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Old 31-05-2017   #1
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Talking My First Car

Hi everyone, thought I would introduce myself after using the forum for a while and finding some very useful tips!

This is my first car, a Fiat Grande Punto 1.2 Active. (Wish it was a sporting model )

Got it mainly because cheap insurance and looked in great condition with low miles.

I will hopefully get some mods done, nothing performance wise but hopefully subtle exterior stuff to keep the insurance company happy..

I have so far done:
  • LED number plate light
  • LED roof light
  • EL wire around dashboard
  • Vinyl Italian flag on drivers side of front grill
  • Punto Evo mats
  • Rear mudflaps with 'punto' logo painted
  • Replaced battery..
  • Replaced all the screws and clips in rear wheel arch liners. Mudflaps were not a 20 minute job due to rounded screws
  • Various other small jobs such as bulbs and fuses
  • Painted steel wheels black and put some new wheel trims on with stickers.
  • Removed all stickers in car and on windshield put on by garages and past owners.
  • Front mudflaps
  • Interior footwell lights
  • Team heko wind deflectors

Wanting to do:
  • Alloys
  • Roof/tailgate spoiler
  • Maybe sporting side skirts
  • Tinted windows
  • Add some small detailing stickers
  • Wrap/spray paint large grey dashboard piece
  • 'Punto' door sills
  • Puddle lights
  • Re-paint Fiat badge blue
  • New speakers/stereo?
  • Exhaust tip similar to sporting tjets

Feel free to add your thoughts and ideas! I probably wont be lowering the car either due to insurance

Thanks for looking! I hope to keep this thread up to date as things come and go!
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Re: My First Car

It looks in great nick Matt, mine has done just a couple of thousand less and is in decent shape but the bodywork isn't as immaculate as yours, looks like you chose well.

The dashboard now wouldn't look out of place on the starship enterprise, when do you fit the warp drive?

I hope you enjoy it. I think it's a good choice for a first car and that Italian flag in the front grille is a nice touch.
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Hi and welcome.
If you do find you have any issues with insurance or you'd like to give us a try at renewal then please feel free to drop me a line.
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Thank you for your comments!

I fitted it just before the lights

I like it, drives well and is cheap to insure which is the main thing.
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looks really nice mate, I've been wanting to get some el wiring for my dashboard too. Did you use a direct connection or does it come from the cigarette lighter?
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Hello,

Thanks!

It plugs into a 3V battery powered source. Its a little pack which I've hooked onto the OBD cover. It is also superglued on since it didnt come with the wide base as advertised
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Love the lights on the dashboard, how did you do them?
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Nice car, I like the EL wire around the dash! I've put LED interior lights in my Stilo and it makes a big improvement over standard bulbs, some subtle footwell lighting would be good as well as puddle lights would be useful, I could do with fitting some in mine. Thanks for the inspiration
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Looking to purchase some of the EL dashboard lights myself, how long was your cable? The ones I'm seeing on eBay come in 1M, 2M, 3M. Cheers!
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Love the lights on the dashboard, how did you do them?
Sadly to say, I superglued them in..
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Quote Originally Posted by Project 192 View Post
Nice car, I like the EL wire around the dash! I've put LED interior lights in my Stilo and it makes a big improvement over standard bulbs, some subtle footwell lighting would be good as well as puddle lights would be useful, I could do with fitting some in mine. Thanks for the inspiration
Thank you! EL is definitely unique.

I like the LED, but sadly this Scottish summer means daylight 24/7 so haven't been able to see them properly yet

Yep footwell lights look good. I have seen them in the Fiesta and they are a really nice touch.

Hope your projects go well!
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Quote Originally Posted by shayansharifi1 View Post
Looking to purchase some of the EL dashboard lights myself, how long was your cable? The ones I'm seeing on eBay come in 1M, 2M, 3M. Cheers!
I bought 5M but have lots of excess. You could likely get away with 3M at a push
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Not much has been done since the last post.

Cleaned regularly and even polished yesterday.

Front mudflaps installed today

Got some resistors in the post for the LED plate lights so the error will hopefully go away

Debating what to do next? Seen a nice roof spoiler but will see what happens.
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I'm liking that grill vinyl, did you just buy three separate sheets and cut them out?
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I'm liking that grill vinyl, did you just buy three separate sheets and cut them out?
Yep, three A4 sheets off eBay.
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