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With FIAT, you have to understand what you are getting. I bought both of mine knowing what I was getting into. I knew I was going to get horrible service and parts availability from dealers and FIAT, respectively. I knew I was going to have a car whose reliability was below average. If you set realistic expectations for yourself, and are willing to go through all the BS of ownership, then you will never be disappointed. That's my philosophy. Over-maintaining our cars (and doing as much work on your car as possible yourself vs. incompetent dealers) and replacing known, unreliable parts (diverter valve, coil packs, etc.) can help improve the durability and reliability.
@walawn - The funny part is that I knew 100% what I was getting into, but the experience was 180 Degrees opposite. Had the 500 Sport for 8 years, same dealership for maintenance, etc. Everything went perfect, never an issue. With this car, grief so far. Not the fault of the dealership on the parts availability, however they aren't very good with communicating with me (probably because they have nothing to say, but still, it's all about the customer experience, right)?
 

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Hey guys - sorry about the level of intensity on this - I just want my top replaced in a timely manner by FCA under warranty. Checked today and the date has now been pushed to June, 10 months after I originally brought it in and they ordered it. I've also now got some kind of strange vibration in the back end - hoping that it doesn't need parts or the car may just sit there forever...
If you think that the parts are still in Italy and you need help contacting Fiat, just send me the details and I will call them for you.
 
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A bit late to the party, but when I first received my car I have noticed this. The fix was simple for me. For a good 2 weeks I only lowered the roof from the outside of the car and now the roof seemed to have realigned itself.
 

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Interesting observation Tt33. I posted on another thread that my top was rubbing the roll bar garnish, but I also noticed that after I drive (top down) for a few minutes the it "settles" and does not rub. Also note the owner's manual recommends raising and lowering the top from outside the car.
 

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Interesting observation Tt33. I posted on another thread that my top was rubbing the roll bar garnish, but I also noticed that after I drive (top down) for a few minutes the it "settles" and does not rub. Also note the owner's manual recommends raising and lowering the top from outside the car.
What? How the hell are you going to reach into the car from outside and accomplish that? I applaud you locating this bit of misinformation, but as far back as 1989, when the NA was introduced, a key feature has been flipping the top up or down from the driver’s seat.
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A bit late to the party, but when I first received my car I have noticed this. The fix was simple for me. For a good 2 weeks I only lowered the roof from the outside of the car and now the roof seemed to have realigned itself.
Interesting observation Tt33. I posted on another thread that my top was rubbing the roll bar garnish, but I also noticed that after I drive (top down) for a few minutes the it "settles" and does not rub. Also note the owner's manual recommends raising and lowering the top from outside the car.
What? How the hell are you going to reach into the car from outside and accomplish that? I applaud you locating this bit of misinformation, but as far back as 1989, when the NA was introduced, a key feature has been flipping the top up or down from the driver’s seat.
Best regards
Pete
I have a bum shoulder, so cannot reach back to open and close my Spider's top. I get out of the car to do it. A bit inconvenient for sure and does nothing to prevent the top's front edge from "parking" almost touching the passenger-side roll bar. So some rubbing is all but inevitable.
 
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