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what engine and where are you located?
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The engine is the 1.2 Fire. We are in south Norfolk.
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If we were closer you could drove mine and I would drive yours.
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Does the car do this all the time or at random? The wife said it was bad this morning but I have just been out and it is OK.When the dealer has had it they cant see the problem.
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Thats just how ours is,now done 4000mls and still the same.
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Come to the conclusion if you drive it hard you dont notice it,but slow starts and crawling in traffic is a problem.Maybe the ECU is set up for a sporty drive as its an S.
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The S is no different to any other 500 spec with the same engine
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We are coming up to 2000 miles. The response has become slightly smoother in picking up but four days ago I noticed that the engine started to get a bit jerky on pick-up in traffic then, all of a sudden it started to surge, it revs up then shuts down again. The petrol consumption is not particularly good, the other day I gave it a fairly good wringing and kept the revs between 3500 and 5000, driving a bit like a lunatic for about 60 miles and the readout said I had done 32.9 mpg for the trip (this readout seems to give figures about 3mpg above what you actually get). The dealer had the throttle body off to check for oil (there was none). Occassionally when accelerating I can still feel that there are slight steps in the acceleration, and the occasional slight miss. In 50 000 miles our 09 Panda never missed a beat. The other day my daughter accidentally pulled away in second in the 09 car, you would never do that in the new one. When she drives the new car she finds that it is very prone to stalling. I have found that sometimes, in traffic, it will not slow down under engine braking when you change down from second to first, and it has occasionally speeded up instead. It is inconsistent and can catch you out.
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To be fair if you've only done 2k miles the engine is barely run in.....
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We are coming up to 2000 miles. The response has become slightly smoother in picking up but four days ago I noticed that the engine started to get a bit jerky on pick-up in traffic then, all of a sudden it started to surge, it revs up then shuts down again. The petrol consumption is not particularly good, the other day I gave it a fairly good wringing and kept the revs between 3500 and 5000, driving a bit like a lunatic for about 60 miles and the readout said I had done 32.9 mpg for the trip (this readout seems to give figures about 3mpg above what you actually get). The dealer had the throttle body off to check for oil (there was none). Occassionally when accelerating I can still feel that there are slight steps in the acceleration, and the occasional slight miss. In 50 000 miles our 09 Panda never missed a beat. The other day my daughter accidentally pulled away in second in the 09 car, you would never do that in the new one. When she drives the new car she finds that it is very prone to stalling. I have found that sometimes, in traffic, it will not slow down under engine braking when you change down from second to first, and it has occasionally speeded up instead. It is inconsistent and can catch you out.
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Taking it to a Fiat service dealer next week see if they can do anything.
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Rolling road results.PDF

Yesterday I took my new Panda and my daughter's 09 Panda to be tested on a rolling road so that we could compare the performance of the two. I decided to do this because of the problems we and others are having with the throttle response of the new car when pulling away.

The graph shows that the torque of the old car is better from tick-over up to over 3500 revs. Looking at the AFR the old car seems to do better and be 'greener' than the new one (a lower figure is bad).

Because of the flat spot it has at low revs, the new car cannot pull away immediately on the rollers, hence its readings do not start immediately.

Up to the speed limit this graph shows that the 09 car will always be in front, and will, I believe, be greener.

The operator of the rolling road testing station, who specializes in high performance racing cars, was so taken with the contrast between the two cars that he intends to write an article about it for the Motor Sport magazine. He also test drove both cars on the road, taking the new one out first. When he came back with the 09 car he had a smile from ear to ear, and commented that they were like chalk and cheese, the older car being significantly better. What have Fiat done? The drive to reduce emissions, which does not seem to me to have worked, has ruined the drive-ability of the car.

Fiat just tell us that there is nothing they can do, we just have to adapt our driving technique to suit the car. Even if you are a very good, adaptable driver it is still going to be a pig to drive. There are plenty of others complaining about the same problem and I am convinced that it is going to cause accidents when someone cannot get the car to pull away at a busy junction or roundabout is going to be hit from behind.

Comments from the technically minded would be welcome.
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But the 500 isn't even run in.... I think you need to be comparing it to a 500 first of all and one of similar mileage too
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Comments from the technically minded would be welcome.
Seems like nothing a remap wouldn't cure I'd say it's been programed to look green on the NEDC, but like Maxi says it really needs to be fully run in (~10k miles) to make the comparison fair. This seems to be a common theme for new cars, as manufactures tweek them to get ever better economy, initial performance/economy suffers.
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If you read my post you will see that the car is a Panda not a 500, they both have the same engine and people with either of these cars are grumbling about the same problem. It is nothing to do with not being run in, The car has been back to the dealers twice for checking and remapping and is still as bad. Even if the throttle response was sorted the ridiculously low torque would not help.

After the last visit to the dealer Customer services rang me again. This time they were not being conciliating and just told me that there was nothing they could do to sort it, whereas before they had been saying that they were working to produce a fix.
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