Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Much Dewchurch, Herefordshire
My Motorhome: Pilote Galaxy G781GJ Emotion
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Fiat 500 TwinAir as a towed car.
I think that there has been a long enough gap between this and previous similar questions for this one to be valid. I am, after years of prevarication, looking at A-frame towing a car. We currently have a Mini Cooper S available but there are some questions over it's suitability to fit an A-frame and, of course, its extra weight.
So... We are looking at a Fiat 500. and today test drove both a TwinAir (840cc 2-cylinder turbo) and a Lounge 1.2 (1.2l 4-cylinder) - both "Manual" - both 15,000 miles-ish.). The only difference between the TwinAir 2-cylinder and my recollection of the original Fiat 500 (Yes - I had one in 1972!) was the oomph at 105bhp!! The noise was still the same!! We have been quoted between £1000 and £2700 for the vehicle A-frame conversion. (I understand the reasons for the difference and have yet to make a decision.)
But... I have noticed on a number of Fiat 500's on forecourts that there seems to be a paint issue or an issue with drivers driving through pebble-dashing, i.e. the bonnets (and other panels) seem to be badly gravel-chipped.
1) Am I barking up the wrong tree thinking of towing a Fiat 500? (£0 tax and 67 mpg (combined)(test value.)
2) Has anyone else seen this paint issue and is it an issue? The dealer has agreed to respray the bonnet and I will have a deposit return option on the result.
The TwinAir is otherwise a very nice car with all of the posing options. I am still trying to find who the first/only owner was and whether he/she lived up a forest track!! (We have them in abundance around here.)
Your views, as always, gratefully anticipated,
P.S. The towing vehicle is fine with a 180bhp manual donk.