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Fiat Barchetta Common Problems and Solutions

Early front tyre wear

Problem:

It is known on these vehicles for the front tyres to wear down particularly quickly.

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Solution:

Make sure that you keep a check on the tyres on the front of the vehicle. The minimum tread depth is 1.6mm, so as soon as it nears this tread depth you will need to replace the tyres.

Difficulty level

2

Exhaust breaking

Problem:

As the exhaust is so heavy on this vehicle, they are known to break in the middle due to the sheer weight of them. The tailpipes are also known to drop off due to the weight.

Models affected:

Solution:

As the exhaust system is so heavy on this vehicle it is known to break in the middle due to the sheer weight.

Difficulty level

3

Rear plastic window cracking

Problem:

The rear plastic window on the convertible roof is known to crack. This is caused by the combination of the roof going up and down, cold wind and the heating system being mixed together.

Models affected:

Solution:

Unfortunately, the only way to resolve this issue is to fit a new roof which can be very costly. You can put some sort of tough tape over the crack as a temporary solution.

Difficulty level

4

Water leak from convertible roof

Problem:

It is known for the convertible roof not to fit well which causes a leak into the cabin, particularly on the driver's side.

Models affected:

Solution:

You can get a replacement convertible roof from us to resolve the issue.

Difficulty level

5

Rear wheels spread out

Problem:

If it looks like the rear wheels are spread out, looking a bit abnormal then there is an issue with the rear suspension arm. This is common on these vehicles.

Models affected:

Solution:

You will have to fit a replacement rear suspension arm to resolve the issue.

Difficulty level

4

Loud engine noise

Problem:

If you have noticed that there is a very loud noise coming from the engine and more noticeable when the roof is down, you have a problem with the VVIT (Valve Timing) variator. These cars are petrol and should not have the loud diesel-like sounding engine. A build up of carbon caused this problem which has resulted in the variator ceasing up. Does your engine sound anything like the one in the video below?

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Solution:

You will need to get a new VVIT variator fitted to resolve this problem.

Difficulty level

4

Reading these common Fiat Barchetta problems should help you find out what is wrong with your Fiat Barchetta – or just what to look out for in the future. We’ll also give suggestions on what to do if your Fiat Barchetta does have one of these issues.