Doesn't Work on the Weekends - 2012 FIAT 500 Long-Term Road Test

2012 FIAT 500 Long Term Road Test

2012 Fiat 500 Sport: Doesn't Work on the Weekends

March 12, 2012


Just a "This might be broken" report. Apparently the trunk release button for our 2012 Fiat 500 Sport is broken, in that if you're lucky enough to be able to open the trunk to put something in it, nine times out of 10 you might not be able to get it out again. The only option at this point is to fold the backseat down and extract said trunk items the hard way.

This weekend I stowed my laptop bag in the trunk and when I got to my destination, went to open the hatch by pressing the trunk release button on the key fob and then pressing the button on the hatch under the "500" on the grab handle. But it wouldn't open. So then I tried the unlock button on the key fob and pressed the button on the trunk again. Nuthin'.

To make sure it wasn't just me and my bad luck with technology, I had another editor give it a go. He did the same things I did with the same result. "Yup, it's broken," he confirmed.

And this morning, three different car wash attendants tried it and couldn't get it open as well. On one hand, I'm glad it didn't work for them because then I would have felt extra stupid but on the other hand, I'd like this feature to work, ya know.

Fortunately, when I got to work and tried it again, it worked. Pfew! Three times in a row, nonetheless!

If this sort of thing happened to your car, would you take it in to get attended to right away or wait until you have to take your car in for another more serious issue? (Luckily, we have a vehicle testing manager to take care of such things for us -- making appointments, driving the car to the dealership, etc. -- and lots of back-up cars should the car have to stay overnight so it's not an inconvenience to attend to non-dire issues.)

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor

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