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500 Twin Air - Yay or Nay?

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The 500 Twin Air. Is she any good? I'm looking at a 2011 with 69k. Is it a good little car? Anything I should be on the look out for when I go to look at it? Would you buy one or go for the 1.4 sport?

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Re: 500 Twin Air - Yay or Nay?

I've had a TA 85 for the past year, and it's absolutely brilliant - great fun to drive (especially with Eco off), and cheap to insure and tax. I've never managed anywhere near the claimed MPG, but sensible driving on long runs I've had it to about 54mpg - a comibination of town and motorway, including the occasional heavy footed fun, and I tend to average low 40s.

Bad points are that parts are quite expensive compared with the VAG stuff I'm used to, and that the ride isn't great (mines on 16s, which don't help - I'm actually looking to swap for something smaller).

I'm not planning on getting rid of mine!
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Having just got one for the wife.

Avoid it. Over priced parts very little technical help and
A right pain.

When it did run it was a fun little car
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Unless you really really really want a twin air ,get the 1.4.

The twin air motor is either loved or loathed in equal measure.
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Re: 500 Twin Air - Yay or Nay?

If it has been looked after properly it should be absolutely fine, correct oil is essential
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Have a TA 2012 with 36 k on the clock. No problems as yet and runs well. As many people say it's a marmite engine but I can honestly say it is great fun comfortable and still shocks the hell out of other more powerful cars !
Zero road tax and 40-55 mpg, what's not to like !
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Re: 500 Twin Air - Yay or Nay?

Twinair for it's timing chain if nothing else.
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Re: 500 Twin Air - Yay or Nay?

Try before you buy, it is a different kind of engine to the normally aspirated 4-cyl.
Loved mine, ran it for over 40,000 miles with no issues. As with all cars, make sure it has been serviced correctly. Since the valve actuation uses the engine oil, it is vital that the correct type is used.
As UFI says, no timing belt to change, so that saves a few hundred pounds every few years
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Re: 500 Twin Air - Yay or Nay?

Lots of people saying check the correct oil has been used. Not sure how this is possible on a six year old car with 69 thousand mikes on the clock.
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Re: 500 Twin Air - Yay or Nay?

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Lots of people saying check the correct oil has been used. Not sure how this is possible on a six year old car with 69 thousand mikes on the clock.


Well if the correct oil had not been used it would not have reached 69k! One can also check service receipts and records if available. If I was buying a car with that mileage I would immediately change the oil regardless for peace of mind.
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Well thinking further about it , that is only 6 services. If all done by Dealer the correct oil should have been used.
My experience of service records is the brand and grade of oil not always documented.
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Unfortunately it was quite common for dealers not to use the correct oil particularly on the early cars, this resulted in some cases with failure of the uni air module.
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Sounds like it's a lottery regarding knowing if correct oil has been used.
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Re: 500 Twin Air - Yay or Nay?

Not really, if the cars running ok then it's ok! And as I said, change the oil anyway on purchase
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