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One hell of a Point _ Punto MJD 90 HP

Discussion in 'Punto 1.3 MJD 90 HP' started by ENKI, Jan 7, 2012.

  1. ENKI

    ENKI Esperto

    Let me update further on my 90 HP. It has completed 45000 KMs & just had it's 4th Service. I took some pics but can't upload because bluetooth is not working. Normal service charges (Engine Oil, Filters, Front Brake-Shoes & bla bla) amounting to an acceptable 11900 /-. However there was one more addition unfortunately but i am glad that it was picked up rather than later. Left Lower Arm (Rs. 2461 + Rs. 400 Labour) was bent & had to get it replaced. It created some issues in getting the spare & fitment but none the less did it & had a sigh of relief. The only unfortunate thing that happened with my 90 HP & me during this 45000 Kms journey & it was completely my fault. In fact i was fortunate that it was Punto... will describe the event later. Let me cherish the good things though because they are way too many!!

    1. Owner satisfaction differs in my case. My fellow TFIANs who have been interacting know it pretty well. It's not even relative but exactly opposite. If you want me to go mama mia for blue&me or nitpicking things like rear leg room, engine noise bla bla... you shouldn't read it further. Backseat leg room is bullish for me, hate those rear seats in my 90 HP. Ahhhh... were it two-door only with no backseats!! I don't give a damn how much leg room people on back-seat are having, if you feel it's cramped, pls get out.

    As far as driver's seating/comforts are concerned, this is the car. Huge raking front windshield, huge dashboard & a little cub growling behind the dash board is adored from the very 1st second i sat in it. This is completely DRIVER-FOCUSED car which is typical Italian way of making cars, only Driver celebrates!! From FIAT 500 to Ferrari, if it doesn't drive good, it's not Italian. If you want passenger's comfort, go & buy a Doblo.

    It's a budget car like all others but you can dip yourself in/out in ponds of driving ecstacy which is not possible in this much money. Such a driver focused car deserves brake pads change every 10000 KMs, not my fault:p.

    2. Engine/driving experience: That can't be bad for 90 HP & Punto. However, I would dare to say, FIAT owners who try to be unbiased & look at other brands as a competitive product are still to get USP of FIAT, sorry, nothing comes halfway close. There is one thing in FIAT Budget cars that others don't have. If you don't know it, good for you. Driving it made me so Fearless that i am absolutely terrified of driving other same segment cars. Day before yesterday, test drove an i20 Petrol. It nicely surges forward & i felt my 90 HPs turbo lag first time in last 45000 Kms. It was quite sometime that i drove petrol car so it was a kinda surprise. It gently surges forward & then..... nothing!!! I reached at 80 KM/Hr & put my foot on brake pedal to have the feel of it... there comes the scare of ugly accident-imaginations through my mind.
    Dashboard is indeed soft-touch/Better with nice gloss to it but i was afraid. The insensitive steering (like it's a video game) helped for a quick U-Turn & handover the key back to my Bro-in-Law. He showed me "Rear View Camera" too which he was proud of. He is a typical Hyundai guy, a Verna already in possession.

    3. Such a for-giving car when it comes to build quality/reliability. Never missed a single beat, a thorough consistent performer. It has jumped big loopy speed breakers at insane speeds (lot of times!), tested all ways like it's stolen but it never failed me, never miss that turbo spool in 2nd gear, all city driving full of jams with (3-4% highway rides), very friendly to the pocket with great fuel economy & maintenance cost.

    The only unfortunate event occured a week back when we were 4 guys in the car driving road side & talking. We were just gliding in 3rd gear @ 40 km/hr & i was distracted by one of my friend's comment. There was a big electricity concrete poll lying road side that escaped my eyes & it hit the left lower arm very badly, So much so that car came to a dead halt!! I was not convinced that nothing happened until i bent & look through underbody. Nothing was wrong until next day i felt it tilting left insanely. Decided to have next service & It was taken up on lift, there was the bent arm. It was hard to imagine that it was the lower arm only & nothing else given the intensity of the hit. Boy!! What an ARM Punto has. It weighs lot more than what it looks. I casually took it with one loose hand & it almost fell on the floor. I saw a Safari on the lift & this Lower ARM was more rigid than Safari's!

    Planned:

    1. Need some Advice on anything else than EGR/Exhaust/Intake cleaning.. Though the performance is same (it is quicker now to get to top speed!) & engine is very relaxed but i am sure there are many things which should overhauled after 45000 KMs.
    2. Planning to get 60/205 GT3.
    3. Didn't get shoe for Rear-brakes, i am sure they are worn out already. Tata Motors contract has ended on 31st March, have to go some FIAT delaership to get the same.
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2013
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  2. shams

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    nice to see an update from you after a long time :)
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  3. punto_emotion

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    ENKI, Good to read an update. Always like your writing :clap

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  4. Ganges

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    Well said ENKI about dashboard,DRIVER focussed. this cant be found in any other hatch.
  5. ENKI

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    A further update... I got the new shoes for my hell ride.

    Goodyear GT3 15 - 205/65, cost INR. 4950 each Tyre (+ 50 Rs. etc. for something unknown!!!), Balancing & alignement were complimentary ofcourse.
    Had a huge dent of Rs. 20000 in my pocket yesterday but i am glad it's worth. I purchased 4 tires & kept the spare as came in stock only GT315-195/60. Actually it was hardly used (around 500 KMs) so let it be in the trunk.

    Now the feel of the car. I drove it good 100 kms to ensure that i have complete insight to what my car is doing now.

    Good looking meaty tires, have added to the look a bit. When it comes to control, i had it to 160 km/hr on average turns to notice the difference & i have to say that i didn't feel any compromise on handling control due to a bigger sidewall. Roadnoise, It could be but yet to be felt. The handling & control was never inferior to the best i have experienced with stock tires in last 50000 kms. Infact i felt it had way better controlled with oodles of grips than the immediate worn out tires!!

    Steering is butter smooth, too much weight was added with the worn out tires lately, not to my liking. Now it has the perfect balance of feel & responsiveness at all speeds. The biggest positive was felt on the suspension part. Man!! Due to a stiffer set up, Punto's ride was a bit harsh at lower speeds but now, it doesn't matter where you are driving it. Suspension is so relaxed!! Didn't feel a single harsh bump at any speed over roughest of patches & i came to know that these tires will share the burden & protect the suspension with authority on rough roads of this part of India. Ride height is visibly enhanced but in a good way. I wonder if it has added another 2-3 mm to GC.

    All in all, a correct decision. I am not going to power slide Punto this time around & ensure next tyre change shouldn't be in vision for at least 60,000 KMs. GYs were always my choice & i am glad for it.

    Recommended: a big YES!!

    A query: How to change battery of the Remote of hell ride:confused:? Took it to one specialist but he was not able to open it, he was like i have done it numerous times for mercedes/bmw but don't know how to open it with FIAT:geek:. Although it's working OK now but It missed a few clicks last week. I thought may be it's battery is worn out. I would appreciate if you enlighten here.
    Last edited: May 10, 2013
  6. punto_emotion

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    ^^ Manual contains the procedure to open Fiat's remote key. Read through, it might help.
  7. Ganges

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    i got started with this problem ,how did you solved this ?
  8. PatchyBoy

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    Hope this helps.

    Rajan
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  9. Ganges

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    Thanks Rajan,
    is it mentioned in our FIAT manual ?
    Any specific ratings about the battery,from the pic its like the one we use it Active 3D goggles(i came across of such battery) like 50paisa coin ?
  10. PatchyBoy

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    I have not checked in the printed manual. It is there in the soft copy, so I assume it must be there in the hard copy as well. Yes. It uses that kind of battery. As for rating, the best bet would be to open the key, take the battery out and check the specifications of the OE one.

    Rajan
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