My son’s Fiat 500 1.2 stat is leaking at the gasket. It looks to be a relatively easy repair though it looks as though it’s a whole stat rather than just the gasket.
I read that it’s a common fault and that Fiat have upgraded the part. Any advice? Fiat 500 parts prices are absurd from a dealer so I’d happily buy a generic part but don’t want to be in the same boat or, worse still, see Charlie stranded for the sake of a few quid
A fault that my mates here in Australia have found is that the thermostat of the 1.2 fails as the OEM part has plastic pipes that crack/break. This usually occurs around the 100,000km (60,000 miles) mark.
Suggest you replace the thermostat with an aftermarket one that is of all metal construction (they are available). Here, they are about A$80 (40 quid) from a spare parts shop.