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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:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2012 Fiat 500 drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2012 Fiat 500 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 6)

problem #107

Nov 222016

500

  • miles

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

Clutch cover diaphragm spring may fatigue &/or fracture, resulting in an inability to disengage the clutch, shift gear, and potential loss of power that could result in a crash. This recall just came in the mail and is pretty serious. I am traveling for the holidays and my service station is unable to service my vehicle for over a month. For something this serious, that is an unacceptable time frame.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #106

Jun 272016

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. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Hannibal, MO, USA

problem #105

Oct 162016

500

  • 26,000 miles
Rear main seal oil leaks. Car only has 26,000 miles on it and has only been driven around town. Dealer claims this is "normal wear and tear" and is denying service under 100,000 mile power train warranty terms.

- Sioux Falls, SD, USA

problem #104

Jan 012015

500 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles

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

2012 Fiat 500. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle manual clutch malfunction and consumer seeks reimbursement for manual transaxle clutch recall notice. The consumer referenced recall 16V302000.

- Waxhaw, NC, USA

problem #103

Aug 102015

500

  • miles
Light check engine and power train.

- Guaynabo, PR, USA

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problem #102

Jun 012016

500

  • 23,000 miles
Recall S34/NHTSA 16V-302 was issued in June but now we are in October and the local Fiat dealer (frontier Dodge Chrysler Jeep in lubbock, Texas) has not yet repaired the defect.

- Lubbock, TX, USA

problem #101

Oct 272016

500

  • 18,500 miles

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

Manual clutch recall received June 2016. Per only Rhode Island dealer, Fiat still has not provided the repair parts as of October 27, 2016. Serious safety issue as clutch continues to stick or not return unpredictably in moving traffic situations. Five months have passed since recall and manufacturer has failed to remedy. NHTSA should impose a serious and exemplary fine and other penalty. Recall is S34 / NHTSA 16V-302. Please respond to me at cacira41@gmail.com.

- Barrington, RI, USA

problem #100

Oct 252016

500

  • 19,000 miles
There has been an open recall for a clutch problem since June. Almost 5 months later and Fiat has no update on the parts.

- Manhasset Hills, NY, USA

problem #99

Jul 152016

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 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.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #97

Jun 082016

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) 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
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

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
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.

- 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
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

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