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    Smile My 2nd Italian Beauty - Fiat Linea 1.3 MJD

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    The Prelude
    For most part of 2013 & 2014, I was commuting quite a long distance to my office in Electronic City (65 kms daily), thereby running costs on my petrol Palio 1.2 was getting high (Rs.6500/month), and though my 10.8 year old Palio 1.2 is still in top condition, thought of shifting to a new-gen Diesel Sedan.

    Shortlisted the following diesel sedans in the budget range of 10 - 12 lakhs.

    Honda City - All time favorite sedan with Honda badge, but the downsides were: Light build quality, Electric power steering & OTR for top-end version (13.7 lakhs) was exceeding my budget.

    VW Vento - A European car with a 1.6 TDI engine, downsides - Electric power steering, High maintenance cost & Unproven ASS.

    Ford Fiesta - a good allrounder car, but not sure of ASS & maintenance cost.

    Fiat Linea - being a very happy owner of Fiat Palio for last 10.8+ years (Ownership report here: http://goo.gl/xkN5Wl), I was naturally inclined to go for Fiat Linea, but the 1.3 MJD was a dampener. And, there was no confirmation from Fiat on their plans to bring 1.6 MJD in India. However, the option to get the ECU remapped in Linea MJD for enhanced power & torque gave me the confidence to pursue Linea MJD.

    Test drive
    Before I put my 1 million+ bucks on a car, wanted to thoroughly test drive the car & ensure it is the right choice. On the choice of dealership, a Fiatian friend recommended Vecto Motors & shared my no with their senior Sales executive – Madhusudhan. On the same day, got a call from Madhu & he shared the details on the prices, delivery period etc. Asked him to get the New Linea Tjet & MJD for test drive next day to my office.
    Next day, Madhu came with both the cars, he drove the Tjet and his colleague brought the MJD. He warned me beforehand that if I test drive the Tjet first, I won't go for MJD. But, I knew what to expect from both the cars. Took the Electronic city Elevated highway for the test drive.

    First, picked-up the Linea Tjet, started the car, slotted the 1st gear and released the clutch half-way as I would do on my Palio 1.2, the car jerked and stalled, realized it is a Tjet with 112 horses in the hood, so had to release the clutch gradually and car lunged ahead, slotted to 2nd and car was swift, 3rd gear - car was gaining speed, and once you cross the 2000 RPM band, you feel the turbo kicking in, and then 4th and 5th gear, car was easily cruising at 100 kmph. All this with AC on, there was ample power at the foot’s disposal.

    Time to check out the Linea MJD. After slotting the car in 1st gear, the clutch had to be released till mid-way to get the car moving (power difference was very evident), and 2nd gear the car was gaining momentum, turbo lag is evident till 1500 RPM, but once you cross the 1500 RPM, you can feel the power delivery & post 2000 RPM, the turbo kicks off and the car blasts ahead, 3rd and 4th gear has good mid-range power and the car reached 80 kmph mark quite fast, and then you can cruise on 5th gear.

    Overall, found the Linea MJD very driveable, linear power delivery helps to accelerate faster and the mid-range is real punchy.

    Purchase:
    Was planning to purchase the car sometime in July, but then there was some news that Excise duty rebate on cars will expire on 30th June, and until 24th June there was no confirmation from the new central government if they will extend the Excise rebate or not. Hence, thought of saving some moolah & booked the car on 24th June by paying Rs.50,000/-

    Considering my running of 1500 kms /month and price difference of Rs.15/- between petrol and diesel that time, made sense to go for Linea MJD.
    Hence, booked the New Linea 1.3 MJD Emotion - Tuscan Wine.

    Madhu informed me they don’t have Tuscan Wine MJD Emotion in stock, and he has placed the order with Fiat and it will take 2 – 3 weeks for the car to reach the dealership. Was not an issue since I was not in a hurry. On 8th July, got a call from Madhu that the car has reached the dealership & I can come and have a look. Next day, took a copy of TBhp PDI checklist and visited the dealership, Madhu escorted me to the small stockyard behind the dealership, was delighted to see my Tuscan Wine Linea MJD basking in the sun

    Did basic checks as per the PDI checklist, everything looked fine & good to go! Handed over the cheque for the balance amount payable from my side & asked Madhu to go ahead with the Registration and pre-delivery formalities.

    Offer available for New Linea at that time was – Free Insurance, Corporate discount and Free Standard fitment.
    The OTR price was Rs.11.54 lakhs.
    Finally, took the delivery of my Linea MJD on 12th July 2014.

    Add-ons/Accessories:
    • Replaced stock tyres (Goodyear NCT5) with Michelin Primacy 3ST (same stock size – 205/55 R16)
    • 3M CR-70 Sun film on Front Windshield & Side windows
    • 3M Nomad mats
    • 3M PPF film on OVRMs and door edges


    Things I liked
    • Legendary Fiat Build quality
    • Awesome Looks
    • Superior Ride & Handling
    • Precise & weighted hydraulic Power Steering
    • Cruise control (a big boon on Highways)
    • Blue & Me Bluetooth system
    • Rain sensing wipers


    Things I disliked
    • The Linea chassis deserves a 1.6 MJD engine, but found 1.3 MJD 90hp good enough for Indian driving conditions.
    • Indicator stalk & Wiper stalk on the left & right respectively (as in left hand driving), quite painful if you have other car with RHD & drive both regularly.
    • Shortened Arm rest in New Linea, only the elbow rests on this arm rest :(
    • Excess chrome, especially in the rear, preferred the clean rear of Pre-facelifted Linea.
    • On an upward-incline (like in basement parking), if not in momentum, car gasps for power & need to taken on 1st gear. On my Palio, I would easily take it on 2nd gear.


    Other useful features
    Automatic Climate Control, Collapsible Rear Sun Curtain, Exact Door open Indicator, Automatic Headlamps, USB & AUX port near the dash etc.

    Exteriors:
    The front of the Linea has a classic Italian flair with those tear-drop shaped, double barrel headlamps. The rounded snout with a chrome garnished grill make it look elegant and sophisticated and stylish.

    Coming to the side, the simplicity of the side profile takes your breath away. A single character line which starts from the middle of the front wheel arch and dissolves into the rear, emphasizing the car’s dynamic look.

    New Linea has a Ground clearance of 185 mm. The 16" wheels with 205/55 R16 tyres looks perfect on the Linea.
    Anything less, the gap between the wheel arch & tyre is glaringly visible!

    Coming to the rear, Linea has a plain but exquisite back-end. The all red tail lamps have been contoured with white reverse parking lamps. I would have preferred the number plate on the bumper instead of the boot (as in prefacelifted Linea), also the chrome could have been lightly put instead of the bold usage on bumper & new hood of number plate.

    Interiors:
    New Linea has refreshing new interiors, with dual-tone dashboard of black well-textured plastic + white soft touch fabric dashboard, the latter may be difficult to maintain in dusty conditions though.

    The center console in piano black houses the AC, Music system, Climate Control system and a small storage box at the top.

    The instrument console has telescopic Speedo & RPM consoles (gives a sporty look) and two mini clock consoles for Fuel & Temperature indicators.
    When lit up, the orange font with black background on the console, music system & climate control display looks awesome!

    The Steering wheel is contoured on the 10:10 position that we hold most of the times. Also, has the remote buttons to operate the Blue&Me and Music system.
    New Linea has a additional stalk for Cruise Control below the Indicator stalk on the left.

    The USB & Aux ports are conveniently placed near the Gear box for ease of use.

    The Emotion variant I bought comes with Light Beige Italian Leather seats, and the quality is definitely top-notch.

    Initial drive experience: after covering 4,500 kms so far

    In City:
    Thanks to the gearing ratio tweak done in New Linea, driveability in City is much better. In bumper to bumper to traffic, you can move the car by releasing the clutch (that is lighter) in 2nd gear. Need to downshift 1st gear only if you want to move from standstill. In a moving traffic, you can ride the car in 3rd gear and 4th gear depending on the traffic & road condition. And 5th gear occasionally on wider roads with less traffic (like the Outer Ring Road in off-peak hours).

    AC is powerful, cools the cabin quite fast. Has one AC vent at the rear too. There is no drag on the engine with the AC on, unlike in my Palio 1.2 where the drag was evident with the AC in lower gears.

    The Blue&Me Bluetooth system is a big boon for making & receiving the calls on the go! No more digging out phone from the pockets and getting distracted. Not to mention the hefty fine if you are caught speaking on mobile...

    For parking, the wide ORVMs & reverse parking sensors help immensely in parking the car in office basement & mall parking etc. I wish I had installed the Reverse parking sensor / cam on my Palio 1.2, would’ve saved so many dents & nicks on my Palio’s dicky door and rear bumpers. Planning to get it installed on my Palio soon.

    Ride quality on broken roads is great, it just glides over without any grouse.

    Another good feature is Rain sensing wipers, it auto engages the wipers as soon as rain hits the windshield & the wiper speed auto adjusts as per the rain intensity. You can focus on driving rather than engaging & adjusting the wiper speed on your own.

    Mileage in City – Daily commute involves 6 - 7 kms of dense traffic on two-lane road & 10 kms of sparse traffic on four-lane road.
    I am getting around 15 - 15.8 kmpl, I guess it should improve a bit after the 2nd service.

    On Highway:
    Any Fiat is a pleasure to drive on Highways! Linea is no exception, the Ride & Handling offered by Linea is awesome! It just cruises on the highway roads and takes the twisty turns & curves with breeze.

    One new feature in New Linea is the Cruise control! It is a big boon on long highway drives on 4-lane / 6-lane roads, just switch on the Cruise Control and engage it at a desired speed say 80 kmph, and you can just relax, controlling only the steering. It Auto disengages, as soon as it you press the brake or accelerator, but then you can quickly re-engage by pressing the Resume button on the cruise control stalk.

    The braking is very effective as well, thanks to ABS with EBD & Michelin tyres.

    Boot is massive with a storage space of 500 litres.

    Mileage on Highways – I am getting around 18- 19 Kmpl at speeds of 80 – 100 kmph.

    Uphill drive
    Drove to Ooty & back in August, the best way to drive a Linea MJD uphill is to keep the car in the power band of 1500 - 2500 RPM.
    Anything below, there will be a lag and you have to downshift.
    Moderate hair pin bends can be taken on 3rd gear if you are in the power band, else have to downshift to 2nd.
    Steep hair pin bends can be taken on 2nd, but if not in momentum have to downshift to 1st.

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    Last edited by Finney; 30-12-2014 at 01:51 PM. Reason: Edited pictures to show inline and changes as requested by thread starter.
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    Re: My 2nd Italian Beauty - Fiat Linea 1.3 MJD

    About time we heard about the new toy in your garage Finney

    How voice quality when using the B&M system? It's not too good on the older Lineas. I am hoping they improved on the newer ones.
    The only thing that I miss on my older Linea is the Cruise Control option - I can live with the dated dash and the less chrome on my Linea but would have loved to have the CC option considering that I love my highway runs

    How are the new Michelins responding in wet and dry conditions? I am sure they will be much better in the noise departments compared to the stock GYs.
    My lug nuts require more torque than your Honda makes

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    Re: My 2nd Italian Beauty - Fiat Linea 1.3 MJD

    Good News finney, hope your getting this to Goa meet...
    the new Linea is awesome, congratulation brother !!!
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    Re: My 2nd Italian Beauty - Fiat Linea 1.3 MJD

    Hearty congratulations on your new purchase, the car looks awesome in that color...

    btw Finney, films are not allowed on windows, specially i had seen in Bangalore, the cops would stop the car and tear off the film, (thats what happened in my sisters Punto), how come you opted for films?
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    Re: My 2nd Italian Beauty - Fiat Linea 1.3 MJD

    Congratulations Finney for the most beautiful car LINEA. Great choice of color but you need to take care of TW color.
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    Re: My 2nd Italian Beauty - Fiat Linea 1.3 MJD

    Quote Originally Posted by Sid View Post
    How voice quality when using the B&M system? It's not too good on the older Lineas. I am hoping they improved on the newer ones.
    Thanks Sid, B&M voice quality is pretty good, but I have not listened to B&M in Pre-facelifted Linea, so not sure, we can check it out in Goa...
    The only thing that I miss on my older Linea is the Cruise Control option - I can live with the dated dash and the less chrome on my Linea but would have loved to have the CC option considering that I love my highway runs
    CC is a boon on highways especially on 4 lane / 6 lane highways with marginal traffic.
    How are the new Michelins responding in wet and dry conditions? I am sure they will be much better in the noise departments compared to the stock GYs.
    Michelin P3ST offers good comfort, grip & is silent! Performs very well on both dry & wet conditions. But, is quite expensive, cost was bearable for me since I went for a buy back of stock tyres...
    Quote Originally Posted by Gesudraz View Post
    Good News finney, hope your getting this to Goa meet...
    the new Linea is awesome, congratulation brother !!!
    Thanks Gesu, yes, the beauty will be adoring the Goa beaches

    Quote Originally Posted by ganeshb View Post
    Hearty congratulations on your new purchase, the car looks awesome in that color...

    btw Finney, films are not allowed on windows, specially i had seen in Bangalore, the cops would stop the car and tear off the film, (thats what happened in my sisters Punto), how come you opted for films?
    Thanks Ganesh, the 3M Sun film I installed has 70% VLT (Visible Light Transmission), hence looks almost transparent!
    Also, the 3M guys assured me cops will not stop/harrass me for using this sun film.
    Quote Originally Posted by Punter View Post
    Congratulations Finney for the most beautiful car LINEA. Great choice of color but you need to take care of TW color.
    Thanks Kedar!
    Agree, TW is a difficult color to maintain, dust & scratches are easily visible, need to dust daily & a weekly wash.
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    Re: My 2nd Italian Beauty - Fiat Linea 1.3 MJD

    Quote Originally Posted by Finney View Post
    Thanks Ganesh, the 3M Sun film I installed has 70% VLT (Visible Light Transmission), hence looks almost transparent!
    Also, the 3M guys assured me cops will not stop/harrass me for using this sun film.
    Finney, the 3M guys sold the same song to me when I got my filming done for the Linea in Jun 2012 when the court ruling about banning sun films had just come into effect. I spent close to 27k on the top of the line sunfilm for the 4 windows and the windshield. My sun film was also of the same rating. Only when consulting legal experts did I get to know that the court ruling is very clear - no sun film of any rating whatsoever. Any sun protection that needs to be had needs to be from the OEM by the automobile provider. This means unless FIAT starts provided tinted window glasses as a product, no third party sun film will do.

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    Re: My 2nd Italian Beauty - Fiat Linea 1.3 MJD

    Hearty congrats Finney on the new beast.... Though the review took a while in coming, it was worth waiting for. Soon I've to take a call on buying a new car and this will help me take a call. Looking forward to the drive to Goa......

    Cheers

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    Re: My 2nd Italian Beauty - Fiat Linea 1.3 MJD

    eagerly waiting to see your car in flesh at Goa

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    Re: My 2nd Italian Beauty - Fiat Linea 1.3 MJD

    Quote Originally Posted by Sid View Post
    If you have not been caught by them so far, you are very lucky
    Sid, were you stopped by the cops? And did you remove it?
    3M guys confidently said so many customers have installed this Sun film & no one came back for removal etc. And, none of the cops have stopped me so far, hope it stays that way...

    Quote Originally Posted by Birdie View Post
    Hearty congrats Finney on the new beast.... Though the review took a while in coming, it was worth waiting for. Soon I've to take a call on buying a new car and this will help me take a call. Looking forward to the drive to Goa......
    Thanks Doc, Avventura would be a good choice for your jungle trips

    Quote Originally Posted by ganeshb View Post
    eagerly waiting to see your car in flesh at Goa
    Sure, wanted to see your truck as well!
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    Re: My 2nd Italian Beauty - Fiat Linea 1.3 MJD

    Quote Originally Posted by Finney View Post
    Sure, wanted to see your truck as well!
    For that Finney you need to come to Pune or to Safari meet

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    Re: My 2nd Italian Beauty - Fiat Linea 1.3 MJD

    Quote Originally Posted by Sid View Post
    The only thing that I miss on my older Linea is the Cruise Control option - I can live with the dated dash and the less chrome on my Linea but would have loved to have the CC option considering that I love my highway runs
    Sid, you can install the CC on your existing Linea, please check with Mangesh or Dealer, its really nice to have specially on highways... i had it on my Skoda and whenever i went to Mumbai, on expressway i used to set Cruise Control and got mileage of 20+ ...

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    Re: My 2nd Italian Beauty - Fiat Linea 1.3 MJD

    Sidd Rajan sir did DIY for Cruise Control for his Linea Tjet.

    If you are interested then it is possible to fit the CC to your Tjet and it is not expensive also. You just need to get/import the CC stalk from UK and do some DIY and you will have CC on your Jet.
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    Re: My 2nd Italian Beauty - Fiat Linea 1.3 MJD

    Congrats Finney. Linea is the most beautiful car on the roads. And it looks great from all angles unlike others which may have some attractive panels.

    I disagree with you on the rear part of the Linea. I feel the new Linea rear looks better than the old one and i have a few reservations on the front facia. However, this is very subjective.

    Also doing a TD to compare a Diesel and petrol can be a bit confusing. I had driven a Linea and a Vento and was not happy with both as compared to my petrol car. My friend advised me that you should not drive a diesel car like a petrol car. I feel he is absolutely right. A diesel car needs to be driven differently.
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    Re: My 2nd Italian Beauty - Fiat Linea 1.3 MJD

    Quote Originally Posted by Punter View Post
    Sidd Rajan sir did DIY for Cruise Control for his Linea Tjet.

    If you are interested then it is possible to fit the CC to your Tjet and it is not expensive also. You just need to get/import the CC stalk from UK and do some DIY and you will have CC on your Jet.
    Punter, now since new Linea comes with CC, i think we can get it stock from dealer himself?

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