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Old 21-02-2015   #31
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Re: Chichi, the Angry Panda

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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!
We got an Alfa GT, also a great looking car. Still, its nearly 8 but got no idea what to replace it with....
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Re: Chichi, the Angry Panda

We've got a V6 GT too but it lives a sheltered life & is seldom used. Ditto the S4 Spider
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The Alfa GT is an itch I wish I'd scratched a few years back. I still keep an eye on the classifieds for a Stromboli grey with red leather and that magnificent Busso V6. One day.
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The GT is a great car and has been faultless with the exception of the front suspension weakness inherited from the 146 & 156
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It's even got my name on it (my initials are GT).

And lo, it is written...
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Re: Chichi, the Angry Panda

The GT is stylish & a nice car to be in but it's dynamically compromised, even with a slippy diff. Our V6 sounds brilliant though.

The Brera is much nicer. Fast, comfortable, composed, Q4 grip and so on.

Purists will say it lacks the Busso is powered by GM but objectively, I'd take the newer engine for strength, reliability & flexibility.

Anyway, back on topic. Took out rather excellent Panda to a Piston Heads meet this morning. Averaged 27mpg over 60 miles....lol.
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You'd have got better mpg in the GT lol
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Re: Chichi, the Angry Panda

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You'd have got better mpg in the GT lol
I didn't take the Panda much over 90.....at those speeds the GT would have given the same as it.

But, had I taken the GT, it would have given me 18mpg
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Re: Chichi, the Angry Panda

I also thought the back of the Panda looked a bit bare, I didn't know Fiat made a 4x4 badge so I bought the numbers and letter from my local Halfords ie, two 4's and one X , and made it myself. It was a cheap option that seems to have worked just fine.
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Re: Chichi, the Angry Panda

Hit 760 miles this morning.

Not a drop of oil used. Fuel economy continues to disappoint at 33mpg / 230 miles a tank.

Cleaned her again on Saturday. Looks brill. One tiny stone chip on the bonnet need doing but Tuscany Green paint sticks are unobtanium from what I understand.

For those with heated front screen, have you removed the warning sticker off the screen?

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Hit 760 miles this morning.

Not a drop of oil used. Fuel economy continues to disappoint at 33mpg / 230 miles a tank.

Cleaned her again on Saturday. Looks brill. One tiny stone chip on the bonnet need doing but Tuscany Green paint sticks are unobtanium from what I understand.

For those with heated front screen, have you removed the warning sticker off the screen?

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Not quite so bad as that with the Antarctica, but below 40mpg. I'm a bit puzzled as I usually get better, but I think the answer lies in my wife's commute to work.
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Re: Chichi, the Angry Panda

It should get better.

Ordered some 374/C touch up paint from www.carpaintrepair.co.uk too.
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Came back from London yesterday and by way of a change used the M1. During the 50mph SPECS monitored bit I averaged 62mpg.

By the time I got to Manchester my average was 40mpg though, 70 and above really kills economy on the Cross, especially if you throw in a hill or two. Got to London on one tank and was really low on motion lotion, I got 33 litres in for the trip back oop North, the low fuel warning had been on for yonks and def seems to be fuel tank half empty rather than full in the outlook stakes.

My repairer has threatened their parts supplier that unless the outstanding fog lamp and its surround is not supplied soon then they won't pay their invoice for all the bits they have had so far! Good job Po's driveable!
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Re: Chichi, the Angry Panda

I'm really intrigued by the very variable fuel economy reported for the twin air. My Cross has now done 1700 miles. I've had it for 1100 of those miles and my average over all those 1100 miles is 49mpg with 360 miles typically between fill ups. The average speed is 36mph. Those 1100 miles were covered on a mix of A roads, B roads, motorway, and over hill and dale in the Peak District last week including some very steep climbs in low gear. I don't drive especially slowly but do tend to accelerate gently and change up with the gear shift indicator.

Are the low mpg's reported as a result of many short trips and/or high speed motorway driving?

I'm really enjoying the twin air, especially its low end grunt which is not unlike a diesel when climbing hills.
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Re: Chichi, the Angry Panda

I do 16 miles a day. Say 4 on a NSA Backroad, 11on the M4 & no more 1 in traffic.

The M4 is busy in the morning so no more than 65mph.

Faster on the way home so no more than an indicated 85......

My 500 would give 44 on the same run.

My Brera does 20....lol
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