I also have had "issues" with my Fiat. Some are being rectified others...my loss. Will need to wait for 6-8 weeks for a part r/t the strut. Concerned with an event.. "slipping into drive" while idling. Not explanable nor able to recreate. Now I am concerned with safety Poor customer service including refusal to give reasoning in writing, an e-mail address and also to give me the persons last name that denied minor repair. Response: "I contacted Fiat Canada via phone and therefore my response was to be via phone". Requested an appeal and denied...told she was the final say and was speaking for FIAT. All I can say is buyer beware!!! Well with FIAT CANADA anyway!
I love the retro look and feel, the interior is gorgeous but there are a few issues with my 3 yr old 50,000KM 500C. I bought it 3 years old and a few days ago I've started to hear some creaking noises on the passenger side and back, sounds almost like the plastic on the doors is not put together tightly... I can't figure out what it is exactly but it's SUPER annoying.
700 characters...not enough. Since day one, this car has been the most unreliable piece of poop I have ever owned. Fiat Canada has washed their hands of me, but i have decided to make all know, DO NOT BUY A FIAT!!! New transmission, new suspension, new clutch bearings, new PCM computer, rattling all over, paint peeling, lights burning out all over the place, 35 trips to the dealer and problems that they can not even fix after 8 tries!!! My car sounds like it want to start, but does not catch, have to do everything from the beginning and will start on the second shot! Thank goodness I bought a 5 year bumper to bumper warranty!!! I feel bad for those that only had a 3 year warranty :(.
This car was designed to be in a city. The city mpg was always over 22 and the highway went as high as 40. Highway driving was fine with the acceleration of the manual gearbox allowing me to merge into traffic going 60+ mph. I was comfortable driving at 72 mph.Most of my driving was in the Boston area and traversing the river on a high bridge gave me no difficulty in a cross wind. The back seat was occasional used (sometime by me) by adults with no difficulty as long as the passenger seat was move forward a little. With the back seat folded down and access through the hatchback made this a useful vehicle. I always got a lot of attention in a parking lot. The looks were attractive to lots of people and the would ask me about the issues I described above. Overall, a good, reliable, stylish car.
6 weeks in and 3000K miles. If your looking for a fuel efficient, fun to drive, great looking car at a bargin price, this car is it. I bought the 5 speed manual. I average 40 mpg(combined) and I use regular gas. Don't waste your money on premium. No issues. Car feels like a much more expensive car, all around. The car has plenty of pickup and flys on the highway. The convertible is very quiet. The fiat is quieter than a 2005 Honda s2000 that I bought new. Looking at the car you would never think it will fit 4 people, but it does. Brakes are great as is the handling. If you buy it, you won't be disappointed. I can't get enough of driving this car.
SOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable intake-valve timing
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
101 @ 6,500
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
98 @ 4,000
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
I = 3.91; II = 2.16; III = 1.35; IV = 0.97; V = 0.77; R = 3.82
Even slower than we suspected. Sport button increases throttle response, but had minimal effect on pure acceleration. The 500 revs slowly, and it doesn't help that a 2-3 shift is required before 60 mph. Rev limiter frustratingly starts to cut in just past 6,000 rpm in 1st gear, at 6,500 in 2nd (redline is 6,750). Five-speed shifter has long throws but positive gates. Best run came with 3,800-rpm launch.
Powerful brakes give impressively short stopping distances for a car with all-season tires (of course, it helps that the 500 is so light). Firm pedal. Significant nosedive, but only a minor amount of wiggle toward the end of the stop. No fade.
Skid pad: A lot of body roll and understeer here. Felt like it wanted to spin up the inside front tire a bit with ESC in its "partial off" setting (there's no true Off). Chassis was only somewhat receptive to drop-throttle. With ESC on, system cut throttle to the point you could keep your right foot planted around the circle. Sport button increases steering response, but it doesn't make a dramatic difference. Slalom: This Fiat may not be quick, but it sure changes direction well. Steering is well-weighted and communicative, and the chassis is balanced. Although ESC can only be partially defeated, the system has very high limits and I'm not sure you could go a whole lot faster if it was all-off. Obviously the 500 is aided around the cones by its narrowness and short wheelbase.