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In what way? does that mean it's knackered now end of?

It's the 1.4 16v Sporting. I didn't run it too badly dry. As soon as the low oil pressure warning came on i took it in.

Will the head gasket really go boom if it only got as bad as warning me of low pressure?? It's not like i ran it to the point where its like a bag of nails?

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Problem with the oil light is it doesnt come on when the danger is near, it comes on when the danger is present, as its a low pressure light it comes on when the pump cant pump oil around the engine. You may be lucky, you may not, you wont know for a while and then you will probably be thinking "bloody Fiats, nothing but trouble all the time....." If it had run like a bag of nails you would probably have lost the camshaft profile hardening and the big end main bearings.
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Pot luck cant say it will cant say it wont. You really need to get it in for a proper service though ASAP.
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Thanks for all your help. I've definately learnt my lesson!!!

Ok so I have the car on HP. The minimum payment is up after next month and I can give the car back and cancel the HP for 80 fee.

Should I do this and get rid now or keep it and in 3 years I've completely paid for it? I know you probably cant tell but what do you think?
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Re: Service and Warranty

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Thanks for all your help. I've definately learnt my lesson!!!

Ok so I have the car on HP. The minimum payment is up after next month and I can give the car back and cancel the HP for 80 fee.

Should I do this and get rid now or keep it and in 3 years I've completely paid for it? I know you probably cant tell but what do you think?
Thats a personal finance question and one only you are well placed to make a call on.
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I must admit, i don't check my oil (or anything else) that often.

I wouldn't expect to with a new car with modern warning indicators. And it's also serviced once a year. Isn't this why people pay the extra money and buy new cars instead of old bangers.

Our other car is a 9 year old Audi that i've had for 7 years and we've never lifted the bonnet on that. I simply rely on the computer to tell me what it needs. I know it's a completely different car to the Punto but this method never given me a problem. having said that, i never really abuse the cars either.

I know i'l prob get slated for saying this but i'm sure i'm not the only one that doesn't lift the bonnet from one week to the next.

I may start doing it now though.
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How old are you? do you give the car a hard time? My diesel hasnt used a drop of oil in 47,000 miles, a petrol of such age shouldnt be using as much as yours
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Thats a personal finance question and one only you are well placed to make a call on.
What I mean is would you pay for a car you think is gonna go bang or would you get rid?

If the damage is fatal then i should get rid no? Maybe i should take it for a service, tell them my story and see what mechanics say?? Will they be able to see what damage has been caused and what the deal is?
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How old are you? do you give the car a hard time? My diesel hasnt used a drop of oil in 47,000 miles, a petrol of such age shouldnt be using as much as yours
I'm 23. No I dont hammer it everywhere. Although very occasionally i will give it some. 99% time im in rush hour traffic with a small motorway run. Oh and the Fiat mechanic said they can burn a litre of oil every 1000 miles. sorry for double post
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I must admit, i don't check my oil (or anything else) that often.

I wouldn't expect to with a new car with modern warning indicators. And it's also serviced once a year. Isn't this why people pay the extra money and buy new cars instead of old bangers.

Our other car is a 9 year old Audi that i've had for 7 years and we've never lifted the bonnet on that. I simply rely on the computer to tell me what it needs. I know it's a completely different car to the Punto but this method never given me a problem. having said that, i never really abuse the cars either.

I know i'l prob get slated for saying this but i'm sure i'm not the only one that doesn't lift the bonnet from one week to the next.

I may start doing it now though.
You shouldnt get slated, its no-one elses business, but cars use oil. Plus you may spot other things when looking over the oily bits under the bonnet like loose hose clips, dropping coolant levels etc. Your choice but I definitely enjoy checking my car over twice a week, including checking tyre pressures.

I accept most women dont check this stuff but thats generally out of ignorance or a lack of desire to get their hands dirty, thats what men are for lol (they would say). Bottom line is that the dealers may refuse a Warranty claim if they can prove you neglect the car.

Its a warning, ignore at your cost.
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Re: Service and Warranty

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I must admit, i don't check my oil (or anything else) that often.

I wouldn't expect to with a new car with modern warning indicators. And it's also serviced once a year. Isn't this why people pay the extra money and buy new cars instead of old bangers.

Our other car is a 9 year old Audi that i've had for 7 years and we've never lifted the bonnet on that. I simply rely on the computer to tell me what it needs. I know it's a completely different car to the Punto but this method never given me a problem. having said that, i never really abuse the cars either.

I know i'l prob get slated for saying this but i'm sure i'm not the only one that doesn't lift the bonnet from one week to the next.

I may start doing it now though.
Computers are just there for last warnings normally. Yeah now you can get computers that monitor oil level but oil warning lights on most cars are for when you are about to kill your engine through no oil. Servicing is there for them to replace oil etc yearly not for them to do general checks on your car. It takes less than 5 mins every week to check your oil and coolant etc no excuse not to do it tbh.

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What I mean is would you pay for a car you think is gonna go bang or would you get rid?

If the damage is fatal then i should get rid no? Maybe i should take it for a service, tell them my story and see what mechanics say?? Will they be able to see what damage has been caused and what the deal is?

Not unless you want to pay them to strip the engine down and then rebuild it.
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Re: Service and Warranty

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What I mean is would you pay for a car you think is gonna go bang or would you get rid?

If the damage is fatal then i should get rid no? Maybe i should take it for a service, tell them my story and see what mechanics say?? Will they be able to see what damage has been caused and what the deal is?
If you can stand the cost get rid IMO, pity the poor bug*er who buys it in all good faith though...
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You shouldnt get slated, its no-one elses business, but cars use oil. Plus you may spot other things when looking over the oily bits under the bonnet like loose hose clips, dropping coolant levels etc. Your choice but I definitely enjoy checking my car over twice a week, including checking tyre pressures.

I accept most women dont check this stuff but thats generally out of ignorance or a lack of desire to get their hands dirty, thats what men are for lol (they would say). Bottom line is that the dealers may refuse a Warranty claim if they can prove you neglect the car.

Its a warning, ignore at your cost.
I suppose you're right, but the problem is i'm not very mechanicly minded (more electrical) so i wouldn't really know what to look for.

Aren't most modern engines covered by big plastic covers anyway.

My other old car hasn't used any oil in the time i've owned it to my knowledge. It's never given me a warning and never stopped working either


Think i'll check the punto this evening just incase.
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You dont have to be mechanically minded. If all the things that contain fluid are below minimum then they need topping up! If there is oil coving the engine then its either leaking or oil has been spilled down the side of it!
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i'd get rid if i had the option, but are you going to do the same again with your next one?

@MattyK- not used any oil in 47000 miles? modern diesels are supposed to burn quite a bit of it off
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I suppose you're right, but the problem is i'm not very mechanicly minded (more electrical) so i wouldn't really know what to look for.

Aren't most modern engines covered by big plastic covers anyway.

My other old car hasn't used any oil in the time i've owned it to my knowledge. It's never given me a warning and never stopped working either

Think i'll check the punto this evening just incase.
Love your car, ignorance is no excuse I am in the electronics / communications service industry too, have been all my life, even in the driving test you are expected to be able to do the basics.

Plastic cover comes off with 2 bolts, but you dont need to take it off.

Your old car WILL have used oil... fact. You just been lucky!

Make a date with your Punto every Saturday or Sunday morning, check the fluids.... oh and wash it weekly too with a wax every 3 months or so at least!
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