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Is my Fiat 500 ok to drive?

My Fiat 500 has just told me that my start-stop system is unavailable and to check engine; is this dangerous and do I need to take it to a garage?

Kate Bailey (Portsmouth)

Apr 2019 Filed under: fault

Expert answer

Hi Kate,

There are loads of reasons for an engine's stop-start system to stop working (see our Why won't my car's stop-start system work? feature), but it rarely is linked with a dangerous issue. 

Saying that, there's no harm at all in bringing your car to a good mechanic to have it diagnosed to confirm that nothing major is amiss.

Best of luck with it

Shane O' Donoghue - Complete Car Advisor

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