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Re: Dualogic gearbox nightmare......

......update (or lack of it!)....

Chased up Fiat Customer Care yesterday & now me & my car have been assigned to a "senior case manager".... blah....blah....blah

Meanwhile I'm over using the Autotrader app for anything else but a Fiat!....

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Re: Dualogic gearbox nightmare......

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......update (or lack of it!)....

Chased up Fiat Customer Care yesterday & now me & my car have been assigned to a "senior case manager".... blah....blah....blah

Meanwhile I'm over using the Autotrader app for anything else but a Fiat!....

Sarah
excellent. keep us updated. let's see what that 'senior case manager' sees. you are dualogic failure number 3 on the forum in the past month!
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Cheers Ahmett!....will soon post any updates!....although my fingers aren't crossed or breath held in any way
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Re: Dualogic gearbox nightmare......

Hi all also a newbie,

I have just started experiencing the same problems with 2010 plate 500 1.2 auto sport...

Just got it from a second hand dealer and have covered about 50 miles in it. (29000 on the clock)First issue,gear box warning light came on couldn't get the car out of neutral. Turned the engine on and off a few times which seemed to have solved the problem, since then it had happened twice and gone in to neutral whilst I have been driving twice.

Noticed on the service history 3 months ago it was recovered from the road side due to this, a software update was carried out but a note said something along the lines of (if problem persists actuator will need to be changed)..

Any advice please...
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Re: Dualogic gearbox nightmare......

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Just got it from a second hand dealer and have covered about 50 miles in it. (29000 on the clock)...
Any advice please...
I'd be thinking along the lines of rejecting the car and trying to get my money back.

Trading standards may be able to help.

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you are dualogic failure number 3 on the forum in the past month!
Now 4 and still counting.

I don't remember dualogics being this much trouble this early in the car's life on the Panda.
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Hi all also a newbie,

I have just started experiencing the same problems with 2010 plate 500 1.2 auto sport...

Just got it from a second hand dealer and have covered about 50 miles in it. (29000 on the clock)First issue,gear box warning light came on couldn't get the car out of neutral. Turned the engine on and off a few times which seemed to have solved the problem, since then it had happened twice and gone in to neutral whilst I have been driving twice.

Noticed on the service history 3 months ago it was recovered from the road side due to this, a software update was carried out but a note said something along the lines of (if problem persists actuator will need to be changed)..

Any advice please...
yes thats the same problem you need to replace the whole unit at great cost or keep on driving in misery for several years just like i did! so as @jrkitching said do go to the purchased dealer and get a refund, telling him the car is not fit for purpose and even dangerous to drive!

mind you, you are dualogic patient number 4! I was patient 1 and got cured after spending 1200 Euros. We have 3 other cases now pending.
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Re: Dualogic gearbox nightmare......

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Hi all also a newbie,

I have just started experiencing the same problems with 2010 plate 500 1.2 auto sport...

Just got it from a second hand dealer and have covered about 50 miles in it. (29000 on the clock)First issue,gear box warning light came on couldn't get the car out of neutral. Turned the engine on and off a few times which seemed to have solved the problem, since then it had happened twice and gone in to neutral whilst I have been driving twice.

Noticed on the service history 3 months ago it was recovered from the road side due to this, a software update was carried out but a note said something along the lines of (if problem persists actuator will need to be changed)..

Any advice please...
I wonder if the software update was really just read and clear the fault codes?

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I'd be thinking along the lines of rejecting the car and trying to get my money back.

Trading standards may be able to help.
Yeah, this.

Why have so many dualogic cases appeared all of a sudden?
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yes thats the same problem you need to replace the whole unit at great cost or keep on driving in misery for several years just like i did! so as @jrkitching said do go to the purchased dealer and get a refund, telling him the car is not fit for purpose and even dangerous to drive!

mind you, you are dualogic patient number 4! I was patient 1 and got cured after spending 1200 Euros. We have 3 other cases now pending.
The car is covered on a 3 month warranty, it will be going back for a full check up and sent to the local fiat garage. I'm pretty sure it will need the new part but am worried I will be fobbed of with a system re test (again)..does any one know how long before the problem kicks in again, want to make sure I don't go over on my warranty...
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...........the dualogic is simply an outdated operating system that is much more complicated than the manual system and can fail catastrophically with little hope of fixing it except replacing the whole system.
Just a slightly bit off topic, though still on topic - if you see what I mean!

I drive the local community bus and our latest bus is a Fiat (Ducato?) 15 seater minibus with the Dualogic gearbox.

To be honest, none of we drivers like it. Last bus was a Mercedes Sprinter with an auto box which was wonderful but the Dualogic is slow to change gear, especially when pulling away and it seems to hesitate and "die". It's fine if you change gear manually, but that seems daft when it's supposed to work in auto.

However, is the Dualogic in our bus the same as in the Fiat500?
If so, should we be worried that it's going to fail?

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Re: Dualogic gearbox nightmare......

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The car is covered on a 3 month warranty, it will be going back for a full check up and sent to the local fiat garage. I'm pretty sure it will need the new part but am worried I will be fobbed of with a system re test (again)..does any one know how long before the problem kicks in again, want to make sure I don't go over on my warranty...

Yes the same problem happened with me the dealer said there is no problem knowing full well it would eventually break but they did nothing so I went over warranty and paid for it myself.


In your case I would be rejecting the car and asking for a refund. Tell them a relative of yours had the same problem, that the car died on them after a lot of torture and you don't want the same issue .

Get rid of it asap or be prepared for random failures and annoying trips to the dealer and going into neutral at the worst time !
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Just a slightly bit off topic, though still on topic - if you see what I mean!



I drive the local community bus and our latest bus is a Fiat (Ducato?) 15 seater minibus with the Dualogic gearbox.



To be honest, none of we drivers like it. Last bus was a Mercedes Sprinter with an auto box which was wonderful but the Dualogic is slow to change gear, especially when pulling away and it seems to hesitate and "die". It's fine if you change gear manually, but that seems daft when it's supposed to work in auto.



However, is the Dualogic in our bus the same as in the Fiat500?

If so, should we be worried that it's going to fail?



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Yes it must be the same with that name. Can you get rid of the bus? Mercedes sprinter should be far superior
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Yes it must be the same with that name. Can you get rid of the bus? Mercedes sprinter should be far superior
Get rid of it?
As far as we drivers are concerned, we'd do it tomorrow!
The Merc was wonderful, but it had done close on 100,000miles when we swapped to the Fiat.

The Merc cost 75,000 if my memory serves me correctly, but this new Fiat cost less than half that. The vehicles are bought as brand new vans and then converted, so there's a double whammy of costs.

We run as a charity, and costs are paramount, so the Fiat SEEMED good value, but none of us drivers think it actually is good value. The Merc didn't have wheelchair access and this Fiat does, so that was another reason the change.

Pity, the Merc would have gone on and on and on. The Fiat will be nothing but problems I'm sure, and the Dualogic will make it worse.

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Get rid of it?

As far as we drivers are concerned, we'd do it tomorrow!

The Merc was wonderful, but it had done close on 100,000miles when we swapped to the Fiat.



The Merc cost 75,000 if my memory serves me correctly, but this new Fiat cost less than half that. The vehicles are bought as brand new vans and then converted, so there's a double whammy of costs.



We run as a charity, and costs are paramount, so the Fiat SEEMED good value, but none of us drivers think it actually is good value. The Merc didn't have wheelchair access and this Fiat does, so that was another reason the change.



Pity, the Merc would have gone on and on and on. The Fiat will be nothing but problems I'm sure, and the Dualogic will make it worse.



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Yeah that's what I mean miles are irrelevant on good cars !
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Ok so here I am after I spoke to the Fiat Australia CC.

First thing thanks for ur suggestions guys. really appreciate.

So Fiat CC said their dealers are telling the truth and the part might be that expensive "they won't lie". But then I did explained them the Case of you guys where it was very cheap to fix the same problem. Fiat said it's a different country and we cannot comment on it. So the guy on phone didn't really help.
Hence I got the email ID from him, n I'll be send an email tonight.

Also I have found a local Fiat specialist who I'll be meeting tomorrow so let's see what he comes up with.

Hopping for the best.
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Ok so here I am after I spoke to the Fiat Australia CC.

First thing thanks for ur suggestions guys. really appreciate.

So Fiat CC said their dealers are telling the truth and the part might be that expensive "they won't lie". But then I did explained them the Case of you guys where it was very cheap to fix the same problem. Fiat said it's a different country and we cannot comment on it. So the guy on phone didn't really help.
Hence I got the email ID from him, n I'll be send an email tonight.

Also I have found a local Fiat specialist who I'll be meeting tomorrow so let's see what he comes up with.

Hopping for the best.
Cheers!
yes but tell them you cannot afford $ 6000 and if Fiat will contribute to the repair. call them again and tell them that. Keep on bothering them until they get fed up of you and help you to some extent.

In the meantime, check other main dealers and as you say specialists.

If you really have no choice, order the part from EU. Here it is - > https://www.shop4parts.co.uk/?name=s...048&sku=256831

As you see, MUCH CHEAPER even if you include delivery to Australia. Fitting wont take more than 2 hours from someone who knows what he is doing.
Do keep us informed and we will keep on helping.
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