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Wow. This car is such a piece of CRUD! I'm trading mine in for a Mini right away! LOL NOT
 

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My car had the same issue. It was the door catch between the hinges. Makes a horrible popping sound when the door is fully open. I threadlocked that SOB and cranked it with an allen key.


DONE.
 

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thanks "Rev" for posting a POSITIVE dealer experience. good to hear, for sure.

I have a couple minor issues that I'm sure my FIAT Studio will correct the issues to my satisfaction when I take it in for my next service at 8,000 miles.

thanks again! :)
 

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BlueEr, I had it too. They issued a TSB on it and it literally took a couple of minutes for them to fix. Easy as pie :). Agreed about the quality issues coming out of Mexico, though. Luckily, the half dozen of my issues have been on the surface, and hopefully will stay that way
 

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My car had the same issue. It was the door catch between the hinges. Makes a horrible popping sound when the door is fully open. I threadlocked that SOB and cranked it with an allen key.


DONE.
I probably could have fixed it myself, but my dealer has a great espresso machine and isn't very far away. I pass by on my way to visit my mother.

On a slightly different track, I wonder if the dealers are doing a preemptive repair on all the units that were built before the issue was discovered? I pointed out to the sales manager that the driver side door on a unit on the showroom floor was already showing signs of loosening.
 

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I notice a lot of body panel misalignment with the new cars sitting in the lot. The gaps between panels and doors is astonishing.
 

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My car had the same issue. It was the door catch between the hinges. Makes a horrible popping sound when the door is fully open. I threadlocked that SOB and cranked it with an allen key.


DONE.
I tightened mine also when it made that awful sound. You use "loctite" fluid?
 

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I notice a lot of body panel misalignment with the new cars sitting in the lot. The gaps between panels and doors is astonishing.
The cladding on the rocker panel, below the door on the Sport? Took my dealer a few tries to fix mine. First replacement part was warped but second was good to go. They come unpainted so it had to be painted to match. They have 8-9 pins that line up with holes in the car in addition to double-sided sticky tape.
 

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I had the same door problem. Since my tools consist of a hammer, some duct tape, and a putty knife, I took it to my to my brother, who has more tools than a service department at any dealership. Fixed in about 30 seconds.
 

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I think you are mistaken about the source of the problem. The hinge design is garbage. Garbage In, Garbage Out.
They seem to have affixed the passenger side correctly on everyone's. I have only heard of people complaining about this happening on the driver's side. So, the blame lies with the people who affixed this part.
 

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When the dealer fixed mine, the bolt was removed, 'Lock-Tight' was applied and the bolt re-installed.

Was told that the problem was only with the driver side door. Maybe a robot needs to be 'spoken to'?
 

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I notice the metal will flex, around bolt, bracket area, when you open the door. That could be loosing the bolt. I should go and get some Lock-tight and apply it to the bolt. The passenger side was tight. These brackets, have been on all make cars for years. Never seen one come loose.
 
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