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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Fiat 500X 120th Anniversary Edition Coming to America

500X 120th Anniversary

This year marks the 120th anniversary of the founding of Fiat in 1899. To celebrate the occasion, Fiat commissioned a special Two-tone painted 500X model called the 120th Anniversary Edition.


2019 500X 120th Edition

Fiat 120th Anniversary Badge

First shown at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, the 2019 500X 120th Anniversary Edition is now coming to America.

Based on the 500X Pop model, the attractive 120th Anniversary Edition features the following upgrades:

  • Piano Black-painted accent-color roof
  • LED headlamps
  • 18-inch black-finish aluminum wheels
  • 120th anniversary exterior badging
  • Black body-side moldings and mirror caps
  • Piano Black painted instrument panel
  • Standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity

500X 120th Anniversary Rear

The 500X 120th edition will be available in four exterior colors: Bianco Gelato (White Clear Coat), Milano (Ivory Tri-coat), Grigio Argento (Gray Metallic) and Nero Cinema (Black Clear Coat)


500X 120th Edition Interior

500X 120th Edition Dashboard


Pricing of the 120th Anniversary Edition starts at $25,735*, just $995 more than a base Fiat 500X Pop model. The expected arrival of this unique Fiat is later in the year. You can configure your Fiat 500X 120th Anniversary Edition right now on the Fiat USA website. To learn more about the 500X, follow the links in this story and check out your local dealer for ordering information.


500X 120th Edition Driving

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*plus destination charges of $1,495 ($1,545 in Hawaii)
Source and images: FCA

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Fiat 500X Sport Coming to North America!

Fiat 500X Sport
European model shown for illustrative purposes

The new Fiat 500X Sport is on its way! Sources have reported a new Sport model is being added to the 500X lineup. Preliminary information has pricing and options, but no imagery.

Fiat 500X Sport Euro Edition

In Europe, the 500 Sport is spearheading the refreshed 500X range. Last year, the US also received the new 500X range that features many enhancements, revised styling, and a new engine that offers the best in segment torque output. The new 1.3 FireFly Turbo engine replaces the old 1.4 MultiAir Turbo and boasts a 35% improvement in torque, going from 172 lbs.ft with the previous engine to a stout 210 lbs.ft. Along with the substantial increase in torque, fuel economy is also up three mpg in city driving.


Fiat 500X Sport Euro Edition

Information is scarce on what exactly the US 500X Sport will come with, but in Europe, the Sport is more than just a slapped on badge. Suspension calibrations have been revised, and the car rides 13mm lower, and steering has been retuned for more precise feedback. The results are a reduction of understeer by 26%, and oversteer, at the extreme limits, by 17%. Responsiveness and turn-in ability are also said to be significantly enhanced.


Fiat 500X Sport Front

Exterior wise, the 500X Sport is based on the Pop model and is given a makeover with body-colored moldings including side skirts, wheel arches, and rear diffuser-style rear bumper. Myron grey accents are tastefully applied to handles, specially designed inserts on the front bumper, the front molding, and rear-view mirror caps. Dual chrome exhaust tips round out the exterior changes.

Fiat 500X Sport 19-inch Wheels


Unique 19" alloy wheels featuring 225/40 rubber are available and besides looking good, generate an 8% increase in lateral acceleration compared to the standard 18" wheel package.



Fiat 500X Sport Tailpipes


The 2020 Fiat 500X Sport is available in the following colors (color code):
  • BIANCO GELATO (WHITE CLEARCOAT)( PWV)
  • GRIGIO MODA (GRAPHITE GREY METALLIC)  (PSA)
  • ITALIA BLUE  (PBG)
  • NERO CINEMA (BLACK CLEARCOAT)  (PXN)
  • ROVENTE RED  (PRX)


Fiat 500X Dashboard

Inside, there are Sport specific instrument panel graphics, aluminum pedal covers, a flat bottomed sport steering wheel and titanium grey dashboard insert. Unique Sport floor mats are included. Optional is a hand-stitched Alcantara instrument panel cover* and black leather seats with titanium grey trim.

Fiat 500X Interior

Fiat 500X Pedal Pads

Fiat 500X Sport Alcantara Cluster Brow

While we have preliminary information on some of the equipment the North American car will come with, full details have yet to be confirmed. The description above gives a bassline of what could be. One bit of news North American fans of the 500X will be happy to hear is that paddle shifters, a long wished for item, have been added.

Fiat 500X Paddle Shifter


2020 Fiat 500X Sport Standard Features (w/order code)
  • 18X8.0 ALUMINUM WHEELS (WBB)
  • 215/55R18 ALL-SEASON PERF TIRES (TA1)
  • BRIGHT PEDALS (XAR)
  • DARK GREY EXTERIOR ACCENTS (MHY)
  • DARK GREY MIRROR CAPS (LE6)
  • DARK HEADLINER AND PILLARS (CHE)
  • DUAL BRIGHT EXHAUST TIPS (NEL)
  • SPORT CLOTH BUCKET SEATS (*B9)
  • SPORT FASCIA (MCU)
  • SPORT FRONT & REAR FLOOR MATS (CLX)
  • SPORT I/P BEZEL (JER)
  • SPORT LEATHER/ALCANTARA STEERING WHEEL (SCH)
  • STEERING WHEEL MOUNTED SHIFT CONTROL (XBQ)
  • SPORT CLOTH BUCKET SEATS (Standard) B9X9

Pricing of the Fiat 500X Sport starts at $26,895 plus destination charges of $1,495 ($1,545 in Hawaii).

Fiat 500X Sport

2020 Fiat 500X Sport Options - Option Code - Pricing
  • SPORT LEATHER-TRIMMED BUCKET SEATS - CLX9 - $995
  • 19X7.5 SPORT ALUMINUM WHEELS - WPX - $495
  • ADVANCED DRIVER ASSISTANCE GROUP - AJ1- $1,395
  • BLACK PAINTED ACCENT ROOF - na - $445
  • COLD WEATHER GROUP - AD7 -$295
  • COMFORT GROUP - AFB- $795
  • COMPACT SPARE TIRE -TBC - $295
  • DRIVER ASSISTANCE GROUP - AWJ - $895
  • ENGINE BLOCK HEATER - NHK- $100

PREMIUM GROUP - ADC - $1,695
• 19X7.5 SPORT ALUMINUM WHEELS (WPX)
• 225/45R19 ALL-SEASON TIRES (TV5)
• BEATS PREMIUM AUDIO SYSTEM (RCV)
• DUAL-PANE POWER SUNROOF (GWL)

  • UCONNECT 4 NAV WITH 7" DISPLAY- UNE- $695


MOPAR OPTIONS
MOPAR ALL-WEATHER PACKAGE - BASE - AAW - $225
Note: N/A W/AAS; N/A W/AFE
• MOPAR CARGO AREA SLUSH MAT (CKL)
• MOPAR FRONT & REAR SLUSH MATS (CLQ)

MOPAR ALL-WEATHER PACKAGE - PLUS - AAS - $495
N/A W/AFE
• MOPAR CARGO AREA SLUSH MAT (CKL)
• MOPAR FRONT & REAR SLUSH MATS (CLQ)
• MOPAR FRONT SPLASH GUARDS W/OUT LOGO (MKM)
• MOPAR REAR SPLASH GUARDS W/LOGO (MEJ)
• MOPAR WHEEL LOCKS (XJR)
(*) Package AAS includes package AAW content

MOPAR APPEARANCE PACKAGE - AFE- $425
• CHROME LIC PLATE FRAME W/500 LOGO (MDB)
• MOPAR BRIGHT DOOR SILLS W/LOGO (CLN)
• MOPAR BRIGHT PEDAL KIT (ATX) (XA9)
• MOPAR PREMIUM FLOOR MATS W/LOGO (CLC)
• MOPAR SILVER VALVE STEM COVER W/LOGO (WMR)



Fiat 500X Sport


Dealers have begun putting their orders together and expect more news to follow shortly. An arrival date for the 2020 Fiat 500X Sport has not been confirmed, but rumors range from the end of year, to first half of next year. Stay tuned for more information!


* 10/7 Confirmed for the US is the Alcantara Instrument Cluster Brow

Images: FCA
Note: preliminary information subject to change.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Fiat Brand 2019 Third Quarter Sales Results

2019 Fiat Lineup

The Fiat brand has reported third-quarter 2019 sales total of 2,360, a decrease of 38 percent from third-quarter 2018 sales.

The top-selling Fiat model was the 500 hatch and Cabrio series, followed by the 124 Spider and the 500X crossover.

Sadly, and much to the disappointment of Fiat enthusiasts, Fiat has announced that 2019 will be the last year of the best selling 500 hatch and Cabrio models here in the US. There is a next-generation 500 due out next year in Europe, but so far there has been silence on whether we will see that model on this side of the Atlantic. The new model will feature an all-electric powertrain which promises to make for an outstanding commuter car.



Fiat 124 Abarth Scorpion Sting
2020 Fiat 124 Abarth Spider with Scorpion Sting Appearance Group


In the meantime, Fiat USA has refocused on its 500X crossover. The 500X received a refreshed design and a new engine for 2019 and has been garnering positive press reviews. The 124 Abarth Spider has also been given some attention with a new available graphics package to build some excitement




Fiat Brand Sales in the United States, Third Quarter 2019
Fiat 500Current YearLast YearVol ChangeCurrent YTDLast Year YTDVol Change
3Q
500
500L
500X
124

    876
    206
    592
    686
    2360

 1455
 327
 996
 1021
  3799

  -40%
   -37%
   -41%
   -33%
   -38%

    2568
    605
    2076
    2214
    7463

        3717
       1231
       4221
         2915
        12084

    -31%
    -51%
    -51%
    -24%
    -38%



Sources: FCA US LLC.
Images: FCA and author

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Statement on Discontinuation of Fiat 500 in North America

2019 Fiat 500

Below is the official FCA statement on the Fiat 500 production in North America. Keep in mind, this  news is not out of left field, as there has been talk since 2013 of the next generation Fiat 500 being produced in Europe (see link below). The next generation Fiat 500 will have an electric powertrain and is expected to debut next March at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show. With luck, we may see that car here.


Fiat 500 - Always Happy

FCA Statement Regarding Discontinued Production of Fiat 500


FIAT will discontinue production of the current-generation Fiat 500 and 500e in North America. Current inventory of the 2019 Fiat 500 and 500e will last into 2020. In North America, FIAT will continue to offer the new Italian-designed, fun-to-drive Fiat 500X all-wheel-drive compact crossover, the Fiat 124 Spider roadster and the five-passenger Fiat 500L utility vehicle.



A look back:


Friday, July 26, 2019

Fiat 500 Abarth Hard Shifting Repair

Fiat 500 Abarth Shifter

One of the best things about a Fiat 500 Abarth is how much fun they are to drive. Part of the enjoyment comes from the easy shifting, heavy duty C510 5-speed gearbox that comes standard in the Fiat 500 Abarth and 500 Turbo models.

The C510 transmission in these models is strong and can handle much abuse, as dished out by modded Abarths with over 300nm (221bs. ft) of torque, but as you get more miles on your car, you may notice shifting becomes stiffer as the shifter hangs up to the right or left side of the shift pattern and doesn't spring back to neutral. If that is the case stick around and we'll get your car shifting like new in no time!

500 Abarth Shift Linkage Pivot Shaft

The Fiat 500 Abarth and Turbo shift linkage pivot shaft can become oxidized and stick in its housing, causing your shifter inside the car to not spring back into neutral. At rest and in neutral, your shifter should spring back by itself and stay in the middle of the shift pattern, If you have to force the shifter back side to side, you likely have a sticking pivot shaft.


You can try popping the inside shift boot up and spraying some white lithium grease, etc., into the ball socket under the shift knob to see if that helps, but if it still sticks, you should look into the fix below. Besides taking the enjoyment out of shifting your car, the increased effort can wear out your shift cable(s) and possibly internal components inside the transmission.

Identifying the Issue
This issue isn't with the back and forth effort, but the side to side motion. You can test this by when in neutral pushing the lever to the right towards the 5 / reverse gear gate and letting go. The shifter should quickly snap back to the 3rd / 4th gear gate or center of the shift pattern, Try this a few times and if the lever hangs up or needs to be guided back, you likely have a sticking side to side pivot shaft. Luckily this is an easy to fix issue, and just requires some grease and a little time and patience.

Note: Click on the pictures to enlarge them for easier viewing


Getting Started: Fiat 500 Abarth Battery Tray Removal


Fiat 500 Abarth Battery Cable

Take the negative battery cable off first. The small ground wire (arrow) going to the ECM also needs to be removed. Remove the positive battery cable next. Isolate the cables so they don't fall back onto the battery and arc.


Fiat 500 Abarth Battery Hold Down Bolt

To get to the shift linkage, you need to remove the battery and battery tray. Here, I'm undoing the battery hold down bolt.


Fiat 500 Abarth Battery Hold Down Bolt

Removing the battery hold down bolt. Note, the hold down bolt is long, as are all the bolts holding the battery tray, and they take some time cranking to unscrew them.

A tip is if the bolts/nut start to get harder to unscrew, spray some penetrating fluid on them and then screw them back in a few turns. Do this every time the fasteners start feeling like they are getting harder to unscrew. By doing this, you will clean the threads and redistribute some lube into them, and it will avoid breaking or stripping the fastener.

Fiat 500 Abarth Battery Tray

There are three fasteners holding the battery tray down. Two on the side are bolts and the one in the center, which is a nut. When you reinstall them, a tip is to load them up with anti-seize because, being under the battery, they are prone to corrosion.

Fiat 500 Abarth ECM Connector

The ECM is attached to the battery tray and comes out with it, so you need to remove the connectors. Carefully pull the yellow clip connector locks open.

Fiat 500 Abarth PCM Connector

then pull the levers up. There are two. When the lift the levers up the connector disengages from the ECM. Be careful when you do this work. Lift the connector straight up so you don't damage the delicate pins in the ECM.

Fiat 500 Abarth Harness Clips

One the ECM connector is off, you have to go around the battery tray and unclip the harness hold downs. Here I am using a flat-head screwdriver to carefully lever the clip out of its receptacle on the battery tray. There are a few wire harness hold down clips that are secured to the battery tray that have to be disengaged from the tray so you can pull it out.

Be careful with these as it is important to secure the wiring harness to keep it from moving around while driving. Being sloppy and breaking them and then not replacing or securing the harness can catch up to you in the form of bad connections and weird electrical issues down the road.

Fiat 500 Abarth Sensor Hold Down

There is a hold down for a sensor in front the of the battery tray. Push the connector from the back to pop it free.
Fiat 500 Abarth Harness Hold Down

Another cable hold down clip on the side of the battery tray being removed with a bent Trim Stick tool.

500 Abarth Harness Hold Down Clip

Sometimes you can push the clip out from the back.

500 Abarth Engine Harness

The wire harness runs under the battery tray and these clips help hold it into place. Just pull the harness out.
Fiat 500 Abarth Battery Tray

You can now remove the battery tray/ ECM unit.

Fiat 500 Abarth Engine Computer

Back view of the ECM and battery tray unit. Put it safely aside and treat it like the expensive item it is.

Doing the Job: Greasing The Fiat 500 Abarth C510 Trans Shift Linkage



Fiat 500 Abarth Transmission Linkage

Once the battery tray is out, you can see the Fiat 500 Abarth shift linkage located on the C510 transmission case. It is way back, so be prepared to lean over to get at it.

Fiat 500 Abarth Shift Linkage

The issus is the external pivot shaft that runs through the case starts to get stuck and hard to swivel. A lack of grease and climate conditions are prime reasons for this. The arrow points to the shift shaft that runs through the case.



Fiat 500 Abarth Pivot Shaft Nut

The pivot shaft is held in simply by this nut. It is a good idea to mark the position of the shaft in relation to the surrounding area. This will help you put back everything in the same position.


Fiat 500 Abarth Pivot Shaft Removal

An extension and a swivel joint will make getting at the nut easier.

500 Abarth Pivot Shaft Removal


Here's some perspective on where we are working. Don't be intimidated by the location, there is room to get to everything you need to get to.

500 Abarth Shift Cables

When the nut was loosened, I removed the shift cable in the back from the pivot shaft lever. To do this, I used a thin 13mm wrench and stuck it under the cable joint and pulled up, popping it free from the ball socket. The picture above just illustrates how I did the rear cable. Leave the front cable attached.


Abarth 500 Transmission Linkage

Once the nut is loose, unscrew it with your fingers. Take your time to make sure you don't drop it. Note on the right side is a rubber boot covering the vertical shift shaft the runs straight up and down into the transmission internals. The little shift lever we are removing fits into a cutout in the vertical shift shaft (there is another picture below that shows that upclose). I carefully pulled back the rubber boot on the vertical shift shaft to see how the levers fit together. It only goes in one way so don't be concerned.

Abarth 500 Trans Pivot Shaft Lever

Another image of how the little shift lever fits into the vertical shift shaft. When everything is bolted back up, all these parts will line up and fit together perfectly, so don't be concerned. After I removed the nut, I removed the washer and the little shift lever. It is keyed to the shaft.




Once the nut, washer and lever is removed, you can push the pivot shaft out. It comes out from the back. If it hits the shift weight behind it, you can have someone carefully inside the car pust the gear shifter slightly forward to give more room for the shaft to be withdrawn from the rear.

Before you remove the lever, it is a good time to try pivoting the shaft back and forth to feel the resistance. It should move smoothly and easily. If it does, than you may have another issue, possibly with the cables, the shifter or something else.  However, as you are more than half way through with the job, you might as well complete it by greasing the pivot pin anyway. Mine was binding and not letting the inside shifter spring back to the center of the shift pattern.

Abarth 500 Trans Pivot Shaft Housing
Another shot showing the pivot shaft being pushed out. There is a rubber seal in the nose of the passage. There didn't seem to be much if any lube on this shaft, and it was quite stiff to move.

Before I disassembled the pivot shaft, I had tried spraying lube on the shaft every day for a week and then working the shifter inside the car.The lube didn't make a difference and there was no trace of the lube I had been spraying.

Abarth 500 Trans Pivot Shaft

Withdrawing the shift linkage pivot shaft. This is the part of the shift mechanism that moves back and forth when you go side to side in neutral with the shifter inside the car. The little lever attached to it that you removed pushes the vertical shift shaft up and down inside the transmission.

Abarth 500 Trans Pivot Shaft

Inspecting the shaft, it was in good shape, but devoid of lube, and had signs of oxidation and sticking. Note the cutout at the end for the lever that was removed. The little shift lever is keyed so there is no adjustment.

500 Abarth Trans Pivot Shaft

I used the brass brush above and some polish to clean up the shaft, being careful not to to strip the original plating off of the shaft. Once that's removed, the shaft will be even more susceptible to oxidation and rust, etc.

500 Abarth Trans Pivot Shaft Bore

A look down the external passage on the transmission where the shift lever shaft passes through. Luckily there wasn't any signs of damage, or corrosion. I cleaned it out with a rag and some light oil like WD40.

500 Abarth Trans Pivot Shaft Lever

This is the little shift lever showing the orientation it faces when being put back on the shift shaft.



Abarth Trans Pivot Shaft Lever Assembly

The pieces removed Side to side shift pivot shaft and lever, washer and fastening nut.

Greasing Abarth Trans Pivot Shaft

Grease the pivot shaft. I used a synthetic grease that has good water repellency qualities. Keep the grease off the threads because you should use loctite or a new self locking nut to secure this when done.

500 Abarth Trans Shift Linkage Boot

The rubber boot is peeled back to show the cut out in the vertical shift shaft where the shift lever we removed fits into.

Abarth 500 Trans Shift Linkage

Slide the greased pivot shaft back into its passage, place the small shift lever onto the shaft (it is keyed to fit onto the pivot shaft). and fit the end on its right side into the notch on the vertical shift shaft. Once you slide the washer on and secure the nut, everything will line up tight.

Abarth 500 Pivot Shaft Lever

Showing how the small shift lever fits into the notch on the vertical shift shaft. I put a dab of grease on the end.
Abarth 500 Trans Pivot Shaft Install

Fitting the washer and then the nut onto the shift shaft.


Abarth 500 Trans Pivot Shaft Location

Snap the rear shift cable onto the ball socket on the shift shaft arm. You can just use your fingers as it snaps on quite easily.

Nest, tighten the nut holding the shaft and lever together (that's what the arrow is pointing at). There are no specs for tightening this nut. It should be tight enough to secure it, but not too tight to bind the shift shaft. A new self locking nut or loctite will take any concerns away from the nut backing out over time.

Fiat 500 Abarth Linkage Boot

The most tedious part of the job is stretching the boot back over the shift lever. Take your time to do this and don't rip the boot! Mine got caught in the notch on the shaft and was fidgety to free up. I could have just unbolted the lever, but that would have made it too easy! LOL

Abarth 500 Trans Linkage Boot

This isn't the greatest image, but looking at the boot's left side, the boot is positioned on the little shift lever where it is supposed to be to keep dirt from getting into the vertical shift shaft that runs into the transmission.

After that, put back your battery tray, making sure all the wire harness clips are fasternd and anchored down, hook up your ECU (Note: make sure you hook the ECU first before your battery!) and then your battery (don't forget to clean your terminal connectors if they are dirty).

But before you are done: 


Cleaning the Fiat 500 Abarth Ground Strap


500 Abarth Ground Strap 68073597AA

500 Abarth Ground Strap 68073597AA


Before you put the battery tray back, it is a good time to look at the ground cable located under the battery tray that runs from the frame rail to the transmission. These can corrode and it is good preventative maintenance to unbolt the cable, and clean the mounting surface. Bad grounds and battery connections contribute to many vehicle issues, so do yourself a favor and spend a few minutes on this preventative maintenance.

Simply unbolt the cable, clean the connections and put some dielectric grease on them.  On the braided cable, using some anti-corrosion spray like Fluid-Film is a good idea.

On my car, the ground cable wasn't too badly oxidized and resistance measurements were fine. but I ran into a problem removing the bolt holding the ground wire to the transmission, so I replaced the ground cable and the bolt.


Part numbers that fit my 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth:*


  • Fiat 500 Abarth Ground Strap: 68073597 AA
  • Ground Cable Hold-down bolt at transmission: 68145957 AA


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That's it! You are done and now you can enjoy your like new shifting effort and a shifter that snaps back in to the 3rd-4th gear plane. With the greased lever, it should be a long, looong time before you ever have to do this again.


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*Contact your dealer or check the Mopar website to confirm part numbers.

Disclaimer: This is how I greased the linkage and changed the ground strap on my Fiat 500 Abarth and is provided for informational and entertainment purposes. If you have any doubts on you ability to perform this work or have any issues, I recommend having it done by a professional. I am not responsible for any issues arriving from you reading this post. Use at your own risk.

Images: Author
Inspiration: Side to Side Stiff - Shift Cable Sticking? thread on the Fiat 500 USA Forum

Fiat 500 Abarth C510 Hard Shifting Repair, Fiat 500 Hard Shifting Repair, Fiat 500 Abarth Trans Pivot Shaft Repair