I'm sure you may have heard about the malfunction of clutch in Fiat Palio and Punto models that come with the MJD Diesel engine.
I've a Fiat Palio Stile (April 2009 model) MJD (i.e. the 1.3 lts MultiJet Diesel). The car has done about 13.5K Kms till date. From about 10K Kms I'm facing problems with the clutch/gear. The clutch is really hard to press and the gears don't always slot correctly. If I drive the car and have to use the clutch a lot, then I get severe pain in left knee. This is quite severe and lasts for a couple of weeks. And if I use the car again, the pain returns.
There is clearly a manufacturing/design flaw in the car. A lot of Palio and Punto owners are facing this problem. I've also read on internet sites that this is a problem with Maruti DDiS cars. I've also searched and read a couple of threads on GH that talked about clutch upgrade and fitting better (and heavier) clutch to the car.
Can the experts here please help with a feasible solution that will take care of this issue once and for all. The idea is to make the clutch soft to handle (just like in petrol cars). This may involve replacing some parts and I'm ready for that.
I'm a part of the PUG (Palio User Group on Yahoo! Groups) and we've collected details of all owners that face this problem. Trust me there are a lot of people already. To strengthen our case, we would urge others who may have faced or are facing this problem to join us.
I've tried searching the forum and couldn't find any similar topic. Please move the topic, if you feel it's posted in wrong section.
Thanks a lot,