Our cars: Fiat 500L - March

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  • After 10 months and more than 9000 miles, we say goodbye to the Fiat 500L

    After 10 months and more than 9000 miles, we say goodbye to the Fiat 500L

  • Our 500L's alloy is now as good as new, and the door's been fixed, too

    Our 500L's alloy is now as good as new, and the door's been fixed, too

  • Driver's door locking issue diagnosed by our local dealer. Great service, and parts now on order

    Driver's door locking issue diagnosed by our local dealer. Great service, and parts now on order

  • A huge wheelbarrow fitted into our 500L's 1310-litre load bay without much fuss

    A huge wheelbarrow fitted into our 500L's 1310-litre load bay without much fuss

  • Door locking problem previously identified has returned, so a trip to the dealer could be on the cards

    Door locking problem previously identified has returned, so a trip to the dealer could be on the cards

  • Built-in Lavazza coffee maker is a £200 option, but it's not officially available as a retro-fit

    Built-in Lavazza coffee maker is a £200 option, but it's not officially available as a retro-fit

  • Mel's driven the trendy 'Beats' edition of the 500L. But does she prefer it over the standard car?

    Mel's driven the trendy 'Beats' edition of the 500L. But does she prefer it over the standard car?

  • The 500L stood out in our car park for Paul Garlick - but not because he likes the looks

    The 500L stood out in our car park for Paul Garlick - but not because he likes the looks

  • Diamond-cut finish on alloy looks great, but kerb damage can't be repaired by a mobile technician

    Diamond-cut finish on alloy looks great, but kerb damage can't be repaired by a mobile technician

  • Mel's new phone is now recognised by the Fiat, meaning she can make the most of the Uconnect system

    Mel's new phone is now recognised by the Fiat, meaning she can make the most of the Uconnect system

  • The alloys have unfortunately suffered from some damage

    The alloys have unfortunately suffered from some damage

  • The 500L's stop-start system seemed to struggle in the colder weather

    The 500L's stop-start system seemed to struggle in the colder weather

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Fiat 500L 1.6 Multijet Pop Star

Read the full Fiat 500L review

Week ending March 28
Mileage 8862
Driven this week 43 miles

Following on from last week’s driver’s door locking issues, as is typical with these things, the problem seems to have solved itself just before I had to take the 500L to the dealers to get it looked at.

My partner borrowed the 500L for a couple of days, and although initially still had issues with the door not opening from the outside using the central locking system, soon reported that the door had started suddenly working again. So, no trip to he dealers required for now.

The Fiat has also impressed me again with the amount of flexible space it has to offer: it managed to easily fit an extremely long (almost 200cm) and bulky wooden flat-pack sun lounger in, without even having to collapse the front passenger seat. Impressive stuff.

By Melanie Falconer
Melanie.Falconer@whatcar.com

Week ending March 21
Mileage 8819
Driven this week 357 miles

The Fiat has been pressed into service as a general ferrying-around car for various tasks this week, which means I haven’t been able to take it to a dealer to get the driver’s door looked at.

Last week, I reported that I’d been having some issues with the driver’s door not being able to be opened from the outside, either manually or via the central locking system. A couple of colleagues who weren’t aware of this foible borrowed the 500L, and then reported back to me that they also couldn’t get the door to open, not matter what they tried.

After consulting the owner’s manual, then resetting the central locking, this still didn’t work. Defeated, I have now got a slot next Tuesday morning at my local Fiat dealer, which happens to be a very convenient three miles away from my front door.

Fingers crossed it’s just a simple door mechanism failure, which won’t need any replacement parts to be ordered.

By Melanie Falconer
Melanie.Falconer@whatcar.com

Week ending March 14
Mileage 8462
Driven this week 152 miles

I’ve been in Africa for the past week, so the 500L has taken its own holiday in Gatwick’s valet parking. Two days after my return, the driver’s door developed a very annoying ‘I’m only going to open from the inside’ issue.

Regardless of whether I use the key fob’s central locking function as usual or manually insert the key into the door lock, the door will not open.

This means I have to clamber across to the driver's seat from the passenger’s side, which is pretty inconvenient, although strangely nostalgic at the same time. I have fond memories of doing exactly the same in my brown Vauxhall Cavalier Mk2 many years ago. However, rather than putting up with this state of affairs as I did with the Cavalier, I will be booking in the 500L at my local Fiat dealer to get this sorted.

Melanie Falconer

Our cars: Fiat 500L - February

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