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2012 Fiat 500 repairs by problem area

Chart based on 228 repairs.

2012 Fiat 500 repair cost distribution

Chart based on 12 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2012 Fiat 500 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 160hp 1.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Fiat 500 in California, United States
Apr 2012 - Jun 2014
Jun 2012

1000 mi
Tachometer malfunction 
Aug 2012

2000 mi
instrument/gauge cluster replaced 

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2012 Fiat 500 2dr Hatch

101-horsepower 1.4L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Fiat 500 in New York, United States
Nov 2011 - Apr 2013
Jun 2012

4200 mi
Front and Rear Emblems replaced under warranty, dealer described as "Bleeding Through" looked like air bubbles between the clear lens and logo, as if detaching. 
Jul 2012

4500 mi
side skirt and body cleaned, adhesive promoter, 3M tape reapplied. 
Apr 2013

10000 mi
Interior: Arm rest cracked. 

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2012 Fiat 500 2dr Hatch

101-horsepower 1.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Fiat 500 in British Columbia, Canada
May 2012 - Apr 2014
Aug 2012

4640 mi
Transmission grinding when going into reverse. Clock in cluster running fast. 
Dec 2012

6200 mi
Condensation inside tail lights 
Fiat 500 in Louisiana, United States
Mar 2011 - Apr 2013
Apr 2011

2000 mi
Head gasket was faulty or improperly installed from factory. Hard starts, check engine light, coolant leaking into cylinders. FIAT took the engine back for quality control purposes and installed a new one. Delays because of special coolant. 
Jun 2012

16000 mi
Driver's side A-pillar trim loose and falling off, was snapped back into place; some water came through the gap, possibly from sunroof drain channel LCD elements in the instrument cluster multifunction display would be extremely dim after the car was parked in 90deg+ weather in direct sunlight for a few hours. The cluster was replaced. 
Feb 2013

23700 mi
Driver's door speaker did not function. Took dealer a week to repair wiring harness, then many more days to replace various sensors they "later found problems with". 
Fiat 500 in North Carolina, United States
May 2012 - Jun 2012
Jun 2012 Engine powers itself off when stopping (happened twice at stop lights). Check Battery and Check Oil light illuminate when engine stalls. the climate control portion of the instrument panel does not illuminate. 
Fiat 500 in Pennsylvania, United States
May 2011 - Jun 2014
Jan 2012

10700 mi
The air bag failure light came on. The tech discovered it was due to a faulty sensor in the driver's seatbelt. New seatbelt ordered. 
Fiat 500 in California, United States
Aug 2011 - Oct 2014
May 2012

19000 mi
Broken seat release handle on passenger side. Replaced under warranty at no cost. 

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2012 Fiat 500 2dr Convertible

101-horsepower 1.4L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Fiat 500 in California, United States
Oct 2011 - Dec 2012
Jan 2012

8000 mi
Rear brakes were making continuous noise. Dealer replaced brakes and rotors at no charge. Good customer service 
Apr 2012

12000 mi
Brakes noise come back again after few thousands miles. This time customer service rep said it was just dust. Open top quit runnning in auto mode - need to hold button all the time. After three days in shop - service tech said he had to reprogram servo motor. Software glich? 
Aug 2012

18500 mi
Open top quit working on auto again 
Nov 2012

19000 mi
Went to another dealer that provided much better service. They replaced the pads, rotors, and calipers to eliminate the brake noise. 
Dec 2012

19000 mi
Vehicle vibrate during acceleration between 41 and 53 mph. 
Fiat 500 in Ohio, United States
Aug 2011 - Jun 2015
Jul 2012

7700 mi
The FIAT bluetooth system, Blue and Me stopped working. Dealer had to order a new module. Part arrived the next day installation took about one hour. 

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2012 Fiat 500 2dr Convertible

101-horsepower 1.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Fiat 500 in Massachusetts, United States
Nov 2011 - Nov 2013
May 2012

2000 mi
clock loses time, requires new cluster 
May 2013

9000 mi
tech bulletin 02-002-13 cold weather sound, replacement is a small rubber bumper in the strut assembly 
Jun 2013

9000 mi
tech bulletin to replace strut bumpers due to noise, somewhat optional repair 

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2012 Fiat 500 Repair Histories

163 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2012 Fiat 500. 83 of these members (50.9%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 228 repairs to 2012 Fiat 500s--an average of 1.4 per vehicle--have been reported.

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