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Dash swap anybody?

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I'm the proud owner of a 2.0l cross AT9.

I like the car a lot, but after coming from a 500 with body coloured dashboard trim I'm not too keen on the "upgraded" darker dash in the cross. picture below:

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Is there anyone out there with a red pop/ pop star/ lounge who would like to do a swap?
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Re: Dash swap anybody?

The steering wheel is on the wrong side, and the dash of my Cross Plus is dark grey or black which I prefer to a body coloured dash
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Re: Dash swap anybody?

It's not just me then - anyone with a Toscana Green car want to swap for a Cross dash? The only ones i can find on ebay has'nt got the bit on the right, might buy a set in another colour & get them painted.
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Yes there's mention of this in another thread on here. The City look cars came with coloured Dash options but the grey dash was standard on the Cross look. I think its pretty easy to swap over the three sections if you can source them. I've been looking for a red set for ours.
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Just to clarify mine is RHD. The pic I sourced was just the first I found on the internet.

I called a breakers yard yesterday after seeing some pics online as they had a damaged pop and the pics looked good. When I called them though the guy said they had sold the whole dashboard complete for £120! I'd have given em £50 just for the red panels.

I'm off to the Fiat garage next Friday to get that recall on the rear seat clip sorted, would be great if I could have taken a nice shiny red dash with me and asked them to fit it.
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Toscana Green ones are like rocking horse poo, for me a body coloured dash insert is all part of the 500 thing. Both my wifes' 500C and my sons' 500 Abarth have them and i feel a bit left out!
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Re: Dash swap anybody?

To be fair (and no they are not mine!) they are probably alot more from Fiat. Anyone considered just spraying theirs?
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To be fair (and no they are not mine!) they are probably alot more from Fiat. Anyone considered just spraying theirs?
That's probably not possible due to the surface which is like sandpaper.

I just visited a Fiat garage to get my rear seat clips done under the recall, as I had a few minutes waiting time I thought I might as well enquire about a new dash. The guy on the desk said the centre part would cost £166 alone, so extrapolated etc and sais it looks like it would cost £600-£700 including fitting. I'd expect a bit less as the small part must be a lot cheaper. No chance at that price.

I'll just keep waiting.

While i was there i sat in one of the new 500x's. Not sure which version but had the old cross version kickplates back and front but a exterior coloured dashboard, and was manual. Nice seat fabric inside.

I sat in it and noticed the nice new steering wheel which looks good in the pictures....however it is significantly slimmer than before. I remember some car mags mentioned it years ago as being a bad thing on the previous cars having what they called a fat/ chunky steering wheel....dunno why?

Anyway the impression I got with the new one is it's too thin, making it harder to grip, I do prefer mine a lot more.
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To be fair (and no they are not mine!) they are probably alot more from Fiat. Anyone considered just spraying theirs?
No, I know they are more from Fiat - we just saw that above! - but it's a lot for something that can't be a big seller plus it's going to cost about £100 or so for a decent repaint - i'm not going to rattle can something that's in my face every day! I agree with Cowabunga on the steering wheel, i like my nice chunky one. Even if i ever have the money again, not sure i'd want one of the new ones - the 1.3 does'nt have enough pedals and i see way,way too many small turbo's with problems so that would'nt work for me. I prefer a larger, less stressed engine. God, how i miss my Volvo V70!
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No, I know they are more from Fiat - we just saw that above! - but it's a lot for something that can't be a big seller plus it's going to cost about £100 or so for a decent repaint - i'm not going to rattle can something that's in my face every day! I agree with Cowabunga on the steering wheel, i like my nice chunky one. Even if i ever have the money again, not sure i'd want one of the new ones - the 1.3 does'nt have enough pedals and i see way,way too many small turbo's with problems so that would'nt work for me. I prefer a larger, less stressed engine. God, how i miss my Volvo V70!


Same here I love my 500x but I’m afraid I wouldn’t buy another one with the new smaller engine.
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Re: Dash swap anybody?

Maybe the best bet is to get the dash wrapped?
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Same here I love my 500x but I’m afraid I wouldn’t buy another one with the new smaller engine.


Same here, I love my lazy 2.0 MJ 4x4 Auto. Nothing like it in the new range, no wonder the dealer keeps phoning me to try and buy it back. No chance. What are Fiat thinking of?
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Same here, I love my lazy 2.0 MJ 4x4 Auto. Nothing like it in the new range, no wonder the dealer keeps phoning me to try and buy it back. No chance. What are Fiat thinking of?
Likewise, love mine too. Bought it 16 months ago with 11 miles on the clock.

The nicest thing so far is the positive depreciation (appreciation) in value of the car since I bought it.
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