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Re: Fiat panda 2018 fuel cap dust cover

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Without this the filler neck will fill with dust in dry conditions. Its solution to a problem millions never knew they had. I still prefer a lockable cap in spite of the undoubted convenience of this new fangled idea. They could at least use central locking to lock the flap. I would be happy with that.
I totally agree. How a manufacturer in this day and age could fail to secure the fuel tank is unbelievable, I'm looking to get rid of the Panda, it just has too much silly things wrong with it. Why the devil, even on top range Panda, Lounge me thinks, do you have to specify bluetooth, steering wheel controls and split folding rear seats. Just bloody stupid. Looking at a Vauxhall Corsa, they come with all the toys and many have cruise control which I love and miss.
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Re: Fiat panda 2018 fuel cap dust cover

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I totally agree. How a manufacturer in this day and age could fail to secure the fuel tank is unbelievable, I'm looking to get rid of the Panda, it just has too much silly things wrong with it. Why the devil, even on top range Panda, Lounge me thinks, do you have to specify bluetooth, steering wheel controls and split folding rear seats. Just bloody stupid. Looking at a Vauxhall Corsa, they come with all the toys and many have cruise control which I love and miss.
Yes I do agree that some of this gear really should be opt out not opt in. You just will not get out smiling after each drive though. I have added the bits I wanted to my new Panda but am now having a hell of a long wait for it to be delivered. Had many satisfactory 100,000's of miles in Vauxhalls at work and they are way better than billed but never did I get out smiling from just having fun. Massive respect though. I have the time to tinker now so can afford to suffer a bit more character. Have now covered 160,000 miles in Fiats with no breakdowns or fails to start and virtually no non service part required either so its not as clear cut for me.
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Re: Fiat panda 2018 fuel cap dust cover

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I totally agree. How a manufacturer in this day and age could fail to secure the fuel tank is unbelievable, I'm looking to get rid of the Panda, it just has too much silly things wrong with it. Why the devil, even on top range Panda, Lounge me thinks, do you have to specify bluetooth, steering wheel controls and split folding rear seats. Just bloody stupid. Looking at a Vauxhall Corsa, they come with all the toys and many have cruise control which I love and miss.
It is secure the flap device doesn't open if the cars locked or does it?
And if a Thief wants to steal your fuel they just get underneath and stick a hole in the plastic tank and get the fuel that way
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It is secure the flap device doesn't open if the cars locked or does it?
And if a Thief wants to steal your fuel they just get underneath and stick a hole in the plastic tank and get the fuel that way
No, neither the outer flap or inner device lock when the car is locked. But, no one can symphonic fuel as various Ďanti syphoní obstacles in the pipe between filler and tank (true of most cars these days, hence fewer having locking caps)
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I totally agree. How a manufacturer in this day and age could fail to secure the fuel tank is unbelievable, I'm looking to get rid of the Panda, it just has too much silly things wrong with it. Why the devil, even on top range Panda, Lounge me thinks, do you have to specify bluetooth, steering wheel controls and split folding rear seats. Just bloody stupid. Looking at a Vauxhall Corsa, they come with all the toys and many have cruise control which I love and miss.
Top of the Panda range is the Cross, that has all these things (except cruise). Pretty sure Lounge has Bluetooth and wheel controls. Note the Panda largely unchanged since introduced in 2012. Corsa, Up, Fiesta etc have all had several model updates in that time so maybe not a fair comparison? Very happy with mine - thatís why I bought a new one (same as previous one) last year. I donít like cruise, but love the heated screen. Never needed to carry one rear seat passenger and a long thing in boot at same time, so one piece fold fine for me
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Re: Fiat panda 2018 fuel cap dust cover

Just to put things into perspective, the absence of a rubber dust cap on some Pandas makes them no different to countless other recently-produced cars. My wife's 18 reg Volvo, which has a similar fuel filler arrangement, doesn't have one, either. The new anti-tamper device in the filler pipe prevents dust from getting down the pipe. The rubber dust cap is belt-and-braces, and evidently considered unnecessary by other manufacturers. And I don't lose sleep at night worrying that my Panda's fuel tank is insecure.
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