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Fiat 500

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  • cmhj2000cmhj2000 Posts: 148
    Have been looking at this for an around town car, maybe short trips into the country. So far I'm impressed enough to pull the trigger on one. Will take a test run tomorrow.
  • cmhj2000cmhj2000 Posts: 148
    edited October 2013
    Hey this ain't bad. Had a good test drive, salesman let me take car for a day. All in all I'd say it's just fine for banging around town and short trips. Wife really likes it..

    Odds are I'll buy one. After looking at all the other little cars this one fits me the best. At 6-1 and 240 my legs tend to get all wound up in the dash/steering wheel but not with this car.

    Salesman was pretty open with me about problems with 2012 models, which I knew about.
  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,118
    It's good for longer trips too. We took our POP (5-speed manual) on a one week, 1,100 mile vacation in August, and it drove and rode just fine on the highway. Acceleration isn't quick, but adequate, and it cruised nicely at 70-80 MPH over long stretches. Ours has averaged 41.5 MPG on premium over the 7,800 miles we've driven it, but I'm a relaxed driver.

    The only small problem we've had is the seat belt buzzer on the passenger side was overly sensitive. It went off if the passenger moved a little, such as to pick something up from the floor. The dealer fixed it under warranty by replacing the sensor. No other issues.

    We have 3 cars, and we're very happy with our 500.
  • cmhj2000cmhj2000 Posts: 148
    Hey that's great to hear. We have hi hopes and of course only TWT. It won't be a hi mileage vehicle, likely lucky if it sees 7,500 miles a year.

    We're going to take delivery tomorrow on a 2013 Pop W/Auto.
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,576
    Congrats on your new vehicle...they are cute little things. I have driven a few and while they drive nice enough on dry pavement, too squirrely for me when it rains...it hydroplaned almost immediately which was a bit unnerving to say the least. I just lifted off the accelerator and it quieted down pretty quick but learned to keep the speed down if there is any rain. It was comfortable enough and the head room was very good. Everything was where it should be but personally, this puppy yells "cheap"...our Accent though not as "cute" has better ergonomics and materials for a lower price and in the rain it doesn't do anything unusual except keep it tires firmly planted on the road. As an around town runabout, the Fiat will be fun but I would not get one for interstate travel. I'd rather have a Mini Cooper which is on my relatively small short list for a replacement vehicle for myself...I would not even consider the Fiat unless it was the larger model for the added weight.
    Again, enjoy your new ride and I wish you many thousand happy and safe miles in it!

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

    2014 Hyundai Tuscon SE/2005 Mazda 3s/2008 Hyundai Accent GLS/2009 Nissan Versa SL hatch

  • cmhj2000cmhj2000 Posts: 148
    Well, all I can say is the wife fell in love with it. Was supposed to be my beat around town car but not any more. Guess I don't really care though. She's happy so as the old saying goes everyone's happy.
  • kdcarquestionskdcarquestions Posts: 1
    edited October 2013
    I'm in the market for either a new or used very small car. After internet research, I've narrowed it down to either a Fiat 500 sport hatchback or a Honda CR-Z.

    I live in the northern outskirts of metro Atlanta, and I think the closest Fiat dealer is over an hour away. How inconvenient is it going to be to get a Fiat worked on for routine maintenance like oil/filter changes? What about if there's something more substantial needs to be done? I tend to not worry about staying with the dealership for this type of thing, so a trusted mechanic is an acceptable option. I'm just concerned since the car is so new to the US that there may not be many mechanics who know the car yet. Also, how difficult is it to get parts? This issue is just one reason the MINI is not in the running anymore.

    The Honda wouldn't be a problem, as my previous car (totaled) was a Honda and I have a certified mechanic I trust for those, so this will probably figure into my decision.
  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,118
    Congratulations! Please give us some feedback on your experience.

    By the way, what's TWT?
  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,118
    I've driven my 500 in the rain and haven't experienced hydroplaning. Also, I've read numerous consumer reviews, and hydroplaning isn't mentioned.
  • websmackwebsmack Posts: 11
    edited October 2013
    I live in a small town and nearest FIAT dealer is over 1 hour away. The first 9 months I had the car I took it there religiously for tweaking and oil changes. But then I started looking locally. I found a good place for an oil change and brought my MOPAR filters with me. I called ahead to tell them i wanted to see the service manager and I took my cell phone and we watched an oil change video on YOUTUBE together lol, that went well. Then I found an even better place at a major brand car dealership a few miles away. Now I let them do oil changes and tire rotations every 5000 miles. I also took it to a national tire chain for a front end alignment and that went well too. So buy a few MOPAR filters and keep them in the car if you go on trips or travel and you won't have any problem with oil changes and front end alignments. And I recommend the FIAT over any other 'tiny' car. It's the most fun and it'll really make you smile.
  • websmackwebsmack Posts: 11
    edited October 2013
    I agree, no problems in rain with hydroplaning, though I find the Sport model's stiff suspension is a choppy ride. In rain I slow it down considerably to take the curves.
  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,600
    By the way, what's TWT?

    Time Will Tell
  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,118
    Ah, thanks.
  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,118
    edited October 2013
    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.
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,576
    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!

    The Sandman

    2014 Hyundai Tuscon SE/2005 Mazda 3s/2008 Hyundai Accent GLS/2009 Nissan Versa SL hatch

  • 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.
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,576
    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!

    The Sandman

    2014 Hyundai Tuscon SE/2005 Mazda 3s/2008 Hyundai Accent GLS/2009 Nissan Versa SL hatch

  • cmhj2000cmhj2000 Posts: 148
    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.

    chow
  • 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.
  • websmackwebsmack Posts: 11
    edited November 2013
    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.
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