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Old 11-02-2019   #1
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Only Front Speakers in New 500 lounge

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We picked up our New 500 twin air lounge today and was surprised to find No rear speakers We turned on the radio and noticed no sound coming from the back going to the u connect 5" settings balance was there but no fade.
We called the salesman out, who called a member of the service team out who said "strange!" they went and checked 2 other new lounges and they were the same. They took the car to the workshop and brought it back 15 mins later reporting there were no rear speakers fitted.
We have 'in the past' had 3 other lounges and I now drive a 500 Sport on an 18 plate and all have had 6 speakers, 2 above the dash in the side, 2 on the door and two in the sides in the back.
Is this lack of rear speakers the now norm or a manufacturing error?
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Re: Only Front Speakers in New 500 lounge

Post number 12 on this thread https://www.fiatforum.com/panda-iii/...-aux-port.html mentions the same on the Panda. Understandable on something like a Panda Pop that sells for 6000 new, but pretty disgusting of Fiat given how much the 500s and Panda 4x4s go for.
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Re: Only Front Speakers in New 500 lounge

Having just had a look on the Fiat configurator, you can now add a 'Tech Pack' for just 100, which includes the larger 7" UConnect touchscreen (very good for only 100 extra) plus Apple CarPlay / Android Auto and, you guessed it, Rear Speakers!

I'd hardly call rear speakers 'tech' in 2019, but obviously Fiat do. Gotta ask yourself that if it only costs 100 for a customer to add all the above, why don't Fiat include the rear speakers (or indeed the whole lot) as standard. VERY stingy.

In addition, you can add just the rear speakers, for 25! What next, add the engine for 250? Jeez.
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Re: Only Front Speakers in New 500 lounge

Looks expensive compared with a Twingo. Just for fun I configured a 90bhp "Iconic" with a "Tech Pack" and it came out at 13155 list, about 2k less than a 85bhp 500 Lounge.
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Re: Only Front Speakers in New 500 lounge

To be fair, when upgrading car stereo systems(in the good old days), you spend all your money on head unit, amplifier and front speakers, the rears are the last upgrade and can often be left standard where fitted, so I can see why they missed them off?
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If you can order them for 25 from Fiat, then Fiat pays max 2.50 for them which gives an indication about their quality. Better to spend 25 in the shop and get decent ones...
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