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 3 of 6)

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problem #79

Aug 232016

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 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
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

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

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

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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

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

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

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. 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

problem #67

Jul 252016

500

  • 88,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Fiat 500. While attempting to drive, the clutch fractured. The contact received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign number: 16V302000 (power train); however, the parts were not available for the repair. The vehicle was towed to the dealer, but was not diagnosed nor repaired. The dealer wanted the contact to pay for the repair because it was fractured and unable to be repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 88,000.

- Sparks, MD, USA

problem #66

Jun 132016

500

  • miles
The contact owns a 2012 Fiat 500. The contact received a recall notification for NHTSA campaign number: 16V302000 (power train) and stated that the part needed was unavailable to perform the recall repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The contact experienced a failure and the vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The failure mileage was unknown. Parts distribution disconnect. Updated 09/22/16

- Frazer, PA, USA

problem #65

Jul 242016

500 4-cyl

  • miles
The contact owns a 2012 Fiat 500. The contact received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign number: 16V302000 (power train); however, the parts were not available. The dealer was notified. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available....updated 09/12/16 the consumer received a recall regarding the air bags. However, the parts were not available. Updated 08/16/16.

- Lexington, SC, USA

problem #64

Jul 152016

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 not made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- New York, NY, USA

problem #63

Jul 182016

500

  • miles
I have a recall--clutch cover diaphragm spring may fatigue/fracture--no fix! I drive 560 miles per week--this could be dangerous.

- Lutz, FL, USA

problem #62

Jun 072016

500

  • 83,900 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Fiat 500. The contact stated that while driving and attempted to change gears, the gear shifter failed to change into gear. The vehicle would lose power and the clutch pedal failed. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the clutch was coming apart internally and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 16V302000 (power train) but 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 failure. The approximate failure mileage was 83,900. VIN tools confirms part not available.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #61

May 192016

500

  • 57,560 miles
Failer to shift gear, big problems and danger too please

- Hayward, CA, USA

problem #60

Dec 172013

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.

- Palmdale, CA, USA

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