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2012 Fiat 500 repairs by problem area

Engine (18%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (10%)

Brakes and Traction Control (1%)

Suspension and Steering (13%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (30%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (22%)

Other (6%)

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2012 Fiat 500 suspension repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (4%)

$500 - $999 (15%)

$100 - $499 (8%)

< $100 (73%)

Chart based on 26 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2012 Fiat 500 2dr Hatch

turbocharged 160hp 1.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

30000 mi Replaced rear wheel bearings. Both were replaced as there was no way to tell which one was making the noise. 
7440 mi Steering wheel slack felt during slow speed reverse driving, such as parking. They re-torqued / replaced the tie rod ends / rack and pinion bolts. Seems ok. 
10000 mi

US $250
Failure of upper strut mount 
27000 mi

US $800
Front wheel bearing replaced Pads replaced 
57660 mi Clunking from front end during slow speed turning. 

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2012 Fiat 500 2dr Hatch

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

3720 mi clunking sound from the suspension 
21700 mi suspension bushing replacement for better parts by fiat 
42780 mi clunking noise 
55800 mi steering was shaking. 
12000 mi Hearing a thunk in the steering and determined that their are 70 nationwide and need steering rack replaced. It is back ordered for at least two weeks. Said car is safe to drive. They actually did not call me back as promised for replacing the steering rack. So could not get it fixed and deal with the clanking for now. Said many having this problem. 
16000 mi My car started to creak again. Took back as it had to do once again with the steering rack being replaced. This time they fixed it... they had not torqued the right strut correctly. 
21000 mi Clunking in front suspension over bumps. 
200 mi Car pulls hard to the right, alignment incorrect from factory. 
14000 mi Front end noises when turning to the right to full lock 
29760 mi Car developed a clunk on left front strut only when the suspension hit a dip in pavement. Replaced rubber jounce bumper. 
52360 mi

C $900
The jounce bumpers were replaced. Dealer had tried to fix this before under warranty. Clunking in suspension continues. FIAT has a real problem here. Brakes got very rusty from sitting. Decided to replace rotors and pads. 
6000 mi There was a clunk and some free play in the steering. Dealer trimmed the steering shaft seal. The Dealer said there is a Technical Service Bulletin put out by Fiat regarding this problem, but I can' find it. Car needs to go back again. 
7000 mi It took replacing the Intermediate steering shaft to get rid of the clunk noise and feel in the steering. 
10000 mi Replaced the intermediate steering shaft again (this is the second replacement under warranty). 

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2012 Fiat 500 2dr Hatch

101-horsepower 1.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

52000 mi rear wheel bearings 
1500 mi Loud knocking noises when going over speed bumps 
10712 mi Clunking noise in front end was determined to be caused by faulty jounce bumpers; were replaced under warranty. 
31620 mi Clunking noise over bumps returned for the third time. Bump stops and upper strut mounts replaced. New noises over bumps. Struts replaced. 
35800 mi jounce bumpers replaced 
44000 mi jounce bumpers again. this time replaced with new "end all" parts. A strut link was also replaced when it could not be removed (seized). 
5580 mi Front Suspension arm bushings replaced. Possibly caused by hitting big pothole on freeway, though no problem showed up until a few weeks later. No damage to tire or wheel. 
26000 mi clunking suspension noise 
29000 mi loud metallic noise when turning sharp 
64000 mi

US $500
Hit a pot hole on passenger side. Damaged rim and alignment. Over time ruined tires. Ordered new rims and tires, took for install and alignment. Ball joint was bad on DRIVER side. Also had to replace strut mount. 
64300 mi

US $1140
Bad ball joints, upper strut mounts and bearings. Also replaced wheels & tires. Dealer doesn't sell 2012 part. Forces owners to buy later parts causing much extra expense. FIAT picked up about $300 in parts costs. 
86411 mi

US $650
The lower control arm bushings at the rear of the lower control arms had torn badly on the driver's side and some on the passenger's side. I ordered the DNA racing lower control arms which were drop-shipped direct from Italy. Installation is a large job. Front bumper cover has to be removed as well as serious support members. On a positive note, once all bolted in, the alignment was spot on! On a negative note, the racing straight line arms do limit the maximum angle the steering can be turned as wheels will hit the control arm. 
46000 mi Ball Joint, Clicking in steering rod, all items replaced by dealer, had to get Chrysler involved however to ensure the work was done on warranty 

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2012 Fiat 500 2dr Convertible

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

28000 mi

US $425
Wheel bearings diagnosed as needing replacement soon, car now mostly in area w/o dealer. Repaired preemptively. 

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2012 Fiat 500 2dr Convertible

101-horsepower 1.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

9000 mi tech bulletin 02-002-13 cold weather sound, replacement is a small rubber bumper in the strut assembly 
9000 mi tech bulletin to replace strut bumpers due to noise, somewhat optional repair 

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2012 Fiat 500 Suspension Problems

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