Doesn't Do Anything - 2012 FIAT 500 Long-Term Road Test

2012 FIAT 500 Long Term Road Test

2012 Fiat 500 Sport: Doesn't Do Anything

March 30, 2012


This is the driver seat-height adjustor lever that Magrath broke the first month we had the Fiat 500. Or, actually, this is the replacement lever.

Near as I can tell, our experience with this car wouldn't have been any different if we'd left the broken lever as is, because the lever is useless for adjusting the height of the seat.


I've pushed on it countless times to make the seat-bottom go lower -- and it does not go lower, won't even budge in fact. I like the steering wheel in its lowest tilt position, see, but in that position, the steering wheel hits my thighs unless I move the seat a bit farther back than is comfortable given the wheel's lack of telescope adjustment.

For kicks, I've also pulled on the lever to see if the seat height can actually be raised past its default barstool setting.

In both cases, nothing doing. To me, this lever is like akin to a fake pocket on women's trousers. It's there to give the suggestion of functionality (and style?), but there's no actual function behind it.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 14,297 miles

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