2019 Fiat 124 Spider Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Electrical, suspension and visibility issues among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners

Updated on Author: Brian Jones

People looking for sleek style and open-air travel gravitated toward the 2019 Fiat 124 Spider. This car was promoted as offering “a sense of safety,” but many owners feel uneasy about driving it. This convertible seems to suffer from a faulty electrical system, unbalanced suspension and poor visibility.

Problems with the Electrical System

Starting with the electrical system, as an Italian brand, one would think that Fiat would take pride in creating top-notch equipment, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. Instead, forums are filled with angry customers hoping to get out of this car.

Here is one comment left on the 124 Spider Forum. “I am dealing with a Samsung S9 that my 2019 Fiat spider won’t connect to without going bonkers. Now I am told by the dealer that in 2020 a car might not be compatible with more than 20% of the market share of phones. My issue is when you first plug in to the USB ports. The Bluetooth works. The screen rotates wildly and you have to poke at the phone for about 20 seconds until you get lucky and hit the allow it to connect. I would just say ignore it but unfortunately there is no other way than the USB to charge a phone.”

Of course, the following comments told this discussion starter that they were not having problems connecting their phones and that it should work. However, the dealership doesn’t seem interested in helping and no company communications illustrate a fix. For now, this person will remain unconnected and unhappy.

2019 Fiat 124 Spider Complaint Summary

Complaint CategoryNumber of Complaints
Seat Belts
Fuel/propulsion System
Fuel System, Gasoline
Unknown Or Other

Problems with Suspension

Another main point of contention is the suspension system. It doesn’t seem to provide the support or ride people are looking for.

Here’s another complaint from the 124 Spider Forum. “Shortly after buying it I noticed that something was wrong with the suspension, it leaned over to the driver’s side of the car. I brought it up with the dealer and in an attempt to fix it they’ve replaced front and rear springs on the driver’s side of the car, and one strut that was leaking on the driver’s side rear corner. That also appears to be where 90% of the lean is coming from. These repairs have made the problem better, but not fixed it.”

Again, Fiat has nothing remarkable to say about suspension issues either. For now, owners are left on their own to travel in a vehicle that mildly resembles the suspension of a clown car loaded to the brim. Fiat owners that really want to experience “a sense of safety” might consider switching to a bicycle instead.

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Problems with the Visibility

Finally, a look at the visibility concerns brings light to more problems that are occurring.

Here is one NHTSA complaint on the matter. “The dashboard is reflected in the windshield to the extent at certain sun angles vision is seriously compromised. There are silver plates on the dash that reflect more than others but the whole dash is a serious problem. I immediately contacted the manufacturer but got no reply. This happens when the vehicle is stationary, moving on a city street or highway, turning etc. I don’t think a picture with my cell phone would help. Someone would have to sit in the driver’s seat and experience this safety issue. It is not as bad at night. A sunny day is the worst.”

Driving down the road and not knowing what is coming ahead can severely compromise the safety of occupants. As has been shown through the lack of manufacturer communications, this company simply doesn’t seem to care. They haven’t even responded to the customer’s concerns, leaving him to fend for himself. It’s time to see clearly and switch brands.

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Brian Jones

About the Author:

Brian Jones spent more than 30 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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  • Michael F

    The only issue I’ve had with my 2017 Fiat Spider Classica is the transmission, which was replaced under warranty at around 20,000 miles. Since it was a MAZDA transmission, it wasn’t Fiat’s problem. So far, with nearly 30,000 miles, it’s been a peach! (And a much improved ride over my 2000 Miata).

  • Dan

    The problems listed, if they were true, would be the same for Mazda Miata. I doubt the person who wrote this ever even saw a 124 Spider. Journalism is dead and buried.

  • Michael S

    These comments are ridiculous. The car’s radio is a Mazda part, not Fiat. Mine has no problem hooking up to our Samsung phones. But please remember the car does not offer Apple play or Android Car play. As for leaky shocks, these are also stock Mazda MX-5 units. Never heard of a problem. The sport model Abarth has upgraded Bilstein shocks and these are utterly reliable. No history of problems. The car does not have a visibility problem. The dash is no more reflective than any other model. I have never heard of anyone with this problem and mine certainly doesn’t reflect. The entire dash is black and there are no silver items on the dash to reflect. The complaint must have been about another car model. Modern Fiats and Alfa Romeos and some of the most reliable European cars being made. The issues have been mild and are easily repaired. These are not the Italian cars of the past. They have superior reliability and dependably. The Fiat has the lowest cost of ownership of any car and you don’t get that if your brand ahs safety issues.

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