Any tips when looking for a Fiat 500 TwinAir?

Any tips when looking for a Fiat 500 TwinAir?

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Mr Tidy

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14,391 posts

94 months

Sunday 23rd May
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After running her 2006 R50 Mini Cooper for 6 years that is just about hanging on my sister has decided to go retro again and wants a 500, but it has to be a TwinAir so it sounds like a proper Fiat 500! laugh

The fact our Mum had a Fiat 600 as her first car may be a factor here!

Anyway because she has particular colour requirements we haven't found too many that fit the bill, but are hoping to look at a metallic purple one on a 16 plate on Tuesday.

So do they have any specific issues that I need to look out for?

And how much difference is there between the 85bhp and 105bhp engines - the performance figures don't look much different.

Thanks for any help. thumbup




Nigel_O

2,008 posts

186 months

Tuesday 25th May
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I would suggest she drives one (of any colour...) before making a final decision.

They are definitely an acquired taste and can take a little bit of getting used to. Thankfully, she’s looking at a later model - the early ones were somewhat underpowered and needed to be driven hard to make progress. The fuel economy suffered accordingly to the point where they were noticeably worse than a four-pot 500

The 500 is an old design now, and utterly outclassed by stuff like a Fiesta or Yaris, but it’s a triumph of marketing over substance and consequently still very desirable amongst the appropriate demographic

Coming from a Cooper, I would have thought she’d be looking at a 500 Abarth. Still outclassed by its rivals, but an absolute riot to drive with a properly entertaining soundtrack.

AC43

9,146 posts

175 months

Tuesday 25th May
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Mr Tidy said:
After running her 2006 R50 Mini Cooper for 6 years that is just about hanging on my sister has decided to go retro again and wants a 500, but it has to be a TwinAir so it sounds like a proper Fiat 500! laugh

The fact our Mum had a Fiat 600 as her first car may be a factor here!

Anyway because she has particular colour requirements we haven't found too many that fit the bill, but are hoping to look at a metallic purple one on a 16 plate on Tuesday.

So do they have any specific issues that I need to look out for?

And how much difference is there between the 85bhp and 105bhp engines - the performance figures don't look much different.

Thanks for any help. thumbup
I don't know much about the Twinair engine but in terms of the rest of the car, the Lounge comes with more kit than some of the other regular 500's; the most obvious being the (fixed) glass panel in the roof. You also get parking sensors, rear wash wipe, TPMS, chrome pack, leather steering wheel etc.

The original owner of my wife's car had added leather, integrated nav (TomTom) and an opening sunroof. Climate is the other desirable option that springs to mind.

I guess the other version you might want to look at is the Sport which looks more like the Abarth. Don't know about the specs. That's the one I'd have gone for but my wife wants the more retro-looking Lounge with the ivory bits on the dash.

Logically, they don't seem to make much sense. But, strangely enough, I like bombing around in it.





AC43

9,146 posts

175 months

Tuesday 25th May
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This one popped into my in box the other day.

Epic Blue, leather, privacy, Tom Tom, 16's.

Reserved already - the ones with leather and toys don't hang around.

https://www.autotrader.co.uk/car-details/202105132...