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Old 27-02-2014   #1
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2012 panda, with a couple of issues

Hi folks, I bought a panda 2012 1.2 8v Lounge with 23k on the clock around a month ago now. The car was only £5,300 so pretty cheap really; however I've been experiencing a few issues with it.

Firstly the boot release wasn't working, so I had that replaced under warranty.

Secondly, the dash has been making some rattling/creaking noises, also mostly fixed under warranty.

Thirdly, there was a squeaky rubbery sound coming from the rear end which Fiat said are the handbrake cables rubbing on the rear axle. They said they re-positioned them to sort the noise out, but in actual fact all they did was put grease on the areas that were rubbing. Now 3 weeks on the noise has returned and I've noticed one of the cables has a split in the outer layer. They look very tight against the car and look to be a bad design. Should I revisit Fiat and get them to replace the cables? What if the new cables do the same and rub again?

Fourthly, the EQ settings on the radio donít save, so when he engine is turned off and started again, I have to reset the settings.
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Re: 2012 panda, with a couple of issues

Hi,
thought you'd not posted recently..,

congrats on the new car..!!

get the cables changed under warranty.., there MAY be updated clips/ routing info..,

no idea with the radio.. not in the myriad of set-up options..??,

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Re: 2012 panda, with a couple of issues

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Hi,
thought you'd not posted recently..,

congrats on the new car..!!

get the cables changed under warranty.., there MAY be updated clips/ routing info..,

no idea with the radio.. not in the myriad of set-up options..??,

charlie
Yes itís been a while!

I've still got the old panda, still going strong as ever! I couldn't bear to part with it, so I've kept it and Iíll be letting my dad drive it until I can afford to insure both cars together.

I do like the new car, it comes with many additional options which include; 3rd rear seat belt, split folding rear seats, privacy glass, Blue&Me, leather steering wheel and gear gator, ESP+ASR+Hillholder, pick-nick table thingy, predisposition for TomTom, and side air bags!!

Initial impressions are that the car is slower than the old model, doesnít have as much poke, the paint is very thin and chips easily and the general build quality is not as good as the old model. Having said that it handles much better, is quieter and more comfortable.

Iíll go back to Fiat and see how I get on with the remaining faults.

Adam.
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Re: 2012 panda, with a couple of issues

Hi Adam,

Welcome to this side of the forum

Faults aside, I think you have got yourself a great deal. Not only is it a top-of-the-range Lounge, but it has got a lot of optional extras too.

As for the radio settings, have you actually been saving the settings and then finding they have gone? I believe the radio in the new shape Panda is set up in exactly the same way as the previous gen Blaupunkt one. Can't remember off the top of my head which button you have to hold down to save the settings, but it's definitely one of them!

I did post about the EQ settings before, I guess this might help a bit, if not in direct relation to your problem:
https://www.fiatforum.com/panda-iii/...-settings.html
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