2014 FIAT 500L Consumer Review: Dangerous Vehicle -- Do not co

2014 FIAT 500L - Consumer Review

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Trekking Wagon (1.4L 4-cyl. Turbo 6-speed Manual)

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8 of 17 people found this review helpful
Dangerous Vehicle -- Do not consider buying
By valibertarian on


2014 FIAT 500L Trekking 4dr Wagon (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6AM)


I purchased a 500L Trekking for my wife three weeks ago.
After the first week, we drove down the road and the transmission was locked in 2nd gear.
It would not shift up or down -- even with auto stick.

We had to pull over and shut the car off -- then it would not restart because it was locked in second gear.
We were stranded on the side of the road.

We eventually made it to the dealership and they gave us a 500L loaner -- the next day the same thing happened with it!

Check the Fiat 500L forums and you'll find that this is a known and common issue.
There are also multiple complaints with the NHTSA.

Two weeks into the repair, there is no word on when we'll get the car back.

Best Features

Styling is great and sounds system is outstanding. It's great for listening to music when you're stuck on the side of the road with an inoperable car.

Worst Features

I would suggest Fiat build a car that lasts longer than a week. Aside from a non-functioning euro clutch that will end up killing people when it locks in gear, there are also significant issues with starting, especially in cold weather (that won't affect other cars)
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By rafaelsfo
on 03/16/14 21:06 PM (PDT)

check the recall http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/owners/SearchResults?refurl=email&searchType=ID&targetCategory=R&searchCriteria.nhtsa_ids=14V103

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