"Delivers on outward promise: fun. Not a sports car."4.0 starson by LEightonsatan
Pros: I have a Pop with a bunch of options.
The interior and general bang-for-the-buck quality sold me on this thing.
It's totally unique in the US market. It's completely European, except for the added power and armrest.
The review mentions that you will ha
Cons: Steering can be numb at some speeds.
It is not as sporty as some might expect (wait for the Abarth).
Constantly fending off "Fix It Again Tony"-spouting provincials who haven't been paying attention to Fiat's positive transformation in Europe can get ti
Summary: Fiat may be returning to us in Fiat style: Lots of flash, fun,... and low volume. Car people flock to this thing, but I don't expect huge sales. Just look at how many people numbly treat their car like an appliance (Camry, Accord).PROS got clipped: The iPhone integration and voice control is better than any rental I've had.
On the other end, if you want more performance and mechanical headaches, then get a Mini - it's been delivering both for years.
Buying the Fiat here might be a slight leap of faith, but Fiat in the rest of the world is a huge, safe company with a greatly-improved reputation. Eventually, Fiat could rival VW in the US for fun and reputation,... and in sales if it keeps the design / quality factors up and manages to integrate with Chrysler's network.
The 500 isn't for everyone in the US, but it's a great little car that is like nothing else available.
Updated on Aug 6, 2011
I've put almost 4k on it, and it is really well put together for the low end segment and Fiat's rep: No rattles or things falling off.
It drives 80+ really confidently.
The light steering and small footprint makes this car a dream in big cities. You can U-turn on the tightest Chicago street.
Mileage has been 39.4 on trips / 35+ in general use, and I'm a fairly aggressive shifter.
Safety gizmos everywhere.
Also, I am an OTR truck driver and have no problem with the uber-cuteness factor. Granted, mine is black.
Constantly fending off "Fix It Again Tony"-spouting provincials who haven't been paying attention to Fiat's positive transformation in Europe can get tiresome.
Adjustment to euro shifting style might take some time.
Mileage could be slightly better for its weight and power.
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