Auto Express's reliability ratings are based on our Driver Power survey of over 30,000 car owners. Ratings are the average for all owners of this car who responded. Individual owners’ ratings and comments appear below.
2010-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Several minor problems which fixed under warranty after some disagreements! biggest issue is the lack of abarth dealers mean you have to travel miles to sort a problem and often they refuse and say its out of warranty. For a hot hatch - amazing! dont think the car gets enough credibility for how all round it is. using on the motorway easily gets more than 40mpg in a car designed to be fun and pretty quick as well!

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 3/5
2009-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Ecu failed within days of receiving new car, but was replaced under warranty. the only problem since has been recurring squealing from the front brakes. Very good economy for the performance, could easily get over 40mpg if careful (but who does that in an abarth?). servicing has been reasonable too.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
59-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

I love my 500 as it's stylish, easy to drive and park, with retro but oh-so-modern touches. The only fault is the Blue & Me i-pod connector which is not actually compatible with ipod technology. I actually enjoy going out in the car, raher than it being a chore, and value for money is fantastic.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2008-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Part fall off and break, hoses come off in the cold.wheel bearing failed. badges failed.. Spent a lot of time in the garage doing the 60 mile round trip for the interior mirror refit and the other problems. spent more than usual on repairs due to poor quality parts.

Reliability: 2/5 Build Quality: 1/5
58-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Only problem with the car was a recall which was fixed under warranty in half a day.

Overall the car has lived up to my expectations and I am completey happy with it. A great drive, fun and head turning styling!

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2008-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Shock absorbers that went faulty just after the warranty ended, eats tyres and brake pads despite eco driving techniques. Low road tax but the oil changes every 5000 miles is a bit much.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 2/5
2010-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

With the exception of two warrnatly cliams for faulty from suspension components. Published mpg combined - 42 actual 36-37 - but that is really down to the type of roads and driving.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
08-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

I love my little 500! I waited for it to come out since seeing the concept car in Auto Express. It has not disappointed me in any way and is full of charm and character.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 3/5
2009-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Overall running relaibility is goo but it has obviously been built cheeply with door handles falling off, cd player not working, electrical faults. Average priced.

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 1/5
08-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

I feel I've got value for money from the 500, moreso than if I'd got a Fox or a Twingo. It's a great car. Lived up to expectations. Very reliable. A beauty aswell!

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
58-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Very good overall but very problematical getting Bluetooth to work. Seat tipping arrangement keeps failing.
Despeartely requres interior light for boot area

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 3/5
2010-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

One rear shock was replaced at the first service as it was deemed faulty. The running costs are low, and nothing unexpected has happened to date.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
57-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

The car is fantastic and a design icon,build quality superb.Let down by an Engine Management problem which is linked to Pollution Filter

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2012-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

So far, so good! The main reason why I purchased this car was because of fuel consumption - I have a long commute to work!

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 3/5
08-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Look great, but lots of niggly faults coupled with an apathetic dealer network mean I won't be buying another Fiat.

Reliability: 1/5 Build Quality: 3/5
2011-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Only two problems. rattling window regulator & flashing odometer,both rectified promptly underv warranty

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2011-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No problems so far 5months into ownership. Unknown, due for a service every 6 months. due dec 2012.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2008-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Never had a problem starting or general running. Repeat costs for things that shouldn't wear out.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 2/5
2011-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Blue & me bluetooth intermittent. problems with usb mp3 socket. drives fine though

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
08-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Stylish little car, shame about really shoddy dealers. And poor workmanship

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 2/5
2010-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Never let me down. Seems to be a lot of uneccessary checks for a new car.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2009-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No problems only the windscreen washers not working. Cheap to run.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
08-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Not nearly as good as the motoring press would have you believe.

Reliability: 1/5 Build Quality: 3/5
58-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Surprising reliable and still an enjoyable car to own and drive

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2011-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No reliability issues. Mpg could be slightly better.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
58-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Great car and more fun than the MINI I also run.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2012-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

No problems at all. Exactly what I expected.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2012-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

So far no problems. So far zero.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2012-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

No problems to date

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2010-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No problems so far

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
08-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

fun car to drive

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
08-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

its am ok car.

Reliability: 2/5 Build Quality: 4/5
08-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

ace

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5