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2015 Fiat 500 Overview

Fiat 500 Reliability

Year Make/Model Repair Trips Per 100 Cars Compared to all models for the same year    
2015 Fiat 500 48
92.8571428571% 92.8571428571% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  30 500s, 9.2 months of data per 500, average 13200 miles

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability And Durability of the 2015 Fiat 500

2015 Fiat 500 Reliability And Durability: Pros
2013 2dr Hatch 101-horsepower 1.4L I4
5-speed manual FWD
The car has had one failure so far in over 20K of mostly local driving only. One of the tire sensors failed, but I got a local tire shop to fix it and didn't waste a long drive to the dealer. My wife's old Honda had more failures and repairs per mile than either of my Fiat 500's - so I am pleased that they always work and drive perfectly every day like most decent modern cars. I was a bit worried since I'd owned Fiats in the past that were really NOT very good cars. But these new ones seem quite good. I think the dealer service is very poor in my opinion and will hurt sales in the long-run. These are not "main-stream" cars so how the dealers treat their few customers make a big impact on how the car is viewed and its success in the market. full 2013 Fiat 500 review
2015 Fiat 500 Reliability And Durability: Cons
2012 2dr Hatch 101-horsepower 1.4L I4
5-speed manual FWD
The other reason was sheer reliability. Lots of little things went wrong with the car, and a spotty dealer network meant each one took 3-5 hours out of my day. The shifter knob came off in my hand while driving. The steering shaft developed a "clunk" and needed fixing. Various bits of plastic trim came off. The seat got a little wobbly. All of this in the first nine months! full 2012 Fiat 500 review

Fiat 500 repairs by problem area

Engine (6%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (13%)

Brakes and Traction Control (0%)

Suspension and Steering (6%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (44%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (25%)

Other (6%)

Chart based on 32 repairs.
See TSBs and recalls for the Fiat 500.

Fiat 500 Fuel Economy ()

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Gas Mileage of the 2015 Fiat 500

2015 Fiat 500 Gas Mileage: Pros
2015 2dr Hatch turbocharged 160hp 1.4L I4
5-speed manual FWD
Fuel economy on 500s in general is excellent. I have found that the engines are really "tight" when brand new. On my first tank (50/50 city/highway) with the Abarth, I couldn't crack 30 MPG. At 4000 miles, I'm now at 38.8 mpg on the exact same route. The other Fiats I have owned exhibited the exact same behavior. As with the other 500s, I expect a further minor improvement in fuel economy, leveling out at about 5000 miles. full 2015 Fiat 500 review
2014 2dr Convertible turbocharged 160hp 1.4L I4
5-speed manual FWD
Considering it's got a big turbo that I can't help but make use of, I still seem to be averaging an odometer-confirmed 30mpg in mixed driving (high speed mountain freeways and congested city). I've had a few flatter road trips creep into 33mpg territory, and a long run of backroad-strafing dip down to 27. Overall, I'm happy with the economy considering just how fun to drive the car really is. full 2014 Fiat 500 review
2013 2dr Hatch 101-horsepower 1.4L I4
5-speed manual FWD
Cheap to Keep! My Fiat 500 Pop with Manual transmission gets 42.5 mpg recorded on my notebook computer over the first two years of ownership. This includes the first day I got the car from the dealership until I stopped bothering to keep records since the on-board computer mpg calculations are with 5/10ths of my own record keeping. To keep this in perspective, I do little straight highway driving. I prefer using back rural roads when possible (highway driving is SO boring!). A couple times a week I drive 20 miles each way and the trip contains 16 full stops at stop sighs or intersections. The terrain is rolling up and down and on these trips without trying the car gets 42 to 43 mpg. If I work at getting the best mileage, I've gotten over 50mpg. True city stop and go traffic hurts and I rarely get over 31mpg until the road opens up a bit. Pure highway driving at 70 mph brings about 40 mpg and slightly less if I hold near 80 mph (maybe 38 mpg but don't do this often enough to get a real average). My wife drives a Nissan Sentra with the Variable Ratio transmission and drven carefully on the highway it can get 36-37 mpg from a bigger and more comfortalbe car. Yet while the Nissan is a very good automobile, it isn't like my 500 for just fun and smiles.The full 2013 Fiat 500 review
2013 2dr Convertible 101-horsepower 1.4L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
My auto trans Fiat 500c gets 35mpg average over the first year of ownership (done on my computer spreadsheet, not from my head or the car trip compute). I do not do a lot of true city driving (I live in a small town of less than 10,000 folks) nor a lot of true highway driving at high speeds (75-80mph). But when I do go on two or three hour dives (one way) the car does better getting 40mpg. My normal drive one way is 19 to 20 miles with 16 complete stops required (yes, I make full stops not "roll-thru"). On these drives the car computer shows an average of 34-36mpg and that proves to be pretty accurate so I stopped working mpg on a separate spreadsheet. It does take premium fuel so there are better cars for pure mpg than this. But you do get some style for the extra cost. full 2013 Fiat 500 review
2013 2dr Hatch 101-horsepower 1.4L I4
5-speed manual FWD
Fuel economy has been excellent with a low of 36.9 and a high of 42.1 MPG with mostly highway driving. Fiat specs the car for 91 octane fuel, although 87 is permitted. I use 93. I have tried most of the major brands and have seen no difference in economy, with the exception of Mobil, which routinely returns a 2MPG improvement over other brands. Not sure why- I had a Hyundai that did the same on BP, so please don't think I am pushing a preference, as I have none, The car is also very sensitive to tire pressure in relation to fuel economy. The factory recommends 38 PSI, 34 rear. I am running 40/36 with no difference in ride quality but slightly improved economy. full 2013 Fiat 500 review
2015 Fiat 500 Gas Mileage: Neutral
2012 2dr Hatch 101-horsepower 1.4L I4
5-speed manual FWD
Coming from an older economy car, a Dodge Neon, economy has jumped considerably from about 25 mpg on average (Neon) to 35mpg average (Fiat 500). With a little attention to how efficiently I'm driving, I can get a few more mpg. But most of the time, I just want to drive and sometimes have a little fun with the car. I live in San Diego, California, full of canyons and hills. Very few 'flat' places to drive. Highway/urban driving for me is about 50/50 throughout the year. Some folks report averages of 40+ mpg, but likely live in flat terrain and lots of highway driving. I'm pleased the mid-30's mpg, seeing a 10mpg increase... that means a 10 gallon gas tank gets an additional 100 miles of distance... that makes a real difference. If mpg is important to you, you should consider the Fiat as an alternative to the many econoboxes out there. Fiat's Real world averages are very high compared to many other makes/models. full 2012 Fiat 500 review
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