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Re: Orange is the new, well orange.

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I suspect it will be, TBH I'd bite their hand off without it if they'll compensate you the 250 for a dencent aftermarket satnav. The pot IMO isn't very future proof, and actually puts me off the car, as removed the freedom of satnav choice so to speak (yes I'm a funny buggar as you know )
It's more for the mp3 control through the touch screen I'm getting it for, plus the lack of wires and no more rings on the windscreen and joy of joys no wobbly smartphone cradles either!

My obstinent streak really makes me want the option more not less and they didn't even dare offer me the car with compensation for the missing option.
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Re: Orange is the new, well orange.

Right time for an update - car is stuck at status 16 and has been for a week
Dealer thinks the production has gone over to all 4x4's so little chance of getting it before march!
As an alternative I've been offered a 4x4 with winter pack and tomtom for an extra 700 that is available now.

Only downside is that it's white with a green dash :yuk:I know some like it but it's like driving around inside a wellie...

I've left it with the dealer that if he can put a less offensive coloured dash in I'll seriously consider it.

I'm not keen on the 6 speed box though I suppose a 4x4 will hold it's value better than a trekking?

As an aside there is an orange 4x4 locally so my unique car isn't anymore, plus it looks very dull and not zingy like the Alessi orange I'm used to.

Part of me wants to give them notice to supply my car or evoke the cancellation clause. They have four weeks or I can have my deposit back.

I may just have to go hunt out a white 4x4 for closer inspection first though!
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I'm not keen on the 6 speed box though I suppose a 4x4 will hold it's value better than a trekking?

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Don't understand why you're anti the six speeder - worked fine for me in 20k+ miles. And I did 50k+ in my 100HP with no issues.
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Re: Orange is the new, well orange.

My wife does get a bit fed up with the six speed box in that you need to switch from first to second almost immediately from pulling away, and that setting off in second is pushing it a bit.

I like the suggestion that having a green dash is a bit like driving around in a wellie!
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Re: Orange is the new, well orange.

Probably because I've never got used to the 100HP and its box that I baulk at having another, I also got fed up of never getting quite the right gear in the cross I had on test.

I went to Leeds to pick up some panda alloys and popped into Arnold Clark's there, first thing I see is a white 4x4 with olive and sand interior. The white I could live with (with a little strategic application of some sticky back plastic) the seats you don't look at when driving but the dash....

Anyway, Clark's had 10 4x4's and one Trekking on their books - not one had the sat nav port besides that I am very keen on the winter pack which was also absent.

Forgot how different the view out the letter box - I mean windscreen is from the mk4 - doubt I'll ever use the sun visors!
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Re: Orange is the new, well orange.

I'd just wait for the car you really want. March is only 6 weeks away, and you'll be one of the first 15 plate cars, rather than one of the last 64 plates, which should bag you an extra couple of hundred quid when you come to sell.

Tbh if I was you and it arrived in February I'd ask if the dealer could wait till March for registration anyway, so it might be a blessing in disguise. I don't see the point in compromising on what you want unless there's going to be a substantial saving.
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I'd just wait for the car you really want. March is only 6 weeks away, and you'll be one of the first 15 plate cars, rather than one of the last 64 plates, which should bag you an extra couple of hundred quid when you come to sell.

Tbh if I was you and it arrived in February I'd ask if the dealer could wait till March for registration anyway, so it might be a blessing in disguise. I don't see the point in compromising on what you want unless there's going to be a substantial saving.
I hadn't thought about it being a 15 plate turning up in March!

The white 4x4 would be a big compromise - I'd rather buy the orange 4x4 on ebay!

Nothings decided just yet, waiting until monday to see what the dealer comes up with.

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Re: Orange is the new, well orange.

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I'd just wait for the car you really want. March is only 6 weeks away, and you'll be one of the first 15 plate cars, rather than one of the last 64 plates, which should bag you an extra couple of hundred quid when you come to sell.

Tbh if I was you and it arrived in February I'd ask if the dealer could wait till March for registration anyway, so it might be a blessing in disguise. I don't see the point in compromising on what you want unless there's going to be a substantial saving.
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You'll only regret it every time you drive it if you get the one with the bits you don't like
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Re: Orange is the new, well orange.

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Probably because I've never got used to the 100HP and its box that I baulk at having another, I also got fed up of never getting quite the right gear in the cross I had on test.

I went to Leeds to pick up some panda alloys and popped into Arnold Clark's there, first thing I see is a white 4x4 with olive and sand interior. The white I could live with (with a little strategic application of some sticky back plastic) the seats you don't look at when driving but the dash....

Anyway, Clark's had 10 4x4's and one Trekking on their books - not one had the sat nav port besides that I am very keen on the winter pack which was also absent.

Forgot how different the view out the letter box - I mean windscreen is from the mk4 - doubt I'll ever use the sun visors!
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I have those alloys with summer tyres on my 4x4, they are lovely!
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Re: Orange is the new, well orange.

Very pleased to report that my order is now status 20 - built

Just for the record the techs said that the dash colour would be difficult to change without taking the whole dash out - ruling out the flying wellie!

White didn't float my boat, though I was tempted by the orange 4x4 on ebay - even though it would have been a 4.5 hour trip to see it - each way!

Glad it's moving along now and hopefully will have it on the drive in not to many weeks
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You could look into getting the dash wrapped. I've considered that for the Cross, because I don't like the bronze dash.
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You could look into getting the dash wrapped. I've considered that for the Cross, because I don't like the bronze dash.
Yeah, I did think about that but it was the dealer who suggested swapping over a dash from a car they had in stock because the colour was a deal breaker.

I might look into the wrapping as I'm not mad keen on the silver dash in the trekking either!
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Moved up to status 30 (or is it 40?) anyway it's not in Blighty yet but expected delivery is now less then 30 days!

The dealer actually rang me for once too
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That's a first for a Fiat dealer!
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That's a first for a Fiat dealer!
Normally I'd agree, but Patrina (who is very nice as it goes, ahem... ) phoned my Mum every week for 3 months when her 4x4 was on order. She promised to do it, and always phoned - usually to say no change, but sometimes all excited that the code had changed!!! We knew exactly where it was, when it couldn't be changed, when the robot had a teabreak, the lot. Hugely impressed but then we met the service department.....

I believe @scout also had good things to say about Perrys sales in Aylesbury, but his salesman wasn't pretty!
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