Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Fiat Panda hatchback?
Fiat puts in an average performance in our regular reliability surveys. And, if it wasn't for fault-ridden older cars such as the Cinquecento, the company could have finished even higher.
Certainly, owners seem to love life with the Panda, according to the JD Power Customer Satisfaction survey. It was the highest-placed Fiat in 2005, securely in the top 25% overall.
According to Warranty Direct, very few faults have been reported by Panda owners. Despite its good record, however, there are some things to look out for. On a few cars, the clutch juddered, and some suffered from a jammed tailgate release mechanism. If you're shopping for the MultiJet diesel, ask the previous owners about its fuel and oil consumption as some owners have reported that both are abnormally high.