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Old 17-08-2004   #1
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Unhappy Pulling my hair out !!!!

Found this Forum whilst looking for info on the many faults i've encountered with my Stilo and thought i'd share some of the details with you all...

Well where do i begin..
Today 17/08/2004 my 1.9JTD MultiWagon is back at the dealers for another two days, this is now the 12th time its been back since i bought it..... How long have i had it i hear you shout, 3 Months.....
Its a 53/2003 Dynamic, here's a list of the probs so far...
Air bag warning light on.... now been back 7 times for this
front tyre wear... tracking reset and 2 new tyres after 8000 miles fiat paid 50%
Noisey clutch .. now fixed
Noisey rear door check straps.. replaced once but back in today to replaced again..
Rear washer didn't work from when i got it... took 4 visits to get it fixed the last one they took down all of the roof lining and replaced the pipe feeding the washer jet. Oh and left me with dirty oily finger prints and hand prints all over the roof lining, 2 further vists to get the lining cleaned properly..
Sky roof leaks.. back into today for that as well
Sat Nav 'screeches' (spelling?) as the voice prompts kick in... back in for that today
Brakes are noisey when you reverse
Radio reception is crap..
And i musn't forget the 2 big scratches the garage put in the back door the last but one time they had it, again this was for 2 days...

Love the car but hate the dealership...

Jojo42.. Stilo Multiwagon 1.9 JTD Dynamic with Sh*t loads of toys...
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Re: Pulling my hair out !!!!

thats a common problem m8, dealers. i honestly dont think that fiats are any more unreliable than many other makes, its the dealers unableness to put right faults that upsets most people on this forum. name and shame them here, and someone may be able to suggest a good dealer near you.
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Re: Pulling my hair out !!!!

I've had crap radio reception in al my Fiats. No idea why, had the first one looked into and as usual they made it worse!
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Re: Pulling my hair out !!!!

I get great reception on my radio. 10k miles on my tyres and they less than half worn, air bag light has never given me any problems. I do have a squeek from the rear brakes when reversing, which ive mumped about to Arnold Clark, but they've done nowt!

Not all Stilo's are totally cursed, some are only lightly hexed!
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Re: Pulling my hair out !!!!

if the car has had that many faults in 3 months I would take steps to reject the car. Did you buy it new? A recent change in the law says that any fault that develop in the first 6 months are deemed to be there on delivery. I would push for a new car if you can.

I agree with DOG though, the dealers take far too many attempts to fix what seem like simple problems. I think half the problem is that they don't know the cars. Everytime I go to the dealer I insist on speaking to a mechanic and take him to the car and point out every fault and get them to agree it is an issue and a solution to fix it.

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Re: Pulling my hair out !!!!

None of those faults will make the car unfit for purpose, the doors squeek but they open and work, tyres wear out, depends on model/driving style how quickly. Air bag light came on, but the airbag never deployed. Back wiper isn't essential to car opperation. Squeeky brakes, but they work. Squalky sat nav, but it works! So none of that stuff would give full grounds for rejection. The garage could have replaced the car, but is often the case he could have been stung with a big fee for replacement of the car. Read it in Auto Express the other week.

Its worth sticking to it, keep hastling the garage, i went through the same hell, and i had a reason to reject, i only had 1 working door for several weeks! But now my car is a happy chappy, and so am i!
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Re: Pulling my hair out !!!!

i have had similar experiences with my Stilo, although not quite as many as twelve in three months, i have been to the dealer eleven times in nearly two years. when back for the boot hand to be replaced as it had cracked in a couple of places and spoilt the beautiful rear of the car the first real problem was accelerator unit failed and wasnt responding to the pedal bein pressed, got that sorted straight away. oh and i noticed the tyre wear thing but tyres are cheap as chips so i swapped front for back until i could be arsed to get some new ones.

a few months of happy driving just getting to summer and the air con stopped working, apparently a cracked pipe had no probs getting that fixed. again a few months of care free driving and all hell breaks loose, start to get a rattle from the front near side, not good, was only suspension linkages that need replacing (a job done badly - ever since car doesnt drive as smoothly as before and judders like a mutha at full lock), shortly afterwards clutch started creaking at pedal and from the outside, annoying but was easily fixed, then the airbag warning light kept going nuts, quick fix on that, still workin ok but only been a few weeks, no engine warning light comes on at start up and makes that annoying noise, sensor fault which the cleared and it came back so they uploaded some software and it came back so its in tuesday for a replacement sensor and to get the steering and that checked.

Even though i have been back a fair few times the service is always excellent and they usually come up with the goods, big up PRIORY FIAT, SOUTHWELL ROAD, MANSFIELD, NOTTS.
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