I was looking for a cheap economical nearly new runabout and found what I wanted in this car. One of my brothers thought it looked like a mini-hearse as I went for a metallic black, one-year old model, and my Mum doesn't like the firm and slightly bumpy ride.
At the end of the day, it's a (relatively) cheap buy with a lot going for it. However, on the minus side, I have had to have the heater and blower illumination lights replaced several times, and the car developed a water leak about three months after I got it, which took three goes to fix under warranty. This tarnished the joy a bit.
I currently find that I need a new fuel tank as, to my amazement, I was told it 'was damaged by something flying up from underneath' when I took it in for what I thought would be a warranty job following a slight petrol smell. This is going to be expensive as the warranty doesn't cover that. The warranty did cover the headlamp problem though, (they switched off momentarily every now and then).
Customer service at the Northampton dealer is hit and miss - it depends who you get on reception, but I do have a Grande Punto to swan about in while they wait for a fuel tank to arrive. I guess I have been unlucky.
Overall, though, I do rate this car and it is great fun to drive. I love overtaking bigger cars and laughing to myself as they simply have to restablish their dominance of the road by trying to overtake you again!
Ho-hum - big car, small willy syndrome, methinks!
I previously reviewed this car in April 06. We still have the same car, a '54 reg 1.2 Dynamic, and it's still fantastic to own and drive. Mileage is now 12,000. My daughter learnt to drive in it, and now my two sons are doing the same. The car feels as solid as it did when we bought it, with no rattles. Only 1 repair to report, an electric window motor at £158 inc. fitting at Thames Fiat in Slough. Otherwise, only standard servicing required. I once averaged 100mpg on a short motorway trip, but generally the car will return 40+ mpg around town, and over 60mpg mixed. With petrol prices the way they are now I drive it all the time, while my Audi A4 gathers dust. Oh, and the smile factor is still there. This car makes you grin idiotically when you drive it. It's a great antidote to the horrors of modern motoring.
It's a fantastic car!
First, the car made a good impression with an upmarket 'sword' key and a snazzy exterior. Once inside i was pleasantly surprised with fantastically comfortable yellow seats, a great dashboard layout incorporating the gear stick on the dashboard and steering wheel mounted audio controls for the superb MP3 compliant Blaupunkt stereo - even if it has subsequently developed an unhealthy curiosity for The Beatles!
Second, the drive is very pleasant. The ride is supple and the acceleration swift. However i don't like the 'city' mode for the steering - it just feels too isolated, remote and rather pointless when the steering is light enough for urban driving anyway, perhaps a better synthesis would have been to have a button which increased the weight for motorway driving.
Third, running costs are fine with cheap insurance and a frugal engine which has never returned less than 45mpg on a trip with efficiency increasing to about 56mpg on the motorway. One point however is the fuel cap which i find is unnecessarily awkward - a strange system which requires a complex locking procedure with the key rather than a simple screw on cap which clicks to lock. Also before committing to one ensure that you are comfortable with the relatively narrow foot well and close pedals.
To conclude, the Panda is great with a sparkling personality that really makes it pleasurable to use. A real gem.
Having owned Fiats in the past I was aprehensive about buying another. However, from the first drive I was hooked!
I love the look of the thing and it makes me smile everytime I drive it. The fact that I leave my new company A4 parked up at the weekend is the best endorsement I can think of!
The best small car by miles!
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Ive had this car for one year now and so far has exeeded my expectations. The car is great at overtaking lorries on the motorway and handles very…