c) Underbody Antirust 5 yr warranty : 5000
    d) 3M paint protection 1+2 : 3400
    Total Cost: 14,600

    I gave reference of team-bhp and got around 500 Rs discount. I don't know if these prices are good or bad. But I had no time to do research and haggle around various dealers, so just got everything done at one shot.
    There are no black colour art leather seat covers available at Carax, so waiting for them. If any one knows a good alternate shop for seat covers do let me know.
    Overall its been a great experience driving Punto. Its like day by day you start loving your car more.

    Apologies for the pictures, I haven't got time yet from work. Will surely do a photo shoot over weekend and post.

    I'm looking for black seat covers (mostly slip ons), so any one of you know a good shop do let me know. Carax does not have in stock rt now. I have tried at Bhandari (JM Road), Bafna (FC Road), Modern Car Accesories (East Street), Gyani (Rasata peth).

    Till then, happy Puntoing.
  2. Ravi

    Ravi Staff Member Janitor

    Grande Punto 1.3
    Congrats and white is nice color on Punto.

    I see so many owner's have duplicate Mudflaps/mats, check the pictures on accessories page on fiat-india.com.
  3. VahanPujari

    VahanPujari Staff Member Janitor

    Congrats, maverick

    Nice review. Have you asked TASC about paint issue?
  4. raamki


    congratulations buddy!!

    About the 3M paint protection, i requested TASS specifically to do this treatment at the time of giving my car in for its service but they flatly refused letting me know that Fiat does'nt recommend it. Apparently, it voids the paint warranty that Fiat offers on its cars.

    I really want to get that treatment done, the car's full of swirls from washing :(
  5. J Ravi

    J Ravi Esperto

    Congratulations and best wishes, Maverickxx2006.
  6. Vijairaj

    Vijairaj Amatore

    Now that confuses me. During my first service, the SA @ TASS asked me to have the 3M paint protection done as part of the service.
    Does this really void the warranty?
  7. obliex

    obliex Amatore

    How did you find serivice at Carax ? 3M Underbody treatment is on the costlier side. It costed me 3000Rs at BuB.
  8. amogh

    amogh Staff Member Janitor

    Grande Punto 1.3
    @Maverick : nice review buddy !! How about some pictures ? :)

    Any plans of getting new alloys and upsizing the tyres ?

    btw : I guess you are the only guy out here who has a Linea AND a Punto !! You ought to come for one of our meets.

    Look forward to meeting you
  9. Grandeur

    Grandeur Staff Member Janitor

    Nice review! And yeah take out sometime from your work and upload the pics, it's kind of incomplete thread ;). Looking forward to meet you soon in any of our upcoming meet.

  10. Maverickxx2006

    Maverickxx2006 Amatore

    This weekend I plan to do the photoshoot and will definitely post the pics. No plans at the moment for getting new alloys. Focus right now is to get good seat covers

    Yes, both Linea and Punto in B White colour. Will surely plan to attend your meets :)

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