People who are familiar with my old red Punto may know that I had fitted the Linea armrest for a more complete and comfortable drive while doing long distances. The front centre armrest is nowdays more of a necessity than a luxury, and almost all manufacturers are providing it on their top end variants. However, Fiat being Fiat, still believes on the age old philosophy of “let it be who cares” attitude. 2 months into the ownership of my Punto Evo, and I was inclined to fit the facelifted Linea’s elbowrest (of course, because of its dinky size) in my car.
I weighed many thoughts, and then the new dealership in West Delhi, Landmark lifestyle cars pvt ltd came to my rescue. I can vouch for their commitment towards giving excellent after sales service, though its only on its initial stages, yet they took pains to ensure that a solution is reached.
I spoke to the General Manager, Mr. Sanjay Tuli, and he conducted a mock exercise on their test drive Punto Evo vehicle for fitting the Linea elbowrest and after a week of doing the activity, he gave a go ahead and ordered the parts. What looked seemingly similar between both the cars, don’t be fooled, they are as different as a chalk is to cheese.
In fact, its a big exercise and needs time, patience and expertise to execute it and I am happy that the guys at Landmark did it with OE finish.
- The entire lower floor console of the linea
- a set of bigger rear AC vent back connecting pipes
- The rear floor console to fit the armrest base
- A pair of brackets, one fitted lower and another one fitted high up
- Linea rear AC vent grille
- Linea shelf bin cover
- The elbowrest
- plastic cover (in vehicles equipped with touchscreen to cover the area where in older cars, the USB and AUX-in port was provided next to the gear lever).
- This cover is not required on non touchscreen equipped vehicles.
The parts, this is how they look like.
The Punto has small pipes at the rear which are connected to the front pipes for airflow to the rear AC vent in the emotion/sport model. The rear AC vent placement of Linea is further behind, therefore, bigger pipes are required. getting them fitted:
The upper console is fitted, and tightened with bracket with 6 bolts. The armrest is then fitted atop, and tightened with a further of 4 bolts. The upper bin is fitted atop the provision where the rear AC vent needs to be fitted.
The total cost including parts, labour and taxes came out to be in the region of Rs. 8500. Time taken was a good 4 hours, but the execution of work is as good as OE. Its a price to pay if OE parts are used that too at the manufacturer’s authorised service center. Do remember that other manufacturers like VW and Honda charge even more compared to the parts charged by Fiat India.
All in all, I am happy with the much needed upgrade in my car.
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