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Old 28-03-2006   #1
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Question hard to see speedo warning lights

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Is it only me or did they design the Seicento Speedo warning lights in a bad location or what, mines smack bang behind the steering wheel and I can not see any of the headlight or indicator warning lights. Is the steering column adjustable and I can't work out how to adjust it?
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Re: hard to see speedo warning lights

not adjustable, poor design. Easy way to fix it, sell the Sei and buy a Cinq

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Re: hard to see speedo warning lights

Depends on the sei you have. I disagree its a problem or a design fault.

The MPI idiot lights are dotted around the speedo and are fairly easy to see.

There are some SPI speedos that have the idiot lights displayed at the top of the dash in a long line and some SPI speedos that have them that are at the side. I cant see it being a problem however, no ones mentioned it before

Can you adjust the seat at all. Further back etc. Perhaps try and change your driving posistion?

As mentioned the coloum is not adjustable.

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Re: hard to see speedo warning lights

the outer edge of the steering wheel does a fine job of blocking all the lights from view, it was something i noticed driving Gexs mk1 Sei.
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Re: hard to see speedo warning lights

TBH i have not been in a SPI sei with that kind of instrument light setup, obviosuly aware of that design, im gathering its the setup at the top with all lights in a line were discussing and is a problem?
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Re: hard to see speedo warning lights

yeah, with the top of the speedo bit being curved - and the lights following that, you really can't see them as the steering wheel hides them all the way round!
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Re: hard to see speedo warning lights

hmm interesting

quite suprised fiat never noticed this obvious design flaw by all accounts
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Re: hard to see speedo warning lights

they did, you said you've seen SPIs with different layouts..and the MPI doesnt have the same dash!
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doh!

Never thought they didnt for that reason
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Re: hard to see speedo warning lights

Hi Guys
Thanks for all the replies but unfortunately there is no fix to my solution as my driving position is good, I'm worried about leaving my indicators on for miles before I realise, was thinking about installing a little LED on the dash in a inconspicuous place to warn me I have left the blinkers on. Any one know how to get to the Speedo bulbs as one of mine are out and needs replacing. please help
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Re: hard to see speedo warning lights

Quote Originally Posted by Keicento
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Thanks for all the replies but unfortunately there is no fix to my solution as my driving position is good, I'm worried about leaving my indicators on for miles before I realise
The indicators should self cancel, if they are not then there is some sort of other problem
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Re: hard to see speedo warning lights

Get yourself a pair of bucket seats and install them 5cm lower than the original potision. Worked fine for me...

Or get an OMP or Simoniracing steering wheel, with an oval stem...
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Re: hard to see speedo warning lights

Right just been out to look at my dash and it would seem its not much of an issue IMO, its easy to see the important lights, as you say headlights and indicators and also key code light are hard to see as they are round very top but indicators should turn off on their own (as mentioned already) and the other don't really matter - i mean you can't leave your lights on by accident in a fiat. down left side got oil, temp and battery lights and on right injector, airbag and power steering lights. I have absolutely no trouble seeing them, how tall are you? (i'm just under 6 foot)
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Re: hard to see speedo warning lights

I am 6'3". With the buckets lowered by about 2 inches, my oval steering wheel clears the indicators by an inch or so. With the original seats and steering wheel, had a little trouble with the top indicators like you.
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Re: hard to see speedo warning lights

Quote Originally Posted by Asteris
I am 6'3". With the buckets lowered by about 2 inches, my oval steering wheel clears the indicators by an inch or so. With the original seats and steering wheel, had a little trouble with the top indicators like you.
Yeh can see how it'd be a problem if i was any taller..
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