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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-09-2019, 20:35 Thread Starter
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Fiat 500 TwinAir as a towed car.

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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,

HyFy

P.S. The towing vehicle is fine with a 180bhp manual donk.
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These are the experts on the specific car:-

https://www.fiatforum.com/500/

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Thanks for that EJB.

I'd tried them but the only paint issue on that Forum was a Gucci and I seem to recall that was a special finish but I will raise a thread and see what they say.

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Before parting with your hard earned just make sure your MH is plated high enough to tow your proposed purchase (don’t forget to include the weight of the A frame as well) Many have very meagre limits. I had an Autotrail 696 a few years ago the max trailer weight was only just over 1000kg. That was JUST enough for a Smart car on a lightweight purpose built Smart car trailer with around only 20kg spare!

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Thanks for that MrPlod but remember that I was a Mr Plod as well!! The Certificate of Conformity give me a Maximum Towable mass of 2100 kgs (braked). A Fiat 500 is between 850 and 950 depending on model. I could even tow the wife's existing Cooper S which is about 1450 kgs. but there are issues with replacing crush section bits at the front with the A-frames so maybe not.

In fact, since I put out the original thread I have declined the paint chipped TwinAir as I suspect the damage was caused by someone towing it!!

I am still looking for one but without the paint chips...

HyFy.

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We saw many cars being towed in the states that had 'bras' fitted to prevent stone chips. But after a while and with the dust and wind the bras left a mark all round the edges. Even fitting a dirt skirt along under the back of the motorhome caused even more dust to be stirred up.

So chips are an inevitable fact of towing anything.

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