2012 Fiat 500 Sport 1.4 Multi-air from North America

Summary:

Junk

Faults:

1) Armrest snapped off.

2) Windshield wipers go off and on as they please.

3) Bad ball joint on passenger side.

4) Tires wear down quickly.

5) CHECK ENGINE LIGHT IS ON (FLASHING), making the car almost impossible to drive, causing it to guzzle gas and lose all power.

6) Transmission is a joke, constantly shifting gears.

General Comments:

Awful car.

Cramped.

AWFUL PEOPLE AT THE FIAT DEALERSHIP.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 7th June, 2014

8th Jun 2014, 19:14

Well, now you know why FIAT = Fear, Insecurity, Anxiety & Terror.

9th Jun 2014, 00:27

Sounds like a review from the bad old days of FIAT in North America.

9th Jun 2014, 21:17

Aren't fear and terror the same thing?

Think up something else (and NOT Fix It Again, Tony, either).

10th Jun 2014, 14:53

To June 9, 21:17...

Failure

In the shop, always

At a permanent stop

Too unreliable

I hope that makes you happy.

2012 Fiat 500 Sport 1.4 from North America

Summary:

Style over substance

Faults:

The worst quality plastics I have seen in a car, including 1980s Yugos. Door panels scratch after jeans brush them.

Vinyl seats stain with a whitish stain after elbow contact.

The vehicle is filled with squeaks and rattles after less than 8,000 miles -- something I would not expect of a $20,000 "premium small car".

The tires lose air pressure and require constant refills.

The Bose audio system causes buzzes and rattles throughout the car when turned up to a merely adequate volume.

The rear fold-down seats rattle and squeak due to loose attachments to the latch.

The driver's seat has loose portions that "thud" and "clunk" around during acceleration, stops, and sharp turns.

The control buttons for the climate system are beginning to stain and change color after the buttons have been pressed a few times.

General Comments:

This car is an absolute disappointment.

I purchased it to get a "premium small car" with plenty of comfort, decent handling and good fuel economy for a grueling urban commute.

What I got was a pimped up cheap econobox, with flashy styling features that wear away fast, and decent handling.

The quality of this car's interior is utterly appalling. I would have expected better from a $9,000 Kia. The plastic used in the doors can literally be scratched by having your blue jeans rub against the door. I've owned seven other cars, and none of them had cheap, soft plastic like this car.

The quality of the other interior components is way below par, especially for the price point. The vinyl seats are starting to stain at just 8,000 miles, and scrubbing with warm water and a cloth doesn't help that much. The buttons on the dashboard are staining due to simple finger contact. The driver's door armrest is staining similarly to the vinyl seat.

The entire car's fit-and-finish seems okay on visual inspection, but start to drive it and lots of flaws emerge after just a couple of months of ownership. My driver's seat has a "clunk" inside of it that feels like a slipping anchor point, poorly mounted internal airbag, or some other component that is "thumping" at hard stops, starts, or turns. The entire car is a creaky, rattly mess -- my 2001 Sebring convertible had fewer squeaks, rattles and body flex noises after 8 years than this car has in less than 8 months of ownership. The rattles and buzzes are so bad at speed that one has to raise his voice to have a conversation.

Mechanically, the car has been reliable (something that's reasonable to expect just eight months into the ownership experience), but overall the quality of this car is WAY below what it should be for the price. Resale values reflect this -- the car has already depreciated by over 35%, a much steeper hit than other comparably priced cars.

If this was a $10,000 car, I wouldn't be so harsh, but for the $17,000 to almost $30,000 (in Abarth trim) that this vehicle sells for, almost everything about the build quality and materials should be much, much better.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th January, 2013

18th Jan 2013, 18:57

I am wondering if maybe you happened to get a lemon, it does happen. So far, my Fiat 500 (going on 3,000 miles) still looks the exact same inside, no "scratches" at all. Also, still tight, no squeaks or rattles, no leaking air pressure, not one fault. Actually, the more I drive it, the more impressed I am with it. Sorry you are not satisfied with your purchase.