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2012 FIAT 500 Problems and Repair Histories

131 TrueDelta members own a 2012 FIAT 500. 63 of these members (48.1%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 146 repairs to 2012 FIAT 500s--an average of 1.1 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently 2012 FIAT 500 problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the 2012 FIAT 500 problem descriptions below.

Don't infer 2012 FIAT 500 problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of 2012 FIAT 500 repairs by problem area

14% of the 2012 FIAT 500 repairs were to the engine, 11% to the transmission, 2% to the brakes, 15% to the suspension, 27% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 25% to the body and trim, and 6% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 146 repairs.
Non-members can see only ten 2012 FIAT 500 problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

2012 FIAT 500 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 160hp 1.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

FIAT 500 in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2012 0    
1000 0 Tachometer malfunction 
2000 0 instrument/gauge cluster replaced 
16000  

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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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2011 0    
5000 0 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. 
0 side skirt and body cleaned, adhesive promoter, 3M tape reapplied. 
10000 0 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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2012 0    
4640 0 Transmission grinding when going into reverse. Clock in cluster running fast. 
6200 0 Condensation inside tail lights 
 
FIAT 500 in Louisiana, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2011 2000    
2000 0 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. 
16000 0 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. 
23700 0 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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2012 0    
0 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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2011 0    
10700 0 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. 
21000  
FIAT 500 in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2011 0    
19000 0 Broken seat release handle on passenger side. Replaced under warranty at no cost. 
65000  

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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
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2011 3000    
8000 0 Rear brakes were making continuous noise. Dealer replaced brakes and rotors at no charge. Good customer service 
12000 0 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? 
18500 0 Open top quit working on auto again 
19000 0 Went to another dealer that provided much better service. They replaced the pads, rotors, and calipers to eliminate the brake noise. 
19000 0 Vehicle vibrate during acceleration between 41 and 53 mph. 
FIAT 500 in Ohio, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2011 0    
7700 0 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. 
17000  

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2012 FIAT 500 2dr Convertible

101-horsepower 1.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

FIAT 500 in Massachusetts, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Nov 2011 0    
2000 0 clock loses time, requires new cluster 
9000 0 tech bulletin 02-002-13 cold weather sound, replacement is a small rubber bumper in the strut assembly 
9000 0 tech bulletin to replace strut bumpers due to noise, somewhat optional repair 
 

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