Fiat 500 Complaints

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Mini Cooper is better

Model Year:

2019

Manufacturer:

Fiat

Model:

FIAT 500 Abarth

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

Handles bumps poorly especially on the highway, "sport" suspension is not surefooted. getting 25 mpg. driver's door came loose. Very disappointing. Owned mini cooper S previously

Review submitted by:Beth

Pros:relatively cheap

Cons:horrible "sport" suspension

Cute but temperamental

Model Year:

2019

Manufacturer:

Fiat

Model:

500

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

The Fiat can be fun in urban settings but a bit nerve-wracking on the freeway due to its diminutive size, lack of power and huge blind spot. The biggest disappointment was reliability. Mine was cranky to start on cool mornings and spent quite a bit of time in the shop.

Review submitted by:zipline

Pros:Cute

Cons:Unreliable

I just bought it and I HATE it!!!!!

Model Year:

2019

Manufacturer:

Fiat

Model:

500

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

This is the only car I've ever driven, including a Yugo, that has absolutely NO get up and go. Driving up a small incline, the car loses speed. Definitely NOT a car for someone who needs to get anywhere on time!!!!

Review submitted by:Lori

After 3 days, issues arise.

Model Year:

2019

Manufacturer:

Fiat

Model:

500

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

We just bought this car this past Saturday and last night the steering wheel center cap came off exposing the air bag underneath. This is a major issue since now I don't know if this airbag will deploy in an accident. I will have to take it to the dealership

Review submitted by:Opie

Pros:Looks, drivability, price is fair, and gas mileage.

Cons:Build quality not up to standards

Fiat 500

Model Year:

2012

Manufacturer:

Fiat

Model:

500

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

The maintenance of the car is out of sight! My mechanic said it was the equivalent of a Ferrari... It cost me 800 to have the alternator replaced. Fun car to drive but getting rid of it

Review submitted by:Tico

Pros:Cute, fun to drive

Cons:Poor Paint Job, Expensive maintenance, Unreliable

Fun but a horrible investment

Model Year:

2015

Manufacturer:

Fiat

Model:

FIAT 500 Abarth

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

I've never experienced such an incredible drop in value in a vehicle before. HORRIBLE resale value. Trade-in value is a joke. $25,000 vehicle - $13,000 trade in value.

Review submitted by:angryninja

Pros:Decent gas mileage, spirited, fun to drive

Cons:Impossible to trade in or sell.

Fiat is for Sexy People and that is all!

Model Year:

2013

Manufacturer:

Fiat

Model:

500

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

People love how my car looks! I get all sorts of compliments on the look and color, but when people ask about driving, I'm like meh! 1. Quality of interior materials is extra cheap; easy to scratch and collects dust like a magnet. As a saving grace, the upholstery is

Review submitted by:Saltan

Pros:If you want to feel sexy and cool choose Fiat!

Cons:Interior materials, functionality+drive impact val

Great in town, on dry days

Model Year:

2012

Manufacturer:

Fiat

Model:

500

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

This little car is great for parking. It's small, easy to maneuver. Gas mileage is good, getting around 38mpg over the 3+ years I've had it. The downside is it's noisy and bumpy so you don't want to take it on long trips. It's also horrible in the snow, there's

Review submitted by:MaxMom

Pros:fun to drive around town on dry days

Cons:horrible in snow

Would be a nice car if not so many problems

Model Year:

2014

Manufacturer:

Fiat

Model:

500

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

Loved the car until I got stranded a few times because it would not start. Went to the Fiat Forum and it appears that that the starter issue is a common problem, along with the oil leaks, steering column clunking etc. Mind you, this car is a 2012 that I

Review submitted by:Cheryl

Pros:Cute, fun to drive, fantastic mileage

Cons:Breaks down a lot, not reliable,

Don't buy unless you can afford maintenance.

Model Year:

2012

Manufacturer:

Fiat

Model:

500

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

This is a gorgeous, fun, and exciting car. one problem, when thing do go bad, they are so expensive. 250$ for a door mirror... really? This car also depreciates so bad. 15k in 5 years.... I loved it at first, but in the long run, itll bleed you dry.

Review submitted by:Ian

Pros:Fun to drive, great buying price, comfortable

Cons:expensive to maintain, to cute, cop magnet

Redesign?!

Model Year:

2012

Manufacturer:

Fiat

Model:

500

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

I purchased my Fiat 500 Pop in August 2012 with 3,000 miles on it. Within 4 months and 4,000 miles, i need 2 new rear tires as it was out of alignment badly in the rear. I attempted to get it aligned, impossible as Fiat did not at the time

Review submitted by:RichinPA

Pros:Great MPG (i got 43 mpg consistently on my commute

Cons:Design flaws galore!

Horrible in snow, rough ride

Model Year:

2012

Manufacturer:

Fiat

Model:

500

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

The Fiat is easy to park and is fun to drive around town. The downside is that on the highway the ride is rough and loud. It's also horrible in the snow. Definitely don't buy the Fiat if you expect to drive it in any snow.

Review submitted by:DogMom

Pros:easy to park

Cons:horrible in snow

Sad to have raved about this car

Model Year:

2013

Manufacturer:

Fiat

Model:

500

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

When I bought this car I was really excited and raved about it to all my friends. I expected nothing but great things from this little car and really started saving a lot of money in Gasoline purchases. (Was getting 42+ MPG by driving reasonably and not being aggressive with

Review submitted by:SadFiatOwner

Cons:Clutch fails

Worst car I have ever boughten

Model Year:

2013

Manufacturer:

Fiat

Model:

500

Complaint Resolution:

Yes, by the dealer

Horrible will not start hardly ever the transmission is slipping my dealership has to replace all the electric wiring the only good thing about this car is the gas mileage I wouldn't recommend this car to anyone

Review submitted by:poppins34

Pros:gas mileage

Cons:won't start electric problems

Fun easy driving go to work car.

Model Year:

2012

Manufacturer:

Fiat

Model:

500

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

Basic car is good but the US add-ons can be annoying. Tire pressure monitoring system is one of the worst systems ever built. I have had all 4 tire modules replaced and the main sensor replaced twice. Rear seat is only good for empty coffee cups, pulled mine out for

Review submitted by:Ed

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