2012 FIAT 500 Consumer Reviews

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2012 Fiat 500
4.3
Average based on 50 reviews
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I am in love!

by from AZ on September 4, 2011

I just purchased a Fiat 500c Pop. I got the white pearl with a burgundy top. The interior is red and cream with a white dash and steering wheel. This car is absolutely beautiful!! I had to get one out...
I just purchased a Fiat 500c Pop. I got the white pearl with a burgundy top. The interior is red and cream with a white dash and steering wheel. This car is absolutely beautiful!! I had to get one out of state because there wasn't a lot of options where I live. Mine is a stick and I would highly recommend the manual. I am a woman and realize most women either don't like stick or don't know how to drive one. If you can and don't mind GET THE MANUAL. The car drives amazing and has a lot of pickup for such a small amount of horses. The options are amazing, and the car is high quality on the inside and out. People have told me it looks like a very expensive vehicle. I get a lot of questions, people stare and point while I am driving down the street. The compliments are endless. The seats are comfy, and the backseat fits my twins and boosters just fine. Love the steering mounted controls and the radio works great without having to upgrade to Bose. The sport button when pressed gives you a very noticeable difference in driving experience. Shifting is so smooth, I thought something was wrong with it when I first test drove it! The automatic cloth top feels very solid when operating it and opens up the car beautifully! Right now I am getting 44 mpg and that is city!!! Great car, get one now while the price is still acceptable. If it picks up in popularity like I think it will the price will go up as well.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does recommend this car

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Trouble from the beginning

by from Chattanooga, TN on March 4, 2012

I bought my new, 2012 Fiat 500 Pop on 12/22/2011. Three days after purchase, I noticed an interior water leak and returned the car to the dealer. The dealer found that the cause of the leaks were, "bo...
I bought my new, 2012 Fiat 500 Pop on 12/22/2011. Three days after purchase, I noticed an interior water leak and returned the car to the dealer. The dealer found that the cause of the leaks were, "body seams that were left open, unwelded, unsealed and unpainted during manufacture." Got the car back after 23 days in the shop. That same day, I noticed not only that the leak wasn't repaired, but the car had developed electrical problems. I returned it to the shop. More open body seams were found around the windshield and it has yet to be returned. I requested a replacement. Fiat agreed. The dealership acquired my replacement on 02/10/2012, but the dealership/Fiat has yet to get it to me (03/05) and can't/won't give me any reasonable explanation as to why. I'm told by Fiat Customer Assistance to contact my Fiat Case Manager, Kathy Nelson, but I have no way to contact her. To date, my car has spent 79% of it's life in the shop for the same problem. I'm stuck. I regret my purchase and cannot recommend the car because of these problems, and lack of communication/cooperation of Chrysler/Fiat and the dealership.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does not recommend this car

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I love my little red Fiat!

by from Manzanita, OR on January 31, 2012

I have had my little red Fiat for over two weeks now. She is a great little car. I have taken a little road trip and put over 1,000 miles on her, went shopping for groceries, dog food and clothing and...
I have had my little red Fiat for over two weeks now. She is a great little car. I have taken a little road trip and put over 1,000 miles on her, went shopping for groceries, dog food and clothing and still had room. Gave rides to friends and family and everyone was comfortable, even in the back seat. I drove her for eight hours and was still having fun! I am not a small petite person but a short, fat one and I fit so good in this car! She had ummmf to get up and go when passing cars, great parking ability, wonderful in the parking lots when I needed to manuver around others, great stopping power, and so much fun to drive! I love the fixed glass roof in my little Fiat! The wonderful color and design of the interior is so handy and cute! The seats just wrap around you with comfort and support with just enough leg room for comfort and ease. Very comfortable heating system, so great to set it on automatic and be cozy... it is temperature controled. Great Bose sound system with Satilite and easy to use Blue and Me! You just can't ask for more at this price point! I would certainly recommend this product to any friend or acquaintance! I love it!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Lots of Bang for your Buck!

by from Tucson, AZ on November 7, 2013

I bought my Fiat 500 Sport 6 months ago. I bought it with 18,000 miles on it and put on 26,000. I drive highway and city half and half. I have heated seats, Bose,automoatic, and Auto climate control. ...
I bought my Fiat 500 Sport 6 months ago. I bought it with 18,000 miles on it and put on 26,000. I drive highway and city half and half. I have heated seats, Bose,automoatic, and Auto climate control. These things make me not miss my old Cadillac. I am surprised at how much I love driving this car. No problems with power at all for me, I can merge onto a 65 mile an hour freeway with no problem and turn on the Sport button for plenty of zip around town. I average 37 MPG. I feel like this car has the best value for your dollar. I tried a Fiesta, Focus, Veloster, and Accent. Fiesta was most comparable but had weird shifting. The Fiat made me smile the moment I saw it.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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Awesome Car

by from Texas on November 22, 2011

I love driving my Fiat! I bought the Lounge edition because I love the extra flair it brought to the exterior and interior of the 500. My 500 is loaded with Leather seats, navigation, reverse parking ...
I love driving my Fiat! I bought the Lounge edition because I love the extra flair it brought to the exterior and interior of the 500. My 500 is loaded with Leather seats, navigation, reverse parking sensors...basically everything you would expect on something much more expensive. Being a small city car, I was a bit nervous about it's highway performance but it actually does quite well and I feel extremely confident. Overall I am happy with my purchase and would definitely recommend it to others looking for a car with style and sophistication.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Great little car!

by from Virginia Beach, VA on April 18, 2012

Very cool ride that the average American do not understant! Here it will always be:the bigger the better! If you do not need to carry more than your grocery or many people can't beat this car. Very ad...
Very cool ride that the average American do not understant! Here it will always be:the bigger the better! If you do not need to carry more than your grocery or many people can't beat this car. Very advanced technology wise, excellent score for safety, super fun to drive specially the Cabrio (it handles like a go-kart and it is zippy!), manual is a must, great mileage, stilysh and cute as a button! Do we have a point here? Lets learn from Europe how to waste less, be more frugal and help to save our planet!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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Fun Ride!

by from West Chester, OH on October 2, 2013

I knew I wanted to purchase a vehicle in the sub-compact category but there are more than ever from which to choose. I looked at VW GTIs, Ford Fiestas, Honda Fits, Toyota Yaris, and Mini Coopers but i...
I knew I wanted to purchase a vehicle in the sub-compact category but there are more than ever from which to choose. I looked at VW GTIs, Ford Fiestas, Honda Fits, Toyota Yaris, and Mini Coopers but in the end I was blown away by how stylish, affordable, and fun the Fiat 500 Sport is to drive. It's only been a month but I just love it!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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Retired Mech. from Ford review

by from Dallas Tx, on August 22, 2013

I am 6'1" snd have to put the seat up 1 notch on my basic Pop manuel 5. The seat is very comfortable. We have been on trips all over and have put some 41K in less than a year. I use the Pop to work in...
I am 6'1" snd have to put the seat up 1 notch on my basic Pop manuel 5. The seat is very comfortable. We have been on trips all over and have put some 41K in less than a year. I use the Pop to work in getting in and out ablut 7-10 times a day. The only problem I have had is the seat belt not retracting after about 3-4 months. I have had 2 replacements so far under warranty. I have tested the gas mailage several times. City driving not to easy getting about 38-41. I went Dal to Hou with plus fuel and got 52.3 going 65. tested at 60 only got 49. Not the gas that I got in the city was with the back loaded with all my tools about 250#. So far havent had any isues with any mech. problems. i have noticed that getting gas at a discount stor with the 10% ethonal I got about 2 mpg less. We have a Rav4 and my wife wants to sale it to get her own Pop.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Work

Does recommend this car

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Poor Quality 2009 model

by from Derbyshire on October 13, 2012

Fiat 500 Quality leaves a lot to be desired. My wife has a convertiable and it looks great drives well when it works. We have had it since new, less than 3 years ago and already on its 2nd electrical ...
Fiat 500 Quality leaves a lot to be desired. My wife has a convertiable and it looks great drives well when it works. We have had it since new, less than 3 years ago and already on its 2nd electrical fault. The dealership have been little help though they did say might of been more help if we had it serviced with them. Nice bit of bribery. The fault is down to poor manufacturing. According to the dealership when the boot has opened and shut it has chaffed the wires and now they have broken. So now it needs a £600 worth of wiring loom, not bad on a car that has done less than 30,000 miles. Fiat won't except its their fault though have offered £150 according to the dealer, nowhere near exceptable because it is a manufacturing fault. Overall don't buy a new fiat the quality and service leaves a heck of a lot to be desired
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does not recommend this car

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So far, So good

by from New York on January 23, 2012

Had my new sport model for 2 weeks now and I am getting use to the small car feel ( had a SUV before). I ordered the vehicle fully loaded and it took about 7 weeks to get. First off I must say, This c...
Had my new sport model for 2 weeks now and I am getting use to the small car feel ( had a SUV before). I ordered the vehicle fully loaded and it took about 7 weeks to get. First off I must say, This car draws a lot of attention from people who I guess never saw a fiat before. On the road it has a smooth feel and I do feel safe. Im 6ft. tall and have the sunroof that does not hit my hair ( with seat in the lowest position). I found the Car handles much better in sport mode. I like the way the controls are laid out and are easy to use. Materials are mostly hard plastic, But thats how most cars in this price range are. My only issue was that Fiat took away the 3yr. maintance warranty on vehicles delivered after Jan. 4th. 2012. Even if it was pre ordered before that date. All and all I would say for the money its a very nice car for getting around town. Reliability for my 2 week ownership is hard to rate, So i gave a average mark.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Having fun

Does recommend this car

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