Someone Else's Problem: 2012 Fiat 500 - The Mexican Wart - Not My Problem!

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they don’t look bad.
 

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Lancia is just a weirder looking FIAT
 

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Lancia is just a weirder looking FIAT

Back in the days when Lancia had their own engineers, turning to full lock could snap the timing belt because the power steering pump was driven off of the end of one of the camshafts.

I think "weirder looking FIAT" is the better option.
 

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I’m still walking on egg shells waiting for The Thing as far as the reason it was a reasonable price. Something catastrophic is lurking, I feel.
Well being FIAT you surely just need to keep aware for smells of burning electrics.
 

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Well being FIAT you surely just need to keep aware for smells of burning electrics.
Not yet! A few days ago, I was driving at night (in the usual loop when I’m bored but feel like I need to go somewhere) I had a nondescript orange triangle with a ! in it show up on the gauge cluster. No text, nothing like with the CEL emissions issue. It went away by the time I stopped and did this a couple more times. Finally yesterday I turned it on the move the car out of the way and the gauge cluster showed that exclamation upon start up and displayed a text of “Front left lamp out.” I turn on headlights, flick the turn signal and check the front. All looks good, so I get a broom and poke the brake pedal and look in the back. The left brake light is out. Not a front bulb. Well done, Fiat! :D

About a month ago I removed a sticker on the hood, which proved to be not a good idea because it seems the paint finish was damaged...


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I’m still walking on egg shells waiting for The Thing as far as the reason it was a reasonable price. Something catastrophic is lurking, I feel.

This afternoon after work, I choose to take the Fiat to go get some Lemonade some kids were selling for $0.50c just because. Now, it has been a week or so since I last drove it and there was a few rain storms this week. When I reversed out and drove down the road both reverse clutch engagement and 1st gear clutch engagement had a real shutter feeling throughout the car. It wasn't engine related as there was no attempt and engine bogging. Is it possible that like drum brakes during a high humid period that you can get build up causing a weird grab texture making stuff not work as you're used to? I say this because after a few miles of driving it seemed this shutter dissipated. This is also the first time I noticed this after the usual weekly delays I have with driving the little wart.

This is not something I've experienced with my '04 Mustang or '18 Golf GTI.
 
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This afternoon after work, I choose to take the Fiat to go get some Lemonade some kids were selling for $0.50c just because. Now, it has been a week or so since I last drove it and there was a few rain storms this week. When I reversed out and drove down the road both reverse clutch engagement and 1st gear clutch engagement had a real shutter feeling throughout the car. It wasn't engine related as there was no attempt and engine bogging. Is it possible that like drum brakes during a high humid period that you can get build up causing a weird grab texture making stuff not work as you're used to? I say this because after a few miles of driving it seemed this shutter dissipated. This is also the first time I noticed this after the usual weekly delays I have with driving the little wart.

This is not something I've experienced with my '04 Mustang or '18 Golf GTI.

If you park on the flat, and leave it for a while just leave it in-gear. Usually I use Reverse in Luigi as that sits in a not quite dry environment rusting more and the handbrake gets nasty after a week or two sitting
 

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If you park on the flat, and leave it for a while just leave it in-gear. Usually I use Reverse in Luigi as that sits in a not quite dry environment rusting more and the handbrake gets nasty after a week or two sitting
I wonder if that was the issue, the more I've driven it over the weekend and now, the vibration from take off went away completely.
 

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I wonder if that was the issue, the more I've driven it over the weekend and now, the vibration from take off went away completely.
Quite possibly. I have an issue on all my vehicles ('xcept the bike ofc) where the parking brake sticks if I let them sit in humidity for a bit. This extended to the FIAT back when I had it.
 

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Cabin air filter was changed in what I believe to be the first time. Like the spark plugs, the cabin air filter was a Denso brand with FIAT printed next to Denso. It was understandably dirty but not like those internet videos where there's a pile of leaves, this just had a lot of dust/dirt in it. The air coming out of the vents doesn't smell musty anymore.
 

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All in all, pretty ok. I had 2 extra cables which made me think I missed something and the rubber grommet on one side is too small for the body side attachment. The hatch side fits like factory, so that's cool.
 

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Went to have a local detailer quote me on possibly fixing the sticker etching in the paint. $720. ?

so that’s not happening.

I just checked eBay quickly and found a hood for $350+$100 shipping. So if I really wanted to, replacing the whole hood is cheaper than fixing some paint marks…. Crazy.
 

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Too deep to polish out?
 
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