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    Fiat 500 30,000-mile service -- but no more dealer, so what would you do?

    I recently bought a used 2015 500c, which I like a lot. It's due for a 30,000-mile service but when I arrived at the local dealer, after a long wait behind Dodge, Alfa Romeo and Maserati owners, they told me they are no longer a FIAT dealer and won't do warranty work. That being the case I saw no reason to get overpriced work done there ...

    There's probably nothing wrong with my car. It does sometimes get quite raspy at around 2,800 rpm like a heat shield or something else is loose, and not having driven another 500 I can't say if this is "normal" or not. Also, about a week after I bought it I was merging onto the freeway when the car declared it was overheating (it definitely wasn't), went into limp mode, and then died. It was a little scary -- but I coasted to the side of the road, restarted it, and all was well. The problem hasn't come back -- but it does make me wonder if a FIAT dealer might reflash software for me or something.

    The nearest FIAT dealer is now about two hours away from me, given the 50-mile distance and traffic congestion. So my question is, should I invest what would definitely be a miserable day taking it to them -- figuring that they might find stuff to do while it's still under warranty -- or should I just have the routine 30,000 service recommendations taken care of locally?

    CARFAX records suggest that my car was always serviced by independents, so there may be things that were never done that a dealer should do. But given that they probably hate warranty work anyone and might blow it off anyway, I'm in a quandary!

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    My two cents .... I'd take it to a good dealer at least once and by good I mean someone who doesn't treat FIAT like an unwanted stepchild. Unless you have an extended warranty I suspect you are close to the end of your warranty (4 years or 50,000 miles starting from date of original sale) ... if you do have an issue, better to have it fixed on FCA's nickel than yours. Even if they find no issues, they should at least make sure all your software is up to date.

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    Thanks for your thoughts -- and you got it, I have about six months of warranty left. I don't know anything about the reputation of the FIAT dealer in San Jose, but they're the only choice unless I plan a FIAT vacation

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    I love telling people in the waiting area at the Dodge dealer while I’m getting an oil change that my Fiat is a FoMopar....(Foreign Mopar)....The hard core Challenger and Charger guys like to pick on it and say our Fiats are in no way a Mopar...Then I go show them places on the car that say Mopar...Some of them are delusional...They will even state my Viper is not a Mopar...I’m glad I have a Dodge dealer that is good and they will work on our cars so I can go and get under the skin of some of these guys....��
    Im not a Mopar guy...Im a FCA guy...Im so happy Fiat took Chrysler under its wing! With that said I have a good collection of FCA cars.

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    I just found out that the dealer in San Jose I would have to drive to for service might still be a FIAT dealer, but they don't actually have any FIATs on their lot. They only list four 500es on their site and those are listed as "on the way."

    In contrast, they have 205 Jeeps on their lot, 104 RAMs, and 78 Chryslers or Dodges.

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    You may want to call and ask how many of their techs are Fiat certified. Also talk to a Service Rep. find out which one is the most knowledgeable on Fiats. That will make a difference. A good service rep who is knowledgeable will be the best allied you can ask for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnnyangel View Post
    I just found out that the dealer in San Jose I would have to drive to for service might still be a FIAT dealer, but they don't actually have any FIATs on their lot. They only list four 500es on their site and those are listed as "on the way."

    In contrast, they have 205 Jeeps on their lot, 104 RAMs, and 78 Chryslers or Dodges.
    You may want to check out and drive a half hour more North from San Jose to Putnam Fiat in Burlingame. They service Italian rides Fiat, Alfa Romeo and Maserati. Only catch is their service is available Mon through Fri no weekends.

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    I liked Rustbucket's advice, get a FIAT dealer to check it out under warranty.

    Other than that, if the 30,000 maintenance is a simple oil change and your car is running fine, shouldn't be a big deal.

    Remember that car warranties can NOT be voided if work is done at a non-dealer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnnyangel View Post
    I recently bought a used 2015 500c, which I like a lot. It's due for a 30,000-mile service but when I arrived at the local dealer, after a long wait behind Dodge, Alfa Romeo and Maserati owners, they told me they are no longer a FIAT dealer and won't do warranty work. That being the case I saw no reason to get overpriced work done there ...

    There's probably nothing wrong with my car. It does sometimes get quite raspy at around 2,800 rpm like a heat shield or something else is loose, and not having driven another 500 I can't say if this is "normal" or not. Also, about a week after I bought it I was merging onto the freeway when the car declared it was overheating (it definitely wasn't), went into limp mode, and then died. It was a little scary -- but I coasted to the side of the road, restarted it, and all was well. The problem hasn't come back -- but it does make me wonder if a FIAT dealer might reflash software for me or something.

    The nearest FIAT dealer is now about two hours away from me, given the 50-mile distance and traffic congestion. So my question is, should I invest what would definitely be a miserable day taking it to them -- figuring that they might find stuff to do while it's still under warranty -- or should I just have the routine 30,000 service recommendations taken care of locally?

    CARFAX records suggest that my car was always serviced by independents, so there may be things that were never done that a dealer should do. But given that they probably hate warranty work anyone and might blow it off anyway, I'm in a quandary!
    I would call Fiat and ask them what you should do with the car and see what they have to say. Ask them the questions you are asking here and see what kind of reply you get.
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    Thanks to all for the advice. I'll probably take the car to the dealer in San Jose if they say that they are still servicing FIAT.

    If Yelp reviewers are to be believed, the FIAT service situation in the San Francisco Bay Area is a bit of a clusterf--k, though. Reviews for the San Jose dealer say essentially "their service is awful, take your car to Putnam in Burlingame." Then reviews of Putnam say "their service is awful, take your car to the dealer in Berkeley." And -- you may have guessed it -- reviews for the dealer in Berkeley say "their service is awful, take your dealer to Putnam."

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