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I just bought my 1st Fiat from a neighbor. It is a 2012 500 Sport. The hatch will not open. The prior owners were vague about why it wouldn't open and are not receptive to questions. I live 20 miles outside Orlando, Florida and have few choices within my area to get it fixed. I don't want to go to a dealer. They are not budget friendly. I can't get an estimate for less than $108.00. Any suggestions welcome. P.S. I just found this group 1/2 hour ago and am thankful it exists! The Orlando, Florida chapter is no longer active.
 

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There are many posts on this. The wire harness on 2012 models between the top left corner of the body and the hatch is a tad shorter than later models. More than likely some wires broke inside the harness from opening and closing the hatch many times.. A relatively easy fix. Basically splice some wires in there. There are kits available for the lazy but you don't need one.

It is also possible that the latch itself could be a problem and that's not a big deal either.
 

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I just bought my 1st Fiat from a neighbor. It is a 2012 500 Sport. The hatch will not open. The prior owners were vague about why it wouldn't open and are not receptive to questions. I live 20 miles outside Orlando, Florida and have few choices within my area to get it fixed. I don't want to go to a dealer. They are not budget friendly. I can't get an estimate for less than $108.00. Any suggestions welcome. P.S. I just found this group 1/2 hour ago and am thankful it exists! The Orlando, Florida chapter is no longer active.
Ok. Hi from England.
The cause of the hatch not opening is likely to be a broken wire. Where the hatch hinges with the body near the roof there is a fat black cable that encloses several wires. Over time the continual opening and closing of the hatch wears though one or more of the wires. Often it is the one that controls the hatch mechanism.
This wire can be repaired easily by an autoelectician. Over here we have small specialist workshops that will diagnose and repair such faults. You must have the same on your side of the pond. It cost me £45 sterling for the repair.
Don't go to a main dealer.
ps you should be able to open the hatch from inside the car. There is a catch that can be accessed. I am sure the handbook shows you how but if not you can find out online.
Good luck.
 

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Ok. Hi from England.
The cause of the hatch not opening is likely to be a broken wire. Where the hatch hinges with the body near the roof there is a fat black cable that encloses several wires. Over time the continual opening and closing of the hatch wears though one or more of the wires. Often it is the one that controls the hatch mechanism.
This wire can be repaired easily by an autoelectician. Over here we have small specialist workshops that will diagnose and repair such faults. You must have the same on your side of the pond. It cost me £45 sterling for the repair.
Don't go to a main dealer.
ps you should be able to open the hatch from inside the car. There is a catch that can be accessed. I am sure the handbook shows you how but if not you can find out online.
Good luck.
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Thank-you so very much for your reply! I watched some YouTube videos so I know what you are referring to. I am not sure what you mean by an autoelectrician. We have auto mechanics that can fix anything on the cars. Generally they charge $90.00 for a diagnostic (Even if I know what needs to be fixed) Then it is $90.00 labor per hour or any part of. For instance, if all they do is replace a fuse that takes 5 minutes, it still cost $90.00. These are regular mechanics, not the dealerships. I truly believe if I keep checking around that I will find someone competent that will not charge me ridiculous prices. When mechanics see retirement age women without their husbands, they take advantage of us price wise.
I live in Florida, just an hour or so from Disney World and 30 minutes from Orlando. I'm sure when I get time, I will check for some other mechanics.
My more immediate problem is the power steering. It goes out intermittently. I imagine it is an electrical issue also. I have never owned anything but a General Motors car so EVERYTHING on the Fiat is different.
Having said that, this big red jelly bean is so fun to drive!
Thank-you again!
May you have great health!!
 

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What part of the states are you in? Southwest?
 

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Check the wiring at the top left corner of the hatch. Probably broken. Common issue.

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I agree with you. I wonder if I need an electrician instead of a mechanic. The YouTube made the repair look easy. Perhaps I can give I a try. I don't want to pay 90.00 for a diagnostic (which is required) even though I can tell them what is wrong. Thank-you for your reply and picture!
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What part of the states are you in? Southwest?







Orlando, Florida. One hour from Disney. I would be thrilled if some one from Orlando or the surrounding area would recommend a Fiat mechanic who has reasonable prices. I am willing to pay decently but not inflated priced. TY! for your answer!!
 

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There are many posts on this. The wire harness on 2012 models between the top left corner of the body and the hatch is a tad shorter than later models. More than likely some wires broke inside the harness from opening and closing the hatch many times.. A relatively easy fix. Basically splice some wires in there. There are kits available for the lazy but you don't need one.

It is also possible that the latch itself could be a problem and that's not a big deal either.
Thank-you for your advice. Right now. my husband and son are living in New Your State. I'm sure they could fix it Maybe I can give it a shot.
I feel like I am typing things over and over. I have a nasty cold and the meds. are mixing me up a little.
Thank-you again.
P.S. I put in a new facet set and water lines in my kitchen by watching a YouTube video. It was very challenging to squeeze my butt under there with the garbage disposal taking up most of the space.
LOL! Sondra.
 

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Thank-you for your advice. Right now. my husband and son are living in New Your State. I'm sure they could fix it Maybe I can give it a shot.
I feel like I am typing things over and over. I have a nasty cold and the meds. are mixing me up a little.
Thank-you again.
P.S. I put in a new facet set and water lines in my kitchen by watching a YouTube video. It was very challenging to squeeze my butt under there with the garbage disposal taking up most of the space.
LOL! Sondra.
There is a repair harness you can buy, to fix it.

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WOW! That's awesome! Do I just unplug the old set and plug in the new set? I want to look online at different places to compare prices. Does this part have a specific name?
Thank-you very much for taking the time to help me out!
 

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Recently m hatch stopped opening also. I noticed at the same time My dash was saying my liscense plate light was out. 2 weeks later I hit a pothole , the plate light started working again and so did my hatch ! Now last week it went out again, and again the hatch wont open, bought new plate lights on amazon for 14 bucks, but broke the wire for the left one while replacing. After I it solder it back on I'll let you know if it also fixed the hatch opening . the hatch handle is directly between the 2 plate lights and I suspect the electric for all 3 are in line.
 

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Recently m hatch stopped opening also. I noticed at the same time My dash was saying my liscense plate light was out. 2 weeks later I hit a pothole , the plate light started working again and so did my hatch ! Now last week it went out again, and again the hatch wont open, bought new plate lights on amazon for 14 bucks, but broke the wire for the left one while replacing. After I it solder it back on I'll let you know if it also fixed the hatch opening . the hatch handle is directly between the 2 plate lights and I suspect the electric for all 3 are in line.
Thank-you for your response. I also have a couple of lights on my dash that seem to be stuck. Airbag on passenger side not working and license plate light not working. Another member sent me a link to show the bundlet of wires that go on the top left corner of the hatch. It cost $61.00 on EBay. I went to an electrical mechanic. I said I would have the car all ready to be fixed. As in, take the inner hatch lining out and have hatch open (manually) All he would have to do is splice the wires. He charges $100.00/ hour. His estimate was $200.00. I was polite as I left. Although I am female, I have done splicing in my life. No way is it going to take 2 hours. I am going to shop around for a price of $100.00 or less.
 

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30 years ago we paid about $150 to fix the trunk lid harness at the Toyota dealer.
 

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WOW! That's awesome! Do I just unplug the old set and plug in the new set? I want to look online at different places to compare prices. Does this part have a specific name?
Thank-you very much for taking the time to help me out!
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I just bought my 1st Fiat from a neighbor. It is a 2012 500 Sport. The hatch will not open. The prior owners were vague about why it wouldn't open and are not receptive to questions. I live 20 miles outside Orlando, Florida and have few choices within my area to get it fixed. I don't want to go to a dealer. They are not budget friendly. I can't get an estimate for less than $108.00. Any suggestions welcome. P.S. I just found this group 1/2 hour ago and am thankful it exists! The Orlando, Florida chapter is no longer active.
Sorry to break it to you. I have same car. Bought from a used car dealer. The latch fell off in my wife’s hand. Had to replace that whole piece but somebody had torn out oringinal working and just rigged it up. Fiat dealer wanted 1200$ plus to fix. Where I bought it fixed it for $800. In meantime had to tear covering off crawl through back seat and use a pop cycle stick to push release lever to get open. Good luck!
 
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