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Old 30-04-2012   #1
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The new Panda has arrived!

Picked up our new 1.2 Easy in Sweet Dreams Turquoise on Saturday - very pleased with it so far!

Have taken a few pics of the cargo box/folded passenger table so that people can see what it's like.

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Nice colour! Interesting to see that you have Continental tyres on yours - mine has Goodyear...
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Oh right, I thought they all came with Contis to start with.

Only reason I can think of is that your car has the 15 inch alloys whereas mine has the standard 14 inch steel wheels.
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It looks just like my car, thank you for sharing the photos I would put photos of mine on here, but I've mislaid the lead that links the camera to the computer - I've put it in a safe place, so safe that I can't find it

My manual says that the speed of the wipers adjusts according to the speed of the car, but they don't - do yours? I had a 1.1 Active Eco before and when I was stopped at traffic lights, for instance, the wipers slowed right down.

Thanks, hope you don't mind me asking. Happy motoring
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That looks like a great option(for me anyway). Although I don't see a use for the split level boot it is nice to have a flat floor all the way through.

What's the tailgate to top of the dash length? I.e the longest bit of wood that can be wedged in from a b and q trip!
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Thanks for the pics and recommendation on cargo box, which I think a must have in my case.

I'd also love to know the measurement as quoted below. In addition measurement from tailgate to front passenger seat would be also useful to confirm Panda is enough for our needs (shortlisted are Fiesta and Jazz).

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What's the tailgate to top of the dash length? I.e the longest bit of wood that can be wedged in from a b and q trip!
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Re: The new Panda has arrived!

Thank you for the very clear pictures.

As well as the other measurements requested, can you plese say how much knee room the plastic front seat 'table' robs from the back, if any?

I need all the storage options avavilable for work purposes and at the moment the demonstrators at my dealer don't have everything fitted, which is perfecty reasonable I suppose since they tend to get what Fiat sends them.

I loved the car when I drove it and there is nothing else on the market at the moment that comes close.
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Re: The new Panda has arrived!

Afternoon all!

Thanks for your replies, I'll respond one by one if that's OK.

Caroline62 - first of all good choice with your car of course!. I have to say I haven't noticed the wiper speed change yet either. However on our old 500 the intermittent wipe used to go faster/slower depending on your speed. So it might be the same again? Not sure I'm afraid.

ivantate and sunill - as soon as I can locate the tape measure I will let you know! Basically though it looks good enough in my opinion for flat pack wardrobes, cupboards etc. The fact that it is virtually flat with the cargo box and cover really is a bonus; am looking forward to having our first longer trip away so that we can test out all the nooks and crannies!

Ulpian - the passenger table pinches just over 1cm of legroom behind the passenger seat. You do lose a bit but it's countered by the fact that the table is set quite far into the seat. I am 5 foot 11 and needed the passenger seat to be a little further forward when I sat behind it. Also I found it was useful to have the passenger seat relatively upright - in fairness though I was sitting as if there were three adults in the back which is unlikely to happen often anyway.
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Thanks for that.

I thought it looked like it stole space, but the foldability is also essential, for me, to the practicality of the car.

I reckon the Panda is realistically only a four seater, and I too needed to splay my legs to sit in the back, and I couldn't sit comfortably behind myself unless the front passenger seat was moved a few notches forward, which is anyway perfectly fine for the front passenger.

I'm only six feet tall but I do have long legs, and anyway I hardly ever carrry people in the back for any distance so the shortage of rear legroom in what is a handy small car is no problem.

Still loving the Panda!
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Hello everyone,

Armed with my tape measure, I've managed to get the different measurements for you.

Tailgate to front of dash/glovebox with rear seat and passenger table down = 200cm. If you were to wedge something flat in above the dashboard (with padding) or indeed put something relatively thin into the passenger bin, I reckon you could comfortably add another 15-30cm to that as well. So in short, you will have no trouble getting the vast majority of flat pack furniture in there. Result!

Tailgate to rear of front passenger seat = min 115cm, max 130cm. Measurements based on the front passenger seat being right forward/back. Again, you could probably add in another 5/10cm as well if you jigged around with stuff on the diagonal for example.

Although I've only had the car for a week, I have to say it looks like it is going to be spot on for all of our needs. And the more I get to look at it the more I like it - it's a chunky cheeky scamp!
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Well it certainly drives like one

The capacity and general convenience, at a reasonable price, are just even more marzipan and icing on the delicious cake. Some people hate marzipan apparently, but I adore it. That's cars for you
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Super Uwe: Thanks for taking time to measure and respond.

Tailgate to front of dash/glovebox = 200cm --> more than enough for 99% of flatpack stuffs, with the exception of IKEA 2360mm tall PAX wardrobe

Tailgate to rear of front passenger seat = min 115cm, max 130cm --> Daughter's piano is 140cm including the bag, which I hope it can be stuffed inside . Other thing is Dad's wheel chair, which can easily go in.
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Lovely colour & dash, that's 1 chunky looking steering wheel
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Quote Originally Posted by Super Uwe View Post
Picked up our new 1.2 Easy in Sweet Dreams Turquoise on Saturday - very pleased with it so far!

Have taken a few pics of the cargo box/folded passenger table so that people can see what it's like.

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Hi!

Thanks for posting the pictures! Really useful... -- as we've just ordered the TwinAir Lounge Dualogic in the same colourway; and with the same seating options.

Going to be a while, though, before we collect it, sadly....

Cheers...
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Hi!

Thanks for posting the pictures! Really useful... -- as we've just ordered the TwinAir Lounge Dualogic in the same colourway; and with the same seating options.

Going to be a while, though, before we collect it, sadly....

Cheers...
Sounds like a great choice! Shame you have to wait a while but I am sure it will be worth it.

The Dualogic in the TwinAir is highly rated by those who have it on the 500 section, so I am sure it will be equally as good in the Panda.
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