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#10 of 67 Re: 2012 Fiat 500 Review [claires]
Jun 15, 2011 (6:21 am)
I thought my wife would be interested in a Fiat 500. She saw the tv commercial the other day and wanted to know if she would have to go to clown college before being allowed to drive one..............
#12 of 67 Test Drive impressions
Sep 26, 2011 (1:14 pm)
I test drove a Fiat 500 Lounge a few days ago and these are my thoughts/comments:
* It's just as cute in person as it is in photos [for those of you turned off by "cute" how about "unique looking"?]
* Fit and finish looked really good, except that on one of the model cars in the showroom, the front right seat wouldn't go back.
* I'm 5'10" and with the sunroof I had only about an inch or two headroom. The seat has an up/down adjustment, though, that I neglected to try out.
* Back seat is best for children, but would be okay for 1 adult if they sat sideways. The dealer rep was squeezed in the back with the passenger seat moved forward (which, by the way, still had enough leg room for the front seat passenger)
* Controls are all clear and in easy to reach.
* Front viability is excellent, except that the A pillars (the front end corners) are rather thick and block some of your view when turning. Rear viability was okay.
* Seating is rather high for a small car so that helps with the viability.
* Feels very stable and handles very well, not at all how you'd expect for a car this size and price point. Drove on straight roads as well as long, curvy ones and the car felt solid and composed throughout.
* Power was adequate. On flat roads and small hills acceleration was decent, but couldn't really call it sporty. I drove an automatic. Probably would feel more peppy with a standard transmission.
#13 of 67 Re: I might be interested in a diesel [nippononly]
Aug 31, 2012 (7:07 pm)
The Fiat and mini have some close similarities however, the Mini may have more pick up and horsepower as well as a wider stance, the Fiat 500 has more storage/cargo space and is rated higher on safety as well as on gas milage. It also is cheaper than the Mini and provides a quiet ride that is also fun to drive just about anywhere. If I had to choose it would definitely be the Fiat because of the overall ratings and set up of the cars themselves as well as the cost and technology it has over it's competitiors. Standard with options such as bluetooth, mp3/USB inputs, ESC, 5 cupholders, bose sound system and reactive head restraints and 7 airbags it is unsurpassed by any of its competition. most of these options are available in other models and brands but cost more to get.
#15 of 67 Ecodrive: Acceleration
Oct 06, 2012 (12:50 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 67 new Fiat 500 owner? Websmack?
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Oct 11, 2012 (12:54 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 67 North American Travel
Oct 18, 2012 (6:39 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 67 Re: North American Travel [johnconan]
Oct 18, 2012 (10:48 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 67 Re: North American Travel [johnconan]
by Claire@Edmunds HOST
Oct 18, 2012 (11:38 pm)
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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