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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 24-05-2018, 19:00 Thread Starter
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Can I tow my Fiat Panda Cross 4x4

Hi to all. Its a while since I've been on the forum. We've just returned to the motorhome community after a break of 5 years.

We've just purchased an '09 Fiat Panda 4x4 Cross to tow behind our new Rapido 8094df 4.4t 180hp. I approached an A-Frame manufacturer who doubted we can to it as its 4x4 (not permanent). A Fiat main dealer told me I can, but Fiat Customer Service Centre in Italy told me its not a good idea. So that's useful then!

Has anyone out there every towed a 2nd generation Fiat Panda 4x4 or knows of anyone who has?
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Sorry I can't help but I'm just giving your post a boost.
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Do you have a transfer box or is it permanent 4x4.? Can you select a neutral position?

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I'll bump this as well as if we do get an A Frame, we are looking at the Panda 4x4 too. It's lightweight but supposed to be very good in winter conditions too...


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I'll bump this as well as if we do get an A Frame, we are looking at the Panda 4x4 too. It's lightweight but supposed to be very good in winter conditions too...


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Hi Graham.
It's also a very funky little car. My other car's a Tesla Model S and my wife's is a Nissan Leaf, both all electric.
It's weird having to use a diesel pump again for the MH and the Panda.

Fiat themselves are being absolutely useless. The customer help centre is in Italy manned (personed) by English speaking Italians. The Handbook clearly states that the '09 Panda 4x4 can be towed but does not state a speed or distance restriction. The Tonbridge Wells dealership said Yes, but when asked for proof in writing said they wouldn't do that. The Eastbourne dealership KAP said they don't give technical advice even before I told them what it was about. The first approach to the Fiat help line in Italy yielded an 'its not advisable', The second approach, over a week ago now was escalated to the product specialist and despite calling back (three times today alone) has yielded nothing yet. The AA say they have not been advised by Fiat of any towing restrictions.

What has a person got to do!

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..it might be worth asking the A Frame supplier?


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Spoke to all the electronic A Frame suppliers. They won't stick their necks out
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Spoke to all the electronic A Frame suppliers. They won't stick their necks out

...and they haven't done any A Frame conversions with this model presumably?


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One said he had some time ago and had heard nothing back from the customer. That’s not proof positive.
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Sorry, thought i’d replied To this but must have done something wrong.
It’s not permanent 4x4. The rear wheels cut in when the front wheels lose traction. There is also an Electronic Dif Lock button on the dash for permanent 4x4 if you get stuck off-road.
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