2012 Fiat 500 Sport 1.4L from North America
A well built machine. Sensibly laid out for 2
None. It has quirks, though, namely with the Multiair system around 25-35 degrees F. The engine will sputter for around 15 (sometimes 25 or so) seconds then clear up & run normally. At colder temperatures it actually does better & the pattern has been consistent. I've grown accustomed to it. At warm temperatures it starts fine. I've read up on the situation & there a few theories on it, but I believe in keeping fresh, thin oil in the engine, which is also used by the Multiair assembly, basically an electro-hydraulic set-up causing the misfiring through its solenoids.. The book calls for 5W-30 oil (only) but I use 5W-20.
Oh, and I did replace the 2 front wheel bearings, doing the work myself other than the removal & pressing in of the bearings itself.
One more thing, a common problem on these is chafing of the electrical wires going in to the rear hatch. Mine was affected by this. My remedy was to put a universal license plate light on it (originals were blown) & I never use the rear defroster or wiper anyway. I did try to repair the chafing the best I could.
I bought mine right as Covid came on the scene in May of '20. It had sat on a used car lot for a solid 7 months. She was a little beat up here & there, but it was more cosmetic on the outside. My hunch was the 124k on the speedometer were highway miles but I've no knowledge of the car before I got it.
I agree with all the comments others have made about the car. It is what it is. I've removed the rear seat, tweaked the car to my liking & have had no problems. I believe the clutch to be original, the brakes are wonderful, & I drive it like an old lady these days. I don't even use the A/C. I've put six thousand miles on it now, trouble free. My biggest improvements to the car were new spark plugs, and more recently a new STP air filter, which made a difference. It helps to be mechanically inclined (as with any vehicle) but there's nothing mysterious about the 500. I'm sure the timing belt & water pump are original & so they will remain for quite a while.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 22nd January, 2022