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Should I be very worried...

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I'm still on the hunt for a Panda 100hp, one has turned up which is very nice and I have asked about the cambelt and it hasn't been changed

The car is a 2008 on 53k ish miles

Should I be very worried that it's over the 5 year recommended?

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Hi guys

I'm still on the hunt for a Panda 100hp, one has turned up which is very nice and I have asked about the cambelt and it hasn't been changed

The car is a 2008 on 53k ish miles

Should I be very worried that it's over the 5 year recommended?
No, but make changing it your first priority if you buy the car, and knock about 300 off what you would otherwise have paid for it.
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Hi guys

I'm still on the hunt for a Panda 100hp, one has turned up which is very nice and I have asked about the cambelt and it hasn't been changed

The car is a 2008 on 53k ish miles

Should I be very worried that it's over the 5 year recommended?

Thanks
TBH , if it's missed essential stuff like the cambelt, then It will require a PROPER full service .. look for @500 off the asking price

ALL the FLUIDS, ALL the filters , does the HP have a variator too..??
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Re: Should I be very worried...

Thanks guys, much appreciated

I think I will be waiting a little while longer as I don't want to risk it as its its catastrophic if it snaps

Knowing my luck it'll be on the way home!
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Re: Should I be very worried...

I would wait for a better one to come up, many times I was fobbed off by dealers etc saying the panda they were trying to sell didnt require a cambelt change yet etc so I just waked away. The one I ended up with had full Fiat Service History including a cambelt at 28k/5 years (or something like that).
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my way of looking at it is if it hasnt had a cambelt what else has been missed/neglected. there will be others come up definitely
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Re: Should I be very worried...

What is the asking price?

Is it from a trader?
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If its cheap enough, clean and tidy and everything works then why not.. just figure 300ish to do the belts/coolant and waterpump, if it makes you feel any better the garage that did mine (independent Fiat specialist) said they couldn't imagine the belt snapping as its pretty chunky.
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Thanks for all the comments guys

I didn't realise the belts were chunky on the car but I suppose that's good to know!

It's just under 3k for the car, private sale
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Re: Should I be very worried...

belts generally don't "snap" ..
it's the other idlers in the circuit that can get sticky, once the belt starts dragging across them the belt can then overheat and fail..
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Sale swerved

Sellers sounds like hard work, no discount available, best one for sale etc etc, perfect condition, find a better one

Then maybe he should've looked through the book a bit more often and seen when the cambelt was due
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It's just under 3k for the car, private sale
Hmm.
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TBH , if it's missed essential stuff like the cambelt, then It will require a PROPER full service .. look for @500 off the asking price

ALL the FLUIDS, ALL the filters , does the HP have a variator too..??
I believe it does.
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Hmm.

that was my thought.. but not really looked at HP prices to know

I'd be tempted to wait until after a show now.., so you'll have seen a few HP's and know what's a "right" one
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that was my thought.. but not really looked at HP prices to know

I'd be tempted to wait until after a show now.., so you'll have seen a few HP's and know what's a "right" one

Good advice, I will keep looking

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