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Re: Fiat Idea 1.4 2005

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car purchased ( by a neighbour) ,
all seems good,
1 question.. it appears to have a front-screen heater button ( + rear screen button)

BUT I don't see the fine wires like in a FORD,
how does it work..??,
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It's just a mode within climate control, max blowers and AC on front screen.
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Re: Fiat Idea 1.4 2005

cheers MEP,


it's an 05 eleganza, under 30K, for less that £1500,
seemed too good to pass by, ( as NOT "Tango'd..!!")

a couple of silly niggles = airbag inop message appearing .. probably related to the poor battery on it ( low miles /lack of use),
are this age still lacking the wiring clips under front pass. seat..??

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Re: Fiat Idea 1.4 2005

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car purchased ( by a neighbour) ,
all seems good,
1 question.. it appears to have a front-screen heater button ( + rear screen button)

BUT I don't see the fine wires like in a FORD,
how does it work..??,
Charlie
I don't believe it has a "heated screen" its a front screen desist on the climate control pannel so when you press the button it defaults all the controls to best settings to clear the screen, so air con on set to windscreen only fan on full recirculate turned off etc

I seem to think the idea has a lot of air bag issues much the same as the punto. If its front seat related usually the warning will flash on and off. If it's constantly on then like a punto you'll need to check the fault codes
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I seem to think the idea has a lot of air bag issues much the same as the punto. If its front seat related usually the warning will flash on and off. If it's constantly on then like a punto you'll need to check the fault codes
That surprises me, I thought the Idea used the same running gear as the facelift Stilo which has fewer airbag faults occur than the original model.
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Re: Fiat Idea 1.4 2005

I took thought it was Punto-based,
but nothing stood out a Punto-esque..??

anyway it's an eleganza and the message is consyantly on the meassage board / alternates with time/date,

looks like i'm going to buy MES after all..,
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The under pinnings of the idea was punto, so quite a few of the electronics parts are shared
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Re: Fiat Idea 1.4 2005

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I took thought it was Punto-based,
but nothing stood out a Punto-esque..??

anyway it's an eleganza and the message is consyantly on the meassage board / alternates with time/date,

looks like i'm going to buy MES after all..,
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Hi Charlie
i have this prob too. I press the "mode" button after a minute and this clears the airbag failure message
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i have this prob too. I press the "mode" button after a minute and this clears the airbag failure message
It takes the message off of the dot matrix display but doesnt solve the fault.
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It takes the message off of the dot matrix display but doesnt solve the fault.
No but at least it gets rid of that annoying message
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Re: Fiat Idea 1.4 2005

I've just got my leads through the post,
so I'll get the free MES over xmas and attempt to diagnose the faults + clear the stored faults too,
I Will try the pressing of the menu button though..see what happens.. pretty sure that's how the daily driver cleared the service message too..!!


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