Seeing as it was 2008 when I last updated the blog, I thought it was about time to add a little something about the Panda. In the eight or nine months since the 20,000km service, I have completed another 5,000kms and had no problems whatsoever! As always, I hope this statement doesn’t jinx my run of good luck!
As summer is now in full swing, I’ve noticed my tyres really are on their last legs. Not because of available tread – of which there is quite a bit – but due to the poor tarmac quality robbing them of grip, especially under acceleration. Seeing as I’m still on the originals, I can’t complain too much about the impending bill to change all four, but it will need to be done before the winter or any long journey. I will probably go for the Eagle F1’s again, as I consider 25,000kms to be a decent figure for one set, and the performance they offer when at their peak is excellent.
In another 1000kms or so, it will receive the scheduled oil change, plus I really hope to get it professionally valeted, as the interior would benefit from a good clean. Outside there is a scuff on the rear corner which needs to be addressed, but as I’m responsible for this one – rather than one of the millions of careless parkers in Athens – I’ll have to swallow my pride and take it in.
As the car is two and a half years old, I shouldn’t complain about a scuff joining a tiny parking ding on the base of the passenger door. There are far newer cars in far worse condition here! The Panda continues to be the best car purchase I’ve ever made, and it’s still great to drive.