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Reliability of the Fiat 500

The ADAC breakdown statistics determine which Fiat models are the most reliable and which have broken down most – a good help when buying a used Fiat 500.

In the statistics for 2020, all the breakdowns for which the German Yellow Angels had to move out in 2019 were recorded and evaluated. There is enough data available that gives an objective picture of the reliability of the Fiat 500.

Fiat 500 Reliability

Breakdowns in the 2019 calendar year

*The higher the number, the lower the reliability

EZ 2010 EZ 2011 EZ 2012 EZ 2013 EZ 2014 EZ 2015 EZ 2016 EZ 2017
27,2 27 25,9 23,4 26,8 29,5 17,1 7,1

Legend: Number of breakdowns per 1,000 vehicles registered (= breakdown index) by year of first registration (EZ)

Common Breakdowns

  • Battery (2011-2017)
  • Cooling and heating hose (2010-2011)
  • General engine cooling (2010)
  • Shift linkage (2012-2015)

Source: ADAC

If you wish to know more about eventual problems of a specific car (e.g. real mileage, potential traffic accidents damages, odometer rollback, repairs, etc.), then we suggest going to HPI-Check.

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See the Reliability of other Makes


Recent 500 Recalls

Fiat-500X-2019-recall-brake-caliper
23 March 2020

The brake callipers may be cracked. This can result in a loss of braking performance, increasing the risk of an accident. … .

Fiat-500-2018-recall-drive-shaft-fault
12 July 2019

The front-right driveshaft is defective. As a result, the driveshaft could break in motion, increasing the risk of an accident. The … .

Fiat-500X-2015-recall-seat-lock
23 November 2018

A faulty latch could cause the seat back to fold forward. In the event of an accident, there is a greater … .


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