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I have just purchased a 500C and as part of the deal I got a wind deflector for the rear of the car. This was not available when I picked up the car so I drove it without the deflector over the weekend (with the roof down ). I picked the deflector up this morning and tried with the roof down again. If I am honest I am not sure what Fiat are charging 100+ for as I noticed no significant decrease in buffeting or noise (one of the claims in the catalog is it enhances the stereo delivery when the roof is down, well I have the interscope which more than copes with any noise from outside the car ).
I have come to the conclusion that it is there more for styling than any practical use so would advise anyone shelling out their hard earned to buy one that there are better things to spend your 100+ on. (unless you're after the styling/lifestyle angle)

I will be monitoring this as the weather gets better and report back if my opinion changes.
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Re: Thoughts on the 500c wind deflector

What speeds were you trying it at out of interest?
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Re: Thoughts on the 500c wind deflector

It was in town so no more than 35 mph, I will test it properly when its a bit warmer. I'm quite happy to run with the roof down but my fingers were feeling the cold
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Re: Thoughts on the 500c wind deflector

Can you post a pic I can't see in my mind how this goes
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Re: Thoughts on the 500c wind deflector

Will do when I can get a picture with the roof down.

It sits behind the rear headrests
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Re: Thoughts on the 500c wind deflector

Just had a look on google images, I can't imagine how this would do anything of use except sit there and contrast
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Re: Thoughts on the 500c wind deflector

Just as a little adage just done a search and the same are available for 38. Effin stealers
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Re: Thoughts on the 500c wind deflector

As said it was chucked in the deal so I'll let it sit there until it annoys me then into the garage it goes . I can't see how it would work for the front seats as its too far away. It may work for the rear passengers, but I don't carry them very often .
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Re: Thoughts on the 500c wind deflector

On convertible cars I have driven they work at higher speeds and they have always been in 2 seater cars...as you say they will probably be better for the rear passengers.
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Re: Thoughts on the 500c wind deflector

Of course they also cut down the glare from the maladjusted HID's so it may have to stay
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Re: Thoughts on the 500c wind deflector

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I can't see how it would work for the front seats as its too far away. It may work for the rear passengers, but I don't carry them very often .
All to do with aerodynamics

Ever been in the front of a car with rear windows open causing a buffeting effect? Suddenly shut them and it goes, even though they're the rear windows and not the front, still affect front passengers.
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Re: Thoughts on the 500c wind deflector

My car has an air deflector which quietens the cabin considerably, enables full enjoyment of the in-car entertainment system, deflects 100% of the rain and eliminates wind buffet completely,

It's called a roof .
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Re: Thoughts on the 500c wind deflector

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My car has an air deflector which quietens the cabin considerably, enables full enjoyment of the in-car entertainment system, deflects 100% of the rain and eliminates wind buffet completely,

It's called a roof .
Strangely enough JR so has mine , luckily for me I also have the option of not having a roof. An operation which in my cars case is reversible .
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Re: Thoughts on the 500c wind deflector

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Of course they also cut down the glare from the maladjusted HID's so it may have to stay
Auto dimming rear view mirror is a valuable option

Funnily enough, I find it darkens most for badly out of adjustment halogen headlights, of which there are far more because HIDs still aren't particularly common.
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