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Chrysler Allies With Fiat

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  • thansthans Posts: 1
    I just purchased a 2008 Lexus IS 250. I love the car except for one little problem--the bluetooth feature doesn't seem to connect properly. The car indicates that the bluetooth is connected. When I make a call, I can hear the person that I call just fine, but that person can't hear me. I have tried everything I can think of but I can't get it to work. Am I missing something, or does this car have a defective microphone? I would appreciate any suggestions.
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 40,557
    Try this discussion:

    Lexus IS Bluetooth and Navigation

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  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 40,557
    •Chrysler's Italian foster parent tells investors in Europe that Alfa Romeo's long-awaited return to North America may come up short.
    •Investors also hear that Fiat will build some new compact models for Jeep.
    •A new Maserati-based Viper is due in 2012, but the sexy Alfa Romeo 4C sports car could be delayed until 2013.

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  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    Odds are, your mute is on. It's possible that it's defective, but everytime I find something that doesn't work on mine, it's always me, not the car. It could also be your phone, not the bluetooth system. Check for the menu function, see if it's set to default to mute.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,691
    when I read today that Fiat is planning a big national advertising blitz for the 500, because dealers are disgruntled at the slow sales pace and the lack of consumer awareness of the Fiat.

    WHAT DEALERS? How about getting some dealers before putting on the ad blitz??!!

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  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 28,993
    Just plain stupidity they did not use the dealer network in place. Did the Italians really believe the Fiat was going to drive people crazy enough to drive 100 miles or more to a dealer. None in SD yet.
  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,819
    edited June 2011
    None in SD yet.

    I doubt Fiat is worried about the 6 people there that might be interested in one.

    Just like any new automotive brand rollout, they start in highly populated areas and then cover the lower areas. Also, they have to find a dealer willing to support the brand there. No dealer is going to invest seven figures if the potential doesn't support it.
  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 28,993
    I doubt Fiat is worried about the 6 people there that might be interested in one.

    Unfortunately San Diego is over 3,000,000 people last census. Rechecking it seems that Bob Baker now has a Fiat dealership in Carlsbad. About 53 miles from where I live. However my dealings with Bob Baker Lexus would make me cringe to consider buying a Fiat from him. We do have several decent Chrysler dealers that could add the Fiat 500 without impacting the showroom of lot. It looks like Fiat is trying to make a silk purse from a sow's ear. The 500 ain't a Mini Cooper and I would not drive 50 miles for a Mini dealer either.
  • fezofezo Posts: 9,348
    I've seen no sign of a Fiat dealer in NJ yet. I'll be waiting on an Alfa anyway...
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,700
    edited June 2011
    Giulietta would be worth waiting for in it's European form here in the States. I am waiting also to see how Dodge does up their new Caliber that may not be named Caliber that is going to be pinned to the Alfa Romeo chassis.

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  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,819
    edited June 2011
    Unfortunately San Diego is over 3,000,000 people last census.

    Thought SD was South Dakota...

    Gotta help out us East Coast centric folks - For us Bostonians, anything west of 95 is New York and beyond that really doesn't matter!!

    :P
  • fezofezo Posts: 9,348
    I knew when you posted that you thought he meant South Dakota!

    Gary's got places in multiple locations but last I looked South Dakota isn't one of them....
  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 28,993
    Gotta help out us East Coast centric folks

    I was sure of that. But part of the fun of life is getting digs on those East of the Mississippi. :blush: South Dakota was never on my short list. Though I do like the Black Hills and the big heads.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,328
    I've seen no sign of a Fiat dealer in NJ yet.

    Neither have I, but there is one just over the border in Langhorne, PA.

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  • fezofezo Posts: 9,348
    The Black Hills are really nice - like Vermont on steroids. The people there are nothing like those in Vermont but the look is there.

    I drove through South Dakota in 1982 in an 80 Accord. It was probably the only Japanese car in the great plains at the time.
  • fezofezo Posts: 9,348
    I think there's a dealer for every make and some that don't exist in Langhorne.
  • berriberri Posts: 4,189
    I agree, the Black Hills and Badlands are nice, and there are a lot of interesting places around there like Sturgis and Deadwood. You'll see plenty of imports around there because there is a large Air Force Base in Rapid City, SD. The weather can be quite variable over a short period of time there.
  • fezofezo Posts: 9,348
    When I was through there I spent the night on the couch of a friend of a friend in Sturgis. Nice area. They did mention 6 foot snow falls though....
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 40,557
    It's fun driving across on auto pilot and watching the storms 40 miles away.

    We can all be imported from Detroit now, by judicial fiat.

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  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 40,557
    Italian automaker Fiat SpA sent a letter to its unions saying it would scrap all labor contracts at factories in Italy after Dec. 31.

    Fiat's plants in Italy have all lost money."

    Fiat to scrap labor contracts in Italy in 2012 (Automotive News)

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  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 28,993
    Wonder how Fiat will deal with the UAW if they don't show a profit here? It is interesting as liberal as Italy is they can just pull the rug out from under the Union. It would not be possible here without bankruptcy. Our NLRB laws are much more biased toward Union labor.
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 40,557
    edited November 2011
    Reading a bit between the lines, I got the impression that Fiat is leaving some coalition and is going to negotiate with the unions separately.

    The Chrysler purchase is going to save their pancetta. :shades:

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  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 28,993
    Sounds like Italy has a lot more problems than Fiat dumping on the Union workers.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 28,719
    edited November 2011
    According to an article in this week's BusinessWeek, Italy has the worst labor climate in the developed world.. One manager said it's easier to get rid of his wife than to fire an employee...

    So... not sure how Fiat is going to unilaterally dump their contracts... :surprise:

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  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,201
    Good point, but change has to start somewhere. I applaud Marchionne's bold step. At a minimum, it'll serve as a wake-up call for Italy's labor. With luck, it'll lead to significant labor concessions.
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 40,557
    "The 2013 Dodge Dart will debut on January 9 at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, putting to rest rumors that the brand's new compact sedan would be called the Dodge Hornet, Duster or Camber.

    The new Dart is a critically important offering from Dodge, since it targets the Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus and Hyundai Elantra and marks the brand's most serious offensive into the compact sedan segment since the Dodge Neon — which has been off the market for seven years."

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  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,971
    Let's just hope that it's truly something that would do the Dart name proud, and wouldn't be better off badged as a Volare, Reliant, Neon, etc. From what little I can make of those pics though, it does look interesting.
  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,819
    Let's just hope that it's truly something that would do the Dart name proud...

    Really?? Unless you're a Mopar fanatic, most of the target market won't have a clue of the Dart's history. In fact, the only thing I can remember of it was the sad little compact it was during it's final years. Trust me, the Dart name does nothing for me.
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,971
    In fact, the only thing I can remember of it was the sad little compact it was during it's final years.

    I remember one review from some Consumer magazine (not Reports or Guide, but something else) that tested a '75 Dart and gave it pretty high ratings. One of their comments was that it felt more like a well-preserved 1965 car than a brand-new model, but with the way the newer cars were turning out, that was actually a good thing!

    Personally, I started disliking the styling of them after 1972, but I still think they were good cars. Quality did go down in later years, but hey, it was the 70's, when EVERYTHING went downhill!
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 40,557
    Click (or is it Clack?) will surely have to buy one.

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