Pros

  • Retro styling
  • Genuine character and charm
  • Excellent around town
  • Zippy and entertaining engines

Cons

  • Fiat build quality is very inconsistent
  • Dualogic transmission issues
  • Lacking in safety tech
  • More expensive than its rivals

Verdict

While a Toyota Yaris or Mazda 2 may be a far more sensible decision than buying a Fiat 500, the likes of Toyota and Mazda seem to fail at injecting the 500’s levels of life and charisma into their budget-friendly city cars. If you require a super fun little city...

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The Fiat 500 has proven to be incredibly popular since its release in 2008, with its retro-inspired aesthetic wrapped in a modern package, the 500 answered the call for a funky yet still relatively practical city car.

In a trend pioneered by MINI, the 500 could be personalised to one’s content with two different body styles (a hatch and cabriolet) plus a multitude of bright paint colours, alloy wheels and trim highlights in addition to a range of different decals and accessories.

Initially available with 1.2 and 1.4-litre petrol engines as well as a 1.3-litre diesel, during 2009 Fiat added a 1.2-litre fitted with a fuel-saving stop-start system, along with a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol with 135bhp in the Abarth hot-hatchback version.

In 2010, a 0.9-litre TwinAir petrol engine was introduced, getting its name from the two-cylinder layout. Despite its small size, power was an adequate 70kW and an even more powerful version arrived in 2014. Also in 2010, the 1.3-litre Multijet diesel was given a power boost to 70kW.

The 500 is available with a manual or “automatic” transmission with the manual shifter action being relatively light and precise. Unfortunately this is a far cry from the less-than-satisfactory Dualogic “automatic” transmission which seems to be incapable of delivering either a smooth or engaging driving experience, regardless of which variant you choose.

While fundamentally available in three trim levels (Pop, Lounge and Sport), Fiat has added numerous special editions and collaboration models since the 500 launched. While we understand the appeal

The Fiat 500 has proven to be incredibly popular since its release in 2008, with its retro-inspired aesthetic wrapped in a modern package, the 500 answered the call for a funky yet still relatively practical city car.

In a trend pioneered by MINI, the 500 could be personalised to one’s content with two different body styles (a hatch and cabriolet) plus a multitude of bright paint colours, alloy wheels and trim highlights in addition to a range of different decals and accessories.

Initially available with 1.2 and 1.4-litre petrol engines as well as a 1.3-litre diesel, during 2009 Fiat added a 1.2-litre fitted with a fuel-saving stop-start system, along with a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol with 135bhp in the Abarth hot-hatchback version.

In 2010, a 0.9-litre TwinAir petrol engine was introduced, getting its name from the two-cylinder layout. Despite its small size, power was an adequate 70kW and an even more powerful version arrived in 2014. Also in 2010, the 1.3-litre Multijet diesel was given a power boost to 70kW.

The 500 is available with a manual or “automatic” transmission with the manual shifter action being relatively light and precise. Unfortunately this is a far cry from the less-than-satisfactory Dualogic “automatic” transmission which seems to be incapable of delivering either a smooth or engaging driving experience, regardless of which variant you choose.

While fundamentally available in three trim levels (Pop, Lounge and Sport), Fiat has added numerous special editions and collaboration models since the 500 launched. While we understand the appeal of a special or limited edition, it’s important to check exactly what kit comes with each version. For example, the recent 500 S added fairly substantial changes, including a bodykit and sporty interior add-ons.

The 500 received a mid-life facelift in 2015 with trim updates and new exterior styling, including redesigned headlights and bumpers. However, the update was very subtle and the 500 still looks similar to the original.

The Fiat 500 has proven to be incredibly popular since its release in 2008, with its retro-inspired aesthetic wrapped in a modern package, the 500 answered the call for a funky yet still relatively practical city car.

In a trend pioneered by MINI, the 500 could be personalised to one’s content with two different body styles (a hatch and cabriolet) plus a multitude of bright paint colours, alloy wheels and trim highlights in addition to a range of different decals and accessories.

Initially available with 1.2 and 1.4-litre petrol engines as well as a 1.3-litre diesel, during 2009 Fiat added a 1.2-litre fitted with a fuel-saving stop-start system, along with a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol with 135bhp in the Abarth hot-hatchback version.

In 2010, a 0.9-litre TwinAir petrol engine was introduced, getting its name from the two-cylinder layout. Despite its small size, power was an adequate 70kW and an even more powerful version arrived in 2014. Also in 2010, the 1.3-litre Multijet diesel was given a power boost to 70kW.

The 500 is available with a manual or “automatic” transmission with the manual shifter action being relatively light and precise. Unfortunately this is a far cry from the less-than-satisfactory Dualogic “automatic” transmission which seems to be incapable of delivering either a smooth or engaging driving experience, regardless of which variant you choose.

While fundamentally available in three trim levels (Pop, Lounge and Sport), Fiat has added numerous special editions and collaboration models since the 500 launched. While we understand the appeal of a special or limited edition, it’s important to check exactly what kit comes with each version. For example, the recent 500 S added fairly substantial changes, including a bodykit and sporty interior add-ons.

The 500 received a mid-life facelift in 2015 with trim updates and new exterior styling, including redesigned headlights and bumpers. However, the update was very subtle and the 500 still looks similar to the original.

  • Thermostats known to fail
  • Dualogic automated manual transmission can suffer from major issues
  • Dualogic release bearing issues
  • Door handles are known to become loose and there are reports of the chrome finish cracking and flaking off
  • Reports of the washer jets failing to work properly
  • Body kits and exterior trim can become loose and fall off
  • Reports of badges falling off
  • Windscreen wipers known to judder and shake
  • Reports the panoramic roof can leak
  • Cost of exterior trim can become very expensive in relation to the cost of the car
  • Many reports that the plastic interior panels and trim can develop rattles and squeaks
  • The blower motor for the AC system, located under the dashboard, can fail and start to produce loud squealing noises. The replacement process can be labour intensive due to the dashboard needing to be removed for its replacement and this can be expensive
  • It should be noted that while the issues above are seen more regularly than others, Fiat 500s are renowned for a wide variety of problems and gremlins. There are the faultless examples out there, however many 500s will be harbouring an issue or five
  • Thermostats known to fail
  • Dualogic automated manual transmission can suffer from major issues
  • Dualogic release bearing issues
  • Door handles are known to become loose and there are reports of the chrome finish cracking and flaking off
  • Reports of the washer jets failing to work properly
  • Body kits and exterior trim can become loose and fall off
  • Reports of badges falling off
  • Windscreen wipers known to judder and shake
  • Reports the panoramic roof can leak
  • Cost of exterior trim can become very expensive in relation to the cost of the car
  • Many reports that the plastic interior panels and trim can develop rattles and squeaks
  • The blower motor for the AC system, located under the dashboard, can fail and start to produce loud squealing noises. The replacement process can be labour intensive due to the dashboard needing to be removed for its replacement and this can be expensive
  • It should be noted that while the issues above are seen more regularly than others, Fiat 500s are renowned for a wide variety of problems and gremlins. There are the faultless examples out there, however many 500s will be harbouring an issue or five
  • Thermostats known to fail
  • Dualogic automated manual transmission can suffer from major issues
  • Dualogic release bearing issues
  • Door handles are known to become loose and there are reports of the chrome finish cracking and flaking off
  • Reports of the washer jets failing to work properly
  • Body kits and exterior trim can become loose and fall off
  • Reports of badges falling off
  • Windscreen wipers known to judder and shake
  • Reports the panoramic roof can leak
  • Cost of exterior trim can become very expensive in relation to the cost of the car
  • Many reports that the plastic interior panels and trim can develop rattles and squeaks
  • The blower motor for the AC system, located under the dashboard, can fail and start to produce loud squealing noises. The replacement process can be labour intensive due to the dashboard needing to be removed for its replacement and this can be expensive
  • It should be noted that while the issues above are seen more regularly than others, Fiat 500s are renowned for a wide variety of problems and gremlins. There are the faultless examples out there, however many 500s will be harbouring an issue or five

Body Styles

  • 3 door Hatchback
  • 2 door Convertible

Engine Specs

  • 1.2 litre, 4-cylinder petrol, 51kW / 102Nm (Pop 2008 – 2019, Lounge 2017 – 2022, Anniversario 2017, Collezione Spring Edition 2018, Collezione Fall/Winter Edition 2019, Club 2019 – 2021, Dolcevita 2021 – 2022)
  • 1.4 litre, 4-cylinder petrol, 74kW / 131Nm (Pop 2008 – 2009, Sport 2008 – 2011, Lounge 2008 – 2017, By DIESEL 2011, S 2013 – 2015, by Gucci 2013, S Linea Rossa 2015)
  • 1.3 litre, 4-cylinder turbo diesel, 55kW / 145Nm (Pop JTD 2008 – 2009, Lounge 2008 – 2009)
  • 1.4 litre, 4-cylinder turbo petrol, 118kW / 201Nm (Esseesse 2011 – 2014, Esseesse C 2011 – 2014)
  • 0.9 litre, 2-cylinder turbo petrol, 63kW / 145Nm (500 2011 – 2013, Lounge 2013 – 2015, Rock Star 2013, Tricolore 2014)

Transmission

  • 5-speed Manual (Pop, Pop JTD, Esseesse, 500, Rock Star, Lounge, Anniversario, Collezione Spring Edition, Collezione Fall/Winter Edition, Dolcevita)
  • 5-speed Sports Automatic Single Clutch (Pop, Sport, Lounge, By DIESEL, 500, S, by Gucci, Rock Star, Tricolore, S Linea Rossa, Anniversario, Collezione Spring Edition, Collezione Fall/Winter Edition, Club, Dolcevita)
  • 6-speed Manual (Pop, Sport, Lounge, By DIESEL, S, S Linea Rossa)
  • 5-speed Seq. Manual Auto-Single Clutch (Esseesse, Esseesse C)

Fuel Consumption

  • 4.1 – 6.0 / 100km (Pop, Lounge, Anniversario, Collezione Spring Edition, Collezione Fall/Winter Edition, Club, Dolcevita)
  • 3.6 – 5.3 / 100km (Pop JTD)
  • 5.2 – 8.2 / 100km (Sport, By DIESEL)
  • 5.4 – 8.5 / 100km (Esseesse, Esseesse C)
  • 3.6 – 4.4 /

Body Styles

  • 3 door Hatchback
  • 2 door Convertible

Engine Specs

  • 1.2 litre, 4-cylinder petrol, 51kW / 102Nm (Pop 2008 – 2019, Lounge 2017 – 2022, Anniversario 2017, Collezione Spring Edition 2018, Collezione Fall/Winter Edition 2019, Club 2019 – 2021, Dolcevita 2021 – 2022)
  • 1.4 litre, 4-cylinder petrol, 74kW / 131Nm (Pop 2008 – 2009, Sport 2008 – 2011, Lounge 2008 – 2017, By DIESEL 2011, S 2013 – 2015, by Gucci 2013, S Linea Rossa 2015)
  • 1.3 litre, 4-cylinder turbo diesel, 55kW / 145Nm (Pop JTD 2008 – 2009, Lounge 2008 – 2009)
  • 1.4 litre, 4-cylinder turbo petrol, 118kW / 201Nm (Esseesse 2011 – 2014, Esseesse C 2011 – 2014)
  • 0.9 litre, 2-cylinder turbo petrol, 63kW / 145Nm (500 2011 – 2013, Lounge 2013 – 2015, Rock Star 2013, Tricolore 2014)

Transmission

  • 5-speed Manual (Pop, Pop JTD, Esseesse, 500, Rock Star, Lounge, Anniversario, Collezione Spring Edition, Collezione Fall/Winter Edition, Dolcevita)
  • 5-speed Sports Automatic Single Clutch (Pop, Sport, Lounge, By DIESEL, 500, S, by Gucci, Rock Star, Tricolore, S Linea Rossa, Anniversario, Collezione Spring Edition, Collezione Fall/Winter Edition, Club, Dolcevita)
  • 6-speed Manual (Pop, Sport, Lounge, By DIESEL, S, S Linea Rossa)
  • 5-speed Seq. Manual Auto-Single Clutch (Esseesse, Esseesse C)

Fuel Consumption

  • 4.1 – 6.0 / 100km (Pop, Lounge, Anniversario, Collezione Spring Edition, Collezione Fall/Winter Edition, Club, Dolcevita)
  • 3.6 – 5.3 / 100km (Pop JTD)
  • 5.2 – 8.2 / 100km (Sport, By DIESEL)
  • 5.4 – 8.5 / 100km (Esseesse, Esseesse C)
  • 3.6 – 4.4 / 100km (500, Rock Star, Tricolore)
  • 5.0 – 7.1 / 100km (S, by Gucci, S Linea Rossa)

Length

  • 3546mm – 3657mm (3 door Hatchback)
  • 3657mm (2 door Convertible)

Width

  • 1627mm (All Models)

Height

  • 1485mm – 1488mm (3 door Hatchback)
  • 1485mm (2 door Convertible)

Wheelbase

  • 2300mm (All Models)

Kerb Weight

  • Unknown kg – 1045kg (3 door Hatchback)
  • 1075kg – 1085kg (2 door Convertible)

Towing

  • 400kg (unbraked) – 800kg (braked) (All Models)

Ancap Ratings

  • 4 stars (Pop, Pop JTD)
  • 5 stars (Pop, Sport, Lounge, By DIESEL, 500, S, by Gucci, Rock Star, Tricolore, S Linea Rossa)
  • Not tested (Esseesse, Esseesse C)
  • 5 stars, tested 2008 (Lounge, Anniversario, Collezione Spring Edition, Collezione Fall/Winter Edition, Club, Dolcevita)

Body Styles

  • 3 door Hatchback
  • 2 door Convertible

Engine Specs

  • 1.2 litre, 4-cylinder petrol, 51kW / 102Nm (Pop 2008 – 2019, Lounge 2017 – 2022, Anniversario 2017, Collezione Spring Edition 2018, Collezione Fall/Winter Edition 2019, Club 2019 – 2021, Dolcevita 2021 – 2022)
  • 1.4 litre, 4-cylinder petrol, 74kW / 131Nm (Pop 2008 – 2009, Sport 2008 – 2011, Lounge 2008 – 2017, By DIESEL 2011, S 2013 – 2015, by Gucci 2013, S Linea Rossa 2015)
  • 1.3 litre, 4-cylinder turbo diesel, 55kW / 145Nm (Pop JTD 2008 – 2009, Lounge 2008 – 2009)
  • 1.4 litre, 4-cylinder turbo petrol, 118kW / 201Nm (Esseesse 2011 – 2014, Esseesse C 2011 – 2014)
  • 0.9 litre, 2-cylinder turbo petrol, 63kW / 145Nm (500 2011 – 2013, Lounge 2013 – 2015, Rock Star 2013, Tricolore 2014)

Transmission

  • 5-speed Manual (Pop, Pop JTD, Esseesse, 500, Rock Star, Lounge, Anniversario, Collezione Spring Edition, Collezione Fall/Winter Edition, Dolcevita)
  • 5-speed Sports Automatic Single Clutch (Pop, Sport, Lounge, By DIESEL, 500, S, by Gucci, Rock Star, Tricolore, S Linea Rossa, Anniversario, Collezione Spring Edition, Collezione Fall/Winter Edition, Club, Dolcevita)
  • 6-speed Manual (Pop, Sport, Lounge, By DIESEL, S, S Linea Rossa)
  • 5-speed Seq. Manual Auto-Single Clutch (Esseesse, Esseesse C)

Fuel Consumption

  • 4.1 – 6.0 / 100km (Pop, Lounge, Anniversario, Collezione Spring Edition, Collezione Fall/Winter Edition, Club, Dolcevita)
  • 3.6 – 5.3 / 100km (Pop JTD)
  • 5.2 – 8.2 / 100km (Sport, By DIESEL)
  • 5.4 – 8.5 / 100km (Esseesse, Esseesse C)
  • 3.6 – 4.4 / 100km (500, Rock Star, Tricolore)
  • 5.0 – 7.1 / 100km (S, by Gucci, S Linea Rossa)

Length

  • 3546mm – 3657mm (3 door Hatchback)
  • 3657mm (2 door Convertible)

Width

  • 1627mm (All Models)

Height

  • 1485mm – 1488mm (3 door Hatchback)
  • 1485mm (2 door Convertible)

Wheelbase

  • 2300mm (All Models)

Kerb Weight

  • Unknown kg – 1045kg (3 door Hatchback)
  • 1075kg – 1085kg (2 door Convertible)

Towing

  • 400kg (unbraked) – 800kg (braked) (All Models)

Ancap Ratings

  • 4 stars (Pop, Pop JTD)
  • 5 stars (Pop, Sport, Lounge, By DIESEL, 500, S, by Gucci, Rock Star, Tricolore, S Linea Rossa)
  • Not tested (Esseesse, Esseesse C)
  • 5 stars, tested 2008 (Lounge, Anniversario, Collezione Spring Edition, Collezione Fall/Winter Edition, Club, Dolcevita)

Warranty

  • 3 years / 0 km (Pop, Pop JTD, Sport, Lounge, Esseesse, Esseesse C)
  • 3 years / 150,000 km (Sport, By DIESEL, 500, Esseesse, Pop, Esseesse C, S, by Gucci, Lounge, Rock Star, Tricolore, S Linea Rossa, Anniversario, Collezione Spring Edition, Collezione Fall/Winter Edition, Club, Dolcevita)

Servicing

  • 15,000 km / 12 months (All Models)

Model range, pricing and features

Fiat 500-1

Pop

Price when new: $22,990

Price used: $2,400 - $3,500

Equipment

  • 6 Speaker Stereo
  • ABS (Antilock Brakes)
  • Adjustable Steering Col. – Tilt only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Airbag – Driver
  • Airbag – Knee Driver
  • Airbag – Passenger
  • Airbags – Head for 1st Row Seats (Front)
  • Airbags – Side for 1st Row Occupants (Front)
  • Audio – MP3 Decoder
  • Body Colour – Bumpers
  • Body Colour – Exterior Mirrors Partial
  • CD Player
  • Central Locking – Remote/Keyless
  • Cup Holders – 1st Row
  • Disc Brakes Front Solid
  • EBD (Electronic Brake Force Distribution)
  • Headrests – Adjustable 1st Row (Front)
  • Headrests – Adjustable 2nd Row x2
  • Power Windows – Front only
  • Seatbelt – Load Limiters 1st Row (Front)
  • Seatbelt – Pretensioners 1st Row (Front)
  • Seats – 2nd Row Split Fold
  • Seats – Anti-submarining 1st Row (Front)
  • Spare Wheel – Space Saver/Temporary
  • Trip Computer

Pop JTD

Price when new: $25,990

Price used: $3,000 - $4,500

Adds

  • Diesel Turbo

Sport

Price when new: $26,990

Price used: $3,000 - $4,500

Adds

  • 15″ Alloy Wheels
  • Audio – Aux Input Socket (MP3/CD/Cassette)
  • Audio – Aux Input USB Socket
  • Audio – Input for iPod
  • Audio Decoder – WMA
  • Bluetooth System
  • Body Side Mouldings – Colour Coded
  • Calipers – Painted Front
  • Calipers – Painted Rear
  • Leather Gear Knob
  • Leather Steering Wheel
  • Multi-function Steering Wheel
  • Rear Windows – Extra Dark/Privacy
  • Scuff Plates (on door sills)
  • Side Skirts
  • Smokers Kit
  • Spoiler – Rear Roof Mounted
  • Sports Instruments
  • Steering Wheel – Sports
  • Telematic – Preparation/Ability
  • Voice Recognition

Lounge

Price when new: $23,100 - $27,990

Price used: $0 - $4,700

Adds

  • Air Cond. – Climate Control
  • Chrome Door Mirrors
  • Chrome Exhaust Tip(s)
  • Chrome Exterior Highlights
  • Chrome Window Surrounds – Exterior
  • Glass Roof
  • Metallic Finish Gear Knob
  • Seat – Height Adjustable Driver
  • Seatback Pockets – 1st Row (Front) seats
  • Storage Compartment – Under Passenger Seat
  • Sunroof

Esseesse

Price when new: $34,990

Price used: $9,600 - $11,500

Adds

  • 17″ Alloy Wheels
  • Active Torque Transfer System
  • Air Conditioning – Pollen Filter
  • Airbags – Head for 2nd Row Seats
  • Amplifier – 1 Separate
  • Chrome Door Handles – Exterior
  • Chrome Door Handles – Interior
  • Diffuser – Rear
  • Disc Brakes Front Vented Drilled/Grooved
  • Disc Brakes Rear Vented Drilled/Grooved
  • Engine Immobiliser
  • Gauge – Boost
  • Headlamps – See me home
  • Multi-function Control Screen
  • Pedals – Sports
  • Power Door Mirrors
  • Power Steering – Electric Assist
  • Premium Sound System
  • Rear Wiper/Washer
  • Sports Seats – 1st Row (Front)
  • Subwoofer
  • Suspension – Lowered
  • Suspension – Sports
  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring – with logging/display

Esseesse C

Price when new: $38,990

Price used: $11,700 - $14,100

Adds

  • Glass Rear Window in Soft Top
  • Power Roof – Soft
  • Spoiler – Rear

By DIESEL

Price when new: $25,990

Price used: $4,900 - $6,500

Adds

  • 16″ Alloy Wheels
  • Decals
  • GPS (Satellite Navigation)
  • Metallic Finish Interior Inserts
  • Scuff Plates – Embossed or personalised
  • Sunroof – Electric

500

Price when new: $24,990

Price used: $4,600 - $6,100

Adds

  • 12V Socket(s) – Auxiliary
  • Brake Emergency Display – Hazard/Stoplights
  • Driving Lamps
  • Engine – Stop Start System (When at idle)
  • Headlamps – Electric Level Adjustment
  • Independent Front Suspension
  • Mesh Grille – Lower Bumper
  • Metallic Finish Door Handles – Exterior
  • Painted – Wheels
  • Power Door Mirrors – Heated
  • Rear View Mirror – Electric Anti Glare
  • Seats – Anti-submarining 2nd Row (Rear)

S

Price when new: $16,900

Price used: $6,600 - $8,300

Adds

  • Chrome Taillamp Bezels
  • Driving Mode – Selectable
  • Metallic Finish Dash Board

by Gucci

Price when new: $23,200

Price used: $9,700 - $11,500

Adds

  • Chrome Rear Garnish
  • Control – Park Distance Rear
  • Decals – Stripes on body
  • Headlamp Washers
  • Headlamps – Bi-Xenon (for low & high beam)
  • Leather Seats
  • Leather Steering Wheel – Two Tone
  • Paint – Metallic
  • Seatbelts – Coloured

Rock Star

Price when new: $18,800

Price used: $7,600 - $9,400

Adds

  • Matt Finish – Exterior Highlights

Tricolore

Price when new: $20,300

Price used: $9,100 - $10,800

Adds

  • Floor Mats

S Linea Rossa

Price when new: $20,200

Price used: $9,400 - $11,000

Anniversario

Price when new: $21,990

Price used: $12,500 - $14,400

Adds

  • Decals – Boot/Rear
  • Floor Mats – Custom
  • Interior – Badging/ Logo
  • Seats – Embossed
  • Trim – Vinyl

Collezione Spring Edition

Price when new: $21,990

Price used: $14,200 - $16,100

Adds

  • Body Colour – Interior Inserts
  • Chrome Fittings
  • Paint – Two Tone
  • Seats – Two Tone

Collezione Fall/Winter Edition

Price when new: $21,990

Price used: $15,200 - $17,100

Adds

  • Metallic Finish Exterior Highlights
  • Wheel Centre Cap with Logo

Club

Price when new: $23,250

Price used: $16,500 - $18,500

Adds

  • Headlamps Automatic (light sensitive)
  • Rain Sensor (Auto wipers)

Dolcevita

Price when new: $21,650 - $25,800

Price used: $0 - $18,900

While a Toyota Yaris or Mazda 2 may be a far more sensible decision than buying a Fiat 500, the likes of Toyota and Mazda seem to fail at injecting the 500’s levels of life and charisma into their budget-friendly city cars. If you require a super fun little city car that exudes Fiat 500-levels of style and character, a 500 may be your only choice.

While the Fiat 500 is far from perfect with reports of catastrophic mechanical failures, bodywork and interior trim falling apart and owners that feel betrayed by how terrible their 500 has been, there are examples that have a faultless history, exhibit zero issues and have been owned by people that have adored their little Italian runabout.

Should you buy a Fiat 500? Well… yes, but it comes with a few conditions.

Only buy a Fiat 500 if you absolutely need a 500 in your life, only if you can find one in perfect condition with a faultless service history and have it thoroughly inspected by a licensed mechanic. Also, make sure you have some money put aside for when things go wrong.

Yes there are more sensible cars to buy than a Fiat 500 but if you’re genuinely considering buying a 500, chances are even the concept of sensible bores you. But please be cautious when it comes to the 500 because it appears that no two 500s are the same.

While a Toyota Yaris or Mazda 2 may be a far more sensible decision than buying a Fiat 500, the likes of Toyota and Mazda seem to fail at injecting the 500’s levels of life and charisma into their budget-friendly city cars. If you require a super fun little city car that exudes Fiat 500-levels of style and character, a 500 may be your only choice.

While the Fiat 500 is far from perfect with reports of catastrophic mechanical failures, bodywork and interior trim falling apart and owners that feel betrayed by how terrible their 500 has been, there are examples that have a faultless history, exhibit zero issues and have been owned by people that have adored their little Italian runabout.

Should you buy a Fiat 500? Well… yes, but it comes with a few conditions.

Only buy a Fiat 500 if you absolutely need a 500 in your life, only if you can find one in perfect condition with a faultless service history and have it thoroughly inspected by a licensed mechanic. Also, make sure you have some money put aside for when things go wrong.

Yes there are more sensible cars to buy than a Fiat 500 but if you’re genuinely considering buying a 500, chances are even the concept of sensible bores you. But please be cautious when it comes to the 500 because it appears that no two 500s are the same.

While a Toyota Yaris or Mazda 2 may be a far more sensible decision than buying a Fiat 500, the likes of Toyota and Mazda seem to fail at injecting the 500’s levels of life and charisma into their budget-friendly city cars. If you require a super fun little city car that exudes Fiat 500-levels of style and character, a 500 may be your only choice.

While the Fiat 500 is far from perfect with reports of catastrophic mechanical failures, bodywork and interior trim falling apart and owners that feel betrayed by how terrible their 500 has been, there are examples that have a faultless history, exhibit zero issues and have been owned by people that have adored their little Italian runabout.

Should you buy a Fiat 500? Well… yes, but it comes with a few conditions.

Only buy a Fiat 500 if you absolutely need a 500 in your life, only if you can find one in perfect condition with a faultless service history and have it thoroughly inspected by a licensed mechanic. Also, make sure you have some money put aside for when things go wrong.

Yes there are more sensible cars to buy than a Fiat 500 but if you’re genuinely considering buying a 500, chances are even the concept of sensible bores you. But please be cautious when it comes to the 500 because it appears that no two 500s are the same.

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Information correct as of Dec 07, 2023.

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