2014 Fiat 500L transmission problems: transmission failed

Transmission Failed

2014 Fiat 500L

This problem may be covered under warranty. Ask your Fiat dealer.


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
14,400 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace transmission (1 reports)
  2. replacement of the transmission (1 reports)
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2014 Fiat 500L transmission problems

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2014 Fiat 500L Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 282017

500L Trekking 1.4L 4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,399 miles


since the beginning of 2017, there has been a lot of problems with my fiat 500L. On 4/24/17 I took back my Fiat to the dealer due to recall for Powertrain control Module. At the same time, my back rare brake light stop working ( mileage 15741). That was fixed, but within the next month, 5/16/17 I had to come back again to fix the exact same light. Then on 7/18/17, the transmission service light turns on and the air temperature message was extremely off, shows -1C or -20C in the summer. I live in San Francisco, so it's kinda cold here, but it's not THAT cold(18967 miles). They replace the passenger side mirror and told me that the problems are due to the malfunction of the sensor inside it. In about a week, the car stop shifting. It takes forever to pick up speed and I can hear a loud sound from the engine. Took it to the dealer the very next day, 7/28/17. Did numerous testing and told me that they have to tear down parts to see what is wrong. On the next Monday, they finally figure out what was wrong. The transmission failed and they need to replace the transmission. At this point, there is only 19,399 miles on the car. Less than 20K! Took them around 2 weeks to have it fixed. At this point, I really can't trust this car anymore. I called Fiat to see if they can buy it back, but they only me that they only will fix whatever problems that happened under the warranty and they will not buy it back. Now I'm stuck with a car with a million possibilities. I'm not sure what to do next.

- Fan H., San Francisco, US

problem #1

Nov 132014

500L Sport 1.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,367 miles

I was sold a 500L that had a safety recall through Transport Canada that was unpaired upon purchase. I had no clue that there was a recall. You would assume a dealership would have taken care of this. Nope.

I purchased the car in May '14, then in November '14 while driving 90km/h onto a highway, the car seized and I was narrowly missed by a transport truck and a few cars...while waiting for a tow truck I was on Google to see what can be wrong and found the recall. The recall described that in colder weather (it was 2 degrees Celsius) that the faulty transmission module can fault and shut down the engine.

Car went to the original dealership and when I brought up the recall the Service Manager went "Ah, that would be the problem". When I asked why this wasn't repaired when the recall was issued the response was "We didn't have the part". My car was in the dealership for 2 weeks and to this day I have no clue what was repaired. I was told by the female shuttle driver that the "engine blew".

Since then, I've had the transmission replaced again, and now dealing with an electrical issue, airbags not secured to the frame of the car and a pile of smaller issues. Thankfully the warranty covers this.

- carcharias, Hamilton, ON, Canada

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