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Mini Hardtop vs. Fiat 500 Reliability

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Results are for year ending December 31, 2015. Only successfully completed repairs are currently included in the analysis. Routine maintenance, most wear items, recalls, and problems fixed with just a reflash or warning light reset are not included.
Year Make/Model Repair Trips Per 100 Cars Compared to all models for the same year    
2015 Fiat 500 36
70% 70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  25 500s, 6.7 months of data per 500, average 8800 miles
2015 Mini Hardtop 40
80% 80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  47 Hardtops, 7.6 months of data per Hardtop, average 7000 miles

Includes 2014s (late intro).

 

2014 Fiat 500   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  10 500s, 9.2 months of data per 500, average 13400 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2013 Fiat 500 55
100% 100% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  82 500s, 9.4 months of data per 500, average 20900 miles
2013 Mini Hardtop 40
70% 70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  58 Hardtops, 9.8 months of data per Hardtop, average 23800 miles

 

2012 Fiat 500 53
80% 80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  61 500s, 8.6 months of data per 500, average 34200 miles

First model year. Continuing common problem with clunking front struts (TSB to replace jounce bumpers). Quite a few other repairs, but no clear pattern to them.
2012 Mini Hardtop 36
50% 50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  33 Hardtops, 9.1 months of data per Hardtop, average 29300 miles

 

2011 Mini Hardtop 60
80% 80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  32 Hardtops, 9.4 months of data per Hardtop, average 44300 miles

 

2010 Mini Hardtop 64
80% 80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  27 Hardtops, 9.7 months of data per Hardtop, average 60100 miles

 

2009 Mini Hardtop 46
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  41 Hardtops, 9.5 months of data per Hardtop, average 61500 miles

 

2008 Mini Hardtop 57
50% 50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  29 Hardtops, 9.5 months of data per Hardtop, average 66900 miles

 

2007 Mini Hardtop   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  22 Hardtops, 7.7 months of data per Hardtop, average 79500 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2006 Mini Hardtop 63
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  32 Hardtops, 8.3 months of data per Hardtop, average 80900 miles

 

2005 Mini Hardtop 74
50% 50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  33 Hardtops, 7.9 months of data per Hardtop, average 90900 miles

 

2004 Mini Hardtop   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  12 Hardtops, 8.5 months of data per Hardtop, average 107000 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2003 Mini Hardtop   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  20 Hardtops, 8.7 months of data per Hardtop, average 105500 miles

* Small sample, members only.

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Mini Hardtop vs. Fiat 500 Reliability Comparisons

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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: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
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.
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.