really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,460 miles

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2014 Fiat 500L engine problems

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2014 Fiat 500L Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 302013


  • 1,000 miles


The contact owns a 2014 Fiat 500L. While driving approximately 60 mph, the check engine indicator illuminated. The dealer stated that the sensor needed to be replaced. The part needed to remedy the failure was not available. In addition, the contact noticed an abnormal smell inside the vehicle that caused the family to become sick. The contact decided to return the vehicle. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 1,000.

- Polk, FL, USA

problem #3

Nov 132013

500L 4-cyl

  • 3,803 miles
10 incidents so far! 1: the check engine light went on. Drove car and automatic transmission hesitates when accelerating. Backfires on acceleration. 2: same issue days after 'repair' completed. This time the transmission is not shifting properly 3: same issue as #1 weeks after 'repair' completed on #2. this time the RPM's go very high when it automatically shifts or press on accelerator 4: engine makes grinding noise when shifting. Dealer said noise was normal but then fixed it in incident #5. 5: grinding noise on acceleration. Car will not move when shifting from park to drive. Another time when shifting to drive, car went in reverse. 6: recall on the transmission. Thought this would fix the problem but it continued. 7: shifted from park to drive. Car went backward and hit a pole. 8: back wheels suspension has a loud noise going over bumps. Left rear spring and top mount fell out of place. 9: vehicle will not shift out of park. Shifter is not working at all. Had to call roadside to tow it to dealership. 10: vehicle will not shift out of park again. Shifter is not working at all. Had to call roadside to tow to dealership. Total days in the shop since 8/30/2013 through 07/18/2014 is 46+.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #2

Jan 162014

500L 4-cyl

  • 79 miles
Auto dual dry clutch transmission. Manufactured 7/2013, purchased new from dealer 1/14. Car shuddered and hesitated on the test drive. Told it would smooth out because it was an adaptive transmission. Continued to shudder, hesitate and lurch. Brought back to the dealer 3 days after purchase. The car has been in 5 times since and still is not fixed. The dealer will no longer take the car for service and said the car will not function properly during heavy, stop and go traffic and there is nothing they can do. The recall was completed but it did not help. They suggested we contact Fiat customer care who has opened a case but not responded and not returning phone calls. Car is unused because it is unsafe. It lurches constantly and barely misses hitting other cars in traffic. Timeline: 1. test drive shuddered and hesitated, told it would get better with driving. 2. day 3 took to dealer. Said it was spark plugs and changed out all plugs. Car continues to stutter, clutch overheat, lurching. 3. dealer trip, they said it was "just the way the transmissions are and they're sorry but there isn't anything they can do." Car continues to stop, not shift in to gear, lurch, clutch overheating. 4. received recall notice. All service performed. 5. 24 hours later, car not functioning, back to the dealer. Dealer redid software installation, replaced brakes, clutch and fly wheel. 6. 48 hours later clutch overheats, nearly hits the car in front of us in traffic. Dealer refuses to accept car in for service, said "this transmission will not function in heavy stop and start traffic. You need to contact Fiat, there is nothing more we can do for you." 7. Fiat customer care says they will open a case on May 30, 2014. No responses since. Dangerous vehicle should be taken back and refunded or exchanged with a model manufactured after January 2014.

- Valley Center, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 012014


  • 960 miles
This is the second time it has happened since I bought it three weeks ago. The first time I was going through a drive through and the car just coughed and turned over and then stalled. It was five minutes before the car would start again. The second time it happened I was waiting at a light and pulled out to turn and the car just cough and stalled again. I had three men coming to move the car out of the intersection and after a few minutes the motor turned over and started again. Needless to say this scared me half to death. Very dangerous afraid to drive it I get nervous everytime I enter a intersection. Called the dealership this morning awaiting a call back.

- Scottsdale , AZ, USA

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