2005 Fiat Panda Multijet Sporting 1.3 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland
This is Polski Fiat at its cheapest and nastiest!
The micro switch in the boot release kept firing the boot open indiscriminately.
Very rattly interior and very poor quality trim / plastics.
Strange loose sounding rumbles from front and rear suspension.
Engine smoked badly and used a lot of oil.
I loved the look and character of the Panda, but was bitterly disappointed by it's poor quality.
The refinement of the turbo diesel engine is superb, especially at motorway speeds, but there is an awful dead period of turbo lag at low speeds (worse in cold weather.
Once moving the performance is great, but the initial poor throttle response is verging on dangerous in my opinion.
Horrible horrible tacky plastics used for dash and door trims.
By contrast the seats are well upholstered, durable and very comfortable.
My Panda replaced a much loved and respected Fabia TDI, and happily has been replaced by another Fabia TDI.
For cheap economical quality transport, look no further than the series 1 Skoda Fabia.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 10th April, 2009
16th Apr 2009, 01:21
I would heartily disagree - the Multijet Panda is a very good car for the money, and our 2007 70BHP was one of the best cars we have owned, excepting the tight cabin.
A diesel Fabia is a much more expensive car - the diesel Panda is available at 5899GBP and Fabia 1 at 8600GBP, so the comparison is unfair.
I would also state that Polish built Fiats are the best of the brand, with the least rattles and best build quality.
The later Pandas had the ECU downtuned to 70BHP from the earlier Sporting models 90BHP, and this rectified the lag by putting all of the power at tickover level not higher up the rev range.
I think the Diesel Panda is the best budget car of our time, and is unbelievably good for 5899GBP new with 70mpg and 35GBP pa road tax. The Fabia may be a good car, but is far more expensive.
28th Apr 2009, 15:07
Everybody know that you can buy a pre reg Panda at a massive discount, but the list price of the basic Panda Dynamic is £9395 so comparison with the Fabia is quite fair. The fact that delivery mileage Fabia Diesels are not available at under £6000 can only serve to confirm that it is a far superior product. However, I was referring to the first generation Fabia as a second had buy so new prices are therefore irrelevant.
Incidentlly the Panda Sporting was a special edition based on the Dynamic and used the 70BHP motor. The 90BHP Mjet has never been available in the Panda.
This site is all about experiences and opinions, so although I'm obviously ecstatic that you like your Panda, I stand by my experience in that mine was rubbish.