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Old 11-05-2003   #1
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front suspension problems

[V]Hi there...
Got my Stilo 3 days ago and my problem-free living with three Fiat cars in the family so far came to a crashing end... Problem no1: The Blaupunkt cd changer simply didn't work from the beginning. The discs wouldn't go in or come out (destroyed 3 CD-Rs pulling them out with a pocket knife). Fortunately, they took the damn thing out and contacted Blaupunkt who agreed to repair or replace it if necessary. I'll have to wait for some time though as they have to send it to Athens and wait for it to be sent back (repaired I hope). This however was only of minor importance compared to what happened during my first ride in the car: Reluctant to believe my own ears, car owner's worst nightmare appeared: A squeaking noise could be heard from the front suspension every time the front of the car sank or raised during low-speed driving in traffic, especially when braking or suddenly accelerating (eg red or green traffic lights). I jumped out of the car, opened the bonnet and gave the front part of the car some good pushing just above the front left wheel, trying to depress the front shock absorbers (please excuse my terminology, my knowledge of technical terms in English is poor, so I just hope you understand what I mean) as far as they would go, and the squeaking could be heard loud and clear. Shocked, I took the car to the dealer's service department where they sprayed some lubricant at various points of the front suspension and the sound disappeared. According to them, it was only due to the suspension being "stiff" from lack of use and that it would be OK now. I should be so lucky! Later in the evening the squeaking reappeared strong as ever and my night's sleep was gone...
The next day I took the car back to the garage and they repeated the lubrication process more thoroughly, spraying grease in more places after unscrewing some bolts and screwing them back into place. The sound disappeared once more, only to reappear one hour later... Once more, I took it back and was advised to drive the car for 500-1000 kms and to re-visit them if the sound hasn't disappeared by then. The ultimate nightmare: the "I do not know where it's coming from" sound has come to haunt me. I'm definitely convinced that it's not simply a matter of lubrication and I fear this sound has come to give me endless hours of garage time spent in agony and uncertainty... It's a pity that this incident occured because the car feels like a giant leap forward from what fiat customers were used to in terms of build and material quality, and this comes from someone whose family has trusted la fabbrica for more than 12 years now (Tipo 91, Marea 99, Punto 2001). Just feel the window and roof light switches and you'll know what I mean... Anyway, any advice, comments or similar experience on the matter is welcome. Hope the problem will be solved soon.

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Christos
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Old 12-05-2003   #2
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Hi Christos,

It's unpleasent what occured you...

Problem no.1, CD changer, already heard this problem in Italy, resolved with replacement of CD changer...
I also heard someone saying about some problems if you switch off the radio in CD mode when it working...

Problem no.2, Noise from front suspensions, also this already heard, more times from rear than from front suspensions... I don't know why, I suppose bad assembly for some Stilo probably... however resolved with replacement of rear/front (depending on source noise) suspensions by dealer... after that stilo owners with this problem said: all ok!

I hope your Stilo will give you satisfactions that your trust deserve...

ciao

Roberto

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Old 12-05-2003   #3
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Could you tell me how work 260W HiFi system? Are you satisfied with it? I tried it only one time from a dealer... your opinion interest me...

thanks

Rob

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I saw a white 3 door in Turin yesterday for the first time, you are right! Very nice!.............;)



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I noticed a creaking noise from my Stilo, its more noticable when I have passangers in the back and when I'm turning. I assume its the rear suspension although its not very often I hear it. My car is due its first service next week I'll get them to check it out.
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There is a known problem with the rear suspension squeaking. Ask your dealer to check through their 'service news' from Fiat. It involves replacing the rear suspension frame.
I had this done on my own car recently and it cured the problem.
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Thanks for that. Its booked in tomorrow for its 12000 mile service, I'll mention it to the dealer to get it fixed.
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