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

2019 Fiat 124 Spider

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.

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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.

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.

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 spent more than 20 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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