1990 Fiat Panda Dance 0.9 from UK and Ireland
Our world NEEDS basic cheap transport!
One thing only - the hooter stopped working. When checked, the terminal had come off.
I really do think my Panda is amazing.
I bought it merely because it was so cheap. I didn't think I'd ever really use it - maybe pootle to our village shop - but that would be it.
As it is - I find the Panda is an amazing bit of kit.
I had a Ford Focus diesel before the Panda, the estate version. I can fold the seats flat in the Panda, and get MORE in him that I could in the Focus estate!
Someone said they could tax their BMW, or for the same money tax AND insure their Panda. I can tax, insure and FILL THE TANK on the Panda for what it cost me to tax the Focus.
A tank last around 600 miles. If I use the A12 a lot, around 550. But out here in the sticks, I'm on bends and lanes, so speeding is something only holidaying Londoners do - us Dengie boys would rather brake to a halt quickly than rush to an accident site (!!) For that type of driving, the Panda is 'par-excellence'. Nippy, quick, light, economical, easily maintained, reliable, sure-footed... all these apply to the Panda 900. (but yes, you CAN make long journeys without getting cramp, etc. My Panda has to Italy several times. Each time full of camping gear, each time without fault or problem. Holding 70/75mph for miles is NOT a problem, but it DOES cut the mpg right back to 45/48!)
What DOESN'T apply is 'luxurious'. It isn't. You get slightly flimsy seats, a heater, a shelf and a single wiper arm. Anything more would be considered over-indulgent.
In return, you get 60mpg, an engine even a total pleb can change plugs/filters/oil on, a clutch & handbrake even a muppet with a spanner can adjust, (takes 90 seconds each), parts costing less than a pint (not that you'll ever need many) and a feeling of driving being FUN, as you drive along grinning like a window-licker, smiling at people in expensive,'fortunes-to-run'luxury cars equipped with sat nav, climate control, mp3 ports, CD changers,'sports modes' etc etc, who all HATE you...'cos there's you grinning as you zip along in your ultra-basic, simple-to-maintain, amazingly cheap to run, clockwork biscuit-tin
...but a SUPERB biscuit-tin, with a SUPERB heart.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 26th March, 2011
27th Mar 2011, 04:25
And if you ever have the misfortune of running into someone (or them into you), it will be curtains and goodnight Vienna.
These cars just aren't safe in this day and age, driving one of these gives a similar level of protection as a motorbike (but without the nimbleness that a motorbike offers).
29th Mar 2011, 22:30
I agree with the previous comment. If you're ever in a crash, whether it's your fault or not, you will wish (if you survive) that you were driving your Focus.