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Looking around my car today and I noticed this.

This is the join between the top part of the dash, and the piece of hard plastic above the heater controls next to the steering column.

Is it normal to have this or is it likely that my dash has been apart at some stage?

Some of the other joins in the plastic are quite large and uneven as well.

I know it isn't a big deal but it would be nice to put it right if possible.

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a295/symonh2000/P1060118.jpg

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a295/symonh2000/P1060126.jpg

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a295/symonh2000/P1060115.jpg
 

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Yeah I was thinking it had been apart.

I have attempted to push the panels back together but the gap appears again.
 

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Alfa not put together properly shock news!!!
 

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Looking around my car today and I noticed this.

This is the join between the top part of the dash, and the piece of hard plastic above the heater controls next to the steering column.

Is it normal to have this or is it likely that my dash has been apart at some stage?

Some of the other joins in the plastic are quite large and uneven as well.

I know it isn't a big deal but it would be nice to put it right if possible.

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a295/symonh2000/P1060118.jpg

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a295/symonh2000/P1060126.jpg

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a295/symonh2000/P1060115.jpg
Mine has uneven joints similar to the last two pictures (I'm the first owner) - difference between Italians and Germans I'm afraid! I thought about getting them corrected but the dealers normally cause more problems than they solve.
 

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If they are anything like the 147, once anything around that area is taken off, it is either impossible or ultra-hard to get it to go back.

I replaced my lower cowling for example with a genuine Alfa part (non-cruise to cruise cowling), but would it go back perfectly aligned? Nope. :lol:
 

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Alfa not put together properly shock news!!!
"Alfa bought second hand and British main dealer mechanic repair assumed to be the way it left the factory surprise" more like . Symon is right to ask. It's like somebody who asks if Alfa paint is crap , based on their ten year old car they have only just bought.​
 

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it's definitely not normal, symon. does it rattle?
No it doesn't rattle, at least not from there.

I have tried to push the plastic bit back underneath but it just won't stay there.

The rest of the panel seems to fit properly elsewhere.

I have had the car 7 months and I only just noticed it, so it cannot be that bad. The steering wheel is in the way.
 

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The 1st image isn't right but the dash ends are the same as mine.

I suspect the dash has been out (as mine has) but in your case they didn't quite put it back properly.

Still better than having a dash rattle though.
 

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Mine is like that at the side part of the dash on passenger side, had it off to try and fit it back properly but didn't help, looked like there maybe a clip or two broken off

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My car is a 2014, and while the two side parts of the dash assembly are the same for me, the bit by the steering wheel is perfect and nothing like yours. For reference, my car has only been to the dealership once, for its annual service, and it has no internal rattles or squeaks. The dash has never been disassembled.

Picture 1 (left of steering wheel): no, mine isn't like that at all - it's appears snugly fitted together, with no visible gap between the panels.

Pictures 2 and 3, are the same as what I see:

(gallery)

Now, in Alfa's defence, this is a part of the dashboard that's completely covered by the closed door, but I agree that it doesn't look great when you examine it closely.
 

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Can't see your pictures.

Thanks for the help though everyone, I cannot imagine it will be too difficult to take that piece out and refit it correctly. :)
 

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Ok here we go, all three of mine have been the same, and the end panels look just like yours. I have taken them off, adjusted as much as I can with the free play there and when I put them back they didn't look any better. Two weeks later and the gap looks fine....... On my second giulietta I thought I had a rattle in the climate control controls. When I tried to refit it (it only clips in) it didn't fit flush so I checked some others and none of them fit exactly!
 

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Can't see your pictures.
Fixed the links. You should be able to view them now.

Thanks for the help though everyone, I cannot imagine it will be too difficult to take that piece out and refit it correctly. :)
For the lower part of the dashboard, that definitely could do with a bit of adjustment.

But the side panels won't "re-fit" - I tried yesterday. I suspect that the gap is there deliberately, and how big it is depends on the temperature. If they were closer together in this cold weather, I'm guessing that in the summer heat they'd expand enough to almost touch ... and then they'd rattle.
 
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