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Buying a Stilo with Faulty Indicator?

Hello! I am new to the forum, and I am intending to purchase a 2005 Fiat Stilo Active 16V, 1368CC Petrol, 5DR, Manual on Monday. I'm also expected to pay up 1200 (Good price? It's quite tidy, new battery apparently, tyres seem ok, 1/4 a tank of fuel yesterday but not getting until Monday. Been driven only by an old chap who doesn't go over 40mph )

I test drove it today and noticed that when you indicate left, the stick bounces back up and doesn't stay stuck down like it normally would. Is there any reason for this? And any way to fix it? I don't know anything about cars so please try to be gentle in your responses!

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Re: Buying a Stilo with Faulty Indicator?

Hi, Welcome to the FF.

Common problem, caused by the small rubber gaiter around the bottom of the switch. Either reposition the gaiter or it may need a small part of the rubber cutting out.
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Hi, Welcome to the FF.

Common problem, caused by the small rubber gaiter around the bottom of the switch. Either reposition the gaiter or it may need a small part ot the rubber cutting out.
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Thank you, as long as it's nothing major to worry about Just found it incredibly annoying for the short duration I drove the car

Originally the man selling it wanted 1500, bit steep for me at the moment especially considering I've seen other Stilo's out there with similar mileage and within 6 months of age for less than 1000, so I offered 1200, but wonder if I offered too much as he seemed quite happy with it lol. But he was quite old so I didn't want to be too cheeky!!
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As long as your happy with your purchase thats all that counts.

Post some pics when you get it, show it off.
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Yeah I think I am! I was very excited when I saw it and after I realized I was going to get it on Monday, I just pondered about it afterwards (Obviously I searched autotrader too and shopped around a bit) so thought I'd ask here

I've always been terrible at spending money, but it sounds as though it's been really well looked after, my neighbour is happy to service it and check it over before the MOT, and help me out with anything that needs doing (It's his dad's car - So I know it's coming from somewhere good).

At least you reassured me a bit.
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Post some pics when you get it, show it off.
Oh yes, I tried to take a picture through the window without them seeing yesterday but didn't make any good ones haha. So I copied a picture of how it looked from google so I can keep checking I like it

Will take lots Monday
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welcome to the club, sounds like you are really excited about the car?!

I have a similar issue with my indicator, except mine always stays in position if i push it back down the second time as said, the gaitor seems to be an issue-mine wasnt in position but putting it back correctly didnt fix it for me but mine isnt as bad as yours so it didnt bother me-either way, itll be an easy fix.

What I would do, if the car has had a gentle life, is give it a gentle thrashing. Get some injector cleaner in there, get it up to motorway speed so that if there is any issues they will come to light-perhaps get your neighbour to do this? Sounds like it is in good condition though, but i am ever suspicious through experience!!

best of luck with it, 1200 sounds fine to be honest, if it really is in great condition etc. These are great cars, well worth 1200, but best not to compar eit to those you saw at sub 1k-those could have been issue filled metal monsters! This one you be be paying a smidge more for a car in way better condition and one that has been looked after.
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welcome to the club, sounds like you are really excited about the car?!

I have a similar issue with my indicator, except mine always stays in position if i push it back down the second time as said, the gaitor seems to be an issue-mine wasnt in position but putting it back correctly didnt fix it for me but mine isnt as bad as yours so it didnt bother me-either way, itll be an easy fix.

What I would do, if the car has had a gentle life, is give it a gentle thrashing. Get some injector cleaner in there, get it up to motorway speed so that if there is any issues they will come to light-perhaps get your neighbour to do this? Sounds like it is in good condition though, but i am ever suspicious through experience!!

best of luck with it, 1200 sounds fine to be honest, if it really is in great condition etc. These are great cars, well worth 1200, but best not to compar eit to those you saw at sub 1k-those could have been issue filled metal monsters! This one you be be paying a smidge more for a car in way better condition and one that has been looked after.
Thank you for your input Yes, it looks really good apart from the indicator but I'll tell the neighbour what needs doing and he'll sort it lol. Apparently it's got a brand new battery, water pump and rear tyres changed last year, and I'm sure he was talking about other stuff that's good about it but it went a bit over my head...

I am replacing a car I bought early January (whose brakes went within 10miles of driving, discovered a huge puddle in drivers footwell and guy who sold it decided to tell me a whole bunch of lies) So VERY difficult for me to trust buying a car nowadays, but know the neighbour well and he's always tinkering with cars so I feel quite confident with this one. Hope it lasts forever..
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Depending on what mileage the car's done, probably the most important thing is to find out, and if possible see documentary evidence of, when the timing belt (also known as cam belt) was last replaced. If that breaks while you're driving, it would lead to an expensive repair bill.
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Depending on what mileage the car's done, probably the most important thing is to find out, and if possible see documentary evidence of, when the timing belt (also known as cam belt) was last replaced. If that breaks while you're driving, it would lead to an expensive repair bill.
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second this. Dont want to be scaring you, but it will be good to know if the tiing belt is done or not. I am pretty sure your neighbour will think of this though, so if its not something you know too much about, then hopefully they will pick up on it and let you know.

Its a shame that there are people out there, willing to lie and deceieve for a few quid. Where it comes to cars, I just cannot tolerate people like this. Cars can be death traps if not looked after, and to sell a car with dodgy brakes is just plain evil-brakes are pretty much the most important parts on a vehicle, and you just cant take chances like that.
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Hi, Welcome to the FF.

Common problem, caused by the small rubber gaiter around the bottom of the switch. Either reposition the gaiter or it may need a small part of the rubber cutting out.
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Thank You!!!! Now fixed a problem that has been irritating me for 3 years
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Thank You!!!! Now fixed a problem that has been irritating me for 3 years
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second this. Dont want to be scaring you, but it will be good to know if the tiing belt is done or not. I am pretty sure your neighbour will think of this though, so if its not something you know too much about, then hopefully they will pick up on it and let you know.

Its a shame that there are people out there, willing to lie and deceieve for a few quid. Where it comes to cars, I just cannot tolerate people like this. Cars can be death traps if not looked after, and to sell a car with dodgy brakes is just plain evil-brakes are pretty much the most important parts on a vehicle, and you just cant take chances like that.
Yes Cambelt was done last year. It has a water pump and battery replaced recently too. It's been kept up together, even had the advisories done from last MOT

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Hi, Welcome to the FF.

Common problem, caused by the small rubber gaiter around the bottom of the switch. Either reposition the gaiter or it may need a small part of the rubber cutting out.
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Hi. I can confirm this. I have had the very same problem. I have pulled the rubber thingy out towards the end of the switch and it works like new. I just left it like this for now. Once the weather gets warmer will try to amend the rubber but I can't be asked now.
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Yes Cambelt was done last year. It has a water pump and battery replaced recently too. It's been kept up together, even had the advisories done from last MOT

Posting some pictures of my new car!! http://s56.beta.photobucket.com/user...y/Fiat%20Stilo

that looks REALLY nice, i love it! Black really suits the five door, and it still looks modern because a lot of modern 5 door cars are very similar in shape, such as VW's and Skodas etc
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