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      90 HP Punto

      This is ownership experience of my Italian ride.
      Buying Procedure
      All this started back in 2010.When I was searching for a good sedan over net. Then i read somewhere about Linea, it seemed interesting, so I kept searching & fell in love with it. Later on I came to know about punto & it seemed stunning again I fell in love, but this time with punto. But it was available only in 75 hp version which was quite low and rumors confirmed the same. Reading about punto was at its peak which told me much about it like ride, handling, high speed stability, solid tank like feel, excellent brakes, precise steering, low maintenance, decent fuel economy, blue & me, steering mounted audio controls and the list goes on & on. Finally consistent research resulted in good news. A new model punto 90 hp was going to launch. And the day came, fiat launched it with variable geometry turbo. I went mad about it. Now started searching about Punto 90hp and test drive threads told me that this model is also sluggish which disappointed a little bit. But enthusiasm was at its peak which made me to deny this fact. But behind this denial there was a truth raised from ownership threads of Punto 76 hp, that its sluggishness vanishes as you crunches miles on the odo. In all this research 2010 passed away and feb. of 2011 came that’s when I took the newspaper and made calls to diff. dealerships, one of them was Obrai cars Noida they offered me Punto 90 hp 2010 with a good deal. So I went to the dealership next day and booked a 2010 model Punto 90 hp after getting some more juice on table. They asked me that they’ll collect the docs. for loan next day and they did the same. BTW I took test drive of the vehicle three times in between which fueled the enthusiasm for Punto 90 hp. One more hurdle was there & it was loan process which should be from any government bank it was my father’s condition. And loan process ruined everything because dealership was not able to do it. Due to which I did not got my vehicle though I did not took my payment back.
      Life was again as it was. But heat for punto 90 hp kept rising. Finally yearend came again and one of my friend’s friend bought my Indica Xeta, Which again raised the hope of punto arrival and once more I went to obrai cars and made some more payments and earlier payment adjustment was also done by Fiat Sales Manager Mr. Shushil Roy(Now Sales Head Obrai cars Noida sec 1), who became my friend by then. And this time my father got the loan approval within 10 days by using his links.
      Finally the day came, bank manager called us to get the draft next day. I called Roy that I’ll be in the showroom by 3 pm, keep my ride ready, he confirmed the same. I reached the bank by 12 am, formalities started as soon as we reached there but lunch time came in between and the draft took 3 pm to reach into our hands. After getting draft I called Roy and told him that I‘ll be there in 1hour. And I reached there within time. I started looking for my ride in the showroom but I was unable to find Red Punto 90 hp. I went to Roy’s cabin and he told me that it is on its way from stockyard to showroom. It was one of the longest waiting period I have experienced finally I got glimpse of a red 90 hp Punto running around the showroom .Roy confirmed that it is my ride and going for a bath in washing bay. It took another 2 hours before I lay my hands on my ride. A female executive handed over the keys to me with a box filled with chocolates. A guy came and took photographs, though I insisted Roy to join me in the pic. I took leave at around 10 pm. When I was driving to my home, I noticed the road presence. It was really pleasing.

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      Welcome aboard VivekRj.Dieselhead, Have a wonderful stay with GH !


      Good narration there. You can start separate ownership thread with all upcoming news about your 90HP punto as well as Pictures ! Yes, post some pics.
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      Welcome aborad VivekRj.Dieselhead . Fiat Punto is a very good car with the 1.3 L multijet engine. Enjoy and happy miles crunching with your fiat.

      When Your experience in the above post is really unfortunate. These guys are so careless and many times I also pray god when giving to these TATA guys. i own a Manza .

      On request : Your post was difficult to read. if segmented with some gap into paragraphs , readability would be good. Sorry for the rant
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      Hi VivekRj.Dieselhead, that's great looking car and Welcome to GH.


      Also, We are planning to do meet on coming Sunday (3rd June), please feel free to join us if you are free.

      You can check the thread below for more information on time and location.

      Gearheads Delhi NCR Meet section - Page 34
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      When Your experience in the above post is really unfortunate. These guys are so careless and many times I also pray god when giving to these TATA guys. i own a Manza .
      Don't take it otherwise, Thanks for your concern. But i think every thing is fine if officers at service station are ready to take responsibility. In Oberai cars i know some officers, who really take responsibility and try to live up to that. Due to this reason i don't find myself unfortunate. Somehow i always tend to get friendly with good souls, may this be the reason for my hassle free ownership though time gets wasted everytime. I am sorry if somehow i offended.

      Nice car.. Welcome to GH..
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      that's great looking car and Welcome to GH.
      Thanks

      Also, We are planning to do meet on coming Sunday (3rd June), please feel free to join us if you are free.

      You can check the thread below for more information on time and location.
      Thank you very much for invitation, I am obliged but i am afraid i won't be able attend the meet.

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      Can anyone please tell me, where can i get honeycomb grill for punto in delhi, and at what cost.

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      Can anyone please tell me, where can i get good quality honeycomb grill for punto in delhi, and at what cost.

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      Quote Originally Posted by VivekRj.Dieselhead View Post
      honeycomb grill for punto in delhi, and at what cost.
      In delhi....hmm no idea. You could try Retro Rides or Driven.

      GP is a popular car worldwide, you could easily find something online and have it shipped here.
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      Hey guys a new incident happened yesterday, some good and some bad. Firstly bad, driver side door lock lever went kaput due to which I am unable to lock my car.
      And the good one, Yesterday it was my friend’s engagement when I reached there I came to know that I am unable to lock my car, so I appointed the parking guy after making some payment.

      After the ceremony we(my 3 friends and me) headed to the bhabi’s home to meet her personally, after get-together with her we felt hungry, it was 9:30 pm so we decided to have dinner in pacific mall, I parked my ride in the second basement of the mall, and guys parking lot was hardly having space, somehow I parked it. Just after 10 min we came back, as there was no space in the food court as well.

      In the process of taking my ride out of lot, a matiz kissed rear fender of my ride, instantly I came out and tried to inspect the scratch, voila there was just some paint residue of matiz, which can easily be removed with petrol dipped cloth. I stepped behind the wheels and moved towards the exit.

      We reached the exit ramp( highly inclined), at the time car was crawling and one of my friend said “what a car it is, not even able to climb the ramp easily”. Then I just replied “take a look at my feet”. He was surprised, looking that they were away from the pedals and the car was even accelerating, and I was smiling like always.

      He again said “what a car it is”, this time it was in a praising manner. So after exiting the mall we headed towards mahagun mall. We took a healthy meal in the mall, time came to exit the mall and my friends requested to do the same on the ramp, cause this ramp was more inclined and longer than last one, this time even I was surprised to see the capability of my lovely ride, and my friends were just praising my ride again and again.

      I have experienced many incidents like these, in which i felt there is something really exclusive in this car. And some people says that punto is not fun to drive, how funny.

      I don’t feel driving like fire on your tail is funny in any way, I find people getting surprised, with my ride far more funnier than accelerating rapidly.

      I remember someone saying that, fun to drive factor is diff. for everyone, it is just like, I find a girl hot is not necessary that you‘ll also. And I completely agree with this fact, after all we usually drive in city, and I don’t like jerky ride, though sometimes I do drive rash just for other kind of fun. I think punto is very much capable of giving you every kind of fun which a car can.

      Have fun and drive safe.
      Last edited by VivekRj.Dieselhead; 18th Jun 2012 at 14:02.

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