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Fiat Panda Overview
The Fiat Panda is in the city car class due to its small size, both bodily and engine. It is very cheap to run and to buy. The problem with this car is that it is far too small inside and the older models are not to aesthetically appealing. The car is manufactured by the Italian motor company Fiat and has been in production for 32 years. The Panda has been a successful model in the European market and was European car of the year in 2004.
Fiat Panda History
The first generation Panda (1980-2003) was mainly designed for the ‘lower class’ as a cheap, no frills car which would be easy to run and maintain. The design was very box like in shape and easily distinguished as a Fiat. Keeping in line with their ‘practical’ design, the interior and everything about the car was very useful and cheap. A 4x4 was introduced at this stage.
It had its first makeover in 1986, mainly on some of the mechanical parts which were proving to be problematic. A few of the engines were replaced at this time and a 1.3L engine was introduced and was the first engine over 1.0L.
A second makeover was to take place in 1991 and last up until 2003 but this time it was not so much a mechanical change but a change to some of the body features. New trims were added and some other aesthetic improvements were made.
The 1st generation Panda ceased production in 1996 in the UK but was still being produced in Italy up until 2003. The car was deemed to old fashioned looking.
The second generation (2003-10) was almost like a totally different car; its design was more curved and gave it a whole new appeal. This was rather successful across Europe, particularly in Italy.
The third generation (2011 - present) is now the current version in production.
Models (3rd Generation)
0.9 Aspirated TwinAir
0.9 TwinAir Turbo Dualogic
0.9 TwinAir Turbo
1.2 Fire 8v
1.3 Multijet II
0.9 TwinAir Turbo Natural Power (petrol/methane)
1.2 EasyPower (petrol/LPG)
As the engine sizes vary from 0.9 – 1.4L in the modern day Pandas and there is both diesel and petrol engines available, then the fuel economy is pretty good for all engines in this range. Obviously the smaller engines and diesel engines have better fuel economy but in general the Panda was designed to be cheap and economical.
The newer range models have 5 and 6 speed manual and 5 speed semi-auto gearboxes. Breakeryard has a Fiat Gearbox section on the website if you need to find gearbox parts for your Panda.
Have you experienced problems with parts on your Fiat Panda? If so, we may the solution on our Panda problems page here. Breakeryard has many Fiat Panda parts available through our website. We have a section dedicated to these parts and our vast networks of Breakers are waiting to supply these parts. Check out this section or enter your vehicle details in our part finder.