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Hi all, i thought i already had an account here, but couldnt sign in, so here i am again ;D
Seeing as this forum seems to embrace all thing CVT, i thought it best to show off my little Panda Selecta
I got Eleanor (named after the elderly lady i got the car off) back in 2002 and have been looking after her all this time. She has been lightly modded (not for power, as the e-cvt would throw a fit), and is as much of a joy to drive now, as when i first got her (plus still shows up Saxo vtr's ;D)
She certainly looks like a very clean and well looked after car! Years ago I had a friend with a Panda, 'what's that sticking out of your wing?' I once asked. 'Oh, that's a can of coke that's in the glovebox, it's the right size to block the hole!' was the reply! ;D
I'm certainly a fan of Fiats having previously owned an X1/9 - what a money-pit that was! There was something about driving it though which made it all worthwhile!
Do tell more about the stacked headlight Merc we can see in the garage!
Considering the problems reported in Fiat manual gearboxes in the Uno and Panda in the early nineties, the Selecta was probably a wise buy. Like Renault carrying on selling the "4" through to 1990 in France, I understand the Panda soldiered on in Italy right up to the introduction of the new one. Says something about some folks "Must Have" attitude in the UK that older models fall out of favour so quickly. On the other hand we stuck with the (proper) Mini for forty years so one wonders if it's just a case of the admen under-estimating the British Public - or just telling them what they want.
Post by Richard DAF Webmeister on Jun 13, 2010 18:00:47 GMT
In many ways the original Panda was nearest in spirit to DAFs of the new generation CVT. Used van Doorne's Transmatic basically. Nice to see a survivor as most of that generation CVTs didn't last long due to trade and press attitudes etc. And dare i say Italian metal?!
It sounds like an electrical problem in the gear selector, particularly if it's an intermittent problem. It might also be an engine mixture problem, as the engine is under load when "D", "R" or "P: are selected, but not "N", so maybe look at the pipes around the inlet manifold area and see if they're split. I once repaired a Ford Focus with precisely this problem, and it was a small split in a pipe linked to the manifold and the throttle body, which made the mixture weak on tick-over, but the car was fine when running at speed.
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