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500L_MTL
01-07-2019, 10:11 PM
Hello,

My wife has had her 500L Lounge since December 2014 and now has over 60,000km. The 500L and my 2013 Abarth have been great to us.

The weather in Montreal has been a mix of ice rain, some snow, deep freeze or slightly above 0 Celsius. The other day, she experienced the issue where the car would not engage reverse from park. The message on the display said to switch to neutral. I have read about this issue on this forum and other sites. I have not found the solution yet. The car ran fine yesterday but it happened again this morning when the temperature was around -10C. After turning the car off and waiting a minute or so, she would fire it up and no longer had an issue until she left work. Followed the same procedure and made it home without a problem.

Has anyone had any luck finding / fixing the problem? The car does not have any outstanding recalls and has been running reliably.

I read the thread about the possible water infiltration causing issues with the transmission control module near the fender well but not sure where to find the module. Technically, the drivetrain is still under warranty but was hoping for some insight prior to visiting the dealer.

Thanks!

MC

DeSoulo
01-09-2019, 01:51 AM
Is the battery original? I had to have mine replaced just under warranty at 47,000 miles. I've heard that the 500L is sensitive to a dying battery.

500L_MTL
01-09-2019, 10:00 AM
Is the battery original? I had to have mine replaced just under warranty at 47,000 miles. I've heard that the 500L is sensitive to a dying battery.

No. I replaced the battery last year however the car wasn't used much during the holidays. I will check the charge and maybe plug my charger in for a little while and see if that helps. The good news is the car ran fine yesterday and this morning as well. I'll be scheduling an appointment soon but since the issue is intermittent, I am sure the car will run fine at the dealer :)

MC