Manual shifting & Injuring a Car's Function

Asked by Dec 10, 2015 at 08:44 AM about the 2013 Fiat 500 Pop

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

We bought a preowned 2013 Fiat 500 Pop with 22k miles on it.  I grew up
driving sticks and have always enjoyed and preferred driving manuals... With
that said my husband has never driven a manual and trying to teach him has
been a little tough on my nerves.  He has accidentally went into 3rd instead
of 5th twice and revved the car for what seemed like ages.  He is sloppy
with the clutch and I don't trust he is pushing the clutch all the way IN..
When I'm in the car helping him remember the steps he does not do so bad.
He gained confidence and drove it to work yesterday and returned with the
a burnt clutch smell. I have not let him drive it since, because I have felt a
few changes in the car, and i need help finding out if we could have
damaged the car.  
I was averaging 33.7-41GPM and the car felt solid and steady.. After his
attempts at learning I cannot get the GPM above 31.7gpm and its doing
worse on the HWY instead of the 44gpm I had been able to accomplish.  
Also, now when I'm in red light in neutral I feel like the car is more shaky and
less steady... The clutch smell is still around and its been 2 days of
meticulous shifting.. How can I know if something has been damaged? Are
all these things my imagination or is the lesser mpg, shaking and smell a
true indicator of damage?  
Thanks a lot.

Carmen

2 Answers

20,395

the clutch might have been fried- but it is still working ok? if there IS damage and not just your imagination, it might be due to the over-revving of the engine- your poor husband- your poor little FIAT!

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
18,515

Your clutch is fading, obviously your husband shortened it's life. The solution is to repair/replace the clutch and/or a divorce,

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

Search Fiat 500 Questions

UK Questions

Are you a UK consumer? CarGurus now has a discussion forum in the UK.

Fiat 500 Experts

#1 dandyoun
dandyoun
Reputation 100
#2 fodita
fodita
Reputation 40
#2 kbro
kbro
Reputation 40
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used MINI Cooper
360 Great Deals out of 11,130 listings starting at $1,995
Used Fiat 500L
28 Great Deals out of 1,366 listings starting at $7,900
Used Fiat 500e
41 Great Deals out of 1,582 listings starting at $5,940
Used Volkswagen Beetle
223 Great Deals out of 8,794 listings starting at $1,800
Used Ford Fiesta
223 Great Deals out of 17,110 listings starting at $2,995
Used Ford Focus
965 Great Deals out of 59,071 listings starting at $1,395
Used Honda Civic
937 Great Deals out of 68,324 listings starting at $1,500
Used Ford Mustang
580 Great Deals out of 41,215 listings starting at $1,699
Used Jeep Wrangler
491 Great Deals out of 17,958 listings starting at $2,950
Used Honda Fit
215 Great Deals out of 18,315 listings starting at $2,295
Used smart fortwo
61 Great Deals out of 2,533 listings starting at $2,950
Used Kia Soul
347 Great Deals out of 27,149 listings starting at $3,989
Used Chevrolet Spark
102 Great Deals out of 9,522 listings starting at $3,995

Used Cars For Sale

2016 Fiat 500 Pop For Sale
532 listings starting at $9,990
2015 Fiat 500 Pop For Sale
23 Great Deals out of 637 listings starting at $6,985
2014 Fiat 500 Pop For Sale
100 listings starting at $6,485
2013 Fiat 500 Pop For Sale
16 Great Deals out of 445 listings starting at $4,990
2012 Fiat 500 Pop For Sale
20 Great Deals out of 363 listings starting at $3,950