2012 FIAT 500 Long Term Road Test

2012 Fiat 500 Sport: Washer Fluid Adventures

April 23, 2012


I can't remember the last time I had a thought about windshield washer fluid that lasted longer than the 2 minutes involved in buying a jug of it.

But our 2012 Fiat 500 Sport makes it interesting again. It turns out the filler mouth for its reservoir is about 6 inches below hood level. The upshot is that unless you've got a steady hand (I don't) and the presence of mind to brace the fluid jug against the headlight (I didn't), you're gonna need a funnel to avoid slopping it all over the engine bay.

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On the upside, the top for the windshield washer fluid can be repurposed as a temporary replacement top for the fluid reservoir if you've temporarily lost track of the flimsy OEM cap.


Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 14,920 miles

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