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#15 of 23 Ecodrive: Acceleration
Oct 06, 2012 (1:50 pm)
Hello, I've had my 500 for about three weeks now. I've had a chance to use Ecodrive, the software that compiles and analyzes data from my driving. Categories are: Acceleration, Deceleration, Gear Shift, Speed. And it takes about one full week of driving then makes recommendations on how to get better performance in those four categories.
Having driven manual transmissions, including 18-wheelers, I enjoy seeing the ratings Ecodrive provides. I'm doing well in all but one category, Acceleration, and wanted to share what I found about that.
I consistently do poorly in this category and set about finding what the cause might be. Thru test drives that I consider to have driven 'perfectly' as I can in an area with no hills or embankments I still have an abyssmal one-star rating. That means I output more CO2 than a small country, lol. Whatever.
I came across one tiny document that was stuck to the window of my new FIAT (yes all caps because there is no 'Mr. Fiat', FIAT is an acyronym) which shows a CO2 rating of two-stars, from the federal government. That explains a lot. It tells me, no matter how I drive that my FIAT is not capable of better than two-stars.
So fellow Cinquecento (that's Italian for "500") owners two-stars means our lovable little car is not 'green'. No matter, my 500 is sweet, cute, cuddly..... and gets 39.8 mpg on I95 and 36.9 during my urban commute.
#16 of 23 new Fiat 500 owner? Websmack?
by steve_ HOST
Oct 11, 2012 (1:54 pm)
A reporter is looking to talk with new owners of micro or subcompact cars (i.e. Chevy Spark, Scion iQ, Honda Fit, Mazda 2, Fiat 500, etc.) to learn how the experience has changed how they think about what they need in a car, and how they use their cars. If you fit this description, please respond to predmunds.com with your preferred contact information by Friday, October 19, 2012.
#17 of 23 North American Travel
Oct 18, 2012 (7:39 am)
If you are planning on buying a Fiat for travelling across North America economically you had better think again!
There are very few places you can take it to if anything needs to be repaired. I purchased mine in Burlington ,Ontario ( southern Ontario) and was told my wife and I could travel across the continent, but; when it needed to be repaired I was not able to get anyone that could fix it because I was not able to bring it into Johnston motors in Burlington. So if you do buy one of these cars ,do not go far from home with it!!!
If you would like more info on the Fiat 500 you may contact me at "LikeASeagullhotmail.com" and I will call you and tell you all about my experience with more indepth information.
John Paul C. Jackson
#18 of 23 Re: North American Travel [johnconan]
Oct 18, 2012 (11:48 am)
I think the dealer was blowing smoke up your arse. You can take it to any Fiat dealer in North America. Heck, even a Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep/SRT/RAM dealer could probably work on it.
I'd like to know more here on the forum. Doing it via e-mail doesn't do any good.
Or you're trolling for e-mail addresses to spam.
#19 of 23 Re: North American Travel [johnconan]
by claires HOST
Oct 19, 2012 (12:38 am)
johnconan, that sounds strange -- can you post the whole story? You'll get a lot more feedback by posting the details here instead of taking it to email (by the way, not a good idea to post your contact info in a public forum).
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#20 of 23 Re: North American Travel [johnconan]
Oct 19, 2012 (9:02 am)
johnconnan, repairs on a brand new car? Your comment is vague, please provide details. Thanks.
#21 of 23 Fiat anniversary Rally
Nov 27, 2012 (10:01 am)
2012 is their first year model and the 2013's are out too.
I'd really like to start a tradition, have a rally to share our spirit for the Cinquecento.
If you're interested please post a message. There is a fiat forum too, will try to post information there as it comes available.
#22 of 23 press request
by kirstie_h HOST
Feb 07, 2013 (10:15 am)
A reporter would like to speak to a new Fiat 500 owner. If you have purchased a Fiat 500 in the last 6 months and would like to share your story, please send your daytime contact info to predmunds.com no later than Friday, Feb 8, 2013 at noon PT/3 p.m. ET.
#23 of 23 Fiat Vs Smart Car
Feb 25, 2013 (4:38 pm)
I've seen them on the road, and they look about the same size. Are they?