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Question New Panda 4x4: any tips, accessories?

Howdy everyone,

It's about to snow here in the Alps, and just couldn't repeat the endless struggle with snow tires that miserably fail to grip in fresh snow… Needed a small 4x4, and for the first time in my life pulled the trigger and bought a new car!

The model is a 2020 Panda Cross 4x4 with the Winter Pack (heated seats), toscana color. (My last Fiat was twenty years ago, 1982 Spider.)

Would some of you be willing to share some tips about:
- cool accessories for the Panda
- any other cool thing you wish you'd know when you first bought your vehicle?

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4x4 door sill protectors very useful.
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4x4 door sill protectors very useful.
Thank you for the tip, didn't know those existed and it would never have crossed my mind.

Please educate me: in what situations are the sills prone to scratching / when do they need protecting?
And is there a model that you like for use with the Cross 4x4?
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Check out the tyres it came with if you need it for the snow. Most of the newer models come with summer tyres (UK) I replaced mine with Michelin Latitude Cross - which are 60/40 on road /off-road and mud and snow certified. Not true winter tyres - but significantly better than summer tyres
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Check out the tyres it came with if you need it for the snow. Most of the newer models come with summer tyres (UK) I replaced mine with Michelin Latitude Cross - which are 60/40 on road /off-road and mud and snow certified. Not true winter tyres - but significantly better than summer tyres
Awesome. Yes, tyres high on my list, planning to spend the Winter here in the Alps, that's what drove the 4x4 decision.

I was eyeing the Nokian WRD4 (a snow tyre) but I appreciate the nudge in the direction of the four-season tyre, that might be perfect.

Not taking delivery for another couple of weeks, love having the time to ask these questions. :-)
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Welcome to the forums Toscana.

I owned a SAAB and was very involved with the SAAB forums a lot of good discussion on there about the Nokian tyres.

Here's a useful link for a roundup of four season offerings from 2020...

https://youtu.be/gHph1mDtCbQ?t=14
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Welcome to the forums Toscana.

I owned a SAAB and was very involved with the SAAB forums a lot of good discussion on there about the Nokian tyres.

Here's a useful link for a roundup of four season offerings from 2020...

https://youtu.be/gHph1mDtCbQ?t=14
That video looks like a terrific resource… Thank you so much, late here but will definitely watch tomorrow… Takes the stress out of buying a tyre without knowing if it will actually perform.
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If you don't have a spare tyre I'd advise you try and get one.
Here is my sill protectors and spare tyre. Internal LEDs are brighter than the filament ones as well.
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If you don't have a spare tyre I'd advise you try and get one.
Here is my sill protectors and spare tyre. Internal LEDs are brighter than the filament ones as well.
They included a spare tyre instead of what they call the "cargo box" that includes an inflation kit.
Like the idea of switching out the bulbs!
Sounds like several of you are in favor of sill protectors, will have to research a model to suit this model.
Thank you for all these ideas.
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That video looks like a terrific resource… Thank you so much, late here but will definitely watch tomorrow… Takes the stress out of buying a tyre without knowing if it will actually perform.
Toscana, if its of any help, I have good experience of the GoodYear Vector 4 Seasons - but the Gen2 version (They're Gen3 in video) and can say that on my wifes little Vauxhall Agila they've been excellent.

The original Continentals on my Panda were/are getting to the end of their life and I have replaced two of them with the GoodYear V 4 Seasons as well.

(Always put your best tyres on the rear - even if its front wheel drive, rear wheel drive, or all-wheel drive.)
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Internal LEDs are brighter than the filament ones as well.
Perhaps I can utilise the ones intended for the numberplate but which repeatedly throw up a Can-bus error
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If I were you, I wouldn't bother with all-season tyres, when you've already got a brand new set of summer tyres on the car. I'd buy a second-hand set of steel rims (cheaper than alloys) and fit some proper winter tyres on them.
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All that info about all-season tyres is excellent. May come in handy down the track — or for anyone lurking.

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If I were you, I wouldn't bother with all-season tyres, when you've already got a brand new set of summer tyres on the car. I'd buy a second-hand set of steel rims (cheaper than alloys) and fit some proper winter tyres on them.
Thank you, that's way I'll probably go. As part of the negotiation, the dealer has agreed to mount Winter tyres on the car and throw the Summer tyres in the boot. Specified "Nokian WRD4 or equivalent if not available".

With all the snow this region get, I'll feel safer that way. Will need to mount the Summer tyres, hadn't thought of getting secondhand rims, thank you for the idea.
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@toscana pic of mine. Sill scuffed by farmer's boots (first owner). Good idea.
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@toscana pic of mine. Sill scuffed by farmer's boots (first owner). Good idea.
Looks sharp! Where did you get it?
On ebay I see lots of options under "panda sill" but haven't come across that one.

Also noticed they sell some transparent tape to protect from scratch, do some of you protect some parts of that car that way, or is it ridiculous?
I've never done that, but on my first Fiat, an old Spider twenty years ago, I had a company decal that covered most of the car, and I suppose it kept it in good shape. Indeed, that may have been the only part of that car that stayed in good shape during that time.
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