Broken Seat Adjuster - 2012 FIAT 500 Long-Term Road Test

2012 FIAT 500 Long Term Road Test

2012 Fiat 500 Sport: Broken Seat Adjuster

May 03, 2011


You'll no doubt remember the part in Jacobs' post where he mentioned that the seat adjuster had broken. Well, here's the proof. And the confession by the guy who did it....

The first weekend we had the 500, I was arrogant and selfish enough to think that the seat position in our Fiat 500 was simply too high, so I grabbed the well-placed handle and levered it down. All the way down at first just to see how low it would go. Too low, it turns out, so I went to lever it a teeny bit higher; half a lever-pull maybe.

But the seat wouldn't move, so I tried pulling it up again -- still using only my fingertips -- with a little bit of force, but not HULK SMASH force... and then the handle shattered and shot into the backseat.

I called our local Fiat dealership from that parking lot to order a new handle. Surely an interior piece of an Italian car sold by Chrysler would be easy to find, right? (Also, am I the first person to break a Fiat since their return to the States?)

Mike Magrath, Associate Editor, @ 563 miles

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