need replacement bulbs for the licence plate light for my 2012 Fiat 500 Lounge. Dealer says they don't make them. What do I do?


Asked by Sep 28, 2018 at 09:05 PM about the 2012 FIAT 500 Lounge

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Need replacement bulbs for my license plate light. Dealer says they are not available and that I should purchase a new handle and light...$320 installed. Does anyone know a better solution?

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Look up the light bulb number and then do an internet search. I have little doubt you will find some.

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Thank you. I will see if Fiat will replace it.


Yes I am over the warranty. The light is not a bulb, it is a led light that is built into the lens. Measuring the voltage, it reads 3.7 volts at the wires.


I had the same issue and have been dealing with it for over 3 months now. I did purchase the replacement tailgate handle with the new bulbs and installed it but it still did not work. It is very frustrating but 3 days ago, my poor little fiat went completely bonkers, wipers won't turn off, even without the key in the car and the hatch would not open. What it ended up being was the wiring cluster (under the boot on the left side of the hatch) that is covered in the rubber is full of broken and worn wires, these wires started shorting out and the car went nuts! In total there were 3 completely severed wires and all but 2 of the rest were completely worn and bare. We have repaired the wiring and now the license plate light on my original tailgate handle work just fine and all my issues, with the exception of the wipers constantly going have been resolved. I'm still working on the wiper issue but it's coming down to either the wiper lever is fried because of the wiring damage (this is a $300 fix) or it's the BCM (these are just my thoughts but I'm still working on it and researching so if anyone has any suggestions, please let me know. So, peel off that rubber boot on those wires and check them BEFORE you end up in the same situation as me :( Good luck!

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I am waiting for the replacement bulbs ordered last week. Need to solder some wires and find a plug to fit. The Parts department of the Fiat dealer in Benson South Carolina was very helpful. Cost of the two bulbs with shipping was $27. If anyone needs the new part numbers, I will post them.

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Got the new replacement bulbs. Had to find a plug to fit and solder the wires but did it in about an hour. Works great. Tim at Benson Fiat in South Carolina 864-879-1311 got the new numbers for me. License plate bulb numbers are: Right 68228930aa Left 68228931aa.

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Scooterdave, just to make sure.... Those part numbers are the lights I should buy to replace in the handle in an early 2012, where I otherwise would have to replace the entire handle? Also, you said "had to find a plug to fit"... What plug is that and where? (and what did you find)

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Ok, I see now what plug you are talking about. To fit into the back of the lights of course :). Do you have a link or part number for that?

I went to Auto Zone. The Mgr replaced it for me,


My 2012 Fiat 500 has the same wiring issues that I am sure most will have. The top of the hatch where the bundle enters the body. Every time the hatch opens and closes that bundle flexes back and forth. 40 or 50 uses and a failure. Fiat needs to recall and repair all involved.

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