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Old 29-10-2012   #16
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Re: Boot mechanism...

Ive had this problem on ours as well.

It's been replaced twice now, sometimes if you open the hatch then try to close it straight away it doesn't close as well.

It is a little annoying, but the dealer said it's a known problem.
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Re: Boot mechanism...

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Ive had this problem on ours as well.

It's been replaced twice now, sometimes if you open the hatch then try to close it straight away it doesn't close as well.

It is a little annoying, but the dealer said it's a known problem.
That's very disappointing to hear.

To be honest with you, I don't understand why Fiat haven't sorted this out for the new Panda - it's been a "known problem" for a long time! And not just for the Panda, it's also been the same for the 500.

I know there are far worse things to go mechanically wrong with your car, but to me it just seems such a careless fault.

Anyway, hopefully we won't see too many more of these issues with our fellow members on here.
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So I went along to Fiat this afternoon, as arranged, only to find that the new tailgate mechanism had not arrived in stock. No one there had kindly thought to let me know, (phones in Norfolk are a bit dodgy...) so that was a 25 mile wasted journey. No date for parts to arrive - apparently they have raised the issue with Fiat directly. ( I was given 10% off my first service though, for the inconvenience...). Ho hum!
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So I went along to Fiat this afternoon, as arranged, only to find that the new tailgate mechanism had not arrived in stock. No one there had kindly thought to let me know, (phones in Norfolk are a bit dodgy...) so that was a 25 mile wasted journey. No date for parts to arrive - apparently they have raised the issue with Fiat directly. ( I was given 10% off my first service though, for the inconvenience...). Ho hum!
Any chance of letting us know the part number in question so when i contact fiat i will have all the 'ammo' i need to get this replaced.

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Re: Boot mechanism...

Just an update:

Firstly good to see the site back up again!

Anyway, took my panda to my fiat dealer few days back and explained the problem. The Tech guy said no the bottom key only opens the boot i said no it doesnt the top button open alls doors and the boot.

He then said that the new car he had in and has just PDI'd doesnt open as well with the top button. I then said you better get a few more keys and check the vehicles on the forecourt as i believe the new car you have is also faulty.

Guess what, all the cars we checked out the forecourt all opened the boot with the top button! Oww he said sorry it appears yours is faulty and now the parts on order and awaiting a call to get it fitted. Its the first time hes come across this problem. So whoever is getting the new car they have in will also have the same problem!!!

I also mentioned that the passenger window electrics you have to hold your finger on the button for it to go all the way up, we tried about 6 pandas and it appears that fiat were to tight to install a button that like the drivers windows is a one touch and it goes up on its own.
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Re: Boot mechanism...

All Fiats have a one-hit window button on the driver's side only, this is normal. And Fiat is not the only make. Something to do with child safety I believe.
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Re: Boot mechanism...

Add mine to the list of Pandas with faulty boot mechanisms... not the sort of thing you want to go wrong at half four in the morning, in the pouring rain!

Took it to the dealer this afternoon, and they had never seen or heard of this problem before! Was tempted to say it was a known fault, but would likely have been fed nonsense instead (this unfortunately happens alot when you're 30, and reporting car faults). Parts are on order and should be getting replaced next week with the rubber window seal.
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Re: Boot mechanism...

Watch out if they say that the new tailgate mechanism is 'on order'. Apparently there is no stock anywhere and the dealer says they have raised the issue with Fiat directly. Interesting that other people have had the same problem with their Pandas - thank goodness for this forum!
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Re: Boot mechanism...

I'm picking up my new Panda tomorrow and I'm not liking all these problems that people are having.
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Re: Boot mechanism...

No, not reassuring is it.

They are built in a 'state of the art' factory in Naples, whereas the old, reliable, Pandas came from Poland.

Any new car can have a fault or two, but it looks like we are seeing the usual Fiat list of chronic failures here, often ones that they never properly resolve. Let's hope the wiper mechanisms don't start collapsing as well.

I would have thought that, given the market situation and the fact that the factory is mostly closed, they might have spent all their energies refining the product to maintain an improving image.

More fool me I suppose.
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Note to Boris: You will probably drive away in your new Panda absolutely delighted. Perhaps someone on this forum can list "all the problems" - is there really more than just one or two, including the odd boot-lid issue?
Having done 2,000 miles in a Twin-Air, and not had any issues, at all, problems are hopefully rare.
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Re: Boot mechanism...

I'm going to enjoy my new ca moment tomorrow regardless. My previous car was a Clio that I had from new for 11 years without a single problem. The Panda has got a tough act to follow.

Apologies for taking this off topic.
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The Panda has got a tough act to follow.
Not really, the fact it isn't French, and has been converted to RHD in fully is instant win
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Re: Boot mechanism...

No problems with my boot mech. so far. To button opens all door, bottom button opens just the boot. No sticking with the door seals. had it a month will have to write a review.
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Re: Boot mechanism...

I picked up the new Panda this afternoon. First impressions on the drive home were good. When I got home I remembered this thread and checked the tailgate release. On my car the top button only opens the doors, not the tailgate. Bottom button unlocks the tailgate as expected. I can live with this for the moment but will bring it up with the dealer next week.

Just wondering, if the tailgate can be opened with the bottom button, why are the failures being attributed to the release mechanism in the boot?
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