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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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.

After 28 days (just before the Lemon Law kicked in) the car was returned with a supposed flash update to the transmission but the problems continued.

On top of that, the car would not start in cold weather.

Six months into ownership, the car was totaled with my pregnant wife and one-year old daughter on the car. Thankfully the airbags deployed (at least they worked unlike the rest of the car).

Best Features

Worst Features

  • Active safety
  • Rain snow traction
  • Parking aids
  • Resale value
  • Maintenance cost
  • Warranty

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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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