Used car buying guide: Fiat Panda 100HP

Brakes: A new set of front discs and pads cost around £300 fitted. The rear brakes can buzz in reverse, but that’s more of an inconvenience than a problem.

Transmission: No real issues with the gearbox other than the weird leak at the seals. Small leaks shouldn’t worry you, but check regularly. A stiff clutch points to a worn pressure plate. The clutches can wear out quickly but should last 50,000 miles, even with heavy city use.

Interior: The seats are notorious for tearing but aren’t too hard to reupholster. Power window mechanisms are susceptible to failure but, again, that’s not going to break the bank to fix them. Check that the windows operate and that the headlights stay on when the turn signals are on. The stereo can also be problematic turning on and draining the battery.

Motor: With regular maintenance, the 100HP’s engine is relatively problem-free, but keep an eye on oil and coolant levels. Any tappet noise or rattling suggests that the car is low on oil. Check all levels and look carefully for any signs of leaks. It’s best to replace timing belts every three years rather than the recommended five. Services arrive at 12,000 mile intervals.

Also to know

Check the drain holes at the bottom of the windshield. If they are clogged with leaves, water collects there and can cause the wiper motor to fail.

Also check the rear exhaust housing, which is susceptible to rot. A full stainless steel exhaust is worth adding for around £600, saving you bills in the long run.

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