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Old 15-07-2018   #1
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Angry Never again bye bye Fiat 500L

So, 3rd time transmission light has come on, warning to use less gears then wonít engage gears once stopped. 2mls transmission fluid first time around and 30amp fuse, two months later 1ml transmission fluid and 30amp fuse for the second time, then on Monday just gone 1ml transmission fluid, no fuse needed but wouldnít start after parking up when I got home. 30amp fuse and it starts and moves, but itís last trip will be into the fiat garage. Off side headlight blown 3 times since purchase, off side spot flashes intermittently. Local garage couldnít get solution with computer plugged in or clear the infernal oil change service light despite it just being serviced. The 30amp fuse appears to be linked to the pump.... Iím sick. So into fiat, get it sorted then trade it in.. I suspect previous owner probably did that too. Love the car, love the drive, but unreliable.
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Re: Never again bye bye Fiat 500L

Is the oil light flashing with a message saying change oil, or does it say something like oil service coupon expired?
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Re: Never again bye bye Fiat 500L

Quite likely service light can only be reset by Fiat or using MultiECUscan software. Standard generic stuff probably can't do it. If not reset, car will get upset.

When you say 1ml and 2ml of oil, is this the quantity to top up? Is it really giving trouble when it needs 1/1000th of a litre of oil?
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Yes, because it was serviced at a non Fiat garage, it won’t recognise it’s been serviced. £50 later service light is now rest.
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Bizarrely yes a tinsy amount of transmission fluid needed, along with 30amp fuse replacement. So after a day on diagnostics and a trip out to see if the problem would happen again, which it didn’t, they concluded it is a faulty earth, corroded or something. So they have checked and replaced wiring, waiting to see if the car can be collected tomorrow. It could be a sheer coincidence about the transmission oil but the last time it happened, after 1ml it selected gears and I was able to drive away, only later after I had parked up over night did it then stop completely and need a new fuse.
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Re: Never again bye bye Fiat 500L

The main battery earth cable, from the negative battery terminal to the engine and car body is known to corrode internally on Punto, Panda and 500, but usually after some years. I'm surprised this may be the case on a 500L as I'd expect them all to be too new, but if this is the issue with yours (and the symptoms fit), then this is something to watch on these too. (Or is yours a 500, not the 500L?)

With a new cable and the connections cleaned, all should be well again.
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Yes, because it was serviced at a non Fiat garage, it wonít recognise itís been serviced. £50 later service light is now rest.
Pity. You can do it yourself for free. Only takes a couple of minutes.
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