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    Post for Minor Issues

    I'm writing this post for those to capture issues they noticed with their Abarths. Not to complain but to document for Fiat. I love my Abarth and in no way dissappointed in the way it drives.

    Here is a list of a few minor ones that I already provided pictures to my Studio sales representative. With these minor issues, I have no complaints with my sales representive as he was willing to work on a resolution of these matters.

    1) When first viewing the online pictures of the 17" wheels on the Fiat Web site... it appears that the lugs had a black chrome appearance versus the non-descript lugs that arrived. I believe these were lug covers (apparently available on the 500 Madness web site). This morning my sales rep believes that the Abarth 17" wheels do not come with the custom lug covers. I'm thinking about replacing the lugs with locking ones so not a huge deal... (would love to find a black chrome lock set). Did anybody else have the same impression/expectation?

    2) The lower driver side panel towards the rear wheel was separated from the main body. It turned out that the double stick tape was splitting down the middle and causing the panel to slightly flare out. A simple fix was to clean and add new industrial double side sticky tape to secure panel. I hope it lasts. This one concerns me but seems like a minor fix.

    3) Inside the panel of the rear hatch, was a missing plastic secure panel plug. I easily found a replacement plug at a local auto supply store.

    Again... extremely happy and excited to be drving my Abarth. So worth the wait.
    1) wheel lugs.jpg2) panel separation.jpg3) missing plug.jpg
    Last edited by EliRider; 04-30-2012 at 06:12 PM.
    2016 Fiat 500X Lounge (Bianco Gelato)

    2012 Fiat 500 Abarth (Nero)
    Unichip Q4 (5-Way Map Switch / self tune)
    Custom CAI / Intercooler
    ProtoXide Steel Single Mass Flywheel
    ProtoXide performance clutch/plate (4 puck copper reinforced)
    Craven Speed Throttle Body Injection Spacer
    HPSI Water Meth Injection System
    Bilsteins coil-overs
    EBC Red ceramic brakes
    Brake Lab slotted/drilled rotors
    Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3

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    My next minor issue... is the Apple iPhone integration with Blue&Me is functional but marginal.

    1) First issue was pairing my iPhone 4S - paired just fine and able to make calls... but the phone would not answer calls. By reseting my iPhone, I was able to recieve calls. You might be able to do the same thing by turning off bluetooth on your phone and turning it back on.

    2) Advanced features such as play by playlists, genre, artist,... does not work. On other postings I've heard of using applications such as doubletwist to a USB fob but that defeats the purpose of phone/music integration.

    Note: my iPhone does work reasonablly well with phone calls and playing music with Blue&Me in the Abarth but that's about it. I did figured out how to disable autoplay as the default is to play music when the phone is plugged in the usb port in the glovebox or when starting up the car. I had to use the "voice" command "media player" then verbally walk thru the usb settings commands then "autoplay off". Could not find this option with the "Menu" mode button.

    It is my opinion that Microsoft needs to be more agnostic in supporting all advanced features for all smartphones.
    2016 Fiat 500X Lounge (Bianco Gelato)

    2012 Fiat 500 Abarth (Nero)
    Unichip Q4 (5-Way Map Switch / self tune)
    Custom CAI / Intercooler
    ProtoXide Steel Single Mass Flywheel
    ProtoXide performance clutch/plate (4 puck copper reinforced)
    Craven Speed Throttle Body Injection Spacer
    HPSI Water Meth Injection System
    Bilsteins coil-overs
    EBC Red ceramic brakes
    Brake Lab slotted/drilled rotors
    Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3

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    I agree about the lug nuts.
    I'm going to get some of the black lug nut caps I found on Amazon
    http://www.amazon.com/Black-17mm-Lug...=2IUBZO4S0K29R

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    Quote Originally Posted by EliRider View Post
    3) Inside the panel of the rear hatch, was a missing plastic secure planel plug. I easily found a replacement plug at a local auto supply store.
    Looks like the one right next to the strap. I'm missing the exact same one, lol.

    Only other issue is that Blue&Me only likes to work with my phone half the time. But my phone runs a custom ROM so the fault is probably mine.
    chris
    2012 Nero Abarth

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChicagoAbarth View Post
    Looks like the one right next to the strap. I'm missing the exact same one, lol.
    Yes... exactly. Right next to the strap... slightly annoying but easily fixed. Perhaps that was the special plug with a scorp on it :-)
    2016 Fiat 500X Lounge (Bianco Gelato)

    2012 Fiat 500 Abarth (Nero)
    Unichip Q4 (5-Way Map Switch / self tune)
    Custom CAI / Intercooler
    ProtoXide Steel Single Mass Flywheel
    ProtoXide performance clutch/plate (4 puck copper reinforced)
    Craven Speed Throttle Body Injection Spacer
    HPSI Water Meth Injection System
    Bilsteins coil-overs
    EBC Red ceramic brakes
    Brake Lab slotted/drilled rotors
    Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3

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    Here are the picts that was on the Fiat USA web site.

    2012 Fiat 500 Abarth 8 scorpions 3 winners.jpgScorpion Wheel.jpgext_wheel_black.jpg

    Quote Originally Posted by trevc View Post
    I agree about the lug nuts.
    I'm going to get some of the black lug nut caps I found on Amazon
    http://www.amazon.com/Black-17mm-Lug...=2IUBZO4S0K29R
    2016 Fiat 500X Lounge (Bianco Gelato)

    2012 Fiat 500 Abarth (Nero)
    Unichip Q4 (5-Way Map Switch / self tune)
    Custom CAI / Intercooler
    ProtoXide Steel Single Mass Flywheel
    ProtoXide performance clutch/plate (4 puck copper reinforced)
    Craven Speed Throttle Body Injection Spacer
    HPSI Water Meth Injection System
    Bilsteins coil-overs
    EBC Red ceramic brakes
    Brake Lab slotted/drilled rotors
    Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3

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    My only issue after 2 weeks is the rear windshield spray nozzle occasionally dribbles washer fluid. Happens on hard corners or moderate acceleration. Service manager says this has been a problem for other 500s. I looking to have it addressed soon.

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    As I have noted in another post, my speedo,tach and boost gauge lighting doesn't work along with the upshift light.

    Dale

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    If I can chime in on this I can tell you this. I owned 3 PT Cruisers built in the same Toluca plant that is now building 500s. My first was ordered by me and the wait was just like what you are all going through now. From what I remember that car had a few small issues like loose trim and missing or fallen out clips. My other two were built later 03 GT and an 04 Dream Cruiser they were better. I think some of this may be a little bit new model growing pains and a little bit rushed production to get them out. Lets just hope it is not from the Chrysler Fiat Marriage. I am hoping this merger brings out the best of both companies not the worst!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SP1 View Post
    My only issue after 2 weeks is the rear windshield spray nozzle occasionally dribbles washer fluid. Happens on hard corners or moderate acceleration. Service manager says this has been a problem for other 500s. I looking to have it addressed soon.
    You too! Ok, I thought it was only mine.. yes, it is somewhat annoying. Somewhat glad I'm not the only one with this issue.

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