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Have had the 2013 500 Pop for over 2 months now with about 2K miles logged. No major issues to report but a minor one that might be important to some.
I've found the heater output in this vehicle in not up to par with my GM vehicles. It's not a show stopper for me or the wife but one that might be important to others.
Otherwise the vehicle has been performing well. It does run a bit better on midgrade than with regular and with a slight MPG gain as well. No noticeable change from mid grade to premium though. Looks like Poppie will get a diet of mid grade when available.
Anyone have any experience with a remote start kit on the 500 Pop? Many what I'm interested in is how well does it work after installation
6 months later and all is well. Wifey is still happy and no issues to report.
Granted we only have 3K miles on it as wife takes my car when the road are iffy in the winter.
Hello wonderful Fiat Fans,
I bought my 2012 Fiat Pop on 12/31/2012. I've got 17K on it so far and overall I'm very happy. It (still) gets lots of compliments on the overall look and color (sage exterior with grey interior), gets 35-40 MPG depending on freeway/street driving combo, and the turning radius is amazing.
I'm also optimistic that the reason this forum isn't filled with mechanical/service complaints is because there aren't many horror stories to complain about. Of course it could be some other reason entirely. So I thought I'd share a couple issues and see if anyone has similar experiences.
My most pressing issue is about the warranty/maintenance plan. When I bought the car, I was told by multiple salesmen at multiple dealers that the 3 yr/36K mile maintenance plan was included - it came standard. I got many reasons: it was the first year in North America, it was part of the end of the year sales program, it was their way of countering the Fix It Again Tony stigma, etc. It was standard, free, no question.
Now that my car needs the 2nd oil change, I'm being given the run around. I was told the maintenance plan only applies to 2013/2014 models or that I have to purchase a maintenance program. Sales tells me this is a Service issue. Service tells me its a sales issue.
When I look at the warranty/maintenance program info I was given, it seems clear to me that I have a maintenance plan. But after talking to about five sales and service people at two dealerships, they basically say I don't know how to read the warranty info. The current website calls it the "no-cost basic maintenance care" plan. I don't remember if that's what it was called on New Years Eve 2012, but that's what I think I have. No-cost means no cost, right?!?
My other issue worth mentioning is that the blue&me is hit or miss. I plug in an iPod to the USB and 35%-ish of the time the car doesn't "see it." Also, if I leave the iPod plugged into the USB but turned off, it will turn itself back on. And off. And on. Or it sees and plays the iPod but every 60 seconds it will switch to FM to AM to USB. The dealership says they tried to "reset" the electrical but got an error message they didn't understand and they have to call Chrysler to figure it out. Even if it was working 100%, I'm disappointed in the functionality. It's not as good as what I had in my 2010 Honda Insight. The main thing I miss is that there's no way to fast-forward or rewind within a song/podcast. Now I'm just venting so I'll stop.
I'm confident the electrical can be fixed relatively easily. It's the maintenance plan confusion I'm hoping someone on the forum can help with.
@thegreenone, it looks like the maintenance program was a promotional program that only applied to cars bought before January 1, 2012: Car & Driver long-term Fiat 500 review. Kinda weird that Motor Trend doesn't mention that restriction: Motor Trend Fiat 500 Warranty
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One comment was posted that anybody that is basing their decision on the buying of one of these fiats on the reliably of fiats 30 years ago . is stupid ! I have been been doing auto repair for 40 years on a mix of Italian and other European makes , American , Asian cars , I owned a auto repair shop for 30 years .I worked only on fiats and Alfa Romeo for 15 years .Italian cars were the worst cars I ever worked on . All cars are much better the they were 30 years ago .But after 30 years the European cars still drive the best .and still are the most costly to fix and have reliability issues and resale value is poor .Asian cars are the best bang for the buck because of dependably and resale. American cars are just ok and reliability is still a problem. and resale is poor.Only big change is the Korean cars are here and well priced and reliable. And fiats are back and selling great just like the Jeep Grand Cherokee I see a lot of new ones on the road . How quickly people forget!
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