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I have just refilled my windscreen washer reservoir for the first time since having the car and I must say its the most ridiculous position for filling I have ever seen or likely to see again on a car !

It took me ages to find it ( even with the manual ! )

Its so low down its crazy ! I couldn't even use a funnel as there's a metal bar above the neck blocking me from using one !

I ended up spilling washer fluid and water all over my driveway, as the neck for filling is so low and small that its a bit like threading the eye of a needle except with water !

I have owned 27 cars and this design is by far the worst I have come across !
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Agreed, it's an absolute rubbish design and you can't help but wonder why it wasn't designed better really.
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I have just refilled my windscreen washer reservoir for the first time since having the car and I must say its the most ridiculous position for filling I have ever seen or likely to see again on a car !

It took me ages to find it ( even with the manual ! )

Its so low down its crazy ! I couldn't even use a funnel as there's a metal bar above the neck blocking me from using one !

I ended up spilling washer fluid and water all over my driveway, as the neck for filling is so low and small that its a bit like threading the eye of a needle except with water !

I have owned 27 cars and this design is by far the worst I have come across !
The bottle on the 100HP must be in a different place because I have no problem filling it with a funnel
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The bottle on the 100HP must be in a different place because I have no problem filling it with a funnel
I think its the same on the 100bhp. You must have a funnel with a very long and narrow bottom end to reach the filler tube ! The funnel I have gets obstructed by a metal bar near the tube and I can't get the funnel level enough to fill it with water.

But why in this day and age are we talking about funnels to fill up a windscreen reservoir ! Ludicrous !

All Fiat needed to do was to lengthen the tube to a level where you could get a spout of a jug into it ! simples !
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The bottle on the 100HP must be in a different place because I have no problem filling it with a funnel
It's still a crap design because you shouldn't need a funnel. The filler on the 100hp is slightly better than on my old MJ as at least it comes up a bit higher, but it's still idiocy having such a small filler neck.
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I sliced the bottom off a distilled water bottle, it get's in there quite a treat.

However it's not the quickest thing going, and an unsteady hand when removing a half empty bottle can result in a wet leg - bloody freezin stuff !!!


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I sliced the bottom off a distilled water bottle, it get's in there quite a treat.

However it's not the quickest thing going, and an unsteady hand when removing a half empty bottle can result in a wet leg - bloody freezin stuff !!!


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You've got me thinking now ! maybe a coke plastic bottle with the fat end cut off might work as a funnel ?
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It's worth a look, otherwise I see SWMBO getting distilled water for her steam iron shortly
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It's still a crap design because you shouldn't need a funnel. The filler on the 100hp is slightly better than on my old MJ as at least it comes up a bit higher, but it's still idiocy having such a small filler neck.
My Punto had a bigger neck on the bottle and it was in a better position but I still needed a funnel. It's no big problem, at least I didn't think it was until this thread appeared
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You've got me thinking now ! maybe a coke plastic bottle with the fat end cut off might work as a funnel ?
Yes - I've been using a mineral water bottle with the bottom cut off for years - since getting a Cinquecento Sporting, which was a nightmare, as was the Seicento. Original Panda was much better (in this respect only).
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I bought a cheap funnel from halfords.....
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I got one similar to this,

http://www.avenuesupplies.co.uk/inde...&pid=265&sid=1

99p at a local "What" store but I've seen cheaper since. The flexible tubing does the job perfectly, just keep an eye on how much you bung in at a time as it's easy to overfill - on that, I've now got a spare bottle which holds the right amount of liquid for a refill.
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Re: Windscreen Washer Reservoir Position

You know a car has to be pretty good when people are complaining about the washer bottle neck being too small.
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Or not quite so good.....
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Or not quite so good.....
Yeah, but at least there aren't a torrent of my

clutch
gearbox
engine
brakes
electrics

etc etc have gone threads and that's all that matters. Be a man (or a woman as the situation dictates) and use a funnel and take your time filling up. if anything I think the capacity of the screenwash tank is a little too small and on motorway journeys you find yourself filling up more than once in a journey which is silly.
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