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Old 30-01-2008   #1
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Well, I can now buy one... just sold the MR2, got a loan so what do I buy?

I want a 1.2, not sure weather to go for 16s as I dont like jittery sound of the ride, but those 16" multis are lush!
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Re: What to get?

Go for a test drive in your locals demo. If the 16" feel to harsh get the 15"s.
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Hey Nuova you don't mess about do you cha cha azure is the way to go and the blue check interior which I know you don't like looks great in the flesh I have the same problem with wheels Linda won't mind 15 inch but i would get her 16s if I thought they were better but when you look at the car it's hard to tell the difference. Are you going for esp as I don't think we will as Linda works from home and doesn't do a lot of miles what's your opinion, or should it be bought at that price? Go on tell me what spec you want as I know you will have studied it for a long time I knew from your posts you would not be able to wait 2 years no chance
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If I was to order again I'd go for Yellow with 16" Multispokes in Sport spec with the brown ambience.

If you're not after lots of kit then a Pop is great value, although the plastic steering wheel looks a bit dodgey and cheap, so the £350 leather steering wheel + Blue&Me is a must. If you want the Ivory ambience then it's got to be a Pop or a Lounge. I prefer the Lounge spec overall compared to the Sport, but a yellow 500 just screams out for the brown interior!

What are your thoughts on spec bar the engine and the multispokes? Congrats on selling the MR2, I feel all giddy for you! It's well exciting!
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Are you going for esp as I don't think we will as Linda works from home and doesn't do a lot of miles what's your opinion, or should it be bought at that price?y
I think ESP is a no brainer on the 500. As it's only 200 it's well worth it, most manufacturers, including Fiat with the Panda, charge 400+ for it. Plus it include traction control and a hill holder assist to stop you rolling back on slopes. I've watched some ESP demos on Youtube and it's pretty astonishing. ESP isn't exactly glamourous, but it could well save your life.
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Blimey. Only a few weeks ago you were one of the most negative people on the forum about the 500 with these sorts of comments (and this was one of the tamer ones )

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OK, Im leaving the new 500 section for good, youre all weirdos anyway
BTW, its still pants
Now you are a reformed character and can't wait to get one. Amazing what a few weeks and seeing the car in person can do I hope you enjoy it when it arrives.
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Suasexed you really think Linda should have it even for low mileage? She has a smart car at the moment which does have traction control, how does it all work is the esp the traction control and how does the hill start thing work?
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Well done Nuovapanda nice goin!!! I would definitely spec the ESP if you're not going for a 1.4 sport as that hill holder is magic and esp is esp....it reacts quicker than spiderman saved me sliding off in a friends slk once
Although shame on fiat for not making it standard accross the 500 range...would have been perfect if they did!

Lounge is Definitely best value for money with fixed glass roof and split folding rear seats interior boot light and illuminated vanity mirror for your fairer passengers....

Although sport is SO cute esp. with that rear spoiler.

Anyway it's all up to you now...good luck...
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ESP is an absolute miracle...doesn't matter how many miles u do, I would always recommend it...don't want to spoil your order Andy if you've already placed it....but for me it's been brilliant...not sure how it works on the fiat but on the merc it reduces power to certain wheels and increases to others if it thinks the cars gonna slide....basically it keeps you on the road before you even know you're gonna slide off!!! It's Brilliant!
Hilholder works by simply holding the car still for 2 seconds on a hill after you take your foot off the break to put the car into gear and move away...that way you don't have to handbrake start...also really worth having...anyway don't worry if you don't have it, the 500 really safe anyway
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Suasexed you really think Linda should have it even for low mileage? She has a smart car at the moment which does have traction control, how does it all work is the esp the traction control and how does the hill start thing work?
It doesn't matter how many miles you do, you can lose control of your car at anytime. Whether it be skidding on ice, oily road or having to swerve suddenly to avoid an obstacle. ESP isn't traction control. ESP monitors the motion of the car and when it senses the car is likely to skid it brakes individual wheels to keep the car controlled.

More information here...

http://www.freescale.com/webapp/sps/...02Wcbf123FLbtv
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electro...bility_Control

Check out these clips...

http://youtube.com/watch?v=NiZjeeMExY4&feature=relatedhttp://youtube.com/watch?v=YRr0iCB4en8&feature=relatedhttp://youtube.com/watch?v=m5Ug-udF4V0&feature=related
Hill Holder works by keeping the brakes applied for a second or so whilst you move your foot off of the brake pedal and onto the throttle - only when you're on an incline though
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I know, Im eating my words... after seeing one next to a new Panda I was wrong, you were all right
In my defence, I have been following the whole story since seeing the Trepiuno at Geneva in 2004
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Yep those vids say it all. It HAPPENED to me in icy conditions and, although I wasn't going too fast in it and I wouldn't have been hurt it saved my friend's rather expensive new SLK...after we'd stopped we were both silent, pale and...grinning
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I know, Im eating my words... after seeing one next to a new Panda I was wrong, you were all right
In my defence, I have been following the whole story since seeing the Trepiuno at Geneva in 2004
I was the same, ready to go and get myself a 100HP and there was a 500 sat next to it. The 500 just had something about it that made me want one even more. It's amazing still, how close the final 500 looks towards the Trepiuno concept. Fiat have done a fantastic job
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Just googled on images trepiuno concept....Can't tell the difference!!! That really IS an achievement, that Fiat could bring out a car so faithful to the concept!!! Didn't know about the concept car
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Quote Originally Posted by nuovapanda View Post
I know, Im eating my words... after seeing one next to a new Panda I was wrong, you were all right
The Panda is a great little car without a doubt but the 500 just has a timeless style to it that makes it look so much fun and gives it that desirable factor. Have fun spec'ing it
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