Jeeps, Fiats Held for ‘Software Issue’ Released to Dealers This Week

Jeeps, Fiats Held for ‘Software Issue’ Released to Dealers This Week

A large stockpile of Jeep Renegade and Fiat 500x compact crossovers that were being held back are on their way to dealerships this week.

Last week, we reported that a number of Jeep Renegades were being held due to an issue with the nine-speed automatic transmission, but it turns out it was actually a software issue that was preventing many of these vehicles from being registered in certain areas.

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Initially, FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne told reporters that the Renegade had a “software issue” which had given him a “very bad engineering days,” without elaborating. He also compared the Renegade’s software issues to those experienced with the 2014 Cherokee’s nine-speed, leading many to believe that the transmission was also the issue with the Renegade.

A spokesman told Automotive News that the software problem is at FCA and not in the vehicles, which were stored to make sure that they didn’t make it to buyers until the issue was fixed. About 20 units made it to customers before the company started holding them back.

Both the stored Renegades, which have been held for a month, and the Fiat 500xs, which began storage just after Memorial Day, are on their way to dealerships this week according to the company.

[Source: Automotive News]

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