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.


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,000 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

problem #2

Jan 212013

500 4-cyl

  • 9,500 miles


I purchased vehicle certified used 20 Jan 2013. The first day of driving the vehicle at highway speeds, I noticed a strong burning smell inside the cabin. Vehicle has been taken back to the dealership 8 times and the service department cannot resolve the issue. I have opened a case with Chrysler/ Fiat resolution team. The customer service is horrible! they informed me that they were sending an engineer to service the car. An engineer was suppose to service the vehicle this week and they never showed up. The service rep at the dealership recalled the previous owner had the same issue before trading it in. That info was not disclosed to me before purchasing. Dealership will not take the car back or replace it, headquarters intervention is not proactive. The vehicle is not safe to drive.

- Riverview, FL, USA

problem #1

Oct 252011

500 4-cyl

  • 4,500 miles
Car was stalling and shutting off. Had my daughter in the car. Couldn't start the car after 3 attempts. Then after waiting a good 3 minutes started the car and revved the engine at 4000 RPM and everything seemed back to normal. Dealer hasn't been able to duplicate.

- Glendale, CA, USA

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