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Old 13-11-2018   #16
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Re: 1st Car! Suggestions welcome

Good choice going with the 1.4 engine, I have the 1.2 8V Active and it was a huge mistake. It's just so down on power, so much that it is embarrassing. I remember once joining the M62 near the big bridge, the slip road is uphill and then onto the M62 going uphill over the bridge. I was doing about 45/50mph in 3rd with my foot flat to the floor having lorries overtake me until I got over the crest of the bridge

Just a quick video here of how down on power they are:

Only floored it because there was another GP behind me, and when I get into 4th gear my engine management light decided to say hello

Also the speakers are somewhat ok for paper speakers. I've blown my speakers before, replaced them and now I've blown the rear ones again. I'm also looking at getting that alpine kit with the speaker pods, wiring adaptor, etc.
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You can be proud that you initiate a nice thread !!

All the answers and proposals that I 've read are pretty good advices (as usual on this forum ;-) , though there are some erroneous statement…

Regarding the aftermarket stereo, I would personally go to the next crusher and grab a stereo unit from an higher-trimed grande; have a look on the attached descriptions... They also tell about the frequency ranges of speakers .

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Quote Originally Posted by G17BOC View Post
Also, Why in the hell does the punto not have a lockable fuel filler cap?

shouldnt it be as standard these days?
I have a 2008 Grande Punto, which has a locking fuel cap, as did my 2004 mk2. Are you referring to the door, or the actual fuel cap itself?

With regards to replacing the wheels, I wouldn't: IMO, the standard wheels are an absolutely lovely design, changing them will just ruin what is a really nice 1st car.
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I have a 2008 Grande Punto, which has a locking fuel cap, as did my 2004 mk2. Are you referring to the door, or the actual fuel cap itself?

With regards to replacing the wheels, I wouldn't: IMO, the standard wheels are an absolutely lovely design, changing them will just ruin what is a really nice 1st car.
I fully agree with that, I'm looking for a good set of fiat alloys for my GP to replace the steel wheels.
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Quote Originally Posted by Bernievarian View Post
You can be proud that you initiate a nice thread !!

All the answers and proposals that I 've read are pretty good advices (as usual on this forum ;-) , though there are some erroneous statement…

Regarding the aftermarket stereo, I would personally go to the next crusher and grab a stereo unit from an higher-trimed grande; have a look on the attached descriptions... They also tell about the frequency ranges of speakers .

BRs, Bernie

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Cheers for the reply!

Me being me couldn't wait to go to the crusher, so i managed to get a nearly new one from ebay about a week ago: Pioneer MVH-390BT For 44 quid. hopefully with this new adapter from Connects2, it'll power on (i was stupid enough to just use the original harness adapter and not realise that the aftermarket stereo doesn't use CAMBUS data... oops )


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Another problem that has come up is the clutch.... starting to grind and slip. How much would that cost to do (52k miles and has probably never been done). some are saying 300, others 800 ???


Considering i had to get new brake disc and pads done 2 months ago for 170 quid...
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Re: 1st Car! Suggestions welcome

Quote Originally Posted by G17BOC View Post
Another problem that has come up is the clutch.... starting to grind and slip. How much would that cost to do (52k miles and has probably never been done). some are saying 300, others 800 ???


Considering i had to get new brake disc and pads done 2 months ago for 170 quid...
Get it done as soon as possible. Nasty noises are creating damage. If you damage the flywheel it'll cost a lot.

You need a small local garage, recommended by friends or relatives, and get a quote or two. Ensure they use good brand-name clutch components. This is not a job you want to do on the cheap, then have to do again.
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clutch starting to grind and slip !?

grinding: thrust bearing or even diaphragm spring is on its way out (might die very very soon)
sliping: the clutch disc itself is gone or you got oil coming from the back cranckase seal spilled all over.

Anyway it needs very quick inspection/repair unless you want to call the AA guys one of these rainy-cold-dark just-out-of-the-pub (or movie) evening …

Engine is too small, you (obviously) don't like it as it is, its almost dying … get rid of it and get a nice t-jet with the money you won't spend on fixing the current one and what you'll get from it …

Your brand new stereo would also fit in a t-jet, even the (uggly;-) seat covers would !

I hope you'll find what you want on the 2nd hand market …

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I fully agree with that, I'm looking for a good set of fiat alloys for my GP to replace the steel wheels.
You've got the same alloys on yours as what I've got on mine. If needs be, get them reconditioned, and they'll look lovely. Click image for larger version

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You've got the same alloys on yours as what I've got on mine. If needs be, get them reconditioned, and they'll look lovely. Attachment 195375
I've got the steel wheels, took this image when my rear shock was leaking earlier in the year.

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I see! The colour coded mirrors made me think yours was a Dynamic, lol!
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While I agree in principal with the "wait and get a t-jet" idea there's no harm in learning a bit about your car and what's an improvement over what's a waste of time now.

That will be a steeper leaning curve later.

Oh, and I would get a Bravo t-jet instead of a Punto one. They are 150hp off the shelf instead of 120, because they are bigger and aimed at a more mature market you may find they are cheaper to insure for you.
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Seems to be an interesting thread. I look forward to your vehicle after total modification. I don't know the laws and rules about modification in UK, but those in mainland China are probably stricter.
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Quote Originally Posted by puntofan01 View Post
I see! The colour coded mirrors made me think yours was a Dynamic, lol!
I don't even have colour coded mirrors lol, you might be getting me confused with the thread OP I have the bog standard GP Active 1.2 8v non ac

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Yep, I was indeed, lol!
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