really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,852 miles

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2014 Fiat 500e electrical problems

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2014 Fiat 500e Owner Comments

problem #10

May 272016


  • 20,722 miles


It's a pure electric car. The plug on the 110V charger often heats up. It burned/blackened two of the outlets where I normally charge the car in two different homes. It got to the point where one of the prongs of the charger plug was falling out. I felt there was a safety hazard of either the prong getting stuck in the outlet or a possible fire. The dealer is far away so I hesitated in bringing it in. But I began to be worried as I smelled the burning plastic in the morning when I came to unplug the car. When I finally brought the car in, the service manager originally told me it was my fault and to go home with the broken charger as I was required to have a 30amp, 110V outlet. In reality there are no 110V 30amp outlets and the charger is rated at 12amps and the manual says 15 amp outlet (which is the standard outlet). After I insisted, they finally decided to change the charger but told me they wouldn't do it again. On the invoice they stated the charger was defective. I have included a copy of text messages between myself and the service manager as well as invoice for the repair where they state the charger was defective.

- Santa Barbara, CA, USA

problem #9

Jul 032014


  • miles
I have two open recalls (14V-235:P23) and (15V-179:R15) that my dealer and manufacturer have so far been unable to perform repairs to correct. I have been waiting 21 months for one of the recalls and 10 months for the second with no communication from dealer and no help from Fiat. I am now unable to renew my registration due to these recalls not being performed. I would like to know how to proceed since I am now paying a lease payment for a car I am unable to drive legally on the road since my registration has expired and I am unable to renew it before the recall is completed.

- Seaside, CA, USA

problem #8

Dec 212015


  • 22,000 miles
Dec. 2015 car was involved in a head on collision estimated 30mph. No airbags deployed. Front of car smashed in, hood folded in a 45 degree angle, front windshield cracked and side finder smashed. Car was locked in drive and required a flat bed truck to tow it away. Other vehicle in the accident was a truck which their airbags deployed and that truck had to be towed away due to the significant damage. No airbags deployed on Fiat.

- Huntington Beach, CA, USA

problem #7

Dec 012015


  • miles


2014 Fiat 500E. Consumer writes in regards to the power inverter module recall notice issues. The consumer relocated after leasing the vehicle. The local dealers in his current stated informed him, they were not familiar with his model and therefore, could not replace the power inverter module as described by the recall. The consumer sent in recall # 14V235000.

- Ashburn, VA, USA

problem #6

Sep 282015


  • 4,900 miles
Power cut out and car stalled in traffic four times in one day as I was driving in san francisco. Car had to be towed to dealer for repair. The car only had 4,900 miles on it. The dealer was able to duplicate my complaints about stalling. I had previously had a recall computer service update repair done to the car in June 2015. The dealer replaced the capacitor 08035025, and other wiring. And the car seems to be working now, but fear others might not be as lucky if this happens on a highway.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #5

May 222015


  • 8,000 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Fiat 500E. The contact stated that the vehicle would not charge the battery using a 240 power cord. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The dealer informed the contact that the vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 15V179000 (electrical system). The vehicle was serviced; however, the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to the dealer again. Both the dealer and the manufacturer confirmed that they were made aware of the situation; however, they had yet to determine a remedy for the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 8,000.

- Laguna Hills , CA, USA

problem #4

Feb 172015


  • 6,500 miles


Received 2nd recall notice today for power inverter module. First recall notice was in May 2014. Called dealership to get part replaced on July 7/21/14 as instructed and was told I was on a waiting list. Part is still not replaced on 2/17/14. No communication has been made from Fiat since 7/21/14.

- Foster City, CA, USA

problem #3

Feb 082015


  • 3,859 miles
I leased this car on August 2014 and have had three incident, first one on November 13,2014 with electrical warning "service electric vehicle system" needs servicing. The first time was told car needed software update it took 3-4 days to get the car back. The second incident on January 7, 2015 the car completely stopped while I was driving. It stopped right after a stop sign, the warning sign showed the same "service electric vehicle system" and another warning that I may lose power in a short time which was the case. I was told there must be a problem with my charger I checked and there was none. It took 2 days to get the car back. Last incident was on February 8 with messages "service electric vehicle system" "service propulsion system" "12 V battery issue final warning" and "service 12 V battery". there had been a recall for 2014 of this model regarding exact same problems. This makes the car very dangerous should the problem occur while traveling at a highway speed or normal street speed when the car losses power and everything shuts down.

- Monterey Park, CA, USA

problem #2

Sep 162014


  • 2,542 miles
I received a recall notice from Fiat regarding the inverter that provides power to the motor of the car. I moved from ca to SC and Fiat refuses to repair my car.

- Greenville, SC, USA

problem #1

Aug 012014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2014 Fiat 500E. The contact received a notification of NHTSA campaign number: 14V235000 (electrical system) and stated that the part was available however the dealer was only able to service two vehicles per day. The dealer was uncertain when they would be able to remedy the vehicle under the recall. The manufacturer was notified of the issue and had advised the contact go to another dealer an hour away to remedy the recall. The contact had not experience a failure.

- Oakland, CA, USA

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