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Old 13-04-2010   #16
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Re: A not so obvious benefit of the Evo over the Grande

i think half the problem is the spec i ordered, leather interior with all the trimmings bar the glass roof!
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yeah like i said in a earlier post my is being made to order i placed my order last thursday and i was told end of june early july and all i have added is style pack and chequered white stripe across the top to my
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Re: A not so obvious benefit of the Evo over the Grande

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yeah like i said in a earlier post my is being made to order i placed my order last thursday and i was told end of june early july and all i have added is style pack and chequered white stripe across the top to my
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I ordered every option for the Elganza on 2nd Feb and I'm waiting till the end of this month. Proper kills me! But so worth it when it arrives lol
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I ordered every option for the Elganza on 2nd Feb and I'm waiting till the end of this month. Proper kills me! But so worth it when it arrives lol
I'm so glad i got mine when i did! if i had to wait longer id need to be on medication to settle my nerves... don't know how you've managed to keep sane all this time tbh, i was starting to lose the plot
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i think half the problem is the spec i ordered, leather interior with all the trimmings bar the glass roof!
I got alot of extras on my car, and mine took quite a while to come. When I picked it up today the dealer mentioned something about the higher spec evo's being made in italy where as the standard models/ models without alot of extras were made in poland. Perhaps this might be the case with yours. Bearing in mind the salesman at my dealership seems to just talk nonsense the majority of the time.
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Re: A not so obvious benefit of the Evo over the Grande

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Lol.... lots of basic stuff in the GP came from the Punto Mk2b... still the same stuff... wait a bit & see if Fiat have ironed out the "characteristics" of a Fiat...
What bits are common on tha Grande and Mk2b and any big changes on the Evo compared to the Grande?

As regardsniggles don't be so sure the manufacturer irons them out, alot of the time they decide not to remedy the root cause and leave it for warranty repairs/ recalls etc.

A classic example of this was on my Citroen C2 VTS. It was well known that the inlet manifold bolts shear off due to the increased weight of the aluminium manifold compared to the plastic one normally fitted, Citroen had a repair kit with stronger bolts especially for this fix under warranty. Did they ever solve this problem at the manufacturing plant? Did they chuff!
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What bits are common on tha Grande and Mk2b and any big changes on the Evo compared to the Grande?
Dont know what bits are common the grande etc but the big main change on the Evo is the MultiAir engine & completely re-done interior which looks brilliant, plus they've reduced sound levels by a decent amount too, its very quiet/smooth to drive.
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Dont know what bits are common the grande etc but the big main change on the Evo is the MultiAir engine & completely re-done interior which looks brilliant, plus they've reduced sound levels by a decent amount too, its very quiet/smooth to drive.
The new interior should eliminate the common Grande Punto problems of poorly fitting gloveboxes & windscreen heater vent lifting up/popping out of its fitting.

The new engines might bring about their own problems, but Fiats engines are rarely the reason for any problems - it's usually suspension & steering components, aswell as trim & electronic faults that lead to dealer visits. Obviously the trim problems should be eliminated, but whether the random electronic warnings, faulty steering racks & premature suspension wear has been rectified, remains to be seen. Would hope so though - they appear to have got alot right with the Panda, 500 & Bravo, so i dunno how the checklist for the Grande Punto ever got so lengthy.

Here's hoping, coz i for one am finding the Evo growing on me quite alot!
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well the same engine is used in new alfa romeo's, and they're known to be reliable.....
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Re: A not so obvious benefit of the Evo over the Grande

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Dont know what bits are common the grande etc but the big main change on the Evo is the MultiAir engine & completely re-done interior which looks brilliant, plus they've reduced sound levels by a decent amount too, its very quiet/smooth to drive.
My Grande is very quite if I meet my mates or whatever they ask 'is your car still on?' lol
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My Grande is very quite if I meet my mates or whatever they ask 'is your car still on?' lol
I get the same, and its off

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S&S is pretty eerie to start with, you think you cant hear the car & then it stops and it feels .. odd, just to have it suddenly stop, then all you can hear is the car infront/behind, it freaks me out even 4 weeks on :P
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My Grande is very quite if I meet my mates or whatever they ask 'is your car still on?' lol
My Grande 1.4 8v sounds crap lol
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Re: A not so obvious benefit of the Evo over the Grande

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well the same engine is used in new alfa romeo's, and they're known to be reliable.....
Eh?

Multi air has been in alfas for not much longer than they have been Fiats and so as such it is not known how reliable they are. After testing them for 10 years or so Fiat should of got them pretty reliable.....
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Re: A not so obvious benefit of the Evo over the Grande

The suspension is improved on the Evo too; it rides quieter and more softly.
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