2012 FIAT 500 Consumer Review: Love-hate relationship

2012 FIAT 500 - Consumer Review

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Sport Convertible (1.4L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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Love-hate relationship
By molly40 on


2012 FIAT 500 Sport 2dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl 5M)


I bought my 500 sport with 3,000 miles on it - dealer sales staff drove the car. While it looked cool and was extremely fun to drive, I quickly learned to loathe the car. Two steering arms and one master control module later (car had less than 20,000 miles on it), I looked for any way to unload this car without taking a huge loss. In addition to these issues, the backseat began to come apart at 12,000 miles (and rarely did I have anyone sit in the back). The engine block heater worked wonderfully but it began to malfunction and send error codes to the main computer. I was calling the dealer (90 miles away) for service every few weeks. Finally, at 24,500 miles, I called it quits.

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Anything that would actually work.

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