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Fiat 500 USA Forum - Fiat 500X http://www.fiat500usaforum.com/ en Sun, 21 Apr 2019 02:48:13 GMT vBulletin 30 http://www.fiat500usaforum.com/images/misc/rss.png Fiat 500 USA Forum - Fiat 500X http://www.fiat500usaforum.com/ The end of my Fiat love affair http://www.fiat500usaforum.com/showthread.php?34266-The-end-of-my-Fiat-love-affair&goto=newpost Fri, 19 Apr 2019 23:50:58 GMT Today I bid goodbye to my 2016 500X Pop. Final mileage 82796. I was hoping to see how far she would reliably go but the recent mishap at the dealer...
Today I bid goodbye to my 2016 500X Pop. Final mileage 82796. I was hoping to see how far she would reliably go but the recent mishap at the dealer ruined those plans. Crazy to think a desire to keep her maintained properly is what led to her being abandoned. After the transmission case was replaced by the dealer, 2 distinct new noises cropped up that were quite concerning. First, a clunking noise was emanating from the driver side when turning and hitting bumps or when accelerating suddenly. After previous experience with a similar noise, I suspect the engine mount or tranny mount is bad, both of which were messed with during the repair. Second, my X now sounded like Santa Claus was coming to town, jingling all the way down the road. It literally sounded like I was dragging bells down the road. The noise was coming from the right front wheel. I took the wheels and belly pan off and could find nothing loose or obviously wrong. Noise got louder and more consistent when turning right and almost stopped when turning left. My thought is a bad wheel bearing but it could be the CV axle too as that was removed during the tranny repair. I also noticed a slight oil leak from the transmission where the right CV axle enters the tranny. Is it coincidence these noises and leak started after the tranny repair? Doubtful, but proving they damaged something would be impossible. I also needed 4 new tires so I was looking at potentially $1k in repairs on a car that was worth $5-6k when I still owed $11k. When putting that into the perspective that I was growing weary of the rough unrefined ride and would surpass 100k by the end of the year, I just decided it was best to cut my losses. I had simply lost confidence in her durability as the miles piled on.

The replacement is a 2019 Honda Insight. The build quality and ride quality is LIGHT years ahead of the 500X. Roads that used to rattle my interior are not even felt or heard in the Insight. I will miss the space of the hatchback but Iím already averaging 38mpg in the first 60 miles so I think I can deal. I will say that the 1.4 turbo is a reliable engine, as are all the electronics. The X never left me stranded. But the ride is awful for a modern fully independent suspension.
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Fiat 500X carfreak09 http://www.fiat500usaforum.com/showthread.php?34266-The-end-of-my-Fiat-love-affair
Question on aiming the headlights. http://www.fiat500usaforum.com/showthread.php?34249-Question-on-aiming-the-headlights&goto=newpost Thu, 18 Apr 2019 06:54:31 GMT
I've watched a load of youtube video's on the subject, and read through several printed sites.

One question remains:
Since the light housing clearly says 1% with a low-beam pictogram, would that not mean a 1% beam drop no matter what distance you were from the screen?
For instance, at 300" (25') you should have a 3" beam drop from the measured center height of the lens? Or at 120" (10') the drop should be 1.2"?
It would seem to make more sense than every type of lens bulb and reflector out there should be 5cm @ 25'.

I've seen the SAE guideline, but it's older and the SAE doesn't actually manufacture lights.. just sayin'.
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Fiat 500X Diggrr http://www.fiat500usaforum.com/showthread.php?34249-Question-on-aiming-the-headlights
What part is this?? http://www.fiat500usaforum.com/showthread.php?34213-What-part-is-this&goto=newpost Sun, 14 Apr 2019 16:15:23 GMT Anyone have any idea what this part may be and if itís important?? I found it stuck between the belly pan and the frame right under the tranny while...
Anyone have any idea what this part may be and if itís important?? I found it stuck between the belly pan and the frame right under the tranny while investigating a new flapping/jingling/clunking noise coming from my front end after the tranny case fiasco. The only identifying number on it is B20242 and it says Teklas. It is made of plastic. It could just be part of the packing of the tranny case that the dealer didnít remove or it could be something meant to hold a cable up. But Iím just guessing.
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Fiat 500X carfreak09 http://www.fiat500usaforum.com/showthread.php?34213-What-part-is-this