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Old 04 March 2013, 15:21   #1
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Anyone have a Fiat 500?

Looking at the 1.2 Sport model for my girlfriend. Cheap tax, 55mpg, cheap to insure, looks cool. Haven't been on a test drive yet. Anyone got one and can offer an opinion?
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My other have has one, she loves it - and to be honest I dont mind driving it.. Its on the small side though..

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The Fiat Panda is about the same but has more room.
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We got an offer on a Punto - saving loads and it worked out cheaper than the 500 - so it was the right option to get one.. but it wasn't a Fiat 500, so she didnt want a punto or a panda - or any other car...
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I've got a panda diesel and it's awesome! I can squeak 80mpg out of it and it costs nothing to run. Build quality on it (and the 500) is ace, no squeaks or rattles. My mate was so impressed that he bought one exactly the same.

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Mate has a 500 twinair. Surprisingly nippy, sounds like a motorbike and loves to rev (875cc V-twin Turbo) and its zero road tax. I regularly get the 1.2 500 as a hire car and the twin air has so much more character.

Dunno how they compare on cost as they haven't been out long compared to the 1.2.

Mum has a panda 1.2 petrol which is a good little motor too. The panda 100HP could be fun.
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Not too worried about size - it's simply to get her to work. In fact the smaller the better - she keeps driving her current 206 into things!
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Indeed - looked for a twin air on auto trader purely for the 68mpg economy, but more expensive as not been out so long. Currently looking at a 60 plate 1.2 sport, all the toys, 2 years warranty for 6k! Not sure I fancy the idea of a 2 cylinder engine much either. I was amazed to see it can tow 800 kgs.
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The wife has a Punto 1.2 active sport and she will not sell it or trade it in even for a 500, she had a cinquento sporting and kept that for 7 months even though she had a brand new Mini Cooper S, she thought the Mini would break down at some point, she hated the Mini and then bought the Punto.
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Indeed - looked for a twin air on auto trader purely for the 68mpg economy, but more expensive as not been out so long. Currently looking at a 60 plate 1.2 sport, all the toys, 2 years warranty for 6k! Not sure I fancy the idea of a 2 cylinder engine much either. I was amazed to see it can tow 800 kgs.
68 MPG is pie in the sky unless you drive everywhere in 5th at 50mph. I think my mate manages 55 ish on a sensible run and nearer 40 overall though it gets allot of stick all the time. Saying that Mums panda should do 53 mpg and manages 43 overall though thats allot of local driving.

The twin air would tear the 1.2 a new one, the torque is much greater and the way it piles the revs on is surprising.

The noise may not be to everyones taste but I'd still say to try one. Its actually pretty refined when cruising along and a hoot when you want to cane it. It will cost a few more to buy but I reckon the Zero road tax and novelty could make it hold its money better than the 1.2 maybe.
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