really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
281 miles

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2015 Fiat 500e engine problems

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2015 Fiat 500e Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 052015


  • 412 miles


On February 5, 2015 at 8:40 a.M. while driving South in the high speed lane at 55 mph on highway 101 from san rafael to san francisco, there was a total and catastrophic electrical failure and resulting zero motor power of my Fiat 500E. I was able to coast the car to the shoulder area crossing four lanes of traffic. A Fiat repair technician coincidentally appeared on the scene and offered assistance. I indicated I was unwilling to drive the car any further. He instead drove the Fiat 500E and I drove his gasoline Fiat to the dealer in san francisco for repair. Dealership inspection and diagnosis indicated defective evcu. Dealer replaced evcu. On March 19, 2015 - evcu failure again; unable to change gears from park to drive with "not ready" and "already in desired gear" messages. Dealership discovered "no fault code" using scan tool. On May 26, 2015 "service propulsion system warning light" illuminated indicating malfunction with propulsion system. Dealership inspection revealed "code indicating battery positive circuit high resistance at B+ terminal and positive battery post at 0.11 V ok test fused B+ with test light; test pim case ground high resistance from pim case to battery ground; fault occurred once in snapshot data. Pim software update available and symptom/condition can cause problem; reprogram power inverter module to latest software." On June 23, 2015 "R20 safety recall" and "red plugged in indicator" illustrated malfunction/interruption during vehicle charging process vehicle unable to charge to prior optimum level. Car brought to burlingame Fiat dealership for flash evcu reprogramming/ updated software. On July 17, 2015 - "service propulsion system warning light" again appeared; unable to change gears; display indicated "already in desired gear". on August 16, 2015 - "already in desired gear"; unable to change gears

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #1

Apr 252015


  • 150 miles
3 days after driving my new Fiat 500E which I am leasing, I began to notice extremely uncomfortable physical sensations. The only thing I can compare it to is taking on an old cellphone for a long period of time. It's a similar kind of feeling of power and radiation. I have taken at least 10 people for rides in the car. 3 of them report similar sensations, without being prompted in any way while some are not aware of the the radiation. Effects/symptoms (partial list ) : head ache, tingling on face and around ears, pressure feeling in ears, pressure feeling in center of chest, foggy feeling in head, which continues for 15 to 60 minutes after driving. Notes: I have tested myself sitting in the car without it turned on for 30 minutes. There are no negative effects whatsoever. The symptoms are worse when: 1) the air conditioner is turned on 2) more acceleration is used, using more power. These are not due to the feeling of the air, or G force from acceleration. I have made sure to rule out both of these factors. I have stopped driving the car because it is not safe for me to drive. It had been tested as "normal" by Fiat mechanics. There is nothing at all normal about this and something has to be done.

- Burbank, CA, USA

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