Fiat 500 brake problems, check engine

Fiat owners have reported numerous problems with their vehicles.  The 2015 Consumer Consumer Reports Issue called it the least reliable compact vehicle and Car Complaint Index put it in the same category.  Owners may be entitled to compensation for repair cost and loss of use and here are some typical complaints.   


Make: Fiat 500
Problems: Brake & Engine


Hey, I just bought a new one also, it now has 646 miles on it and yesterday morning the CHECK ENGINE light started flashing. I got to work and then called the dealer service desk, told them what was going on. They told me to bring it in the next day. Dropped the car off and told them then the light flashed again and then stayed on, a message came across the center of the speed “HAVE ENGINE CHECKED” I have my own scanner, the code P0301-cylinder 1 mis-fire. They told me there was a TSB and they would have to download software and so far it has worked. I’m a little gun shy now, i mean a new car and in the @#&* shop already. hope you get yours back soon. Maybe all they have to do is download and re-flash it, take care..


My wife’s 2 week old POP is doing the same thing. 1 hour after driving it off the dealer lot the ESC, ABS, Power Steering, Check Engine, Engine Heater Recommended, and Brake lights lit up the instrument panel. The speedometer also stopped working. A few days later the dealer picked it up and replaced the ABS module (not sure if it’s the electronics module or the actual ABS distribution block that was replaced). A few days later, the car returns to my wife without the warning lights. The following day, as she pulls out of the driveway, the lights return in all their glory.

I bought the car April 5th as gift for my wife, it is now April 15th, and she has been able to drive her car for two days. Dealer is offering a replacement, but they have to crunch the numbers Monday. So we shall see what happens.

BTW, Hello everyone. I’m new to the forum but have been researching here and all over the internet since buying the car trying to figure out the problem. I bought this car to replace my wife’s finicky ’95 mustang so she could have a reliable car while I was away with the Army for a few months. The dealer has been a great help so far, but the whole entire has been a fiasco and headache due to the fact that this should not occur with a new car. I had less problems with 20 year old used cars.

It’s too bad because the hour of problem free driving was a blast. As is, my wife is waiting on a replacement, and I have lost confidence in the brand and regret my purchase.


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