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    Rear wheel bearings

    I have a 2012 fiat 500. Only 40000 KMS. Is this uncommon for wheel bearings to go with such low KMS?

    John

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    Yes. Especially the rear bearings.

    There just isn't any load back there.

    What makes you think that the bearings are bad?

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    It has been a common problem on the early Abarths. Rear bearings only lasting about 30,000 miles

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    Grinding noise. and had checked by mechanic. Fear now is will the front bearings go and then what else. Maybe transmission. Thought I had bought a dependable vehicle.

    Thanks for the info
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    Took my Fiat 500 to the Duncan, BC Fiat dealership March 24 2016 to have the rear wheel bearings replaced. Two hours and $600 later the bill!! I wonder if they put any grease in the bearings? Will take the car to another mechanic to check as I really wonder if the Fiat dealer mechanic knew what he did. Then, as I see from the internet forums that there is a problem with wheel brgs. steering, transmission, and I wonder what else with the Fiat, I will get rid of it and get an made in the USA vehicle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aero View Post
    Took my Fiat 500 to the Duncan, BC Fiat dealership March 24 2016 to have the rear wheel bearings replaced. Two hours and $600 later the bill!! I wonder if they put any grease in the bearings? Will take the car to another mechanic to check as I really wonder if the Fiat dealer mechanic knew what he did. Then, as I see from the internet forums that there is a problem with wheel brgs. steering, transmission, and I wonder what else with the Fiat, I will get rid of it and get an made in the USA vehicle.

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    I agree. A Chevy Aero would be really nice.....

    in tan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aero View Post
    Took my Fiat 500 to the Duncan, BC Fiat dealership March 24 2016 to have the rear wheel bearings replaced. Two hours and $600 later the bill!! I wonder if they put any grease in the bearings? Will take the car to another mechanic to check as I really wonder if the Fiat dealer mechanic knew what he did. Then, as I see from the internet forums that there is a problem with wheel brgs. steering, transmission, and I wonder what else with the Fiat, I will get rid of it and get an made in the USA vehicle.

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    This is something I would have done myself assuming it was out of warranty however I assume you re talking about a 500 and not the 500L since they are so new they should all still be under warranty. I would put in something like a quality SKF bearing. Probably around 30-40$ at best. I cannot believe they charged $200 a bearing unless they are proprietary for the Fiat and they really are proud of them. I assumed $100 an hour for your 2 hrs of work.
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    Yes the fiat 500. Out of warranty. And from now on will do work myself. Am going to be rid of the fiat as looks like many more problems are slated for the car.

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    John, I also have a 2012 Fiat 500, had to replace one of the rear bearings approx. a year ago, and now, at 70,000km I'm told BOTH have to be replaced at a cost of $950 (CDN). I was told these are not warranty items (and I'm out of warranty anyway). This seems very strange to me, especially having to replace the one that's only a year old! I've driven cars for much longer without ever having to replace a single bearing. Do you think this a Fiat issue?

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    Quote Originally Posted by aero View Post
    Grinding noise. and had checked by mechanic. Fear now is will the front bearings go and then what else. Maybe transmission. Thought I had bought a dependable vehicle.

    Thanks for the info
    John
    So it's not dependable because you can make a list of things that might go bad in the future?

    Had you researched the car, I'm sure you would have seen all the issues with rear wheel bearings.

    People don't buy European cars because they are dependable. They buy them because they are worth repairing.

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