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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,010 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2014 Fiat 500L brakes problems

brakes problem

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2014 Fiat 500L Owner Comments

problem #4

Nov 222014


  • 922 miles


I pulled into a parking lot at 10mph. I attempted to stop the car to park. The brake jammed and the engine revved.I repeatedly pressed on the brake and it would not go was a very small enclosed parking lot and not much space to move. I hit the parking barrier causing damage to the front end because there was no where else to go.radiator fluid poured out of the vehicle. My mother was with me in the car and witnessed this accident. She drove the car to a close auto mechanic as I was distraught. I am afraid to drive this car.

- Quincy, MA, USA

problem #3

May 292014

500L 4-cyl Diesel

  • 3,020 miles
While stopped in traffic in the middle lane of rt. 50 E in annapolis md, I put the car into park. The car became consumed with a strong burning odor. As traffic began to move, I shifted into drive, stepped on the gas pedal and there was no response and the oil light came on briefly. Since the car had begun to roll forward, I put my foot on the brake and there was no response. I pulled the emergency brake and put the car into park and turned on the hazard lights. Traffic began to get back to speed but I was broken down in the middle lane, blocking traffic. I called the state police for assistance, and the car was eventually safely towed to the dealer, johnson Fiat of annapolis. The dealer had the car for 4 working days and said they could not find anything wrong with it, that they drove it for 60 miles and the problem could not be duplicated. The repair invoice notes " no warning lights on as of now, could not duplicate complaint from customer. Took car for multiple test drives, no sign of brake failure, not running poorly, car just has a horrible burning smell". I accepted the car and it seems to be fine although I have lost all confidence in its safety while driving it.

- Annapolis, MD, USA

problem #2

Mar 072014


  • 100 miles
Brake makes squeak noise when brake. (noticed within a week of purchased) tech cannot find any problem, but heard the squeak noise. Recall repaired transmission on April 15, afterward back-up camera pixel in slow motion. Stereo setting not properly, need to set radio and media every time when car starts.

- Arcadia, CA, USA

problem #1

Aug 152013


  • miles
This car has totally inconsistent brakes. I don't know if they are "brake-by-wire" electronics, but I'd bet so, and there probably needs to be a software upgrade. They cannot be modulated normally. They grab and slam themselves at one instant and the next are smooth and easy. Jerks you around without warning. There is just simply a flaw and the dealer says "they are all like that",and "we hear that a lot", but there is "nothing to be done".

- Dallas, TX, USA

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