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Discussion in 'Linea 1.3 MJD' started by arun_josie, Jun 17, 2014.

  1. arun_josie

    arun_josie Amatore

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    55555 Kms in 557 Days. It was a coincidence that this happened @ 22:22 Hrs when I was returning from office.

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    During the last check-up before the Monsoon drive, Strut/Elastic pad on the Front suspension(Left and Right) were replaced under warranty. Otherwise nothing much to report.
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  2. PradeepM

    PradeepM Staff Member Janitor

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    Thank You Arun,

    Its pleasing to see those five 5's, your thread constantly keeps echoing in my mind as reassurance on my decision smile.gif .
    Also in an offline discussion with a Punto owner from Hyderabad, I recall he mentioned that the warranty on suspension is only upto 30K however from your update I see that its beyond that. Kindly add your feedback on the warranty limitations related to suspension.

    Cheers,
    pradeep.
  3. vinit

    vinit Amatore

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    Linea 1.3
    Five 5s and Four 2s is too much of a coincidence :)
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  4. arun_josie

    arun_josie Amatore

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    Agree. Even I noticed it only just before the click.
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  5. arun_josie

    arun_josie Amatore

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    Quick update:

    ODO has now crossed the 58K mark and is @ 58401 Kms.


    This squeaking sound is resolved now, I have monitored this for 4K Kms now and it has not reappeared. This was an intermittent issue but was an irritating one. Vecto Motors took 2 attempts to resolve this issue. But still a good job, I would say, especially considering the nature of the issue.
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  6. arun_josie

    arun_josie Amatore

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    Update:

    1) Bangalore - Chikmagalur - Bangalore:

    Total Kms: 670.
    FE in MID: 15.7
    Avg Speed: 36Kms.
    Cars: XUV500, Ritz, Getz and Linea.
    Total 5 families.

    It was a splendid drive and an awesome trip. Planning for a TL(hopefully!), so will update more information there.

    It was a simple drive to Chikmagalur, a peaceful stay in a home stay with a challenging drive to Mullayanagari peak thrown in for good measure.


    2) Also, done with the 60K servicing after this trip which I will update soon.

    Now some random pics,

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  7. arun_josie

    arun_josie Amatore

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    60000 Kms Service Update:

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    I was prepared for a bigger bill this time as this is a major service which also includes the timing chain replacement.
    • I was expecting a bill of around 21K.
    • I was also little concerned about the timing chain replacement as this a major
    work and needs to be done with perfection.

    Initially, I thought of taking the car to Sai Service, Salem as I was hearing very positive feedback's about them but then decided against it and booked the appointment with Vecto Motors.

    I called the SA a day before to make sure that I am getting the car same day after the service, but he was not very sure as timing chain replacement is also included.

    Next day, I gave the car in by 8:45 AM and decided to wait even if I am not getting the car same day. They immediately put the car in a bay and started the work. And to my surprise, they gave back the car by 4:00 PM after doing the complete 60K servicing and a clean wash.
    • Clutch, still on stock. I was little worried after the mullayanagiri drive as I experienced the clutch burning smell once.
    • Brake Pad, it’s on the second set which was changed at 27K. So, current one is at 34K now.
    • Tyres, I am on the second set which I changed at 35K Kms.
    • Wipers, changed both the wipers for the first time during this service. It was not doing its job, So I requested to change.

    The total bill came to 22299/- (Initially it was 23161 /-, there was a entry of 862/- by mistake)

    Here is the bill details, tax included on each item.

    • I could have avoided WA/WB, but went ahead with it to keep the warranty intact.
    • I gave a go ahead for brake cleaning due to some sound while braking.
    • Skipped fuel filter as it was changed at around 52K.

    After Service:
    • While delivery, the coolant was well below the level and the SA promptly topped it up. And informed me that this happens after coolant replacement.
    • I had to top-up the coolant again after a week/750 Kms, it had come down a little.
    • Close to 2K Kms done after the service and all looks fine.

    Vecto Motors - They have done a Superb job, I would say. Overall, I was happy with this 60K Servicing. Yes, I would have loved to have the bill on the lower side smile.gif
    Also, I thought they might push for Clutch, Brake pad change etc, but they didn't.

    Brake pad @34K usage:

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    Ready for delivery,

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    Current ODO has gone past 61000 Kms.
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  8. ghodlur

    ghodlur Esperto

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    @arun_josie

    You never fail to amaze me with your travelogues and pics. Keep driving man, you and your Linea are kind of made for each other.

    I think the 60K servicing prices have increased, I had read on the forum from few owners of being charged 18-19K for the same service. So was the timing chain also replaced?? Any reason for replacing the fuel filter earlier than scheduled. Pls post the pic of the bill, I guess you missed it.
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  9. arun_josie

    arun_josie Amatore

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    Thanks ghodlur for your very kind words!

    Yes, I missed to update the complete details.

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    Fuel filter was replaced at 39K before the uttrakhand drive(instead of 45K). So, the 15K cycle has changed.
    I could have reduced the bill by opting out of WA/WB and Brake Cleaning. But I decided otherwise.
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  10. Ravi

    Ravi Staff Member Janitor

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    In my last servicing, SA was insisting me on this, though I declined (I didn't had any sound :)).
    This is normal. Some old details here - http://www.teamfiat.com/threads/post-your-engine-coolant-queries-here.3021/.
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