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The Teuchter Car

I guess it's time I started a project thread for my car rather than continuing to clog up the annoyed/sad thread with complaints about it. It's called the Teuchter Car because it spends so much time at the garage a mile or so out of town it obviously prefers to live in the country rather than with me. You're unlikely to read much about modifications I'm afraid and this thread is probably just going to be a long list of things going wrong and me asking for help. But hey, better here than in general chat and banter right?


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Grande Punto Sporting Mjet 1.6 with 120 bhp.

Only one owner but sadly can't really be described as careful considering it had it's first run in with a pothole before it was even a year old. This was severe enough to take out a wheel and resulted in the first of many trips home on the back of a breakdown truck. There was also a knock-on effect of a front spring breaking a year or so later resulting in me missing a Christmas meet :roll:

After that it behaved until just out of warranty when it started leaking coolant through a crack in the radiator. This was only a symptom though and the problem was eventually traced to a broken water pump. This was replaced and the timing belt was done at the same time.

Since then I've had various problems including corrosion of the clutch supply pipe meaning another trip home on the back of a truck. Wheel bearings seem to go on a regular basis including one on the way back from WCR this year. The hose between the intercooler and the turbo also went this year resulting in another trip to the garage and let's not mention all the parts required to get it through it's MOT last month (front break pads, front link bar, new headlight unit, rear shocks and rear brake caliper from memory :roll: )

Anyway, it's up on the ramps again getting examined for problems with mounts, cv joints and anything else that may have caused the weird knocking noise that disappeared within a couple of days of booking it in. Not heard anything yet and taking that as a good sign :laugh:

Oh yeah, have a picture although most of you have seen it before



tl:dr? Car unfortunately perpeptuating Fiat's reputation for unreliability
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Harper that's the cleanest ive ever seen your car was that just after you bought it ? Lol
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Quote Originally Posted by lowered-punto
Harper that's the cleanest ive ever seen your car was that just after you bought it ? Lol
Oi! :lol: :lol:

That was it prepped by Venters for the second SICD held at Hill of Tarvit, so photo was taken 3 years ago

This was it new



Looks wrong without stickers

ETA: forgot to provide update such as it is. The only thing the garage could find wrong with the car was the other drop link bar had gone which would account for the occasional clunk. Every thing else is secure and sound and the knocking noise remains absent.
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Hahahah well that's good news then
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Great news, did they change one or both? Sods law dictates that if only one was done then the other will go soon lol
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Sods law was correct as the other one was changed at the end of August.
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That's the car now in full winter spec. Steel wheels are on and there's a thick layer of mud on the paint work

My apologies to anyone in the NE who was expecting snow in the next couple of days :lol:
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mine has being in winter spec for ages had the black wheels on for a while and had thick thick layers of wax to try and stop anything damaging my finish also sprayed the underside with some oil to try protect it
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My car has been winter spec since i bought it... hut it is quickly becoming Armageddon spec :lol:
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Re: The Teuchter Car

I'm currently applying for a job where one of the criteria is "Access to independent, reliable means of transport due to the nature of the role" The reliable bit makes me wonder if -

A) I'll be lying to them by considering the Teuchter car to be reliable
B) I'm tempting fate because it's been a whole 2 months since there's been a hissy fit

Answers on a postcard...or wait and see...
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Just lie no one can have a reliable car haha
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It's a weird one and I suspect the ad was not checked by someone more senior prior to going online. Independent makes sense yes but reliable? That's fecking hard to predict

It's an internal ad so I was slightly paranoid when I first read it that they were telling me not to bother because my car has so much down time. However it's more likely just to be because our HR is fairly incompetent and can't retain staff
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I think it's most likely poorly worded and they are basically trying to say "We don't want somebody totally reliant on getting lifts to work".

The sane way of wording that would be "must have access to own car" though :lol:

There's no such thing as a 100% reliable mode of transport in a world full of variables.... and we all know the biggest variable in the Fiat world is what mood the car is in on a particular day :lol:
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Agree and initially I posted it for comedy value however as we're now picking over it...


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Cleaned up the alloys today before they go back on next week. From a distance they look pretty good but up close...Oh deary me!







In other news, the turbo is whistling nicely at the moment (yes that is sarcasm) so the garage will be investigating the cause on Thursday. Keep your fingers-crossed it's nothing too major
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