2007 Fiat Panda Reviews

2007 Fiat Panda from UK and Ireland

Model year2007
Year of manufacture2007
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance89000 miles

Summary:

A bit of a money pit at the moment, but great for winter driving if everything is fixed!

Faults:

Broken prop shaft after 4 1/2 years.

Shocks replaced every year, front and back.

Suspension link bar.

Rear passenger side wheel bearing.

Very rattly at the back.

Vibration at low speed in the front.

Drivers side window motor is just starting to go.

General Comments:

Will drive through snow like a mini tractor.

Parts are expensive.

First four years were relatively painless; probably because it was under warranty and the four wheel drive feature is a must have around here. Since then though, it seems to be one thing after another, and we joke about needing a small mortgage to keep it on the road.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 3rd October, 2012

2007 Fiat Panda Eleganza 1.2 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2007
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.2 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired2900 miles
Most recent distance4000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin 75

Summary:

A joyful experience

Faults:

Loose earth wire.

General Comments:

Really willing engine.

Very smooth gear change falling readily to hand right beside the steering wheel.

Pleasant, well made interior, but low grade hard plastics used on dashboard.

A bit of body roll, but it handles very predictably. Its small size allows you to place the car and slice through corners at speeds where you'd have to go around them in a larger car.

I get 45MPG, which is not up to the 51MPG claimed by the manufacturer, and while I drive fairly fast, I don't thrash it. Don't expect to get higher MPG out of the car driving slowly because you won't. 300 mile range on a tank is realistic.

Great in town and on the open road.

Slightly noisy on the motorway at 70mph, but I blame the factory fit 14" alloys and it would probably be quieter on 13" steel rims.

Engine note is pleasant, but it does get noisier at high revs.

Eleganza trim gives enough creature comforts to not leave you wishing you had a premium brand car.

Head unit and speakers aren't bad, but could be better. Not sure if speakers or head unit are to blame.

Rubber material used in windscreen wipers is rubbish.

The car is really, really pleasant and enjoyable to drive. Each time I drive it, I find myself saying this is a lovely little thing.

A problem with cars of this size is that you will get cut up in traffic by c*cks all the time.

People looking to downsize from a larger car should not dismiss this; it is a very real problem in Ireland where there is no enforcement of the rules of the road, and it is a big reason why I continue to drive my big barge of a Rover 75.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th November, 2009

2007 Fiat Panda Multijet Dynamic 1.3 diesel from UK and Ireland

Model year2007
Year of manufacture2007
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.3 diesel Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance3200 miles
Previous carPerodua Myvi

Summary:

Astonishingly good car, well done Fiat!

Faults:

Delivered with minute delivery mark (less than 1mm) on rear bumper, for which dealer offered a free paintstick.

One grommet was missing on the NSR folding seat assembly; on order.

Very slight rattle developing on dash top - may be due to my covert TomTom wiring through the dash to the windscreen pillar.

Otherwise NOTHING.

I have searched for problems with a magnifying glass, and I am fussy. I would never have bought another Fiat for me - but this was for my wife. I am still looking, trying to prove myself right that Fiats are cack.

Still NOTHING. Damn.

General Comments:

We could not be happier with this car, especially now the first class power train has loosened up.

The car is enjoyable to own, fun to drive, user-friendly and staggeringly economical. We are averaging 65mpg with mixed use, with 75mpg possible on a run, and coupled with £35 pa road tax and group 2 insurance, this car just has to be the best budget car to own, as it is enjoyable to drive and frugal.

This car was bought for my wife who recently passed her test, but I keep pinching it after falling for it (hence 3200 miles on 57 plate!). I used to own a 2006 Suzuki Swift DDiS (see report!) with the same engine (many cars use this excellent unit) and I fell out with that car in a big way because of the stupid interfering electronics fitted, but the Panda is just superb.

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Clever touches:

Speed related stereo volume.

Speed related wipers with auto wipe on selecting reverse with front wipers on, auto wipers when washing window, intermittent rear wipe goes half speed of front wipers, flick wipe facility.

Follow-me-home lights.

Excellent trip computer with both instantaneous and average fuel economy.

Very bright reversing light, excellent headlight performance.

Quality tyres, super smooth engine, fantastic refinement, finger light gearchange.

No annoying beeps or alarms, lovely folding key remote (like Golf), the pack Fiat sent me with a branded USB key gift, etc, etc..

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Could do with improvement:

Leg room for taller drivers - one knee catches the centre gearshift pod and the other thigh catches against a very hard door handle, but you can get comfy after trial and error.

Intermittent wiper setting too fast.

Mirrors are convex but ridiculously small for a town car, and have no blind spot curve or easy adjust for kerb alignment when parking (silly mistake Fiat!).

Very strong plastic smell when using heater.

Nothing else. Damn!

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Drive a well run-in one of these and be surprised - it is a world away from the petrol Pandas, and we actually chose our Multijet over the 1.4 100HP version after testing it, the diesel and also the 1.2 petrol.

The car is very refined indeed and well suited to demanding A and B roads, as well as lengthy fast motorway runs. Really!

Ours has the following options: air conditioning, sliding rear seat, a full size spare wheel and metallic paint, and cost £6800 on the road at a main Fiat dealer as the first owner, 57 plate car - an amazing deal.

When sourcing the car we saw various £5799 deal for the Multijet diesel, or £6199 with air-con, but these cars come WITHOUT rear headrests and with YELLOW as the only base colour - even red is an option of £235, metallics are £360. We therefore specified the £200 sliding rear seat option (4 seats only) which comes with the rear headrests and this is useful for increasing the boot size, but the seats when folded do not fold flat - the bases are fixed and back rests flop forward. We would rather have had proper folding seats in hindsight.

The £20 full size spare option is well worth it, as the boot is unaffected and you have a proper tyre, and you will only have to buy one when the fronts wear - use the best worn tyre as a spare when the time comes.

I would recommend the base car in yellow at £5799 as a cheap or second car, but the addition of air-con, nice paint and the better rear seats makes it usable as the main car - so for £1000 extra it is well worth it.

I would order the steering wheel controls for the audio if buying again however -the volume is a fair stretch away (even if only used occasionally with the auto/speed volume on). The sub-woofer option is unnecessary - the stereo is excellent.

Be very careful to get the colours right when ordering, and go and see the correct combination of paint and trim colour first before committing - Fiat have someone in the interior department who is colour blind (sky blue seats with maroon paint anyone?!).

We chose Cumbia Beige (smoke gold) with matching beige interior after looking at 30 odd Pandas, as it looked very nice - even though I hated gold, but the New Orleans Blue matches the blue interior well, and so does the light blue metallic. Rumba red comes with beige interior (!?!!).

The diesel makes great sense over the petrol as the fuel economy is much better, the tax £80 pa cheaper (£130 cheaper than 100HP version) and the resale stronger. It will be cheaper to own than any of the petrols, even the bog standard Active 1.1 petrol - look at the cost per mile stats in the magazines, even at list price - then factor in these amazing deals.

It is also very quick and pulls hard at tickover right up to 5000rpm - it is a brilliant engine, with a superb light gearbox, which means you can surprise many drivers. I have laughed myself daft watching the expressions of other drivers trying to leave me!! Overtaking is a doddle, so are steep hills, and the engine is strong enough to drive the car at tickover while changing gears.

If this car stays this good while we own it, and has no issues, it will truly be the best car we have ever owned (I've had 74 cars and 20 motorbikes) - and I am fussy! See my reports on 2006 Suzuki Swift DDiS, 2006 Suzuki Ignis 4Grip for instance.

For this money, it should not be this good, but it was made in Poland, which might explain it; the Polish are very proud and diligent workers - Fiat say the warranty claims are very low due on the Panda to the exceptional build quality.

I returned to Fiat after abandoning the brand some years ago from bad experiences. I came back as the brand has made marked improvements in dealers, style and quality, plus the new 500 will make it a desirable brand again. So far I am highly impressed with the car and the dealers, but I am certain something will go wrong...!! The missing grommet is on order and the rattle will be looked at soon.

On the strength of how damned good this Panda is, I have ordered a Fiat Doblo 1.9 Multijet 120 Dynamic for me - risky, but we'll see how it pans out..!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th October, 2007

16th Nov 2007, 10:44

Very interesting and timely review as I've just ordered my Panda Multijet four weeks ago (they promised 6-8 weeks delivery because of the options I specified.)

Amazingly, the car is practically identical to yours, same colour inside and out (check out the Cumbia Beige on the Fiat UK website.. nothing like the real thing!!) The only extras I'm getting are the 14 inch wheels and the steering wheel audio controls.

All up for £7500 through Fiatsupasaver and supplied through a dealer... I can't wait for it to arrive!

My 60 mile round trip to work and back is a mixture of steep hills, winding A road and dual carriageway, so your comments were very encouraging.

I didn't know about the speed related wipers, would that be the intelligent washer mentioned in the brochure? The speed related audio volume sounds great too!

So thanks for confirming my first impressions of the multijet... a little ripper!!!

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 4 reviews