Skip to comments.Fiat recalling more than 18,000 2014 Fiat 500Ls
Posted on 03/15/2014 1:04:41 PM PDT by Olog-hai
Chrysler Group is recalling 18,092 Fiat 500L cars in the U.S. because the transmission shifter can be delayed or stop working. [ ]
According to documents posted Saturday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, cold temperatures can affect signals sent between the cars main computer and the gear shifter. If that happens, the shifter may not shift out of park or the response may be delayed, increasing the risk of a crash.
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They sold that many?
Actually, those cars are kind of cute, but I’d never buy one.
Fiat = Fix It Again, Tony.
Beer can on wheels.
And just about as structurally sound too.
Yup. I had to rent one on a trip. Car almost didn’t last two days of hard driving.
How can failure to shift out of park cause a crash? Seems that it would prevent a crash.. Yeah, it’s a safety feature!
Fix IT Again Tony
The old two-cylinder one. Even when I was much thinner, I could not see myself fitting in that car with someone sitting in the passenger seat. How can anyone move the shift lever in that car?
It looks like a “smart car” rebadged.
My rental had smoke rising out of it when it returned it to the lot at the airport.
I had to rent a 2013 Nissan sentra last year.
Acceleration was best described as “not today.”
How did the fiat do in comparison?
I saw one of those yesterday, parked on the end of a row of cars along one of Grand Rapids’ long straight row of potholes which has street line markings painted along it; the 500 was sticking out and pushing the street down to one lane, which is amazing, because it’s pretty dinky.
Not tomorrow, either.
The Fiat 500 is SLOWER than a Nissan Sentra!
Even the Abarth version isn’t particularly fast by today’s standards.
Putting the seats very close to the surface of the road gives the illusion of speed, especially in a lightweight vehicle. Think how much fun a go-kart is.
Too much reliance on computers???
Fiat - Feeble Italian Attempt (at) Transportation.
This is Fiat’s version (well 4 door) of the British Mini cooper.
Neither are stellar cars. I drove the mini’s when they weren’t so high-endy, one from the 80s that looked more like it was on puffy go-cart/lawnmower tires. Putted around a lot of England in one of em.
I had one of those. It was not unusual to park it and find that students had moved it 90 degrees to make it hard to get out of the parking space.
I was happy when I got my car back from the shop.
The Nissan was depressing.
The fiat that was offered would have been worse!
My second or thrid car was a X1/9.. So this had to be late 80’s.. Car was mid/late 79’s I think, or early 80’s.. anyways. Minnesota being the rust belt had taken it’s toll on the car, but on in the usual wow look at that rusty car way.. from the outside it looked pretty good. few spots here and there...
then at 60 MPH (I know, it was not exactly quick getting there) the engine fell out..
Mounts rusted right off the car.
last Fiat I ever owned.
So, what happened? Did the windup spring snap or did the squirrels in the treadmill cage go belly up?
My Spyder also had electrical problems. As far as corrosion, it was fine when garaged and only driven in nice weather, but the first winter I had to use it started rusting badly.
Then there was the night in winter I left a pack of club soda in it. The bottles exploded shooting a jagged glass top through the ragtop and leaving the interior covered in frozen foam.
Unresponsive acceleration out of a 130-hp Sentra? Those continuously-variable transmissions must be duds.
This thing was brand new and my 2001 jetta vr6 with 130k miles had better acceleration.
This Nissan wallowed on the road, and responded to the throttle by pondering the input for almost a minute before deciding to increase velocity in lagging proportion to pedal input.
This thing never heard of it.
Acceleration to highway merging speed was white knuckle affair every time.
35mph to 65mph was accomplished.. in about thirty seconds or more.
Meanwhile there are semis aiming at you..
It could not handle the ramp at speeds above 35, it did not inspire confidence.
It was a rental, and I was very happy to get my car back.
Oh..and it was metallic baby poo brown.
Reading up on that particular car, yes the second gen CVT it had was rather lame.
Two out of three reviews I read panned its acceleration and noise.
The guy that did this rebuild (Ed China) is over 6 ft tall and it was a challenge. It's a tiny car. He also did a BMW Isletta 300 ... even smaller.
Fix It Again, Tony
I read that these little crap cans are built in Serbia.