10th Jun 2014, 22:59
FIAT tell me that because I didn't have the spark plugs changed at 32,000 miles, it caused the coil pack to fail and now it needs a new coil pack and tune up at 34,000 MILES!!!
11th Jun 2014, 13:43
I didn't write the comment, but you could easily change the word "Terror" to "Trouble" & it might just sum up the Fiat experience. At least in the bad old days when they used to practically rust out in the showroom.
11th Jun 2014, 17:23
Sometimes when sales are slow, the dealership has to make money from parts and service. Sounds like you have a dealership that is pushing service on you.
Most modern spark plugs should last at least 50,000 miles.
Also if you can, avoid dealership service and parts. eBay and other parts sites have such great deals on car parts, and the internet is filled with information on how to do most things on cars... from tune-ups to replacing major items.
Also, running a dealership is very, very expensive... so anytime you go there to do anything; buying a car, getting a part, getting a service; doing anything; it is going to cost you.
18th Jun 2014, 21:21
The car is still not repaired. Now they are saying it's the cylinder head. I'm so disgusted; I've never had a new car act like this before... well except a dreadful 1998 Dodge Neon I bought new back in 97... but that's another nightmare.
27th Oct 2014, 01:32
Man, you had to have gotten a lemon. I had a red Pop, put on 13,000 trouble free miles, then traded up to a black Sport, now with 4,000 miles on it. I average 42 MPG mixed driving, already had my Sport up to 125 mph with plenty of pedal left.
I have zero complaints on either of my Fiat 500s. The dealership is the best I've ever been to. Free 20 minute oil changes. I would say that you got a lemon for sure, no doubt about it. Sorry to hear about your problems, but most people love their 500s.
28th Oct 2014, 19:34
Please read your 2014 Consumer Reports annual auto issue. Buy the newest one right before you buy a new or used vehicle. In it they would have told you that the Fiat 500 isn't ready yet. The 12/13 models have below average reliability, but if your heart is set on one, make sure you have the top of line warranty on it. There are so many great new and used cars out there now. Take your time, research and double research, and get the right one. With dealer parts skyrocketing and technical auto people charging $80-100 per hour, mistakes cannot be made.
19th Dec 2014, 22:22
Yes, I did get the additional warranty on my 2013 Sport, which is supposed to cover everything for 100,000 miles. I will probably trade it for a newer model before that, but it's good to have if I need it. So far I've had no problems at all, just over 5,000 miles. The only thing is, I wish they all came with spare tires; mine has a repair kit under the seat, but not sure how good it would work in the real world.
Other than that, the 500 Sport is the most fun car to drive that I've ever owned, and I've had a bunch of various cars and trucks over the past 40 years or so. I still get 42 MPG, so fuel costs hardly anything at all. If problems pop up, I will post them here as well. So far, no complaints on these little cars.