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    Fiat 500 Problems to expect

    After nine years of ownership I didnt know there was that many issues. Ill have to go check around my car. Ive had very few maybe some burnt out headlights.


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    Quote Originally Posted by smark View Post
    After nine years of ownership I didn’t know there was that many issues. I’ll have to go check around my car. I’ve had very few maybe some burnt out headlights.

    i’m surprised by that because you’re pretty active on this forum.

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    I think he missed on a few points, but it's an excellent video to post when someone asks what to expect. He has now owned the car for 1 year, waiting for all those mystery ailments to spring out at him.

    He did make it sound like every car would have those problems, instead of those are the things that might happen. The door handles for example. If he uses the same care opening the door as he does closing it, he probably won't have a problem. I saw a guy at the store the other day grab it underhand and give it a good yank, as much up as out. He missed the menu option to unlock all 3 doors with one key press and gave a bad rep on the bearings and brakes. Granted, some guys are replacing them as often as he said, but I'd grant a guess those are guys who drive hard and/or race on weekends. For bearings, it's usually after around 5 years, except those guys who put on cheap aftermarket. It's great advice to not overfill the tank, but he missed a sticking roll-over valve. There are some wiring problems, but it appears rare (to me) that the wiring harness breaks down. I've heard it mentioned twice (except for the 2012 hatch wiring).

    An excellent review. Thanks for posting.

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    I thought he over did it. Makes it sound like every 500 out there has these problems. He's also driving an Abarth. He's mentions the Pop and Lounge but not the Sport. I'm beginning to think some of these wheel bearing issues are related to improper wheel alignment on the rear especially because shims must be used. My wheel alignment is dialed in.

    My car has been super reliable even with an engine tune. 66,000 miles. Original brakes. No "oil screen" changes. Synthetic oil only changed when the car tells me so. He doesn't mention the PCV box O-ring leaks. Very important I think. Should be done at every spark plug change. I chose a Sport because of the simplicity compared to a turbo-charged anything.

    And he doesn't sound very mechanically inclined-- just some guy making a video.
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    He did mention the Air Oil Separator when mentioning oil leaks, just no details. I agree on your timing, though I'll do mine before the 100K plug interval. I was thinking early wheel bearing fails might be extreme cold or maybe rough roads. I think he's likely correct at 5K oil changes for the turbo models.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocco Reviews... View Post
    i’m surprised by that because you’re pretty active on this forum.
    Burnt head lamp connectors, deteriorated wiring harness. Head liners, tin can roof panel. This guy had a Nick pick list. I’m extremely active on all Fiat forums. Doesn’t mean I’ve had all the same issues. He didn’t even mention the hatch back wiring.

    He was dead on door handles, arm rest, rocker panel separation, rear wheel bearings, Premature burnt headlights. The most common problems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smark View Post
    Burnt head lamp connectors, deteriorated wiring harness. Head liners, tin can roof panel. This guy had a Nick pick list. I’m extremely active on all Fiat forums. Doesn’t mean I’ve had all the same issues. He didn’t even mention the hatch back wiring.

    He was dead on door handles, arm rest, rocker panel separation, rear wheel bearings, Premature burnt headlights. The most common problems.
    You are very correct. A couple months ago, all of the clips broke off my moms armrest and she had to super glue it. It’s slowly popping back off, so it looks like need to use a stronger glue (Krazy Glue). What is considered pre mature as far as mileage goes for the headlights, as that for the housing itself or the bulbs? We only had to replace one bulb that was in the tail light.
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    Yep. Armrests are common complaints, either they break or they are in the way. People have had good luck using some of the epoxy glues to permanently hold them together, something like JB Weld. I thought there was a thread here about repairing them, but couldn't find it. (Do you remember, smark?) Other guys simply remove them. If I can ever find caps to cover the metal studs, I'll toss mine; always in the way.

    This thread has recommendations for replacement. Factory replacement is around $100, with 2 aftermarket available for around $110 to $150. The advantage of aftermarket is they have a tiny console and better padding.
    http://www.fiat500usaforum.com/showt...t!-AARG!/page2

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    This gentleman bought an obviously poorly maintained roach of a used car (different sized tires front to back, questionable rewiring, etc,), has owned it only a few months and now is an expert? This was all researched, no doubt, with the help of this forum. Sounds like a list of every possible issue anyone has ever posted on the forum over the past 9+ years.

    While some issues are more prevalent than others, he makes it sound like everyone is having all these problems and that's what to expect. Especially when he shows us his car that is in rough shape. I get that he wants to get views by posting sensational stuff, but I hope he doesn't complain about the resale value after he trashed his car.
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    Yes there are threads on repairing armrests. I'm in one of them and used Gorilla Glue to bond the top and bottom and held them together for a day with a bungee cord. It's been at least several years now and it's like new. No issues. I like the armrest.

    Do not manhandle your car folks! It will last a long time and be reliable.
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    Blast to drive! 25 years newer than last car!

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