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Mini Hardtop vs. Fiat 500 Reliability Comparisons

You won't find Mini Hardtop or Fiat 500 reliability information like this anywhere else. Actual repair frequencies, not just vague dots, to make it clear how much the Mini Hardtop and the Fiat 500 truly differ in reliability.

These stats are promptly updated four times a year, to much more closely track Mini Hardtop and Fiat 500 reliability as the cars age. Others tell you how reliable the Mini Hardtop and the Fiat 500 were a year ago, when the cars were a year younger and had 12,000 fewer miles on them. Only TrueDelta tells you how reliable the Mini Hardtop and the Fiat 500 have been recently.

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Year Make/Model Repair Frequencysuccessful repair trips per 100 cars per year Compared to all models for the same year  
2013 Fiat 500 83 500s, 8.3 months of data per 500, average 12500 miles

Second year more reliable, but has been worsening.
35
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Mini Hardtop 49 Hardtops, 9.6 months of data per Hardtop, average 13500 miles26
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Fiat 500 67 500s, 8.7 months of data per 500, average 24900 miles

First model year. Common problems include clunking intermediate steering shaft and clunking struts (TSB to replace jounce bumpers).
66
90% 90% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Mini Hardtop 30 Hardtops, 8.8 months of data per Hardtop, average 23800 miles

Common problem with thermostat / temperature sensor. Past model years had the same common problem over a year ago, so they're no longer reflected in the stats for those years.
72
100% 100% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Mini Hardtop 39 Hardtops, 9.3 months of data per Hardtop, average 35100 miles53
60% 60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Mini Hardtop 36 Hardtops, 9.4 months of data per Hardtop, average 49200 miles50
50% 50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Mini Hardtop 43 Hardtops, 9.0 months of data per Hardtop, average 51100 miles56
50% 50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Mini Hardtop 30 Hardtops, 8.3 months of data per Hardtop, average 57700 miles62
50% 50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Mini Hardtop 25 Hardtops, 9.6 months of data per Hardtop, average 74800 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
70
50% 50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Mini Hardtop 31 Hardtops, 8.0 months of data per Hardtop, average 73700 miles82
60% 60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Mini Hardtop 33 Hardtops, 8.6 months of data per Hardtop, average 82300 miles59
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Mini Hardtop   11 Hardtops, 7.8 months of data per Hardtop, average 97200 miles

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2003 Mini Hardtop 26 Hardtops, 6.8 months of data per Hardtop, average 98800 miles

Includes 2002s (spring intro).
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10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Mini Hardtop

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Mini Hardtop

Mini Hardtop Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2006 2dr Hatch supercharged 168hp 1.6L I4
6-speed manual FWD
3.5 years of ownership, only serious problem was a leaking thermostat housing, apparently a common defect on this vehicle. Covered under warranty. Full brake and rotor job was just performed with only 35K miles, that is my only complaint.
2005 2dr Hatch supercharged 168hp 1.6L I4
6-speed manual FWD
After the inital problems when I picked up my car, the car has been nearly bullet proof. Only routine maintenance.
2003 2dr Hatch supercharged 163hp 1.6L I4
6-speed manual FWD
So far (6 years) it has been pretty good and better than most of my other vehicles.
Mini Hardtop Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2011 2dr Hatch turbocharged 181hp 1.6L I4
6-speed manual FWD
In two years of driving, I have not experienced any mechanical breakdowns with my MINI. Even then, I still have reservations regarding its reliability. So far, there have been two recalls on this particular year and model, one involving a failure that could result in a fire! In addition, an intermittent problem with the low oil pressure sensor and an unexplained check engine illumination has caused me to loose sleep at one point. While these have all been fixed under warranty, I worry about the out-of-pocket cost of maintaining this baby.
2009 2dr Hatch turbocharged 172hp 1.6L I4
6-speed manual FWD
60k miles and I'm looking for a new car. Love the car but it can't go woot constant repairs. 2 timing chain repairs fuel pressure pump, carbon buildup, clutch replacement, nav DVD drive.
2007 2dr Hatch turbocharged 172hp 1.6L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Have had the car for 4 months and it has spent 3 weeks in the shop. 3 warning lights, a fog light, intermittent whippers not working, etc. Way to many issues for a new car and the service is only average at best.
2005 2dr Hatch supercharged 168hp 1.6L I4
6-speed manual FWD
Reliability and durability , especially during the first couple of years was spotty. A number of transmission and motor problems were experienced. 2005 models and later appear to have the vast majority of these bugs worked out.
2005 2dr Hatch 115-horsepower 1.6L I4
5-speed manual FWD
Too many repairs, dealer WAY too expensive.
2002 2dr Hatch supercharged 163hp 1.6L I4
6-speed manual FWD
over $2000 in repairs in 2 years, 20K miles
 

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

Fiat 500 Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2012 2dr Hatch 101-horsepower 1.4L I4
5-speed manual FWD
This is easily the least-reliable vehicle I've owned or driven. I have to temper this with the knowledge that mine was one of the earliest Fiat 500s made for North America, and so problems are bound to crop up. But everything from premature clutch failure (the pressure plate was bent from the factory) to greened-out wiring to rusted interior seat brackets (I don't even know how that happens) has gone wrong with this car. In two and a half years I've probably made more than 12 trips to the service department outside of oil changes, for many, many different reasons. It was pointed out to me that I had purchased an Italian-made Chrysler - perhaps that wasn't the wisest decision. On the plus side, I haven't paid out-of-pocket for any of my issues - I take it to the dealer, they fix it, no questions asked. Even the clutch failure was covered despite it being out-of-warranty; it was a known issue, and although I was initally warned it would be a $1200 job, the service manager stepped in without me needing to ask and took care of everything.