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Old 01-05-2008   #16
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Re: New Panda 4x4, off road

Hi All,
Good to see you lot are all enjoying your panda 4x4s off road aswell as on..love the pics. I'm patiently waiting till August September time to buy the 4X4 in the 1.3 multijet when its released in the uk. They are a great wee car from what ive seen so far in the petrol offerings so i could expect no less from the diesel version. Aswell the diesel is sure to have better economy and more torque for towing a trailer. It probably would still struggle though if given a big enough caravan to tow behind. Sure it doesnt have the off road capabilities that a Landie does but then again it doesnt have the running costs either.... which is what owners love about the 4x4. Good luck with your decision and if the positive reaction on here to the new panda is anything to go by i'l be seeing your pics of your new purchase shortly!
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Re: New Panda 4x4, off road

some clubs thrive on off roading their pandas...old and new:

https://www.fiatforum.com/panda-new/...l-meeting.html
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Many thanx for your replies.
I've just compared mine side by side to an ordinary Panda and found that the new one does not have as much boot space as mine and appears generaly smaller. So I do not think it will be any good for taking us plus 3 dogs (JRT's) plus 2 weeks luggage and towing our loaded Commanche Montana folding camper !
So, now I have a dilemma - do I stick to my trusty old Classic Panda 4x4, which has never let me down, or what ?
My wife likes the Nissan Note, Ford Fusion and VW Polo, but as they are only 2 wheel drive, will I get stuck on wet grassy campsites ? - or could I have M&S tyres fitted ?
Your suggestions most welcome.
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Re: New Panda 4x4, off road

Quote Originally Posted by panda4ted View Post
Many thanx for your replies.
I've just compared mine side by side to an ordinary Panda and found that the new one does not have as much boot space as mine and appears generaly smaller. So I do not think it will be any good for taking us plus 3 dogs (JRT's) plus 2 weeks luggage and towing our loaded Commanche Montana folding camper !
So, now I have a dilemma - do I stick to my trusty old Classic Panda 4x4, which has never let me down, or what ?
My wife likes the Nissan Note, Ford Fusion and VW Polo, but as they are only 2 wheel drive, will I get stuck on wet grassy campsites ? - or could I have M&S tyres fitted ?
Your suggestions most welcome.
VW Polo = Nice, but costly to buy and maintain when goes wrong
Ford = Good prices new, but can be very problematic (so we've found with 5!)
Nissan Note = Not Jap crap, Nissan are very good but been hearing about engine noise from the Note when cold which Nissan keep denying and I don't think there's a fix for it yet, But be wrong about no fix though.

At the end of the day the choice is your, but if there is nothing wrong with your classic Panda I'd keep it.

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Go onto youtube and search for the video of fifth gear vs the new Panda 4x4 against a bigger 55,000 4x4 in a quarry. Panda won hands down even though it had to do one thing twice.

Jon.
Which Fifth Gear did you watch? The Range Rover won but then you would expect it to at 5 time the price.

We are trying to buy a house in the middle of a field and if we get it i'll be after a 4x4 as there is only a grass/mud track to get to it. Would love an MJ 4x4 but love my dualogic too.
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The Fusion would meet your needs and, as it's not very popular, you may find a used one at a good discount. I cannot see any reliability problems as it is based on the Fiesta and similar to the Mazda 2, both reliable cars and cheap to fix if they do go wrong.
As regarding tyres, a few years back we rented a house next door to a big butchers in the Peak District. They had a fleet of delivery vans which I think were front wheel drive. Now, they get a lot of snow in that region and I noticed that the vans were fitted with snow tyres which presumably saw them through the worst of the weather. So, fitting M+S tyres to a Fusion would probably see you off most wet campsites with a bit of care.
However, don't underestimate the size of the New Panda with the back seat down. I can fit my bicycle in without removing a wheel and the roof bars give you the option of fitting a roof box. However, the Jack Russells could be a problem, unless you have a cage for them, as they would have the run of the car and the little buggers would be everywhere by the time you reached your destination.
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Re: New Panda 4x4, off road

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If you venture off road in a modern Panda you will wreck it. They rattle to pieces on ordinary tarmac and with all the electrics dont even think of getting it wet.
I wouldn't agree with that at all. Mines just about to hit 15k and does 350 mile a week. I haven't had a single fault and not a squeak. My mate has a 2005 one and same for him.

Also I run about with the Manager of our main Fiat dealer and they say that the NEW Panda is the most problem free car they've had.

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Many thanx for your replies.
I've just compared mine side by side to an ordinary Panda and found that the new one does not have as much boot space as mine and appears generaly smaller. So I do not think it will be any good for taking us plus 3 dogs (JRT's) plus 2 weeks luggage and towing our loaded Commanche Montana folding camper !
So, now I have a dilemma - do I stick to my trusty old Classic Panda 4x4, which has never let me down, or what ?
My wife likes the Nissan Note, Ford Fusion and VW Polo, but as they are only 2 wheel drive, will I get stuck on wet grassy campsites ? - or could I have M&S tyres fitted ?
Your suggestions most welcome.
How about a Sedici? The forgotten Fiat! It's small (though not Panda small) and four wheel drive.
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How about a Sedici? The forgotten Fiat! It's small (though not Panda small) and four wheel drive.
Yea, good Idea! But not all Sedici's are 4x4 are they? Or am I thinking of the Suzuki equivilent. Just remember that if buying second hand though.
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Yea, good Idea! But not all Sedici's are 4x4 are they? Or am I thinking of the Suzuki equivilent. Just remember that if buying second hand though.
All Sedici models are four wheel drive and you can pick them up second hand from about 6.5 - 7K
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...But not all Sedici's are 4x4 are they? Or am I thinking of the Suzuki equivilent....
The Suzuki comes as 2WD and 4WD, and with different engines to Fiat, but we won't mention that, will we. Sedicis are all 4x4 (which is why they're called Sedici, the Italian for 16, which is 4 x 4...)
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Is the Diesel Panda 4x4 coming to uk in September?

What the MPG for the Diesel version?
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Is the Diesel Panda 4x4 coming to uk in September?

What the MPG for the Diesel version?
Take a look at this earlier thread about 4x4 Multijet MPG:
https://www.fiatforum.com/panda-new/144937-panda-4x4-multijet-mpg.html

General view seems to be UK diesel 4x4 due soon, or, if thread about Cross is accurate, Panda Cross (which is diesel anyway), early next year?
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