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Francis Feliciano ASKED THE GUIDE

Fiat Freemont limp mode

Last Friday my Fiat Freemont, which is less than one year old and has travelled less than 5000 km, suddenly stopped in the middle of a roundabout and all lights warning lights started flashing. I was able to re-start it, but it went very slowly and felt very heavy and I parked it on the side of the road. After about five minutes I turned it back on and was able to drive it. I have booked it in to be fixed, and while I am confident the dealer will be able to fix it, I am concerned that it might happen again and that this time I might not be able to control or re-start it. I am not as confident with the car anymore. Can I still return the car?

What probably happened is that there was a fault with a sensor on the engine that caused it to stop, but the system went into limp mode, which meant you could still drive the car at a much reduced speed. The dealer should be able to identify the cause of the problem from the onboard diagnostics and repair it. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that it will not happen again. Fiat is required to fix the problem with your car, but not to replace it. It would have to get to the situation in which they could not fix it for that to happen.

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