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:
37,807 miles

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2012 Fiat 500 drivetrain problems

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2012 Fiat 500 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 9)

problem #180

Jan 062023

500

  • 155,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2012 Fiat 500. The contact stated that while driving at an undisclosed speed, the clutch was squishy while shifting gears. The dealer was made aware of the failure and confirmed that the VIN was included in NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V302000 (Power Train) however, the part to do the recall repair was not yet available until February. The clutch later failed, and the vehicle was inoperable. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 155,000.

- Louisburg, NC, USA

problem #179

Jan 012022

500

  • 112,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Fiat 500. The contact stated that while depressing the clutch, the clutch was vibrating and shuddering. The contact stated that while driving the vehicle, the vehicle started vibrating while the accelerator pedal was being depressed. The contact stated that while the vehicle was in gear, the shuddering was not felt. There was no warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic to be diagnosed. The contact was informed that the clutch plate needed to be replaced. The contact referenced NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V302000 (Power Train) however, the VIN was not included. The contact attempted to reach out to the dealer by phone but was not successful. The manufacturer was not contacted nor notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 112,000.

- Twentynine Palms, CA, USA

problem #178

Jan 192022

500

  • 117,525 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Fiat 500. The contact stated that the vehicle would not reverse while the gear shifter was in Reverse. The dealer had previously replaced the gear shifter in June 2021; however, the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer and diagnosed with transmission failure. The contact was informed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was then taken to an independent mechanic. The vehicle was not repaired and remained with the independent mechanic. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and a case was opened. The vehicle had previously been serviced in 2019 under NHTSA Campaign Number: 19V817000 (Power Train). The failure mileage was 117,525.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #177

Nov 232021

500

  • miles

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

Transmission gear box. Having issues with shifting - 11/23/2021

- Winter Haven, FL, USA

problem #176

Aug 242021

500

  • miles
I bought this car from a dealer in Fortville (Carlux) who said it had a clean history, this car was meant to be driven by my 17 year old to school, after driving it for 1 week she noticed weird sounds on turning and the engine being very loud and not responding to acceleration or deceleration, thankfully she made it back home safely, I then took it to my local mechanic who noticed major safety issues with the vehicle and on running the VIN number found out there are 2 safety recalls on it. Is there a law or regulation against the dealership that does that? It could have cost my child's life. Their address is: 222 W Broadway street, Fortville, IN 46040 and contact # is (317) 777 1931

- Brownsburg, IN, USA

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problem #175

Jul 192021

500

  • miles
The car has two recalls for power train. In the past year and a half of owning the Fiat, the car-s power train has been stuck in park 3 times. The shift is unable to move out of park without being forced out manually. When the car is driven, it has to be manually removed from park to move and the dashboard goes blank. The car doesn-t show speed or gas amount. This is dangerous and can lead to crashes resulting in death. It is emotionally, mentally and financially exhausting having to do a $600+ repair every so often because the power train becomes damaged. This issue has caused me to lose lots of sleep and money since my car is my main source of transportation during this tough time. It is unreliable to its driver and the Fiat dealership has deemed it as okay to drive when it clearly is a safety hazard for drivers and pedestrians.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #174

Jun 302021

500

  • miles

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

While driving it fails to switch gears.It gets stuck on first gear.

- Ontario , CA, USA

problem #173

Apr 122021

500

  • 38,000 miles
Driving vehicle near my home on a city street went to shift gears and the clutch did not fully disengage. Had to shut the engine off to put it in second gear to get back home. Contacted dealership and they told me the S34 recall had been completed when the vehicle had 20,000 miles. The vehicle now has 38,000 miles and it is exhibiting the failed clutch pressure plate fingers. Chrysler customer service basically told me the recall was performed and the clutch pedal limiter was installed.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #172

Jan 042021

500

  • 180,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Fiat 500. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 19V817000 (power train) and the vehicle was repaired at I.G. burton Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Fiat (605 bay rd, milford, de 19963). The contact stated that after refueling the vehicle at the gas station, the vehicle was started and while attempting to shift out of park, the shifter cable detached. The contact stated her husband reattached the cable and the vehicle was driven back to the residence. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer or independent mechanic to be diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and the contact was referred to an authorized dealer to have the vehicle diagnosed. The approximate failure mileage was 180,000.

- Smyrna, DE, USA

problem #171

Oct 222020

500

  • 81,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Fiat 500. The contact stated that while shifting from 1st to 2nd gear, the gear shifter failed to properly change gears. The vehicle loss motive power and was towed to arrigo Fiat located at 6500 okeechobee blvd, West palm beach, fl 33411, who diagnosed that the transmission shifter cable was disconnected. The transmission shift cable was replaced and the failure was remedied. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The contact was informed that the vehicle was not included in the NHTSA campaign number: 19V817000 (power train). The contact stated that the vehicle had experienced the same failure listed in the recall. The failure mileage was 81,000.

- West Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #170

Nov 172020

500

  • 155,000 miles

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

While exiting highway, tried to take vehicle out of gear to down shift on deceleration. And would not come out of gear. Moved over to side of road attempting to get vehicle out of gear and would not. Vehicle shut down at stop. While key is off, it was able to shift into all gear slots, but when turning back on vehicle would not go into or come out of gear.

- Wanette, OK, USA

problem #169

Aug 062020

500

  • 147,000 miles
First of all while driving around town my clutch started feeling loose, 2 days later changing gears getting harder. I was told by a shop that I need to replace clutch assembly, clutch, & clutch plate. I thought this was all taken care of witb the recall?

- Sandy Valley, NV, USA

problem #168

Jun 162020

500 4-cyl

  • 79,250 miles
While driving home via local city surface streets, the gearbox fail light and the have transmission checked message came up on the dash cluster. I drove the car 4 more miles to a service station, stopping twice on the way. The car began running poorly. Including bucking, revving high, while staying at low speed, stalling and bucking at lights low idle or stops. The service station said other than a low number (4 times per 1000 I think...a cylinder misfire) no codes came up. When reset the car would run briefly as normal butat first stop all issues would resume in full again. I was able to drive the car home (2 blocks) but was not sure it would make it. It sits in my parking spot as we speak.

- Montgomery Village, MD, USA

problem #167

Mar 222020

500

  • 75,000 miles
We recently went in for a recall to the shift mechanism. Upon completion, the dealer failed to secure the ground wire back to the battery. After a few short trips, the loose connection caused the alternator to fail. The dealer will not take ownership of this and wants $930 for the repair. Customer service believes this is simply an old car and will not support it either. Ultimately this will cause us to think twice before acting on the next recall notice.

- Rochester, MI, USA

problem #166

Feb 202020

500

  • miles
Stopped at traffic ligh put car in netural when tried switch into gear could not had to push car off road in high trafic are. On line recall states due to fracture in diaphragm causing inability to switch gears

- Roxbury, CT, USA

problem #165

May 152018

500

  • 80,000 miles
Car sometimes cuts off while driving with no warning. All guages spike, car cuts off. I pull over and it starts back up. No codes were stored. This is very dangerous. Can't find the problem.

- Four Oaks, NC, USA

problem #164

Dec 062019

500

  • 113,048 miles
On Friday, December 6, 2019 my 2012 Fiat 500 began to emit a strong odor. I thought the car would catch on fire. The car also made a loud, screeching and grinding noise. When I arrived safely to my destination, a few minutes away, I stopped and turned off the car. I had to cancel a hair appointment because I didn't feel comfortable driving the distance in the vehicle. On Monday, December 9, 2019 I took my car into a Fiat Chrysler Dodge Ram Jeep dealership for an oil change and free basic inspection. I was told by the dealership that they also heard the noise coming from the clutch area but needed to perform an official diagnostic. I didn't have the money at the time so I waited until January 2, 2020 to have the diagnostic performed. During the month of December and while my car was in the shop I took lyft rideshare for transportation as I did not feel safe driving the car. The car stayed in the shop over the weekend and I was able to pick it up on Monday, January 6, 2020. The issue was related to a recall fca # S34, NHTSA# 16V-302 that happened a couple years before. It was supposed to be resolved for this vehicle but I was having similar and worse problems, which are due to the previous faulty car part. The Fiat has only $113K miles on it. I have owned manual transmission vehicles previously and never had this issue. I previously owned a Honda civic (gained over 200K miles) and a Chevy aveo and neither car had this issue. I believe this is a serious safety hazard and myself and my daughter could have been seriously injured had I continued to drive this vehicle. The clutch could have stopped all together and we could have hit another vehicle or been seriously injured on the interstate or street traffic. Even with the repairs I am no longer confident in the safety of this vehicle. It should be declared a lemon.

- Adelanto, CA, USA

problem #163

Jan 272020

500 4-cyl

  • miles
The contact owns a 2012 Fiat 500. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 18V817000 (power train) however, the part to do the recall repair was not yet available. The contact stated that the manufacturer had exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The vehicle was taken to Fiat of burlingame located at (2 California dr suite a, burlingame, ca 94010) but was not repaired due to parts not being available. The manufacturer was informed of the failure. The contact had not experienced a failure. Part distribution disconnects.

- Belmont, CA, USA

problem #162

Jan 072020

500

  • miles
The contact owns 2012 Fiat 500. The contact received a recall notification of NHTSA campaign number 19V817000 (power train) however, the parts for the recall repair was not yet available. The contact stated that the manufacturer had exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The vehicle was taken to auto nation Fiat North denver located at (749 w 104th ave suite 100, northglenn, co 80234 303-578-6121) where it was confirmed that parts were not available for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. Parts distribution disconnect.

- Brighton, CO, USA

problem #161

Feb 062020

500

  • 42,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Fiat 500 sport hatchback. The contact stated while driving at approximately 65 mph the ride of the vehicle was not smooth. The contact that the check engine warning light illuminated and there was an odor of smoke in the cabin of the vehicle. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to Fiat of burlingame located at 2 California dr suite a burlingame, ca 94010, where the technician replaced the PCV valve seal and also repaired the cable shifter in the vehicle. The contact stated that the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 42,000.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

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