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How to install an original 12v power socket in a Fiat Panda
Step by step guide, with images. No skill required, takes 30 mins and costs £20
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Step 1. What you need... and a bit of background information.

I’ve just been getting a 2009 Fiat Panda 1.3 Multijet. For some strange reason it doesn’t have a 12v socket for the likes of my sat nav or ipod etc.

Doing some reading on the Fiat forum it appears that this is not an unusual occurrence for the Panda, and doesn’t necessarily follow any model or spec detail??

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This is where the 12v socket should be in the Panda

Very strange. Why Fiat would leave out a £20 fitting that seems to be standard in all cars is any ones guess, welcome to the world of Fiat I suppose.

So if you are one of the people like me, without a 12v socket but can't do without one, I hope this step by step guide helps you fit your own power socket.

Anyway, after all the searching and reading of the forums two things were clear to me: 1) If the wiring loom had a connector under the central console for a 12v socket, AND 2) You have a fuse sitting in position F85 then I think it’s safe to say that your only missing the 12v socket fitting. (PLEASE NOTE - Some owners have reported having either the connector or the fuse, but not both and in these circumstances any upgrade didn't work! Therefore please check before buying any parts!)

A quick check showed I had both, phew!

In short…. If you have one of these….
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See the highlighted fuse in position F85 (Fuse box in the engine compartment )

Then the chances are you only need this…..
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Original part number for the trim 0735441990
Original part number for the 12v socket 0735383175
I got my parts from ebay, but any parts department should be able to get them.

If you have all of the above then you can move on to the next page: Fitting Instructions

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Re: How to install an original 12v power socket in a Fiat Panda

Hi I've bought a socket but I didn't have a fuse in the fuse box, I put that in but the socket still doesn't work, is there more wiring that I need? I'm a bit of a beginner at all this stuff so I can't figure out why it isn't working.
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Re: How to install an original 12v power socket in a Fiat Panda

Hi Mark

I did lots of reading before I bought a socket, it seems that fiat use different wiring looms, some members have reported that there is no 'mains' voltage cable in the connector in the central console. This is nearly always reported with no fuse in the fuse box. I think that just adding a fuse is not enough and that members have resorted to installing a 12v socket in the dash or glove compartment and wiring through the bulkhead to the battery and using an in-line fuse.

Sorry, that I'm not able to help more.
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Re: How to install an original 12v power socket in a Fiat Panda

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Hi Mark

I did lots of reading before I bought a socket, it seems that fiat use different wiring looms, some members have reported that there is no 'mains' voltage cable in the connector in the central console. This is nearly always reported with no fuse in the fuse box. I think that just adding a fuse is not enough and that members have resorted to installing a 12v socket in the dash or glove compartment and wiring through the bulkhead to the battery and using an in-line fuse.

Sorry, that I'm not able to help more.
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My 2006 active was like this but one hole through the bulkhead and a fused cable later no-one would ever know. It seems that if Tychy have too many of a part you sometimes get a free upgrade lol.
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Re: How to install an original 12v power socket in a Fiat Panda

Hi there,

I just got a Panda Active 1.1 2008 that hasn't got a cigarette lighter. Following your very helpful instructions i managed to find the bit of wiring under the plastic trim, but i don't have the fuse. From what i gathered from your last comment, it seems that even if put the fuse in the fuse box it won't work. Does this rule still apply?
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Re: How to install an original 12v power socket in a Fiat Panda

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From all the reading I've done i'm afraid it does You could get a fuse and check to see if you have any power to the connector? I would do this before purchasing any parts.

As tarbyonline suggests there are other ways to fit a 12v.

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Re: How to install an original 12v power socket in a Fiat Panda

when I wanted to fit a power socket I found there was a connector under the plate as described . So I bought a fuse and checked for power . There are 3 wires to the connector ,brown ,black and a yellow/red . Without the ignition on there was no power. With the ignition on there was no power between back and brown ,but there was between black and the yellow red. . I then bought the socket kit . (don't put the socket and the orange trim together before inserting in the plastic housing as you cant do it and its difficult to get the bits apart again !)
When the parts arrived it only had 2 connectors on to the brown and black . I had to strip down the plug and swap the wires and all worked . So I fully assembled all back together and tested OK
2 days later went to use it for the first time in anger and it would not work , fuse OK so I suspect a relay has failed
Does any one know where can find a schematic so I can trace the circuit
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Re: How to install an original 12v power socket in a Fiat Panda

Hi compercol

Sorry to hear of your troubles. Although I can't help as such, I would suggest you might want to post in the main forum, more members will see it there and hopefully be able to help. Thanks, Sean
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Re: How to install an original 12v power socket in a Fiat Panda

I have followed the instructions to install the 12v power socket so far so good.
Tested for power at socket no power. Checked fuse box no fuse in F85 purchased 20 amp fuse installed still no power at socket. Looking through the forum again I am missing the relay for the cigarette lighter. Back to the garage only to find that they do not stock this as a part. So could someone point me in the direction were I can purchase one or a part number so I can go back and order one. Will it then work? Many thanks.
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Re: How to install an original 12v power socket in a Fiat Panda

Hi James, you may want to post in the main forum, more members will see it there and hopefully be able to help. Thanks, Sean
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Re: How to install an original 12v power socket in a Fiat Panda

This is a great guide, was going to do it myself till i checked the fuse box..no fuse number 85, does this mean that there is no power to my socket or that the fuse just isnt fitted, its a Panda eco, 2010, didnt realise it wasnt standard till i went to see about charging my phone
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Hi Handbaggirl

I think you might be out of luck. can't understand why Fiat don't install this as standard. As I've mentioned before I did lots of reading before buying a socket, I think that just adding a fuse is not enough. Members have reported that there is no mains voltage cable in the connector in the central console when there is no fuse in the fuse box.

Some have got round this by installing a 12v socket in the dash or glove compartment and wiring through the bulkhead to the battery and using an in-line fuse, but that takes a bit more work and skill.

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Re: How to install an original 12v power socket in a Fiat Panda

Howdy 50! I think I may be in the same boat as the poor lady above. Mine is an '09 plate 1.1 eco.
I'm sure I don't have the fuse, but I can't be sure about the wiring. I've checked underneath the trim and can't see it, but given the amount of tape in there it might just be tucked away somewhere.
I've attached a pair of (horribly blurry) pics for you to have a shifty at.

This could well be a deal breaker for me. I need a 12v socket in the car so I can use a satnav inside when I'm on my deliveries (dropping off childline charity sweet boxes). It was a heck of surprise to find that there wasn't a socket given that these things have been standard on pretty much everything for who knows how long! Hell, they're even on the old DAF 4 tonne trucks used by the army that were brought in back in the late 80's so why on earth would FIAT not include one?
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Evening The Free(welsh)man. It's completely bonkers isn't it. And I agree it's got to be a deal breaker. Someone wants to clash heads in Fiat head office, or design shop.

I mean, I live in weardale and I've just come back from a jaunt to Cornwall, like you I needed my satnav. It was a good eight hour trip so the 12v socket is a must, no sat nav battery I know is ever going to last a days driving.

Anyway on to your pics. If the connection is anywhere it's connected to the black blue and a yellow(orange??) wires you can see in your picture in the top right. But, it's not going to help, as the fuse is not there... I haven't heard of one case where just putting in a fuse has made the adding of a 12v socket work. (if anyone knows different please share)

So, my friend I think your up the creek without a paddle, or at least up the road without a satnav, or anything else that requires a 12v socket, unless you go down the 'through the bulkhead' route.
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Re: How to install an original 12v power socket in a Fiat Panda

Well, I asked at the dealership on the off chance and got quoted £60 to fit the socket.
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