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100HP conversion?

Hello, my question is:

Is it possible to make a normal 1.2 Dynamic Panda look like one of those sleek 100HP ones with the more modern grille and bumper style?

If so, where could the parts be sourced?

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Hello, my question is:

Is it possible to make a normal 1.2 Dynamic Panda look like one of those sleek 100HP ones with the more modern grille and bumper style?

If so, where could the parts be sourced?

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Many have asked........but the 100hp was a rare car to start with and thus the used parts tend to be very expensive. New parts would be astronomical.


Easier to simply buy a 100hp. Insurance won't be much different. Ride will be much firmer, economy worse and turning circle embarrassing.


But it looks good and is great fun to own.
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It's possible, just not at all practical. The parts would cost so much that the cheapest way to get them would be an entire 100HP donor car. However, once you've bought the 100HP donor car, you might as well drive it rather than tear it apart and put the cosmetic parts onto a car with significantly worse mechanical bits.

As for insurance, it wouldn't surprise me if the heavily modified standard Panda ended up costing more to insure than a standard 100HP.

As a final point, cars which try to look like the fast model in the range when they in fact aren't (BWM M-Sport cars looking like true M cars, for example), are a pretty sad statement about the car's driver. A 100HP which looked like a 1.1 would be a much cooler project, in my opinion.
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There are a lot of holes needed to mount the plastic wheelarches.
So in that case you need to dril them on the nacessary places.
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Re: 100HP conversion?

Okay, well, that idea is out the window.

I do plan on replacing any/all parts that are damaged though. And possibly getting alloys for it. Will they set me back much with the small wheels on the Panda?
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Re: 100HP conversion?

Surely I could replace the headlights with the more modern, clear looking ones over the dull and boring looking ones which appear to be fitted onto the 2004 one I'll be getting
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Surely I could replace the headlights with the more modern, clear looking ones over the dull and boring looking ones which appear to be fitted onto the 2004 one I'll be getting
That may be possible - not sure. Why not post a pic of your car on here (or a hyperlink to it) and unleash the forum beasts on customising suggestions.


Personally:


1. I'd think about effect on insurance first


2. Put the Eleganza alloys on it


3. Black film on the B-pillars
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Re: 100HP conversion?

I will do as soon as I can.

Would things like the lights affect insurance prices? So long as it's genuine parts and not custom and risky parts.
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I will do as soon as I can.

Would things like the lights affect insurance prices? So long as it's genuine parts and not custom and risky parts.

The best thing is to phone and ask/tell them.


I told them I removed my stripe and also switched tyres from 195/45 to 195/50. No extra cost. The important thing was they recorded it. Insurers make money by NOT paying out remember.


Honesty is the best (insurance) policy.
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Easier to simply buy a 100hp. Insurance won't be much different. Ride will be much firmer, economy worse and turning circle embarrassing.
I've had 53.4 mpg before, driving to work... depends on the trip and how it's being driven

I agree about the turning circle though, 2.25 - 2.75 turns lock to lock I think.
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As has been said before, the turning circle on a HP makes you look like a complete div in car parks...
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Hello, my question is:

Is it possible to make a normal 1.2 Dynamic Panda look like one of those sleek 100HP ones with the more modern grille and bumper style?

If so, where could the parts be sourced?

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It's your first car (which you're getting at an extremely good price) and your first insurance. I'd leave it as standard, maybe add a set of standard alloys, but nothing else. Insurance is high enough.

There's been a lot of people on here with 100HPs who have struggled to get replacement bumpers and other parts following a knock.
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