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Old 24-12-2010   #1
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Fiat Panda 4 X 4

as I was interested in getting the above Ive tried getting unbiased views on Fiat, build quality, reliability etc. Granted Ive mostly spoken to non Fiat owners but I usually get the same response, sucking of teeth, shaking head and other negative responses about italian cars. Usually it ends up recommending VW, Skoda etc.Thing is I well know the prejudice that can exist for some makes of cars (some of it well deserved) and this may well last for many years. It didnt help when I requested details of the car from Fiat UK and they just sent Accessory brochure. Also car owners can often be pretty loyal often overlooking minor problems I suppose because they dont want to admit to themselves that they have made a bad choice and dont want too much stress. Me Ive already told the wife that I would rather stick with my 20 year old car until it is no longer financially viable to mend it rather than pay to get problems and stress meself. Re servicing Ive not used a garage for years and get it done by a good local mechanic, no hassles. Any advice gratefully received. Happy Xmas, Frank.
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Old 24-12-2010   #2
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Re: Fiat Panda 4 X 4

Frank, In my opinion the new Panda's do what all small Fiats should do Ie Put a smile on your face!
In my humble opinion however the 4 x 4 version would not be top of my list due to the lack of performance and the poor mpg you will get from the extra drag.
You have a choice of two engines with the 4x4 version - the 1.2 petrol and a 1.3 multijet diesel which is the better engine for this version by far as it has more power and better fuel consumption, that said you'll pay between 1,000 - 2,000 extra.
Why don't you have a look at the 100 HP version, its not a 4X4 but it has a great engine and looks great and gives me over 40 mpg no matter how I drive it and there loaded with all the extras you could ever want, they have stopped production of new ones but you will be able to source a pre reg with a good discount - in short yes the build quality isn't the best but its far better than people think, easy to service and most of all lots of fun.
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