Fiat 500S fun car
Three years ago I purchased a 2016 Fiat 500S which is the one with the 1.4 litre 74kw (100hp) engine, despite my having misgivings about Fiat products. It's a beautiful little car with a quality fit out inside and it's like driving an upmarket go cart.
The fuel economy is not quite as good as I expected 5.4l/100kms at 100kph and the placement of the throttle pedal is a bit strange. Apart from that, it's a car you just want to have a fun drive with and I can't see myself ever wanting to sell it.
Be very careful
I purchased a fiat 500c in 2016 all was going well until I was out of my (very feeble) 3year or 150,000km warranty. After doing 89,000 over 5 years in a very well looked after always serviced car, I was driving to work and it kept slipping into neutral (very dangerous when you are going 100km an hr) subsequently it had to be towed to a repairer and a new actuator put on the gearbox $4000 later as well as hire car fees on top. I was informed that it is a common fault about 1in5 have an issue and this has been since 2007. Wrote to fiat they don’t...want to know as it is out of warranty not the service I would have expected on a $30,000 car. Very disappointed and will never buy another fiat again best go for something that has a 5 year or more warranty
Purchased in September 2016 at DVG Melville.
Has Never Missed a Beat
My wife has a 2014 500S Dualogic. She loves this car. It is well made, goes like the clappers and has been Totally reliable. Servicing costs every 12 months at a Fiat dealer are around $320. Its a quality build. Nothing breaks or falls off. Transmission has not missed a beat. Our Fiat/Alfa dealer says they Never have any issues with 500's. So there.
Purchased in April 2015.
Mechanically A1 loved this car with all my heart
I'm selling mine after 5-6 years with only 28,000 kms. What a sad day it will be when I watch it drive away...but alas, can't fit bikes and scooters or even a full size stroller so, with a heavy heart, it's time to say arrivederci. Ive had nothing but joy from this car. I bought it new in 2016 and I've loved driving it every single km. Highly recommended from me.
Purchased in April 2016 for $13,000.00.
Hell and back
I have been stranded so many times, transmission has a major fault sick of paying for temporary 2week fixes, literally the worst experience ever. Fiat should recall and refund, never again
Purchased in April 2014 for $15,000.00.
2014 Fiat 500 pop all about the looks
Now I always say that looks are subjective, but this little car is considered by most people as a beautiful,pretty, cute car. It is among the smallest 4 seater you can buy. The 1.2 L 8 valve engine is economical returning 4.8-5L/100 km fuel consumption, easy to maintain, but lacks power especially when driving off from idle. Unless you rev it up high and let the clutch slip, it is very slow to get moving. The whole car is simple and straight forward which reduces repair costs. Unfortunately, Fiat didn't seem to pay much attention to soundproofi...ng as a result there is a lot of road noise inside. Like a lot. If you drive on rough road surface it is disturbing. Front seats are OK to sit on but not comfortable. Rear seats would suit people below 150 cm, someone as tall as 180 cm would not appreciate to sit there for more than 5 minutes. Now we have arrived to the worst part. The entertainment system. The stereo is so bad, let's just say apart from listening to the news it's no use. Forget about listening to music. So the fact that the usb reader doesn't recognize most usb sticks doesn't matter because you wouldn't want to listen to music anyway. And it has this Blue and Me propitiatory system (instead of a standard bluetooth connection) which is a joke )and a bad one too). If you buy one, watch out for gearbox noises and make sure the dashboard hasn't started cracking around the airbag (although it doesn't mean it won't later). The good: economical, low maintenance, cheap to buy The bad: noisy interior, lack of power, high depreciation So all in all it's more about the looks than the content, ideal shopping trolley for 2 people who like to listen to the news on the way to the supermarket.
Purchased for $7,000.00.
Known Transmission Problems - could not be fixed (Lemon)
Purchased new car from Brighton Fiat, good sales service. Had minor problems when handed over my new car but quickly fixed. About 2.5 months later a clunking noise between 2nd and 3rd gear (Auto) started , reported to Fiat Service. Advised they could not replicate and told to keep driving would probably go away. Continued driving for months noise still continued. Was so annoyed recorded sound and took back to service, they decided to give me a Jeep replacement (huge car) but they could not yet ID the problem. Finally about 8 weeks and app...rox 6 loan car changes later, was advised 24 parts needed to be replaced in gearbox and I had to wait for them to be sent from Italy. I was so totally frustrated at the delays and that I was the only one being inconvenienced that I engaged a solicitor to resolve the matter. FCA were responsive at first then started avoidance tactics. It took several thousands of dollars, a lot of stress and a volume of emails and phone calls to push them to accept the car is a lemon and pay back my money. They ended up agreeing to a full refund and part payment of my legal costs as they knew they were in breach of ACL (Consumer Law). I was still out of pocket over $2000 in legals as even when they agreed to pay, they stonewalled and my solicitor had to push and push to get settlement. In summary, it seems 2017/18 Fiat 500 has gearbox issues as mine is not the only lemon I have read about. I love the FIAT 500 and have since purchased a 2014 Sports model and it is a gem, no transmission or any other issues, I am very happy with it.
Purchased in July 2018.
looks cute but poor quality
I use my car daily for mainly city or suburban driving. This car requires 6monthly services. I have had to spend over $2,000 for replacing extra items apart from regular service. I purchased the 2014 model in December of that year. In that time I have had to replace the battery, spark plugs and a very expensive sparkplug cover, tyres, air filter, front headlight, plate light, my number plate and its cover keep falling off, just to name a few. I have never had to spend this much extra to replace these items on a new car that has just been on the road for 4 years and has done just on 45k.
Dashboard Cracks where airbag is and Fiat won't fix! Only out of warranty 6 months!
We bought this car brand new and it was lovely. My daughter has adored this car and we have kept it serviced, loved and always clean. My daughter uses this little car to go to university and I use it for shopping centre runs as it is so easy to park. We have had the car serviced on time by the dealer that we bought it from. The car had just turned 3 years old (in fact 4 months after it's 3rd birthday) when all of a sudden a crack appeared on the dashboard and a lump appeared as it the airbag was inflating. We have not had a bang or an acci...dent. I googled this an it appears that it is a known problem around the world. So I spoke to the service department but because they didn't write it in their computer they did nothing. I finally went to the actual outlet that I purchased the car (as opposed to their service department) and they took photos, and said yes definately a problem. They came back to me 5 months, let me repeat the five months later with the news that Fiat had agreed to replace. I was relieved until they said, however as you are out of warranty fiat will only pay 80% of the part and 20% of the labour and my portion is over $1200! That is 10% of the total amount I paid for the car!!! So as a pensioner I can't afford to get this fixed. The airbag will have to eventually just hang out of the dashboard.... If my car had been out of warranty by a couple of years and not serviced regularly I can understand it, but when it had just gone out of warranty and it is a known safety issue of the car then I think that Fiat should do something and pay for the fix. Come on Fiat you had already been found guilty by the ACCC for non-compliance in other things is this going to be the next?
Transmission was an issue but lucky enough to get Giat to fix
Always wanted one of these since having an original. Mine too after 38000 km started sticking in neutral leaving me stranded in the road. Luckily I had just bought it from a garage and they replaced the clutch less gearbox with reference to s known fault. Glad I didn’t buy it privately. Haven’t really loved it so much since.
- 500 2008-2015
Stay away, very unreliable and dangerous car
My wife purchased this car a couple of years ago and it was all good until the transmission started playing up.
With just 28.000klms on the clock the car started dropping into neutral while driving leaving here in the middle of the road. Fiat customer support in Australia is terrible and want to charge $7500 to repair this problem.
My advice to anyone looking to buy one of these is DONT. Not worth it as the Dualogic automatic is just rubbish.
Do a search on one of the Fiat forums at (www.fiatforum.com) and you will find out all the details.
I have owned my fiat for 3 years and never had any issues with it. I have decided to part with it though as it’s incredibly small and I want something a bit bigger with a bit more power. Not the greatest in hills but gets you where you’re going.
I am really concerned and scared to drive my Fiat now. I am having dreadful issues with the transmission. Fiat refuse to fix under warranty when it is clearly a manufacturer issue. Fiats were recalled in USA for the same issues. I can be driving along the freeway when it automatically goes into neutral. Very scary when there is a huge semitrailer behind you. So I gently pull over. The car won’t start again so I wait. After about 10 mins it will start. Often it won’t start in the morning or you try to reverse park and the car won’t go into reverse. This has been happening regularly since I first purchased it in 2014. I am at my wits end. Sick of arguing with Fiat. Does anyone else have this problem. We need to look at a class action!
Fiat 500 C Pop
If you buy a Fiat it will make you happy when you get in it, that’s how I would sum up the experience. With regards to the drive it is characterful which is a good way of saying unique, I would recommend test driving it because the duallogic gear box is not for everyone. My only complaint is the dealership programs 6 monthly servicing in the car computer and the log book says 12 months so I think this is excessive. Surprisingly there is enough room for four passengers. Ours is in red with an open top, in Autumn, Spring and Summer you forget about all the little quirks and just enjoy the open experience. Preferably with a latte in hand facing the beach :)
All look no substance
Let's be honest, no one ever buys a fiat for performance. Its all for the look.
I bought a fiat 500c 2016 in mint green.
If you are happy to struggle uphills, constantly have issues arise in your car (anti roll back cut out whilst you are on a hill), pay for approximately $600 per routine service (basic service) and waste heaps of time dealing with car sales/service people.......go ahead.
Getting a reliable German, Japanese or Korean car that has lots of competition for servicing is the way to go.
Questions & Answers
How much should I pay for 55,000 km service please?
I just did a 70 000 k service on my wifes 4 iridium ngk plugs $53 selinia 5 w 40 oil $75 ryco z411st filter $22
Took me an hours labour, and im old with arthritis joins and a knee replacement, make sure you use the selenia oil or buy a new engine !You should probably do the timing belt $120 bucks including idler bearings ,you need a special cam tool to do this ,and follow the procedure, took me two hours.
Pay a specialist fiat mechanic three hours labour, plus the parts total would be around parts $270 to $300 labour $300 I hope this helps ,we bought our car new I have serviced scince second service ,never missed a beat ,but I read the book ,most mechanics dont read the book and use generic oil. I hope this helps I am in Brisbane if you need help google royaltouroz to contact me
Just wanted to thank you all. We nearly made a tragic mistake in seriously considering a Fiat 500 convertable purchase.
Will keep away.
2012 Fiat 500 Twinair, cylinder misfiring. Mechanics have replaced coil packs, new spark plugs, oil change and engine flush, cleaned throttle body. All to no avail.. Any ideas?
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|Drive Type||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)|
|Wheels||15" Alloy||15" Alloy||15" Alloy|
|ANCAP Safety Rating||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars|
|Fuel Consumption||4.9 L/100km||4.8 L/100km||4.8 L/100km|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||35 L||35 L||35 L|
|Engine||4 Cylinder 1.2L||4 Cylinder 1.2L||4 Cylinder 1.2L|
|Max Power||51kW @ 5500rpm||51kW @ 5500rpm||51kW @ 5500rpm|
|Max Torque||102Nm @ 3000rpm||102Nm @ 3000rpm||102Nm @ 3000rpm|
|Country of Manufacture||Poland||Poland||Poland|
|Manufacturer Warranty||3 year(s)||3 year(s)||3 year(s)|
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