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Old 05-19-2012, 06:38 PM   #1
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2012 Fiat 500

For the last few years I've been driving a 2000 Honda Insight.



This has been a good car to me but after having the original hybrid battery rebuilt last March and then replacing the battery again in November under warranty I was getting ready for another replacement. This wasn't a big deal as there is a guy making new batteries for less than half what Honda wanted, well I guess I should say there WAS a guy...

I decided it was time for a new car and we settled on the Fiat 500.

Evidently we are those people who don't want to see our car around every turn (I also ride a Guzzi) and I really don't like the jelly bean cars.

We were able to shop the dealer's inventory online and work a trade-in value on the Insight over the phone before we went up last week.

The closest dealership, excuse me "Studio", is 200 miles away so this was a full day ordeal.

Everything went smoothly and we drove home in a yellow 500 "Sport" model.



I know people complain about the power with "only" 101hp from 1.4 liters however I came from a car with 66hp so I find the car quite peppy.

So far I've been running with the A/C on and as long as I have the "Sport" button pushed have had no issues. On this car the sport button really does make a difference in how the engine feels, I have no idea if it really firms up the steering as Fiat claims but it probably does.

Interior space is not an issue. I am not a small person and do not feel cramped. I use this mostly as my commuter car so I'm normally the only one in it. Even so the Insight was a 2-seater so the vestigial rear seats in the 500 are also not an issue.

Stepping up to the 500 Sport gets you a bit better seat than the standard Pop and I find them quite comfortable. Of course the seats in the Insight were akin to that board they put on my KTM 640A so anything would be an improvement. You also get different front and rear fascia which I find to be better looking than what is on the Pop model and the 16" "mag" wheels are standard.

So far I have about 800 miles on the car and I'm averaging around 40mpg. This is a mix of highway/city with probably more highway than city and the A/C is on about 50% of the time.

The 500 Sport has a firmer suspension than the Pop or Lounge models but I don't find the ride bad, if anyone has been to Bisbee you'll know that our streets are only paved in the academic sense with patches of replacement asphalt connecting potholes.

I'm really liking this car.
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Old 05-19-2012, 08:50 PM   #2
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I really like those, part of me says too small but theres the little voice that says it would be a hoot. Ought to be fine for zipping around Bisbee, last time we were there parking was a bitch.
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Old 05-19-2012, 08:55 PM   #3
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I hope you're a chick...
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Old 05-19-2012, 11:08 PM   #4
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I hope you're a chick...
WTF is wrong with people? How did we get to the point where people think there are "girl" cars and "man" cars? I could see thinking it was a "chick" car if it were pink and covered in Hello Kitty stickers, but it's just a friggin' car. Some guys think all convertibles are "chick" cars, too. It's ridiculous.
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Old 05-20-2012, 12:20 AM   #5
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WTF is wrong with people? How did we get to the point where people think there are "girl" cars and "man" cars? I could see thinking it was a "chick" car if it were pink and covered in Hello Kitty stickers, but it's just a friggin' car. Some guys think all convertibles are "chick" cars, too. It's ridiculous.

I don't even own a car.
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Old 05-20-2012, 03:29 AM   #6
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I don't even own a car.
I hope you're a chick...
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Old 05-20-2012, 04:42 AM   #7
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Another option is to wedge a prelude or 'teg-type R motor in the Insight and do away with the silly batteries
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Old 05-20-2012, 06:14 AM   #8
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Congrats! I'm in serious lust with the 500 Abarth, and I'm pretty sure I have the wife on board too. I haven't EVER bought a brand new car, but I think the Abarth is the winner. I love goofy small cars, and it's nearing time to end my seven-plus year relationship with my '91 Miata for something a bit more refined and capable.

I'll probably be going down to test drive one within the year.

I just love these little things -- I smile every time I see one.

BTW, over on the Fiat500 forums, somebody in Fla had a dyno test done on a base 500 like yours -- WHEEL horsepower was 99 and tq was 98 ft/lb! (up two hp with the addition of some special airfilter)So there is clearly some interesting number fudging going on. Lots of theories there -- but it leads many to beleive the BHP is closer to 120-130. THe Abarth model makes 160 hp at the wheels!

Oh, and Flying Eyeball...
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Old 05-20-2012, 06:34 AM   #9
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I also like goofy small cars, going back to the Abarth 1000 my brother bought new in '67, followed by a succession of SAAB 2-strokes I owned in the '70s, a friend's Renault R-5 in the early 80s, a smattering of other odds and ends over the years, and a '95 Miata I'm currenty running the wheels off. If I was in the market for a runabout right now, the Fiat would be on the short list; although it's probably something that would wait until there's a reasonable used market.
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Old 05-20-2012, 07:40 AM   #10
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I think it's a cool car- looks good in yellow. I also really like the Abarth- Black with red stripes please, for me
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Old 05-20-2012, 08:53 AM   #11
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Congrats!

I stop into the Fiat 'studio' every time I accompany my wife and/or kids to the mall. I am in serious lust of one. I can't rationally explain it.

They had an Abarth when I went last time. It almost went home with me.

I think it might be more of a hot hatch thing for me. I like the Mazdaspeed3, GTI, etc.
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Old 05-20-2012, 08:55 AM   #12
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Pollobabe was >< this close to buy one but went for the mini.

I liked it.

6'1 and 220 pounds ... I was fine with the ergonomics of the thing.
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Old 05-20-2012, 09:22 AM   #13
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Those things are cool. I broke through back in 1984, when I thought anything without a big V8 that burns tires was worthless, and then I bought my first new car, a Dodge Omni GLH. 2.2L, 110 horsepower. It was a fabulously fun car, and I've liked little cars ever since. Never did get the whole "Miatas are gay" thing and all that.

Still have a Mustang though, so I'm in both camps.
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Old 05-21-2012, 02:30 PM   #14
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Never did get the whole "Miatas are gay" thing and all that.
I had a Miata before the Insight so I've become quite good at not paying attention to what people think my car says about me.

I really like the Fiat.
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Old 05-21-2012, 03:58 PM   #15
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I had a Miata before the Insight so I've become quite good at not paying attention to what people think my car says about me.

I really like the Fiat.

Ooh...excellent -- how does the shifter/clutch feel in the 500 compare to the Miata?
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