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Re: Chichi, the Angry Panda

I feel somewhat ashamed and have a confession to make. Po had his altercation with the Puke at 400 miles and hadn't at that stage had a wash or polish - for the simple reason he was still pretty clean.

2,000 miles now and I still haven't, convinced myself to wait until he is repaired. Will also fit the sill protectors and alloy dust caps then too, I have fitted the boot liner mind.

He is rather mucky at the moment😯
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Nice looking car, but be careful, that dodgy looking guy in the first picture may follow you home and nick it, he seems quite taken with it
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I feel somewhat ashamed and have a confession to make. Po had his altercation with the Puke at 400 miles and hadn't at that stage had a wash or polish - for the simple reason he was still pretty clean.

2,000 miles now and I still haven't, convinced myself to wait until he is repaired. Will also fit the sill protectors and alloy dust caps then too, I have fitted the boot liner mind.

He is rather mucky at the moment😯

Used any oil at all in the first 2k miles? How's the mpg?

Can understand the wish not to wash a shunted car

Not washed mine yet but early days
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Hasn't used a drop. Mind you the VRS didn't for about 3k then became an oilaholic😟 common on the twin charger engine and mine was a lot better than some apparently. Consistent 36mpg around town (a short 5 mile run - engine barely gets warm) much better it seems at 50 to 60, 50mpg up for grabs. 70+ and you are looking at low to mid 40's.
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Pleased you're enjoying the Cross and all is going well. Just a quick question
about the correct type/grade of oil in the TwinAir. I understand the multi-air unit
is pretty sensitive to oil viscosity, the Fiat owners manual I found online
specifies Selena KPE (0W-30m Acea C2) .
From your comment about topping up above, you mention using Castrol Edge 0W-30 - are they equivalent in your opinion?
( I guess you must have used it your 500 TwinAir with no ill effect)

My Cross has moved to 30 - so I may have 1-2 weeks left yet!
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Yes, the edge is the same specification. I took the manual in with me

Hopefully it won't be needed as my TA 500 used zero oil after the first 1000 or so miles where I only added 250ml to bring it back to max.
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Been out & about today, near the sea

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Great looking car!
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Just won a set of genuine roof bars to use on the longitudinal bars. 80
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Well, almost two weeks in and nothing but positives to say about how the car looks & drives.

Sadly, no snow but plenty of sub zero temperatures. Major plus points are the heated front screen, super quick bum warmers (shame they don't do the lower back too), the hight upright driving position /ground clearance & the frankly superb feeling of solidity. It's quiet too, a lot quieter than the 500.

Ok, the plastics are hard but that's to be expected but the general ergonomics & in cabin stowage space is great.

Seat comfort is excellent (over short journeys to date) & leather in lays in the doors are tidy. The boot is fantastic. Perfect size & shape.

The Blue & me actually works, radio 2 sounds great & the Satnav integration via the 68r port is brill.

All the controls are excellent in terms of touch, weight & feel.

Minor downsides are the economy at only 35.3mpg over the first 178 miles (will get better as my 500 TA did), a more cramped than my 500 footwell when wearing my size 10 Magnum work boots & the positioning of the heated seat switches.

Rear legroom is tight too, tighter than the 500 when the front seat is in my position but access is great.

Overal, a brilliant daily driver that I'm happy to drive anywhere & park anywhere.

Now, where's the bloody snow!?!?!?
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Quick update.



Chichi hit 300 miles this morning and got her second tank of fuel.



MPG to date is a low 33.3mpg, a good 8 - 10 mpg short of what my 500 gave on the same route. Hope it gets better (my 3.2V6 Q4 Brera gives 23mpg on the route).



The engine doesn't feel tight either and has plenty of go.



Oil level is still to the maximum mark. Hasn't used a drop



I've ordered a genuine Fiat 4x4 badge for the tailgate as I think it looks a little bare as it is



http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item...d=231132946526

Need to sort the roof bars out.....



Cheers,



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Quick update.



Chichi hit 300 miles this morning and got her second tank of fuel.



MPG to date is a low 33.3mpg, a good 8 - 10 mpg short of what my 500 gave on the same route. Hope it gets better (my 3.2V6 Q4 Brera gives 23mpg on the route).



The engine doesn't feel tight either and has plenty of go.



Oil level is still to the maximum mark. Hasn't used a drop



I've ordered a genuine Fiat 4x4 badge for the tailgate as I think it looks a little bare as it is



http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item...d=231132946526

Need to sort the roof bars out.....



Cheers,



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Yeah, I bought the same badge. Looks good, like fiat put it there
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Chichi was momentarily white today as cleaned her for the first time in just over 4 weeks of ownership!

Pre wash, wheels with AG Acid Free cleaner, snow foam, two grit guard bucket wash, AG Autogloss rinse, fluffy towel dry, Hoover the interior, dress the tyres, job jobbed.

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Snow foam is a great idea! Looking good with the 4x4 badge ! Will have to order one of those! As for the breara takes me back to mine in 2006 never got left alone with it! People were constantly giving me a business card to give them first chance to buy it from me! Or when you come out of the supermarket always people looking inside! Gorgeous car!
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