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Re: Fiat Ducato - Power Loss when driving

We have recently experienced similar problems in our brand new Swift Select Fiat Ducato motorhome. On the first trip to collect it (about 200 mile trip) when nearly home, we lost power twice pulling away from roundabouts. Fiat then told us about the “safety feature” if you touch the brake and accelerator at the same time and said this would have been the problem. We don’t think we did but my husband has fairly big feet and the pedals are very close together, so we accepted the explanation. The next time we took it out was for a trip North (about 500 miles over 3 days), we lost power in the fast lane of the M25, again well into the journey home – VERY SCARY although we managed to coast to the slow lane without incident. We were aware of the brake issue and are positive we did not touch brake and accelerator together. Shortly before we got home we had a red warning light and transmission failure warning.
Fiat took the van and looked at the computer and like other complainants they say we must have touched brake and accelerator again, that this is a safety feature and they will do nothing.

So I would like to know what other people have done – I see several threads on different forums on this issue – it is affecting a lot of people but mainly motorhomes I think. Has the problem gone away for you ? Have you found a fix ? Have you just learnt to drive with it ?

Although I have seen a lot of posts on this issue I cannot believe that this problem can affect all Fiat Ducato vans without there being a single serious accident that would have created more noise – what we experienced was very dangerous and there are thousands of Fiat Ducatos on the road. So do we have a problem van (possibly a dodgy sensor but how can we get Fiat to believe us), are only certain vans affected (is it just automatic motorhomes ?) or is the problem genuinely very intermittent (both times it was raining could that be a factor ?).

We are not going to get Fiat to do anything at the moment unless we have a serious accident (and they may still say it is our fault), and we cannot afford to just ditch the van and buy another, so I would really appreciate other views as I am very nervous about driving our lovely new motorhome at the moment.
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Re: Fiat Ducato - Power Loss when driving

Take it back and tell them to replace the brake switch the ecu reads 2 signals from switch and sometimes the amount of grease in switch make one circuit contact stick so you accelerate but ecu still reading brake switch pressed!
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