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If I really thought there was a major issue with the 1.3 I would cancel my order and get a different car, no way would the 1.2 be suitable for my use of the car and a 1.4 is too thirsty
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Just wanted to post some reassuring words. My MJ has had the head gasket problem fixed - which took less then a day - and it's running brilliantly. Only got it on Tuesday so not much of a chance to really test it out but went for a bazz up and down the M62 yesterday and was getting about 44mpg average (which included a bit of city driving beforehand). Favourite info I've got from the trip computer so far is that my average speed on my journey to work yesterday was 2mph! Managed to creep up to 11mph today. The joys of Manchester traffic.
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Me and Seton do. And Mark... Yoshi... Nero

Our source 'wink' thinks it might not be related to the diesels, maybe there is a strike or something by the people who transport the cars. Hope to find out more today . At the moment no-one seems to know
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Only 44mpg... whats happened to the 60s that Fiat claim, even my 2 litre VW does an average in the high 30s, and thats petrol!
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Re: How are the cars transported/where do they go??

Just spoken to dealer and mine is still status 10... hes no idea why but many of his 500s are the same status... so just have to wait, maybe Ill get a 58 plate So thats 5 weeks gone.
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Just spoken to dealer and mine is still status 10... hes no idea why but many of his 500s are the same status... so just have to wait, maybe Ill get a 58 plate So thats 5 weeks gone.

Are your dealers others on delay also diesels as well?
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Only 44mpg... whats happened to the 60s that Fiat claim, even my 2 litre VW does an average in the high 30s, and thats petrol!
Thats a good point! in the different cars i have had recently i have found i can achieve roughly 80% of the combined figure the maker claims, its my rule of thumb, and seems to work for me!

So if they say combined it will do 65mpg, i know I will get about 52 in my typical week. I think it is very sensitive to driving, and journeys with 2mph average speed are very bad on fuel, and probably better done on foot!!

however recently I have also become convinced that someone is watering the fuel (petrol) down....
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Hi All,

Doesnt seem like there are any more probs, except for those waiting for their cars to get a build date of course. My car and the other Multijets for my dealer have been changed to status 35 (they have been loaded on the boat and should be on the way).

Maybe it was just a case of the cars getting loaded first and having to wait til the boat was full. The arrival date for the car hasnt changed either, so hopefully will get the car end of next week. Thanks S
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Re: How are the cars transported/where do they go??

Hi, dealer said today all his 500s are being left on status 10, he mentioned dozens being in the same position and couldnt say why. Its a shame, I only hope it arrives by Mid May and not the summer.
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Hi, dealer said today all his 500s are being left on status 10, he mentioned dozens being in the same position and couldnt say why. Its a shame, I only hope it arrives by Mid May and not the summer.

Are those still on hold all diesels, or is it petrols too? If they are all diesels then maybe its cos there is still a manufacture/supply issues but if its both engine types then thats a real mystery.

You could always cancel your order and buy one thats already on the forecourt if you dont want to wait.
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Id rather wait for mine, dont want a dodgy diesel thats had HG done I suppose the longer I have to wait, the more chance Fiat have to iron out any gremlins from the 500
Ive got plenty of cars anyway, the longer I wait for the 500, the longer I can keep my Panda
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Re: How are the cars transported/where do they go??

Got an email from my dealer yesterday to say my car is now on the high seas. (ordered it on 26 Jan). I emailed him back to ask how long it'd be 'till it arrives at the dealership, but he says he won't know until tomorrow as their 'system' is only updated on a Friday.

On 5th gear the other week they test drove a VWPolo Blue Motion, which VW claim can do 74 MPG. The presenter with the beard and long hair tested it with his family over a couple of days I think, and they only managed to get a MPG figure in the 50s from what I remember.

I currently drive a 2004 Megane 1.6 Sport hatch, which I'm part-ex'ing for the 500. Renault reckon it should return nearly 49 MPG. In the 3 years I've had it, the best I've managed, according to the dash computer thingy is 39 MPG. We've also got a 2001 Seicento Sporting, and we've worked out that the best we tend to get out of that is approx 42 to 45 MPG, rather than the claimed 50s figure.

So I reckon people shouldn't hold out for actually achieving the MPG figures car makers say their cars can do, (and when do we ever do a constant 56 MPH anyway? I even wonder whether the combined cycle figures are realistic).I think Simmo 1's 80% rule of thumb is probably the more realistic in what we should hope to achieve.
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I am the same, I always lower the combined figure by 15-20%. My Leon FR Was supposed to average about 34 but I seemed to get only about 28 but that was mainly to small town town driving and having a heavy right foot.

With my 500 multijet if I average the about 55-60 I will be very happy.

Hopefully the boat carrying my car will get a move on and my dealer said he will only be in touch on Monday, so hopefully it should have arrived by then. Hope to get it end of next week, or earlier. (fingers crossed).
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My car has arrived in the UK, in the last day or so I would guess, at least 3 days ahead of schedule

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