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gr8gatzby
11-25-2016, 03:55 AM
I acquired my 2015 500L last month at 9k miles on the tach. Having driven her 1000 miles since, I'm baffled by the automatic transmission. 1st and 2nd gears shift damn near redline, especially when cold. Yes, Margaret, I'm not flooring it...no matter how gently I accelerate she won't upshift till 5-6k rpm. I've tried massaging the peddle to force an upshift, but no such luck. I've resorted to manual mode for most of my city driving as a result. The dealer has the car and they say they cannot replicate it. Even so, the are reflashing the trans software so that it can relearn it's shift points based upon my driving. Anyone else with this issue?

CoachRick
11-25-2016, 05:24 PM
I would say our '15 L holds on too long when cold. We have a slight incline to leave our townhouse complex and just easing through the parking lot means winding the RPMs pretty high. It settles down when warmed up; quite a noticeable difference. It has done this for 21K miles and 16 months. I haven't gone so far as to use the manual mode for this as DW is the one driving the L most often(and frequently from a cold start). I don't notice any 'trouble' when the car is at operating temp.

FiatCares
11-28-2016, 05:01 PM
I acquired my 2015 500L last month at 9k miles on the tach. Having driven her 1000 miles since, I'm baffled by the automatic transmission. 1st and 2nd gears shift damn near redline, especially when cold. Yes, Margaret, I'm not flooring it...no matter how gently I accelerate she won't upshift till 5-6k rpm. I've tried massaging the peddle to force an upshift, but no such luck. I've resorted to manual mode for most of my city driving as a result. The dealer has the car and they say they cannot replicate it. Even so, the are reflashing the trans software so that it can relearn it's shift points based upon my driving. Anyone else with this issue?

Hi gr8gatzby,

Sorry to hear about this! Have you gone for a test drive with your service advisor or a technician? In my experience this can often assist your studio in diagnosing your vehicle. Let me know if you have any additional questions.

Andrea
Fiat Social Care Specialist

Fiat500USA
11-28-2016, 06:45 PM
I would say our '15 L holds on too long when cold. We have a slight incline to leave our townhouse complex and just easing through the parking lot means winding the RPMs pretty high. It settles down when warmed up; quite a noticeable difference. It has done this for 21K miles and 16 months. I haven't gone so far as to use the manual mode for this as DW is the one driving the L most often(and frequently from a cold start). I don't notice any 'trouble' when the car is at operating temp.

Some automatics hold onto lower gears when going down an incline. This keeps the car from free wheeling. Don't know if that is what is being described above.

My wife's 500X does this and, as I live on a mountain, starting the car and going down the mountain while the engine is cold does bring the rpms up higher than I would personally use while driving a manual transmission car.