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      FIAT Grande Punto 90HP 30,000 kms Ownership Review

      Hi Friends I am really excited to write this long term ownership review of FIAT Grande Punto 90HP.

      The review is split into
      1) Shortlisting of car
      2) Modifications & Maintenance

      Shortlisting of car:

      The hunt started in Jan 2011 and I was looking for used FIAT Linea diesel. I checked few Linea’s in used car market however I didn’t get the car as my requirements. Then I started checking new cars in a price bracket of Rs. 7-8 lakhs on road. This story is from Jan-March 2011.

      FIAT Grande Punto 90HP
      FIAT Linea Active
      Ford Classic
      Ford Figo.
      Mahindra Renault Logan.
      Mahindra Bolero CRDe Storm.

      Ford Classic (Ford Fiesta)

      Ford Classic had soft corner in my mind because of its design and ride & handling. Classic CLXI (earlier it was Fiesta) was in my budget however basic safety features were missing in this variant and topend variant was out of my budget so cancelled this car.

      Pros:

      No nonsense styling
      Ride & Handling
      Good Driving position

      Cons

      Fear of aftersales of FORD
      Lot of engine noise inside the car.
      Rear seat comfort.

      Ford Figo:

      There is nothing to write about this car IMO. I test drive Figo and simply rejected. I didn’t like the space distribution of Figo. I hated shoulder room in front seats. It had less features compared to other cars in its segment.

      Mahindra Verito (Mahindra Renault Logan)

      I liked this car because of its rear seat comfort and butter smooth, fuel efficient engine. The car (top end variant) was in my budget however passenger airbag was missing in topend variant so I rejected this Verito. Another reason to reject Verito was the design of this car. I simply didn’t like the way it looks.

      Pros

      Butter smooth & fuel efficient engine.
      Best space distribution in segment
      Value for money package

      Cons

      Taxi image
      Lack of features
      Inconvenient placement of switches.
      Less powerful dCi motor.

      Mahindra Bolero CRDe Storm

      The rigid looks of Bolero attracted me towards Bolero. CRDe storm was very responsive engine and it was less noisy as compared to its cousin DI.
      Bolero rejected due to lack of features, comfort level was nowhere in Bolero.

      FIAT Grande Punto 90HP

      As I was a owner of FIAT Grande Punto 1.2 Emotion earlier FIAT was in my mind and 90HP Punto was topping on a cake with VGT Multijet engine.
      Punto 90HP was exactly in my budget with all required features. I was comparing all above cars with Punto 90HP and no other came close to Punto in all aspects. Everything was finalized and Punto 90HP was the car for me.

      FIAT Linea Active

      As I was in FIAT showroom I was thinking to check price of FIAT Linea Active diesel variant. It was just 30k extra on Punto 90HP after discount. Lack of safety features and other basic features was the reason to reject this car or you can say Punto was already finalized by my mind.

      Ownership Review

      After lots of research on internet, comparing so many cars I finalized FIAT Grande Punto 90HP. I was confused in color of Punto. I was confused in Gray & white color of Punto, however I finalized white color as per family members feedback and I also liked white color as I wanted to make it ABARTH Punto in future.
      I got delivery of my car on 28th July 2011 and I was the happiest man in the world.
      I was one of the lucky FIAT customer who won diesel coupon of worth Rs. 26,000 and this was a Shub Shakun of Punto’s ownership.

      First Servicing @ 5000kms

      It was just routine checkup to check all the lubricants level. In this servicing engine coolant top-up was required.
      Total bill for this service was Rs. 500.
      Servicing completed within 2 hours at Pandit Automobiles, Tilak Road, Pune. It was satisfactory experience at Pandit Auto.

      Second Servicing @ 15000km

      Second free was completed within a day at Pandit Auto, Tilak Road, Pune and I received my car back at 4:00 PM. It was another good experience from Pandit & FIAT.
      Total bill for second free service @ 15000kms was near about Rs. 4500.

      Third Servicing @ 30000km

      In the meantime from 15000km to 30000km, I changed engine oil at 22000kms on odo. Thanks to ITALIA-LINEA (Amit) for recommending me this oil change. We changed engine oil together for his Linea and my Punto. We shifted to Mobile 1 Delvac 5w-40 fully synthetic engine oil.
      3rd free servicing was completed at FIAT first & exclusive service at Pune as I didn’t get appointment as per my convenience at Pandit Auto, Tilak Road.
      There were no major issues in my Punto so the total bill was around Rs. 8500 which includes changing brake pads.
      Rs. 8500 was split into Rs. 5000 regular servicing and lubricants change @ Rs. 5000 and Rs. 3250 for front break pads and its labor changes. (Rs. 3100 break pads & Rs. 150 labor charges)
      Till 30000km ownership of my Punto the total maintenance cost is. There are some parts changed like rear wiper, front left wheel arch.



      First Servicing @ 5000km Rs. 500
      Second Servicing @ 15000km Rs. 4500
      Third Servicing @ 30000km Rs. 8500
      Rear wiper & Front wheel arch Rs 690 + Rs 350
      Total Rs. 14540



      And who says FIAT is expensive to maintain? Near about Rs. 15000 for 30000km mileage and 20 months ownership of FIAT Grande Punto 90HP. Next service is due on 45000km on odo and till the time there won’t be any major work is pending for my car.
      I hope till 45000km on odo the maintenance cost would be Rs. 15000 only. I am impressed by maintenance cost of my car as I read somewhere that first service of Polo @ 15000km on odo cost is Rs. 12000.
      Modifications to my Punto
      Now its no more FIAT Punto but for me its Abarth Grande Punto. Below is the list of modification of my car

      1. Projector head lamps with red angel eye.
      2. Abarth chrome gear knob.
      3. Dual chrome silence tip
      4. Abarth decals on side profile.
      5. Mesh Grill (Black)
      6. Abarth logos front & Rear
      7. Black fog lamp holder
      8. Abarth Badge above right side indicator
      9. Back roof (used vinyl)
      10. Abarth Puddle light (Front Doors)
      11. Rear aftermarket Spoiler
      12. Abarth badges on C Piller
      13. Sporty metal pedals
      14. Abarth Pressure valve caps
      15. White color OEM Alloys
      16. Punto EVO badge
      17. Punto’s P letter on L of dashboard
      18. Turbo Badge (Below 90HP Badge)
      19. Ground Zero Iridium series subwoofer
      20. JVC 2 ch/mono Amp
      21. Red Brake calipers and Red ORVMs



      Pending modifications are

      1. Seat covers with Abarth Badges on headrests
      2. Ground Zero Component speakers in front doors with dampening.
      3. Absolute Edition Mudflaps

      With powerful diesel engine and affordable maintenance cost FIAT Grande Punto is ideal car to own.

      Always fasten your seat belts and Drive safely.

      Pictures coming soon. A photoshoot is scheduled on this weekend.

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      Here are some random pics of my Punto I hope you guys will enjoy.
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      Great list. get some more pics in so that we can all drool over the mods done..
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      Quote Originally Posted by Punter View Post
      First Servicing @ 5000km Rs. 500
      Second Servicing @ 15000km Rs. 4500
      Third Servicing @ 30000km Rs. 8500
      Rear wiper & Front wheel arch Rs 690 + Rs 350
      Total Rs. 14540
      Quote Originally Posted by Punter View Post
      And who says FIAT is expensive to maintain?
      Is cost of engine oil included in all the above services? And you are saying all these were free services than why that much charges for services?
      Last edited by Jack Sparrow; 10th Jan 2013 at 18:14.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Punter View Post
      10. Abarth Puddle light (Front Doors)
      Nice.... how much and where did u source it from?

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      Quote Originally Posted by Jack Sparrow View Post
      Is cost of engine oil included in all the above services? And you are saying all these were free services than why that much charges for services?
      Yes the engine oil cost is included in second and third servicing and thats the reason the cost is bit high however it is lesser as compared to TDi engine of VW and Skodas.

      Quote Originally Posted by Roadking View Post
      Nice.... how much and where did u source it from?
      Roadking thanks, I bought it from Ebay UK when I was in UK and carried it with me. The cost is GBP 14.90. You can get puddle of any car manufacturer if you want. You cal customized puddle if you want but it will cost you extra.

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      You are Kedar Bendre right?Welcome Kedar to Gear Heads India.Nice impressive review.

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      Hay Abhinav nice to see you here

      Thanks guys. I will upload few more pictures of my car.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Punter View Post
      I will upload few more pictures of my car.
      your car has some tastefuls mods. please post daylight pix.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Punter View Post
      18. Turbo Badge (Below 90HP Badge)
      Please post some pics of this.
      Drive it like you stole it and Detail it like you own it.

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