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2012 Fiat 500 Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: Read before buying a FIAT by Joss



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Reviewed: 2012 Fiat 500

2dr Hatch turbocharged 160hp 1.4L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Why the 2012 Fiat 500?

Feature availability

This car is just outright fun. Small. Nimble. Peppy. One of the best exhaust soundtracks I've heard. It's my work vehicle. I commute about 70 miles per day in traffic that can never be predicted. While I've owned more and less powerful cars in my long history, this one struck a balance. The gas mileage is steady at about 29/mpg and I always run in sport mode.

Why Not the 2012 Fiat 500?

Safety & braking

I hope to warn people that this vehicle is DANGEROUS. I had an accident on March 22, 2013. A vehicle in the right lane crossed in front of me while making a u-turn. I was traveling at 30mph and had no time to react. I t-boned a Ford Escape. The other driver was cited. The AIRBAG did not deploy and the SEATBELT failed. I struck the steering wheel with my chest enough to dislodge the wheel. I was taken by ambulance to the hospital with significant compression damage to my sternum. Damage to the vehicle is, so far, estimated at $13 thousand. They are estimating 6 weeks to get parts and repair. The engine will not start and they are hoping it is just a crank sensor problem. Take this into consideration. Safety is paramount in a vehicle this size. I will never, from this point, allow my child to ride in it.


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