The dealerships are useless. Even if it means a long tow, it makes sense to go to an independent EV shop.
Did you read the errors?
Did you read the errors?
Sadly I found this forum after sending to the dealer. I tried about 20 mechanics and no one would work on EV's. Then I sent it to the dealer as a last resort. I also didn't know I could read the codes.The dealerships are useless. Even if it means a long tow, it makes sense to go to an independent EV shop.
Did you read the errors?
Yeah, right now I'm debating.... OK, I spend $3600 to fix at the dealer, that could either be a down payment on a new car, or if I get another year out of the car, that would be like a $300/month lease, which is not too bad.This is one of any number of items on our 8-10 year old 500e EVs that going to spell the end of their usage. Mine right now is the leaking Master Brake Cylinder on my 2014 500e which is spilling a full reservoir of brake fluid in less than a week. Got it to the dealer, which was a nightmare in and of itself, and they offered to replace it for $2100. I'm trying to figure out a cheaper option.
But the OBC is rough. Other than the batteries and the motor, it's the most important unit on the car.
A quick look shows a couple of units on E-bay. They are priced starting at $999:
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The problem is finding someone who would be willing to swap them out. It isn't too difficult to do as the unit is right on the top of the engine bay under the hood. But it is liquid cooled, so it will require a coolant drain and flush to pull off. I posted a document with the removal and replacement procedure of the OBC as part of the PIM replacement here:
Possible path to Chademo Fast charging 500eIn this forum we've been waiting over 3 years on the promise that Tony Williams' group would roll out a fast charging solution for the 500e. I think it's time to look at alternatives. Damien Maguire and Isaac Kelly have put together a hardward/firmware package that facilitates chademo charging...www.fiat500owners.com
Take a read, or share it with a mechanic, and see if anyone is willing to help you out with it.
I agree it's not too late, but I wouldn't trust a dealership that's charging nearly double-price. Another SoCal forum member's car was towed to a dealership where they wanted over $600 just to run a scan. The owner got it towed back home & fixed it for $30 with a Konnwei KW902 dongle from Amazon (it's only $17 on eBay).it's still not too late. You can ask the dealership...
Since it had to be towed, I wonder if it stopped driving at the same time as it stopped taking a charge, in which case the issue might not even be the OBCM....Changed a couple tires a 12v battery... stopped taking a charge...had to have it towed...
It still drives, but it only had 5% battery and would not make it driving to the dealership. Dang, really wish I had bought the scanner first.Since it had to be towed, I wonder if it stopped driving at the same time as it stopped taking a charge, in which case the issue might not even be the OBCM.
I took it to Fiat of Van Nuys. I called a bunch of places, including Electric Ave and told him what the dealer told me and he said the same thing. Probably better off with the dealership, since he does not get a good discount on parts and he has a couple others waiting in line for the same part that is back ordered. The advantage of Fiat is they can get the part in a day or two from another dealer.Hey there, I live in the SFV too! What dealer did you end up going to?
Your post sparked me to search for EV specific repair shops in LA. Have you contacted Electric Ave in Silver Lake?
stopped taking a charge...
Since it drove, but just wouldn't charge, this is the checklist for that:It still drives, but it only had 5%...
There is another route; my local mechanic tells me he’ll repair anything conventional, just not HV issues.Hey, it's still not too late. You can ask the dealership about what error codes they got. They have these in the documentation anyway.
In this forum, we already know about a few common scenarios, and often what the codes indicate directly, could be not the issue.
So the codes might give us a picture of what is happening. And then you can just see if it makes sense to actually get it towed to another shop that works with this type of vehicles. Or, even pay this dealership, as you won't be able to buy another EV for this kind of money, anyway.
Yesterday I dropped off my 500e at a shop in British Columbia, Canada. They don't "specialise" in EVs, but at this present moment they have three (sic!) 500e in their parking lot, and they don't see major issues with fixing them, it just takes some time. I will know more about them soon, but what I'm trying to say, these independent shops exist and they know how to deal with older EVs.