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Old 30-12-2009   #1
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Drivers side door handle HANGING OFF!!!!!! :(

Has any one elses driver side door handle fell off or is it just mine?

Ive took it into fiat and they said theyve never seen it happen before. All i did was pull the handle to get into car n it snapped the rod that holds the right side of the handle on!!!! Luckily i still have a months warranty so its covered! But still, bit dissapointed! Having to use Duckt tape to hold it on at mo till she goes in on the 7th Jan!
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Re: Drivers side door handle HANGING OFF!!!!!! :(

nope not heard of this
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Re: Drivers side door handle HANGING OFF!!!!!! :(

When it's been raining, the drivers door handle fails to open the door on the 1st pull on mine somtimes, but it hasn't broken off yet.
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Re: Drivers side door handle HANGING OFF!!!!!! :(

Are you sure that no one has tried to break in and forced the handle at some point - just a thought......
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Re: Drivers side door handle HANGING OFF!!!!!! :(

mmmm you have a 3 yr warranty?!...so oldest 500 is 2008 reg...?!

how do you only have a month left?
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Re: Drivers side door handle HANGING OFF!!!!!! :(

Guess you don't know your own strength then!
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Re: Drivers side door handle HANGING OFF!!!!!! :(

By the look of Fiat's configurator, looks like anyone would be LUCKY to have just the door handle hanging off!
Or are these just 2010 modifications? Not sure about them really.....
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Re: Drivers side door handle HANGING OFF!!!!!! :(

was handle frozen? what part actually snapped?
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Re: Drivers side door handle HANGING OFF!!!!!! :(

I have had it replaced under warranty and the dealer said it was a manufacturing fault!!!!

I only pull the handle gentley every time i get in. And as for the year of car its a 57 plate. So, the dealer said it only got till end of this month till warranty runs out. Asked them to give it a quick going over to see if anything else needs doing and they said it was fine apart from my tires are wearing. Priced me some up at 90+!!!!

Not looking forward to paying that really, but its gotta be done! Might see if i can get away with putting normal tyres on and not Low profile ones!
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Re: Drivers side door handle HANGING OFF!!!!!! :(

Take a look at www.valuetyres.co.uk , buy online and they also have approved local fitters - Paid less than 60 for Yokohama 195/45/16"s, Fiat quoted over 100 each for mine.
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Re: Drivers side door handle HANGING OFF!!!!!! :(

[QUOTE=Kez 1000 fire;2361664]I have had it replaced under warranty and the dealer said it was a manufacturing fault!!!!
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Fair enough. I can't see why people have the idea that dealers don't want to do warranty work. It's not as if they do it for free, given that Fiat pay them to do it.
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I have just had the driver's side exterior door handle come off in my hand this weekend.
My 500 lounge is 2 years and 10 months old and is on a Lease system through the NHS.
The local FIAT garage has told the lease company that this is not a common problem, so as a result I have to foot the bill to repair - 97. No mean amount for something that to me is faulty and not up to the use I put it through : that is getting in the car !!!!
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Re: Drivers side door handle HANGING OFF!!!!!! :(

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I have just had the driver's side exterior door handle come off in my hand this weekend.
My 500 lounge is 2 years and 10 months old and is on a Lease system through the NHS.
The local FIAT garage has told the lease company that this is not a common problem, so as a result I have to foot the bill to repair - 97. No mean amount for something that to me is faulty and not up to the use I put it through : that is getting in the car !!!!
I realise it is a lease car, but is it worth contacting Fiat CS and complaining - strongly? Summat stinks...
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Re: Drivers side door handle HANGING OFF!!!!!! :(

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I have just had the driver's side exterior door handle come off in my hand this weekend.
My 500 lounge is 2 years and 10 months old and is on a Lease system through the NHS.
The local FIAT garage has told the lease company that this is not a common problem, so as a result I have to foot the bill to repair - 97. No mean amount for something that to me is faulty and not up to the use I put it through : that is getting in the car !!!!

Thats rubbish. Fight them as much as you can. I am not saying success is guaranteed but this is definately a case worth fighting for.
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Re: Drivers side door handle HANGING OFF!!!!!! :(

Why should the frequency of a problem affect their liability to put it right?
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