my fiat is a piece of fecal matter

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  1. johnnyPower

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    I have a Fiat Punto Sporting, 2000 model

    I didn't ask for it, it was a present so I couldn't turn it down, I mean, free car.

    Anyway, its hit about 125,000 km and the lamda sensor blew out of the exhaust.

    Got it welded back on and car worked fine for about 5,000km and then it went awol.

    If I press the gas (with no gear engaged) the engine sounds like a tractor, until about 5,500 rpm (red line at 7,000rpm) there is no power, just a pap pap pap pap pap while it struggles to burn gas, then pow it hits 5,500rpm and its fine, actually better than fine.

    If I am driving in 3rd gear, and I finally make it to 5,500 rpm it is like a turbo has engaged and I get stuck to my seat (this is a 96bhp 1.250cc car btw, not that powerful)

    It is pretty funny because I will be driving side by side by a car, forget about the 5,500rpm and pow, I just zoom off into the distance.

    Of course its very short lived because by the time I hit 7krpm and change to fourth I'm back at 4,500 rpm and I have to wait another 3-4 minutes to get back to 5,500rpm.

    Top speed is now ~160kmh whereas it used to be 190kmh.

    Now. If I don't press the gas fully, and sort of half press it, the acceleration is better, and full pedal it seems to stall and lose power.

    It has 6 gears but I never use the 6th gear anymore because there it can't muster the power required.

    I took it to an authorized Fiat service shop, they took 1000$, ripped out my catalyctic convertor and it worked a TINY bit better but not much.

    Anyone have any idea what it may be?
     
  2. Jimi C

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    "I took it to an authorized Fiat service shop, they took 1000$, ripped out my catalyctic convertor and it worked a TINY bit better but not much."

    If your car is broken ripping out the catalytic converter wont fix anything. I cant beleive you actually paid $1000 for that.It kind of sounds too me like your engine is misfiring. When was the last time you had a tune up? It could just be a bad spark plug or a bad wire.
     
  3. johnnyPower

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    I paid 1000$ for a service, ie change sparkplugs/oil filters etc, replaced belts in the engine, changed a windscreen motor that failed, and some other various things. It hadn't had a service in a while (try since 70,000 km). it feels like its misfiring but how do I know whats at fault?
     
  4. Lynda-Marie

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    I know next to nothing about cars. The most common acronym I know for your car is "Fix It Again, Tony."


    Acura
    Awful,Crappy,Unreliable, Rusty Automobile
    Automobile Causes Universal Road Accidents
    All Cars Usually Require Adjustment
    Any Child Understands Real Automobiles
    Americans Can Underestimate Routine Accidents
    Another Case of a Useless Requested Acronym?

    Audi
    Accelerates Under Demonic Influence

    Beetle
    Battered Everywhere; Expect To Lose Engine

    BMW
    Babbling Mechanical Wench
    Beastly Monstrous Wonder
    Beautiful Masterpieces on Wheels
    Beautiful Mechanical Wonder
    Big Money Waste
    Big Money Works
    Blasphemous Motorized Wreck
    Born Moderately Wealthy.
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    Broken Money Waster
    Broken Monstrous Wonder
    Brutal Money Waster
    Bumbling Mechanical Wretch
    Big Money Waster
    Blasphemized Motorized Wreck
    Bastard Money Wielders
    Break My Window
    Busted My Wallet
    But at least my Motor Works

    Buick
    Big Ugly Import Car Killer
    Big Ugly Indestructible Car Killer
    Big Ugly Indestructible Compact Killer
    Barfed Up Icky Carmel Korn
    Camaro
    Can’t America Make A Real One?

    Chevrolet
    Car Has Extensive Valve Rattle On Long Extended Trips.
    Crappy Hot-Running Engines, Very Rusted Out, Lose Every Time

    Chevy
    Charged Heavily
    Cheapest Heap Ever enVisioned Yet

    Chrysler
    Car Having Really Yucky Stupid Lazy Engine Runs
    Could Have Remained Your Sickly Lame Elderly Relative’s

    Citroen
    Crap Interior Terrible Road-holding Owned Entirely by Nutters

    Dodge
    Dead Or Dying Garbage Emitter
    Drips Oil, Drops Grease, Everywhere
    Dem Old Dudes Go Everywhere
    Dangerous On Days Gears Engage
    Death Overcomes Driver’s Generous Ego

    Datsun
    Detroit’s Angry Towards Sneaky Unscrupulous Nips

    Fiat
    F**king Italian Attempt (at) Transportation.
    Failure in Automotive Technology
    Feeble Italian Attempt at Transportation
    Fix It Again Tony?
    Fix It All the Time
    F**k in a Taxi.


    Ford
    F*cked over rebuilt Dodge
    F*cker Only Runs Downhill
    F*cked on Race Day
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    F*ckin’ Out-Right Dangerous
    First On Recall Day
    First on race day
    Fix Or Repair Daily
    Found on road dead
    Forge Old Rancid Donuts
    Fraternal Order of Restored DeSoto’s
    F*ckin Owner Real Dumb!!
    For Only Redneck Drivers
    F*cker Only Runs Damaged
    Flip Over to Read Directions
    (backwards) Driver Returns On Foot

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    Generally Mediocre Cars
    Got More Crap
    Grungy Merchandise
    Got Mechanic Coming

    G.T.i.
    Got Tossers Inside

    Honda
    Helping Out Nips Destroying America
    How Odd-No Damn Acceleration
    Hold Overs Not Doing Anything
    Hand Over Dollars to Asians

    IROC
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    Jaguar
    Jews And Germans Usually Argue Retail
    Junk Always Going Under At Repair Shop

    Jeep
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    Jump Excitedly in Every Pothole.
    Just Eat Every Pickle.
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    Jinxed Engine has Extra Parts
    Jumps Everything Ever Parked
    JUST Enough Engine Power?

    LTD
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    Leave the doors
    Limited to Dudes

    Mazda
    Model All Zoids Drive Aimlessly

    Mercedes
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    Mercury
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    Makes Everyone Really Crave Underpowered, Recalled Yugo
    Makes Envisioning REAL Car Understandable -- Recalled Yet?
    Motorists Easily Rate Car (Usually “Real Yo-yo”)

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    Mopar
    Most Often Passed At Races
    Mostly Old Parts And Rust
    Mostly Old Paint And Rust
    Mitsubishi’s Over Priced American Replicars

    Nissan
    Now In Some Sh**ty Automobile Nightmare
    Nasty Import Sucks Savings Away to Nippon
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    Needs Imminent Salvage So Abandon Now

    Oldsmobile
    Oh Look Dammit, Some Massive Oil Burning Idiot’s Leaking Everything
    Old Loose Dented Sheet Metal Outdated By Infamies Like Edsel
    Old Ladies Driving Slow making Others Behind Infuriatingly Late Everyday

    Pinto
    Put In New Transmission Often

    Plymouth
    Please Let Your Mother Out Under The Hood!

    Pontiac
    Poor Old Nitwit Thinks Its A Cadillac
    Pee On Nehru’s Tired Italian Astronaut Cards

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    Phased Out Racer-Still Can’t Hold Engine
    Please Overlook Really Sh*tty Cardboard Horrible Engine
    Pulled Over Regularly So Cops Have Enough

    Rabbit
    Replace A Beetle? Boy, It Tried
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    Renault
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    Rolls Royce
    Royal Ostentation Lets Lethargic Shits Rumble Over Yogurt-Consuming Esthetes

    SAAB
    Stupid, Arrogant Asshole Babies
    Such an arrogant bastard!
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    Sable
    Sleazy auto brakes leak everytime

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    Taking Our Yen Out -- Thanks All
    Too Often Yankees Overprice This Auto
    Take Only Your Ordure To America

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    The Risk Involving Useless Machinery Pays Heavily
    Trembling Ride, Intrusive Undercarriage, Meekly Powered Hotrod.

    Vanagon
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    Volkswagen
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    VW
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    STP
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    E.F.I.
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    NAPA
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  5. Julian Reville

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    Where's the acronym for Mitsubishi ? [​IMG]
     
  6. Steve Schaffer

    Steve Schaffer Producer

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    Johnny, are you in the US or Canada? I know that no Fiat has been sold new in the US for about the last 20-25 years or so, not sure about Canada.

    The proper way to repair this would have been to replace the section of pipe the sensor goes into along with the sensor.
     
  7. Jimi C

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    After reading your first post again, It sounds like they may have reinstalled some spark plug wires out of order, or one may have come loose. I would just pop the hood and make sure all the wires are secure, into the block and at the coil pack.
     

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