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Fiat recalling more than 18,000 2014 Fiat 500Ls
Associated Press ^ | Mar 15, 2014 11:40 AM EDT

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 car’s 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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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Chit/Chat; Computers/Internet; Miscellaneous; Travel
KEYWORDS: automakers; autotransmission; chrysler; computersystems; fiat; fiat500l; fixitagaintony; recall; shiftermodule

1 posted on 03/15/2014 1:04:41 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

They sold that many?

Actually, those cars are kind of cute, but I’d never buy one.


2 posted on 03/15/2014 1:07:27 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Olog-hai

Fiat = Fix It Again, Tony.


3 posted on 03/15/2014 1:08:14 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Olog-hai

Beer can on wheels.
And just about as structurally sound too.


4 posted on 03/15/2014 1:10:32 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: Darksheare

Yup. I had to rent one on a trip. Car almost didn’t last two days of hard driving.


5 posted on 03/15/2014 1:14:54 PM PDT by loungitude (The truth hurts.)
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To: Olog-hai

How can failure to shift out of park cause a crash? Seems that it would prevent a crash.. Yeah, it’s a safety feature!


6 posted on 03/15/2014 1:15:39 PM PDT by loungitude (The truth hurts.)
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To: Olog-hai
Well, it just goes to show how car brand names are really secret acronyms of what you can expect when acquiring their products.

Fix IT Again Tony

7 posted on 03/15/2014 1:15:45 PM PDT by lbryce (Obama:The Worst is Yet To Come)
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To: Olog-hai
I'd rather have the old one ...


8 posted on 03/15/2014 1:17:30 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Liberty Valance

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?


9 posted on 03/15/2014 1:19:12 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: loungitude

It looks like a “smart car” rebadged.


10 posted on 03/15/2014 1:23:05 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: Darksheare

My rental had smoke rising out of it when it returned it to the lot at the airport.


11 posted on 03/15/2014 1:26:12 PM PDT by loungitude (The truth hurts.)
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To: loungitude

Yikes!
I had to rent a 2013 Nissan sentra last year.
Acceleration was best described as “not today.”
How did the fiat do in comparison?


12 posted on 03/15/2014 1:29:40 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: Olog-hai

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.


13 posted on 03/15/2014 1:34:06 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Darksheare

Not tomorrow, either.


14 posted on 03/15/2014 1:35:36 PM PDT by loungitude (The truth hurts.)
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To: Darksheare

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.


15 posted on 03/15/2014 1:38:42 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: Olog-hai

Too much reliance on computers???


16 posted on 03/15/2014 1:44:07 PM PDT by faithhopecharity ("H)
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To: smokingfrog
I had one of these cute Fiats. Fun to drive, pain to keep up.

Martin Koebler's 1980 Fiat Spider

17 posted on 03/15/2014 1:50:04 PM PDT by Second Amendment First
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To: Olog-hai

Fiat - Feeble Italian Attempt (at) Transportation.


18 posted on 03/15/2014 2:00:35 PM PDT by hondact200 (Candor dat viribos alas (sincerity gives wings to strength) and Nil desperandum (never despair))
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To: smokingfrog

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.


19 posted on 03/15/2014 2:22:39 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Second Amendment First

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.


20 posted on 03/15/2014 2:26:41 PM PDT by Library Lady (When little men cast long shadows, the day is almost ended. – Paul Harvey)
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To: Second Amendment First
I used to have one of these. Same problem with upkeep...
Clutch, two alternators, Lucas electrics, etc. etc.


21 posted on 03/15/2014 2:41:05 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Second Amendment First
My mom and dad bought a bright yellow Fiat X1/9, which was also fun to drive and a pain to keep up. It was a sharp little thing, but - seemingly the moment it left the showroom floor - it began corroding exponentially.

Mr. niteowl77

22 posted on 03/15/2014 2:43:12 PM PDT by niteowl77 ("Why do we go to Iowa? Because that's where the suckers are.")
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To: loungitude; jjotto

Wow.

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!


23 posted on 03/15/2014 3:12:38 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: niteowl77

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.


24 posted on 03/15/2014 3:42:08 PM PDT by cableguymn (It's time for a second political party.)
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To: Olog-hai

So, what happened? Did the windup spring snap or did the squirrels in the treadmill cage go belly up?


25 posted on 03/15/2014 4:32:43 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: smokingfrog; niteowl77

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.


26 posted on 03/15/2014 4:49:16 PM PDT by Second Amendment First
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To: Olog-hai

Fiascos.


27 posted on 03/15/2014 4:49:28 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: Darksheare

Unresponsive acceleration out of a 130-hp Sentra? Those continuously-variable transmissions must be duds.


28 posted on 03/15/2014 6:22:16 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

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.
Kickdown?
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.

Brand new.
It was a rental, and I was very happy to get my car back.


29 posted on 03/15/2014 6:36:34 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: Olog-hai

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.


30 posted on 03/15/2014 6:46:58 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: Olog-hai
"How can anyone move the shift lever in that car?"

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.

31 posted on 03/15/2014 10:17:34 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Liberty Valance
Damn!
I've seen a suicide shift on a bike, but never on a car :)
32 posted on 03/15/2014 10:38:52 PM PDT by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Louie Gohmert......Nuff said.)
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To: Olog-hai

Fix It Again, Tony


33 posted on 03/16/2014 6:56:58 AM PDT by Steven Tyler
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To: Olog-hai

I read that these little crap cans are built in Serbia.

No thanks....


34 posted on 03/16/2014 1:08:02 PM PDT by mowowie
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