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Boot light retrofit?

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I'm new to the Panda forum. I've been on the 500 forum for awhile and have been a long time Fiat and Alfa owner.

I've just traded in my 2015 500S 1.4 for a 2017 Panda Lounge TA. One thing that bothers me is the lack of a boot light.

I'm handy enough to find the boot light wiring as this Panda does show the boot is open on the dashboard. The problem I have is that on the the panel where the OEM light would go there's no cutout for the light.

Does anyone have the part number of the trim/shelf piece with the required cutout.

Alternatively could someone who owns a Panda with the factory fit boot light please let me have their VIN number so I can look up the right part number on EPER?
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Re: Boot light retrofit?

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I'm handy enough to find the boot light wiring as this Panda does show the boot is open on the dashboard. The problem I have is that on the the panel where the OEM light would go there's no cutout for the light.

This may be a very obvious, or very daft, answer (I donít know which) but canít you just cut a hole of the right size in the existing panel, rather than buying a new one?
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Re: Boot light retrofit?

Possibly the part shown as '1' in this link:
https://www.fiatdalys.lt/en/catalog/...al-side-lining

I thought the Lounge spec included a boot light - are you sure its not there? Left hand side of boot, tucked under the parcel shelf support, nearer the hatchback (compared to the 500 where it was rather nearer the back of the back seat)
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Quote Originally Posted by MuddyPaws View Post
This may be a very obvious, or very daft, answer (I donít know which) but canít you just cut a hole of the right size in the existing panel, rather than buying a new one?
I've thought about doing that but I'm a bit reluctant to cut up a new car if I don't need to.
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Re: Boot light retrofit?

Quote Originally Posted by Herts Hillhopper View Post
Possibly the part shown as '1' in this link:
https://www.fiatdalys.lt/en/catalog/...al-side-lining

I thought the Lounge spec included a boot light - are you sure its not there? Left hand side of boot, tucked under the parcel shelf support, nearer the hatchback (compared to the 500 where it was rather nearer the back of the back seat)
It's a South African market car so Lounge spec doesn't include things like a boot light or electric mirrors.
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Re: Boot light retrofit?

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It's a South African market car so Lounge spec doesn't include things like a boot light or electric mirrors.
Ah ha - I'd missed that you were in SA. The VIN for my previous car (2017 4x4 UK spec) is in that link I posted previously. (That car is no more, having been written off by someone driving in to it)
The indication that the boot is not shut comes from a switch built into the tailgate latch, but power to the bootlight is sent via the 'body computer'. It is clever: if you leave the tailgate open for more than 10 minutes, the boot light goes out (to save the battery). So I guess there's a separate feed cable from the computer/fuse box to the back of the car for that. Very likely that cable is in place already - maybe even with the connectors on the end? - as I'd be surprised if they make two different wiring looms.
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Quote Originally Posted by Herts Hillhopper View Post
Ah ha - I'd missed that you were in SA. The VIN for my previous car (2017 4x4 UK spec) is in that link I posted previously. (That car is no more, having been written off by someone driving in to it)
Thank you much appreciated. I'll check the part number against my own car's VIN and see if they're different.
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Re: Boot light retrofit?

Can anyone give some pointers on how to remove the rear panel that would house the boot light? There are two obvious crosshead screws but after that it all just seems to be clipped into place? There's a whole lot of bending but it's not coming off.
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Re: Boot light retrofit?

You are right it is just clipped into place. You just need to pull firmly. Its easy to bend the retaining tangs when refitting so double check they are lined up right before biffing it back into place. I remove mine when fittimng a tow bar. I did not entoirely remove it as the seat belt seems to need to come out too to completely get it out, but you can get easy access to behind it. I suspect you only need to shift the screws to be able to get the boot side carpet out and that will probably give enough access to see / get at the boot wiring if its there.

If you have to get a power source from the battery there is a grommet behind the glove box that allows a wire to pass from the car into the wheel arch for towing wires you just need to puncture it and take the wire through to the battery, this does require the wheel arch liner to be removed but this is only 4 or 5 screws and a 10mm nut to shift. Keep us posted I have a 169 to do and I suspect the job would be similar.
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