2014 FIAT 500L Consumer Reviews

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2014 Fiat 500 L
4.2
Average based on 33 reviews
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Excellent Car For the Money!!!

by from North Providence, RI on October 10, 2014

After researching cars I stumbled upon the Fiat 500L. I was in search of a car that was different looking than anything else on the road, but that was also fun to drive. So I scheduled a test drive an...
After researching cars I stumbled upon the Fiat 500L. I was in search of a car that was different looking than anything else on the road, but that was also fun to drive. So I scheduled a test drive and after driving it I fell in love and had to have it! For starters I LOVE the look of this car! I know it is very polarizing and there are two very separate camps in this regard. I got the Trekking package which makes it a little more rugged looking and adds the 17" tires and really nice looking rims. The interior is where this car really shines. It is so roomy and comfortable and you would never know this by looking at it from the outside. The infotainment system and GPS are outstanding and very easy to use! I also opted for the "dual clutch" automatic transmission. This is also a very controversial transmission and from other review sites they say it ruins the car... I think they are being a little dramatic as I love the transmission. It is a little different feeling from the conventional automatic as it is supposed to automate a manual transmission and has a little bit of a different pedal feel. But overall I like the transmission and like that I can also revert to manual mode if I ever want to. Lastly the thing that surprised me the most about this car is how fast it is!!! I was shocked when I first drove it, and the turbo really moves this car! If you are looking for a car that is practical but also a lot of fun to drive, the Fiat 500L is for you!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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2014 Fiat 500L Trekking

by from McLean, VA on May 9, 2015

The 500L is my 2nd Fiat. I traded my 500 Sport in because I needed a larger size to be able to fit a baby seat in the rear. I've owned my 500L for about 19 mos and at 28k, I'm being told by Fiat, the ...
The 500L is my 2nd Fiat. I traded my 500 Sport in because I needed a larger size to be able to fit a baby seat in the rear. I've owned my 500L for about 19 mos and at 28k, I'm being told by Fiat, the brakes are going bad and to replace all 4 brake pads & rotors. The rear brake pads are designed thinner and these are the ones that are worn. I've owned 9 brand new cars in my lifetime and NEVER, EVER did I have to replace brakes & rotors with this low mileage. The dealership is offering 10% discount, whoopee! I do all highway driving. Again, I've driven the same path and operated the vehicle the same as all my other cars and this has never been an issue. Fiat, I may have to go back to Honda! It's so disappointing because I love the 500L Trekking, but I'm not going to be replacing brakes & rotors every $30k miles!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does not recommend this car

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sheer disappointment

by from florida on August 7, 2016

I am very disappointed with this car because I initially felt physically comfortable driving it. Then, at only 17k miles the clutch assembly went out. It was under warranty but being in the middle of ...
I am very disappointed with this car because I initially felt physically comfortable driving it. Then, at only 17k miles the clutch assembly went out. It was under warranty but being in the middle of nowhere and did not know who to call became my worst nightmare.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does not recommend this car

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She's white hot

by from New York, NY on February 1, 2015

Saw this car in Italy, the love affair started then....it continues more then a year later.. Can't stand dealership Maintenance center.... They need to seriously brush up on Fiat, and not use my car a...
Saw this car in Italy, the love affair started then....it continues more then a year later.. Can't stand dealership Maintenance center.... They need to seriously brush up on Fiat, and not use my car as their guinea pig. Still loving her.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Not a winter car

by from Windsor ontario on February 15, 2015

The Fiat 500L is not a winter car. Needs to be plugged in (block heater) at night. After work stalls, low power because of the cold. Cheap tires. Spark plugs needed to be replaced at 3200 kms because ...
The Fiat 500L is not a winter car. Needs to be plugged in (block heater) at night. After work stalls, low power because of the cold. Cheap tires. Spark plugs needed to be replaced at 3200 kms because they were dirty.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does not recommend this car

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'WARNING - Don't BUY this CAR!'

by from Glendale, CA on July 21, 2016

Never had a New Car fall apart at 70,000 miles, panel board went crazy, took it for a diagnostic check $138 and was told the transmission was shot. I serviced it consistently, NOT COOL!! Right after t...
Never had a New Car fall apart at 70,000 miles, panel board went crazy, took it for a diagnostic check $138 and was told the transmission was shot. I serviced it consistently, NOT COOL!! Right after the 50k warranty had expired, the dealership wanted to charge me 12 hours of labor at $5,400.... DON'T Buy this Car, you will REGRET it.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Work

Does not recommend this car

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You'll Get Attention

by from Beaufort, South Carolin on July 3, 2014

I've had my 500L Easy for 6 months now. The only problem has been that the oil change indicator didn't go off, so I had to take it to the Fiat dealer to get checked out. It's comfortable enough for 4 ...
I've had my 500L Easy for 6 months now. The only problem has been that the oil change indicator didn't go off, so I had to take it to the Fiat dealer to get checked out. It's comfortable enough for 4 adults on a road trip. The boot is quite small, though, for that much luggage. But it handles a load of groceries well. Love the Beats audio, Bluetooth and Nav system. The U Connect is fairly simple to understand, even for the middle aged me. Gas mileage is good around town - about 27 mpg. I've gotten up to 37 on the highway. So many people look at it in the parking lots and ask about it. If you want to be anonymous, don't get this car - it's a headturner.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Would love to love this vehicle

by from Willow Park, Texas on May 9, 2014

I would love to love this car! It was so fun to drive and love the inside and outside! HOWEVER....it has been in the shop 3 times since I bought it 1 1/2 weeks ago...it had 5 miles on it. The speaker ...
I would love to love this car! It was so fun to drive and love the inside and outside! HOWEVER....it has been in the shop 3 times since I bought it 1 1/2 weeks ago...it had 5 miles on it. The speaker was out, then the sway rod under the car had come loose because they say it was not tightened correctly and now it has been there over a week because the engine is just completely broken! Shakes, won't shift, smells, so sad. Who knows what will happen....
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does not recommend this car

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Great little. Car!

by from on June 24, 2013

Great little car! Love driving it! It handles well, It is kind of hard to get the seat belt, as they are far back there. Love everything else about it!
Great little car! Love driving it! It handles well, It is kind of hard to get the seat belt, as they are far back there. Love everything else about it!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Lots of Room for the Money

by from Glenside, PA on June 20, 2014

This car is very comfortable for its size. It has lots of interior room to spread out. The driver's seat cushion is a little short as mentioned. The ride is superb, soaking up even the worst bumps wit...
This car is very comfortable for its size. It has lots of interior room to spread out. The driver's seat cushion is a little short as mentioned. The ride is superb, soaking up even the worst bumps with hardly and intrusion into the passenger compartment. It handles well enough, it's not a sports car. They clearly prioritized ride comfort over tight handling, a compromise I agree with. I have no problems reaching the seat belts. The car has been getting 27.5 mpg with the auto in mostly franchise freeway type suburban driving. I have the beats audio, and the sound on some songs is a little Muddy. Some songs sound amazing and clear, and some don't sound good at all. I have had problems with the USB port not reading sometimes. The dealer was able to retrieve an error code, so I am sure that will be resolved soon. I do wish it offered a CD player, I'm not ready for the complete change to digital music this car pushed on me. The dealer sales staff is fantastic. They are always happy to see me. They encourage hanging out in the lounge, they evne have a pet rescue dog their sometimes. Service has been ok. But they are trying harder to get the survey numbers up. I don't think this is the car for everyone. The interior trim quality is not up to Japanese car standards. I doubt the reliability will be either, being a combo of Fiat and Chrysler. I am very local to my dealer, and I bought the extended warranty. So far in 6 months, no major mechanical issues at all. Just niggling trim, and the radio issue. Nothing has sidelined the car, unlike others. If you "get it", the styling, the interior size versus cargo room tradeoff, the ride/ handling compromise, You'll love it. Otherwise, you may find happiness at the Toyota dealer, on a non nondescript silver sedan. This car has fun, character, and verve. Give it a try....
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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