Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. 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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
92,963 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 engine problems

engine problem

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2012 Fiat 500 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #3

Jul 292013

500 4-cyl

  • 13,250 miles


The vehicle "pops" out of 5th gear at highway speeds of 60mph or higher. The tachometer goes into the red and the car slows down in traffic or on a hill until placed into gear again.

- N Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #2

Mar 022012

500 6-cyl

  • 150 miles
When I am driving and I am start slowing down for a light before it get to a full stop the transmission down shift to quick that makes the car jerk, I stop and wait for the light to change and it downshift by itself, it feels like somebody is hitting you on the rear of the car but nobody is there.I brought the car several times to the dealer but because it does not happen all the time nothing they could do about it. One of the times that I was at the dealer it happened. I put the car in reverse, drove it for 10 feet and then shifted to forward and the transmission would not do anything for 3 to 4 seconds then a jump (shifted to 1st gear) I was with the person who makes the appointments so he told me to bring the car next day. Next day they drove it and the car would shift fine so nothing was fixed. Last week, I told then to keep the car and let the foreman to drive it home so he would feel what it was happening, he told me that it happened once but on downshift and that could be a computer program and I have to wait until Fiat develop a new program. They tried everything that they know and the final solution was the way that I drive or the computer have to adjust when I change my driving from the highway to the city I thing is a lot of bs I drive 120 miles daily to work and I am worry that the downshift will happen when I am driving on highway speed and of course they told me that the downshift will not happen on higher speed even that they said they do not know why I keep bringing the car with the same transmission problem. Please help me to resolve this problem because even the car folds on the lemon law still I have to makes the payments. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Worcester, MA, USA

problem #1

Oct 012012

500 4-cyl

  • 1,400 miles
Multiple occasions, probably > 10 times in past two months. At low steady speed, such as driving in a parking lot, when I let up on gas pedal, the car does not slow down immediately. One expects the immediate, slight feeling of deceleration on the body, but it doesn't come right away. Usually it lasts about one second. It has lasted up to three seconds. Recently this happened while driving steadily at 30mph, I let up on accelerator entering a 20mph zone, and car did not slow down immediately. This was the occasion it took 3 seconds. I have been paying attention to this issue recently because it happens so much. I have not noticed this problem at high speed, such as expressway driving.

- Spokane, WA, USA

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