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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,245 miles

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2014 Fiat 500 drivetrain problems

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2014 Fiat 500 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #44

Sep 012016


  • 25,000 miles


While in a drive through, smoke began pouring from the hood. Had vehicle inspected, was told this is normal for Fiat, and clutch was in process of burning out. This is a 2014 with 20K miles. The fact that a clutch burning out is "normal" at this low of miles is shocking. Now experiencing acetone smell from exhaust, which I am still being told is a sign of the 'normal' clutch burning smell.

- Greenwood, IN, USA

problem #43

Aug 122016


  • 17,000 miles
"takata recall" I just bought this vehicle May 2016. It has a hybrid manual/automatic transmission. I noticed the past couple week my automatic transmission was acting a little weird. It's shifting right when it's in automatic. It'll stay on the first gear and rev my engine RPM to like 5 O 6, just a few days ago I had a scary incident I was entering the highway my transmission shift down 2 gears and I couldn't accelerate; I drove off the road. Luckily, no one hurts.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #42

Nov 242014


  • 8,491 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Fiat 500. While driving at low speeds, the accelerator pedal was depressed, but the vehicle failed to accelerate. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was approximately 8,491.

- Hot Springs, AR, USA

problem #41

Jul 012016

500 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles


2014 Fiat 500. Consumer writes in regards to parts not available to complete manual transmission damaged clutch diaphragm spring recall notice.

- Del Mar, CA, USA

problem #40

May 292016


  • 54,000 miles
Slow engage in changing gears, especially park to drive or park to reverse. Vehicle rpms revving very high, rough gear shift. Car rolling backwards on hills when I release the brake, despite having an automatic transmission. Problem is worse when temperature or vehicle is hot. 4000 miles out of my warranty. Beyond angry. Cannot drive car for fear of damaging transmission. I am being told my vehicle is not covered by the recall, even though I am having the exact same issue as described in the recall.

- Seffner, FL, USA

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problem #39

Dec 152015


  • 17,000 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Fiat 500L. While the vehicle was in drive and idling, the transmisson clucth started to heat up and smoke. The contact had to turn the vehicle off in order for the failure to stop. The failure recurred on numerious occasions. The vehicle was taken to the dealer twice. On the first visit, the contact was informed that the failure would stop eventually. On the second visit, the dealer advised the contact to place the vehicle in netural to disengage the clutch. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was unknown. The approximate failure mileage was 17,000.

- Las Vegas,, NV, USA

problem #38

Jan 252016


  • 31,000 miles


On 01/25/2016 was on I20 driving to work when I started to smell like something was burning then warning lights came on that the car needed to be turned off and that the transmission needed to be serviced, my car had to be towed to dealership. Also the windshield started to crack well for starters my car has been at the dealership since Jan. 25,2016 and here it is March 29th of 2016 and they barely called me that it is ready. Well since reading about powertrain recall and reading that my car has had that repaired once already and now repaired for the 2nd time I fear that this is going to be a on going problem and now I fear for my safety. When I spoke with dealership on 03/25/16 I made shop tech aware that the loaner I was using needed a new registration tag and now today my car is ready well that scares me. When I first spokwe with dealership service department it took them almost 4 days to let me know their findings and the way it was explained to me was people just don't know how to drive the 6 cylinder transmission making me feel like it was my fault when this whole time it has been a issue with this model.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #37

Mar 012016


  • miles
It has the euro twin automatic clutch system, and the transmission is very slow to respond. When trying to accelerate the car will sit for a sew seconds before finally going. It has put us in near-accident situation several times. Its hard to speed up to merge on a highway, or get through a round-about. We never know if the car is going to go or just sit there. It has had the software updates done 3 times, and has been reported to Fiat. All they tell us is "its working as it should" instead of acknowledging that the system itself is flawed. We do not feel safe driving it through town or even on the highway because it just does not shift gears like a should and we can't trust it.

- Mount Horeb, WI, USA

problem #36

Jan 152016

500 4-cyl

  • 36,000 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Fiat 500L. After driving the vehicle and parking it for approximately ten minutes, the vehicle would not move when it was shifted into reverse. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the transmission failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V103000 (power train). The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 36,000.......updated 04/01/16 the consumer stated the transmission was rebuilt after five weeks. Updated 04/14/16.

- Brockton, MA, USA

problem #35

Feb 052016


  • 18,000 miles
While at a stand still in gear at a drive thru, car started smoking heavily. Strong smell of something burning. Took car in to service dept. Was told that this particular model vehicle has been having issues with stop and go traffic. Was told there was nothing they could do. Researched problem and have found out that there seem S to be a lot of issues with the ddct transmission on these cars. Called Fiat usa and explained to them the problem and was advised that we had to place the vehicle (automatic transmission) in neutral at every stop and go situation. Dealer checked clutch system on vehicle and advised us that yes there was signs of clutch overheated. Called Fiat usa again and advised them of what dealer had said and Fiat usa told me that I was responsible because I did not read my owners manual. I read the entire manual, page by page and nowhere in the manual does it state that the vehicle has to be placed in neutral at stop and go situations. Fiat usa refuses to acknowledge that theres seems to be a problem with the clutch system on this model vehicle even though theres a lot post on the topic on the internet

- Weslaco, TX, USA

problem #34

Jan 182016


  • 28,000 miles


I barely had the car over one year before the clutch goes out without warning prematurely as I've noticed is the case with several other owners. They won't fix it under warranty and word it "wear and tear" to keep from paying for it. It cost me $1200 to fix an almost brand new car. I pulled into a friend's drive and with no warning I heard a pop when I depressed the clutch and it longer move or allow me to shift.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #33

Dec 072015


  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Fiat 500. The contact stated that the dual clutch system failed to function properly causing the vehicle to be unable to accelerate. The vehicle was taken to a dealer to be repaired but the details were unavailable. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 30,000.

- Miramar, FL, USA

problem #32

Nov 042015


  • 24,500 miles
In all weather conditions when putting the vehicle drive or reverse the car hesitates and is slow to get into drive/reverse... even when at a stop sign or a stop light the car is starting to hesitate before properly accelerating.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #31

Oct 132015


  • 62,000 miles
My previous complaint NHTSA # 10790955 was filed prior to Fiat diagnosing my 2014 500L. I have been informed that a rear plate in the euro clutch transmission failed causing the the transmission to blow apart while I was driving the vehicle.

- Matteson, IL, USA

problem #30

Aug 032015


  • 500 miles
First incident was two weeks after I purchased the Fiat 500L. The brakes jammed and I ended rear ending another vehicle. The second incident was six weeks ago after replacing the front brakes. I purchased new rotors and pads;that evening the brakes jammed and caused me to rear end another vehicle twice. My Fiat 500L has experienced losing communication from the computer to the transmission, which caused my vehicle to stall on various streets and while in moving traffic. On Friday 13, 2015; my Fiat 500L made a noise so loud that it sounded like it was going to blow up. I immediately checked the engine and it sounded like a large heavy piece of metal was trying to break through the engine wall. I turned the vehicle off and waited for 20 min. I started the vehicle and the noise went away. As I pulled off the vehicle started making a real loud noise and shut off. The vehicle has been towed to the dealer; however Fiat is only concerned that they do not have to pay for it because the car is out of warranty. My issue is not the mileage; however my safety. I am not easily scared; however I felt like my Fiat 500L was going to blow up. There is something seriously wrong with this car, fca needs to buy back every last one.

- Matteson, IL, USA

problem #29

Apr 092015


  • 19,000 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Fiat 500. While driving approximately 20 mph, the vehicle independently slowed down to 5 mph without warning. The contact depressed the accelerator pedal to the floor; however, the vehicle failed to respond. The contact removed her foot from the accelerator pedal and then depressed the pedal to the floor. The vehicle eventually responded. The failure recurred on several occasions while driving at lower speeds, usually in cold weather. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but the failure was unable to be determined. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 19,000.

- Ponca City, OK, USA

problem #28

Oct 032015


  • 26,000 miles
My wife was in traffic and her vehicle would not go and the transmission light came on. She was stranded and had to call a wrecker. The dealer tested the vehicle and found nothing wrong except that it was the double clutch design flaw and stated I needed to call Fiat and place a complaint. I did so and Fiat said it was a natural design characteristic and SE needs to put the car in neutral when in stop and go traffic. Lets face it if the dealer would of stated that when I purchased the vehicle I would not have purchased it. How stupid does Fiat think we americans are? I am going forward with a lawsuit. Do not ever purchase a Fiat product !!!

- Keller, TX, USA

problem #27

Sep 102015


  • 9,980 miles
The check engine light came on, the check transmission light came on, "clutch over heating" displayed and the car stopped shifting smoothly. The dealer "reset" the clutch; after driving 1 mile, it happened again stopping in traffic on a very busy highway during rush hour "wait while the clutch cools down" almost causing crashes as cars veered to get around my stopped car. The dealer replaced then clutch. In less than 2 miles, the car had a similar problem, but would only automatically go into gears 2, 4, 6 and would shift in a jerking manner at best. Reverse gear was not available and alarms would sound if I put the car in neutral or reverse ("this gear not available" would display.) the dealership is replacing the transmission and the flywheel and told me this model had problems with the clutch and transmission. The car has now just gone over 10,000 miles. I do not trust this car. I want and need a replacement. I do not believe after 3 attempts - twice leaving me stopped in the middle of heavy traffic on the highway - the car is anything other than a lemon.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #26

Sep 052015


  • 3,506 miles
I was pulling into traffic on an extremely busy road. There is always heavy traffic on this road so you must pull out into traffic quickly. When doing so I pressed the gas pedal almost to the floor. The car did not shift into any gear. It was like it went into neutral. The RPM's reved and it would not move. I was almost hit on both sides of the vehical. This happened on Saturday Sept. 5th. On tues. Sept 8th I was on an on ramp to the interstate. I once again pressed firmly onthe gas pedel to be able to meger into traffic and quickly get up to speed. While doing so, the car acted the same way. It was like it was in neutral. I was once again almost hit by several cars. I called Fiat in portland and demanded they look at the car. At first they could'nt get me in as they were over booked. I explained that I have surgery in mass. On Friday the 11th and I cannot drive this car on a four lane highway. I feel extremely unsafe in this vehicle. I have many other mechanical problems that they are looking into as well. This is the worst car that I have ever purchaced. I have also contacted Fiat usa.

- Arundel, ME, USA

problem #25

Sep 132013


  • 1,045 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Fiat 500. While driving at approximately 30 mph, the transmission temperature gauge warning light illuminated and a voice activated indicating that the clutch was overheating and warned the contact to park the vehicle immediately. In addition, the contact stated that when the vehicle was parked in various weather conditions, the shift lever failed to shift out of the park position. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was towed to a dealer, where it was inspected but the cause of the failure was not determined. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 1,045.

- Arlington, VA, USA

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