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CarComplaints.com Notes: Considering sales numbers and data that monitors complaints-per-make, there appears to be an unusually high number of issues with the 2012 Fiat 500. Perhaps that isn't surprising -- it is the first model year of the car, and those tend to have a higher incidence rate.

Of particular concern is the number of engine and powertrain complaints submitted to NHTSA.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,740 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2012 Fiat 500 drivetrain problems

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2012 Fiat 500 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 6)

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problem #87

Sep 172016

500

  • 93,400 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I pulled into a parking lot, got on the brakes, put the car in park however the car was registering in reverse. Before I knew it, the car was going backwards and I was moving toward passing traffic behind me. I cut the car off to stop it from going into traffic. The cars gearbox would not shift out of park. I attempted to start the car and try and move the gears but the car would not start. Needless to say I was stranded. I called a tow truck and was advised that is a known issue with Fiat but the dealership acts as if there isnt a recall around this"?" my car is an automatic but this should not be happening.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #86

Jun 212016

500

  • miles
The contact owns a 2012 Fiat 500. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V302000 (power train); however, the part to do the repair was not available. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Port Charlotte, FL, USA

problem #85

Sep 062016

500

  • 46,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Fiat 500. While driving 25 mph and attempting to switch gears, the clutch fractured. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the clutch needed to be replaced. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 16V302000 (power train); however, the part needed to repair the vehicle was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 46,000. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Bethlehem, PA, USA

problem #84

Apr 302016

500

  • 34,569 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The car experienced a sudden clutch failure while driving on highway. This resulted in a very dangerous situation as the car no longer had power, and stopped on a section of highway with no shoulder space. The clutch was repaired at my cost in May 2016 (prior to the recall announcement, NHTSA recall number: 16V-302), and an online reimbursement request was made to Fiat in July 2016 (after the recall announcement). I checked the status of my reimbursement request in September, and was told "from what I am showing on the file it still has not been reviewed as the parts for the recall are not available at this time. Once the parts do become available for the recall then the file will be reviewed for the reimbursement process." My complaint is that I have already repaired the automobile, so availability of parts is irrelevant, Fiat is simply stalling reimbursement of the repair cost.

- Woodcliff Lake, NJ, USA

problem #83

Jun 212016

500

  • miles
The contact owns a 2012 Fiat 500. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V302000 (power train). However, the part to do the recall repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Holbrook, NY, USA

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problem #82

Jun 212016

500

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2012 Fiat 500. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V302000 (power train); however, the part to do the recall repair was not yet available. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available. Updated 10/13/16

- Rhinebeck, NY, USA

problem #81

Aug 262016

500

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I was at a tire place in montgomery, Alabama getting my tire fit and once the guy was finish. I paid him for his service start my car up and the car allow me to take it out of drive but, it would not do anything else, the gears was not working, I was alway in the street when issue acquired. I didn't know what to do because it didn't show on my dash that something was wrong, I am in the process of take it to the dealership Monday.

- Montgomery, AL, USA

problem #80

Aug 252016

500

  • 62,000 miles
Safety recall S34 was received in June 2016. Parts are still not available. Proposed repair only addresses the root cause but does not repair the clutch pressure plate diaphragm spring which is being "fatigued or fractured" by the clutch pedal over travel problem. For cars with significant mileage or age, such as ours, the proposed recall does not eliminate the potential failure as the clutch pressure plate has already been subject to significant over travel.

- Simpsonville, SC, USA

problem #79

Aug 232016

500

  • miles
The contact owns a 2012 Fiat 500. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V302000 (power train); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure.

- Guaynabo, PR, USA

problem #78

May 162016

500

  • miles
The contact owns a 2012 Fiat 500. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V302000 (power train); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Glendale, CA, USA

problem #77

Jun 192016

500

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2012 Fiat 500. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V302000 (power train) however, the parts to do the repair were unavailable. The manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts unavailable.

- Clearfield, KY, USA

problem #76

Jul 182016

500

  • 49,000 miles
Manual transmission becomes inoperative without warning due to problem addressed in recall 16V302000. I am receiving absolutely no response from Fiat other then to say the parts to fix the problem are unavailable. I was told that in June and it is now mid-August with no further update from Fiat despite assurance that they would provide one. This recall if left to the indifferent attitude displayed by Chrysler- Fiat is going to cause a fatal accident. My vehicle became completely disabled with absolutely no warning but fortunately I had just started the car to leave and was not going 60 mph in heavy traffic. I was lucky.

- College Park, GA, USA

problem #75

Jun 302016

500

  • miles
The contact owns a 2012 Fiat 500. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V302000 (power train); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available. Updated 09/23/16

- Moorpark, CA, USA

problem #74

Aug 102016

500

  • 88,400 miles
Clutch started going bad in 500 sport so I took it to the dealer due to the recall S34. (clutch makes a whining noise and causes abnormal vibrations when trying to engage gears. Still makes whining sound when engaged with gear) fca made no effort to cover repairs or even look into exactly what was wrong with the clutch. All I was told was I needed a new clutch kit and throw out bearing. They said they couldn't do anything since there is no permanent remedy yet despite that my clutch is going bad now. I was offered no alternative vehicle or estimate on when parts would be available yet fca seemed fine with letting me drive it despite the recall stating that the bad parts could "result in the inability to disengage the clutch..." and that could "cause a crash without warning". the recall notices went out in June, it's not August, and the owner's forums are saying parts might not be available until September but I can't safely drive my car now.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #73

Aug 092016

500

  • 45,000 miles
Fiat 500 recall. Fiat recalled my vehicle in June of 2016 for a defect in the manual transmission that "could cause a crash." It is August of 2016 and Fiat has no date for when the parts will be available, nor are they willing to advise how long it might be. I find this unacceptable to be driving a car that could crash "without warning" yet no plan is in place to remedy the situation. Please investigate what is taking so long.

- Newtown, CT, USA

problem #72

Jun 132016

500

  • miles
The contact owns a 2012 Fiat 500. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V302000 (power train) however, the part needed to perform the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #71

Aug 022016

500

  • 48,099 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Fiat 500. While driving 15 mph, the gear shifter remained in first gear and the clutch pedal failed to function. As a result, the contact was unable to shift the vehicle out of first gear. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 16V302000 (power train); however, the part needed to repair the vehicle was unavailable. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 48,099.

- Parkville, MD, USA

problem #70

Aug 012016

500

  • miles
Failed clutch cover diaphragm spring may result in the inability to disengage the clutch, shift gears and the potential for a loss of motive powerwhich could cause a crash without warning. No accidents to report

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #69

Jul 012016

500 4-cyl

  • miles
The contact owns a 2012 Fiat 500. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V302000 (power train); however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available. Updated 09/01/16.

- Royal Oak, MI, USA

problem #68

Dec 162013

500 4-cyl

  • 15,335 miles
2012 Fiat 500. Consumer requests reimbursement for clutch failure recall repairs. Recall # 16V302000. The consumer is seeking reimbursement, for two clutch repairs. The advisor acknowledged the problem had nothing to do with her operation of the vehicle. Chrysler/Fiat agreed to a good will repair with a $250 deductible. When the clutch failed, it left the consumer unable to shift the vehicle in the middle of a five lane road. The vehicle had to be towed. The second time, the consumer was stranded in the middle of the street, unable to shift. Once again, the vehicle had to be towed.

- Norristown, PA, USA

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