Last post on Nov 15, 2013 at 8:38 AM
You are in the Fiat
What is this discussion about?
Fiat 500, Coupe, Hatchback
#58 of 67 Re: Fiat [websmack]
Oct 18, 2013 (4:54 pm)
My wife and I have three cars, including an Audi A4 Quattro 2.0 turbo. I chose the Pop over the Sport largely because I felt the ride/handling proposition suited my needs better for the type of driving I do with my Fiat. It's mostly urban, and the highways I drive on are pretty straight, with long sweeping bends and some hills. Of course, I could look for back roads with tight curves, but I use the Fiat for my transportation needs rather than aggressive driving. It's space efficient, handles well, is fun to drive, gets good fuel economy and parks in tight spaces. These were the attributes I was looking for, and I'm very pleased. And, I get a lot of positive comments.
My dealer is 11 miles from my house, and what little service I've required has been good.
Oct 19, 2013 (10:21 am)
I experienced it first hand on not one, but a few of them in the rain and so did a few of my fellow co-workers. We drive rental cars around the state for some of the majors and we've all had similar experiences so I can use this as my only frame of reference. I am happy that y'all do not have the same issue with your vehicles. I know these are very popular down here in South Florida and see all age groups driving them. Am not really sure how much the various models cost but I am assuming they are competitive with the other sub compacts from the other companies. They do seem rather fun and it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be actually. And they are a good alternative for a first vehicle or not going the used route. I just know that as a d d, it isn't for me!
#60 of 67 Re: Fiat [sandman_6472]
Oct 19, 2013 (10:31 am)
I wonder if different tires handle that situation better or worse.
My 2012 Sport has Continental Procontac 195/45R16. It rained today but I never got over 65mph on local highways and had no problems, didn't think twice about it really.
Oct 19, 2013 (10:53 am)
45 series are a very small sidewall and I'd bet on the expensive side to replace. I prefer a 65 series for the larger sidewall and almost went to the 205/65/16 size for my Civic although it calls for a 55 series tire but didn't want to have any issues with rubbing or hitting the car while going over large dips in the road. Figured the engineers who designed the vehicle used the proper size tires for the best ride and fit so why muck up the waters. Did that once with my Datsun 210 and ended up going back to the original size sneakers due to those problems of them hitting the frame while going over bumps...got too annoying so just swapped 'em out within the 30 day grace period. Learned a valuable lesson with the plus 1, plus 2 concept. But in all actuality, I think the 205/65/16's would be no problem at all as there is some room under there. I am happy with the ride of the stock size that came with it. Even got tires for just under that $90 price point due to the buy 3, get 1 free promotion at Tires Plus. The prices get stupid when one goes to 17", 18" and so on...plain stupid expensive!
#62 of 67 Re:2013 500 Pop [cmhj2000]
Oct 29, 2013 (6:13 am)
Wife has been running around like she's crazy the past 3 weeks or so. So far she is all smiles, which keeps me happy. Nothing really to report so if any issues do arise I'll post them. Being a long time mechanic I'll usually spot issues before they become serious.
#63 of 67 Regular or Premium Fuel
Nov 03, 2013 (5:02 pm)
I'm seriously thinking of buying a 500 Pop later this year -- just drove one and liked it a lot. The salesman claimed that even though premium fuel is recommended, it makes no difference at all if you use 87 octane regular. Now of course I would NEVER doubt anything a car salesman says, the profession being known for its rigorous honesty -- but still, have Fiat owners here had any experience using regular? Any difference in performance/mileage? Thanks.
#64 of 67 Re: Regular or Premium Fuel [brucem3]
Nov 03, 2013 (7:07 pm)
I run 87 all the time and once a month add a bottle of Berryman's B12 to keep the fuel injectors pristine. Use it from the start or you could wind up with buildup that can dislodge and cause a clog later. So if you're looking for good gas mileage go with a 5sp manual instead of the 6sp automatic. I took a trip this weekend on backroads and got 42mph 56mph avg. over a 225 mile non-stop trip. It's a good thing there's a signal for low gas because I go so long between fill-ups I forget to fill-up.
#65 of 67 Re: Regular or Premium Fuel [brucem3]
Nov 04, 2013 (6:36 am)
Have found with our Pop the mileage is slightly better with premium but all in all not a big factor when figuring in cost per mile.
Most cars that are programed to run on varying fuel types will normally see a minor increase in mileage on higher grades of fuel.
Despite the overall cost per mile is about the same, we'll probably run mid grade most of the time.
#66 of 67 Re: Regular or Premium Fuel [cmhj2000]
Nov 04, 2013 (8:00 pm)
Thanks to both of you who responded. If anyone else has relevant experiences, please chime in. FYI, I'm only looking at the 5-speed manual. I've never owned an automatic and don't plan to start now.
#67 of 67 Re: 500 Pop [cmhj2000]
Nov 15, 2013 (8:38 am)
One month later and the wife is still smiling. Hope that lasts
Lack of discussion could be a positive even though there are not a lot of these on the road here.
One thing I've noticed here and some of the euro boards is few complaints. Hope that lasts too.