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    Default Fiat Panda......Why not??

    Anyone knows the new Panda, or has driven it, or considers one??

    At R 154900........what the HELL else come even near in that "mini SUV" segment?? Nearest competitor I can think of is the Kwid Climber, and (my opinion) not even remotely comparable.

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    Default Re: Fiat Panda......Why not??

    I had a look at the Panda cross the other day and I was pleasantly surprised. Did not drive it, but apparently the 900cc turbo is good for 66KW and 0-100 in 12ish seconds.

    Had it on lat wiel a while ago and they also had plenty of nice things to say about the car.

    Dunno what trade in values will be like a couple of years down the line though

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    Default Re: Fiat Panda......Why not??

    What about the Suzuki Ignis?
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    I had rental Panda in Crete last weekend for a couple of days. Not a Polo by any stretch, but a nice car. VERY economical and quite roomy inside. Good value for money I think.
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    Parts and service on swambo's Merc is less than my MIL's Fiat 500.

    I can even get Merc parts at GoldWagen. Where, besides agents, will you get Fiat parts?

    Trying to sell the Fiat, brought in offers at around 1/3 of replacement value, IF the dealer was prepared to make an offer...

    PS. The dealership MIL's Fiat was bought from, went bankrupt...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Inkanyamba View Post
    What about the Suzuki Ignis?
    i bought my daughter one, best little car ever!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frikstervx200 View Post
    i bought my daughter one, best little car ever!
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    Quote Originally Posted by FWM View Post
    Luister vir die mense Petri
    Ja ja ja ek weet

    What I do know is Fiat 500 aint gonna happen. Too small.

    The Panda just caught my eye, looks like a nice car in that bracket.

    But ja, at R 20k more ypu can get the Ignis GL, or the Sandero, Swift, Polo Vivo 1,4........not really into the Etios.

    Was also impressed with the Up!...........its just small, but I'd say rather that than a 500.

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    Quote Originally Posted by horsepower View Post
    FROM.... R129 900.

    Would be interesting to see exactly what you get for that... and what extra costs are spooned on top.
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    Friend of mine is getting one on Tuesday so will hear what he says.

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    My friend always loved his Fiat's and Alphas. Seem nice enough, even if the quality is a little less than the Germans.

    The only concerns I would have are parts, and if you buy it new the resale value. You probably gonna take a huge knock.
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    Quote Originally Posted by horsepower View Post
    Holy heck. And that's for the Lounge model (better spec) one.
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    The new Panda is a 2 cylinder jobby (yes only two).

    That makes me slightly nervous.
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    The Fiat panda climbing was one of the most fun cars I have ever driven. A family member owned one here and we had loads of adventures with it.

    also borrowed one from a friends gran when we were in Italy, and I have seldom smiled that much while driving anything other than a landy. Sure it was just unmaintained gravel back roads we were exploring, but it was awesome.

    the new one should be just as much fun. You of all people should know that some cars you buy purely with the heart and not the head, and fiats definately fall in this category. I would say just do it. How bad could it be.

    polos are great, I had a rental for the past few days again, and it was really good at being a car. But it didn’t bring me any joy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom13 View Post
    The new Panda is a 2 cylinder jobby (yes only two).

    That makes me slightly nervous.
    why? Air cooled Motorbikes with twin engines that are tuned well beyond the scope of the panda motor do 150k km without having to look at the motors.

    this is not a high performance car by any measure. What does the number of cylinders have to do with reliability anyway? There are lots of cars with twice as many cylinders or more, that make me nervous.

    euro manufactures are also pretty good at making small motors that are pretty decent.

    also, that specific 2 por motor has been around since 2010, and has actually won international engine of the year for the 1 liter and below class multiple times

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walnut View Post
    My friend always loved his Fiat's and Alphas. Seem nice enough, even if the quality is a little less than the Germans.

    The only concerns I would have are parts, and if you buy it new the resale value. You probably gonna take a huge knock.

    Have never seen an Alpha on the road. Please post a pic please.....

    My Alfa on the other hand, drives way better than any German or Japsnees I've owned. Way better build quality on the inside compared to the new models offered by the rivals. My wife's 500c is a fantastic drive in tow. Yes, I've struggled to get parts 15 years ago, but I have a choice of 4 dealers within a radius of 50 kms from my house, so no issues during the last couple of years.
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    RPiet, personally it is it just something to get used to. Even the thee cylinder engines were met with some scepticism when they were introduced, similarly the 2.0 Amarok.

    Make no mistake I like the new Panda.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JAPster View Post
    Have never seen an Alpha on the road. Please post a pic please.....

    My Alfa on the other hand, drives way better than any German or Japsnees I've owned. Way better build quality on the inside compared to the new models offered by the rivals. My wife's 500c is a fantastic drive in tow. Yes, I've struggled to get parts 15 years ago, but I have a choice of 4 dealers within a radius of 50 kms from my house, so no issues during the last couple of years.
    I have never seen a "drive in tow" on the road

    Please post a picture

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