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:
31,386 miles

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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 #99

Jul 152016

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 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.

- Albany, CA, USA

problem #98

Jul 152016

500

  • miles
The contact owns a 2012 Fiat 500. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V302000 (power train). The parts to do the repair were 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. Updated 01/11/2017

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #97

Jun 082016

500

  • miles
The contact owns a 2012 Fiat 500. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 16V302000 (power train) and stated that the part needed for 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.

- Grate View, WA, USA

problem #96

Oct 112016

500

  • 78,000 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 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. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Winter Haven, FL, USA

problem #95

Sep 132016

500

  • 24,989 miles
Only having 25,000 miles on car, driving down the interstate and had to slow down for standing traffic. I applied my clutch and the clutch pedal got stuck to the floor and did not want to return to the top. It has done it multiple times since then. Fca has a recall on this but does not include the abarth version of the 500. Just barely out of my warranty and this is a known problem that fca is just ignoring.

- Roanoke, VA, USA

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problem #94

Jul 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 notified of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #93

Jun 212016

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 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. Updated 01/05/2017

- Mcgaheysville, VA, USA

problem #92

Oct 032016

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 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 issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Belmont, MA, USA

problem #91

Sep 282016

500

  • 179,440 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Fiat 500. While attempting to switch gears at 25 mph, the clutch made a loud abnormal sound without warning. There were warning indicators illuminated on the instrument panel. It was diagnosed that the clutch, disk pressure plate, bearing, and brake system needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. 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 failure. The failure mileage was 179,440.

- Saratoga Springs, UT, USA

problem #90

Sep 282016

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.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #89

Sep 262016

500

  • 24,000 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 part for the recall repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. While attempting to change gears when turning the vehicle around, it stalled without warning. The vehicle was towed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 24,000. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Olympia, WA, USA

problem #88

Jul 062016

500

  • miles
The contact owns a 2012 Fiat 500. The contact received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign number: 16V302000 (power train); however, the parts to do the repair were 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.

- Nesquehoning, PA, USA

problem #87

Sep 172016

500

  • 93,400 miles
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
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

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
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

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