Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Fiat 500 hatchback?
Despite a solid feel, Some owners have highlighted problems with the interiors of some 500s having suffered from items of trim falling off and rattles and squeaks appearing. Plus, the paintwork can mark easily, with black and bright red models appearing to be especially at risk.
Increased braking effort
A problem with a pipe connected to the brake servo may fail on examples manufactured from 1 June until 30 September 2012. You may notice that increased brake pedal pressure is required to slow the car down. Any 500 affected by this will need to have the relevant pipe replace at a Fiat dealer.
Risk of rear brake lock-up
A problem with the rear brakes on vehicles constructed from 1 August 2008 to 31 January 2009 could mean that the rear wheels lock-up in extreme circumstances. Speak to a Fiat dealer to check if your car is affected by this recall.
Interior and exterior lighting
A problem with the wiring harness fitted to 500s made between 12 September 2011 and 8 July 2014 could cause the lighting both inside and outside the vehicle to fail. Find out if your 500 is affected by this because it'll need to have the wiring looked at to prevent this issue in the future.
A small number of 500s made from 1 September to 31 December 2009 could have an issue with the steering column, which in extreme circumstances, could lead to a loss of steering. Speak to a Fiat dealer for further information.
A problem with the front seatbelts installed on cars made between 1 September and 20 November 2014 may not restrain occupants correctly in a collision. Find out from your Fiat dealer if your car is affected by this because replacements will be required if it is.
The right front or driver's seat of cars built between 7 December 2015 and 31 March 2016 may not hold you in place correctly in a collision and could cause injury. Find out if your 500 is affected by this because you'll need to take it in for repairs if it is.
Electric power steering
The power steering system on a small number of cars assembled between 21-29 September 2017 could fail, and you may notice the steering being heavier at low speeds. Find out if your 500 is affected by this recall because a new system will need to be installed to prevent future issues.