2018 Fiat Panda and Punto score zero stars on NCAP crash tests.

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2018 Fiat Panda and Punto score zero stars on NCAP crash tests.

Post by Fitter » Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:10 pm

Fiat plumbs the bottom of the crash test stats yet again - both the 2018 Panda and Punto score zero stars.

How come they are allowed to sell the things if they are as bad as Thatcham Research say they are?

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Re: 2018 Fiat Panda and Punto score zero stars on NCAP crash tests.

Post by Ally » Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:30 pm

I don't know.

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Re: 2018 Fiat Panda and Punto score zero stars on NCAP crash tests.

Post by mysty » Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:37 pm

The Panda was car of the year years ago. We looked at Fiats about a year ago as a cheap runabout but they looked very dated and felt tinny not that I am a car snob.
No surprise they did not do well in crash tests.
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Re: 2018 Fiat Panda and Punto score zero stars on NCAP crash tests.

Post by Fitter » Thu Dec 06, 2018 12:05 am

Some sites say the Punto was withdrawn from sale last year, some say it's till current as the Evo.

As our local garage used to say:- Fix It Again Tomorrow

We've had two Fiats. An original 500 for Madame in the early 70's cost £40 - I think I wore out two sets of spanners on it.
It would probably be worth serious money nowadays as a classic.
And a new Seicento Sporting in the early 2000's again for Madame. Oil and coolant leaks, broken exhaust, power steering kept cutting out etc etc.
A local scroat put the window in and nicked the radio - I wish he had nicked the car and left the radio, it was the best part of the car :lol:
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Re: 2018 Fiat Panda and Punto score zero stars on NCAP crash tests.

Post by Spotty » Thu Dec 06, 2018 9:36 am

I drove an original Punto once, just the once, someone had stolen its spirito :D
Tbf, it was a Spanish hire car.

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Post by DominicBest » Thu Dec 06, 2018 9:52 am

The Panda has slid from being a four star car to being a no star car because the goalposts have moved, not because it has suddenly become dangerous. I hope that FIAT will cure the fault that switches off the front passenger airbag if a child seat is placed in the rear seats as that is obviously a straightforward blip.
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Re: 2018 Fiat Panda and Punto score zero stars on NCAP crash tests.

Post by Aardvark » Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:03 am

DominicBest "I hope that FIAT will cure the fault that switches off the front passenger airbag if a child seat is placed in the rear seats as that is obviously a straightforward blip."

Two things Italian cars (and motorcycles) were always known for. Rust and electrical faults. They don't rust so bad these days but the electrics are still doubtful.

I once had an old style Panda 4x4 and thought it was a bit of a silly concept until the day I took it to the Beaulieu Boat Jumble where the car park is always a muddy quagmire. I waved regally to the people in their Range Rovers that were being towed out by the estate tractor. The little beast did what it said on the (rusty) tin.
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Re: 2018 Fiat Panda and Punto score zero stars on NCAP crash tests.

Post by Spotty » Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:59 am

Aardvark wrote:
Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:03 am
Two things Italian cars (and motorcycles) were always known for. Rust and electrical faults. They don't rust so bad these days but the electrics are still doubtful.
Back when I had bikes I nearly bought a Guzzi, I asked the seller if there were any issues & he said all the switches, which had been packed with Vaseline so they didn't fall apart, I bought a Honda CB750F2.

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Re: 2018 Fiat Panda and Punto score zero stars on NCAP crash tests.

Post by vic evans » Thu Dec 06, 2018 3:54 pm

Spotty wrote:
Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:59 am


Back when I had bikes I nearly bought a Guzzi, I asked the seller if there were any issues & he said all the switches, which had been packed with Vaseline so they didn't fall apart, I bought a Honda CB750F2.
A wise choice. :good:
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Re: 2018 Fiat Panda and Punto score zero stars on NCAP crash tests.

Post by mysty » Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:13 pm

Aardvark wrote:
Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:03 am
DominicBest "I hope that FIAT will cure the fault that switches off the front passenger airbag if a child seat is placed in the rear seats as that is obviously a straightforward blip."

Two things Italian cars (and motorcycles) were always known for. Rust and electrical faults. They don't rust so bad these days but the electrics are still doubtful.

I once had an old style Panda 4x4 and thought it was a bit of a silly concept until the day I took it to the Beaulieu Boat Jumble where the car park is always a muddy quagmire. I waved regally to the people in their Range Rovers that were being towed out by the estate tractor. The little beast did what it said on the (rusty) tin.
The UK Alfas still rust some 2006 GTs now need welding to the jacking points. Electrics they have improved but plenty of 2008 spiders and159 that have parking sensors have problems with them coming on willy nilly :lol:
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