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Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Cary Grant, May 31, 2011.

  1. Cary Grant

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    You came to the wrong spot. I will encourage that purchase.
     
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    I saw one in LA the other day. It was OK, but why this over a Honda Fit?

    --Andre
     
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    I saw one in LA the other day. It was OK, but why this over a Honda Fit?

    --Andre


    Have had five Hondas... tired of them. No arguing the functionality and durability but they're ugly/generic, too.

    Additionally, I actually have better leg room and the seat position is superior in the 500.
    I was attracted to the Fiat as a design piece and came away very surprised at how comfortable and kick-in-the-pants fun it was for an inexpensive car.

    Leaning toward the Sport in Bianco Perla. Has to be the auto 6-speed though as leg room and pedal size are insufficient for my long legs and big feet.

    (Understand what I want is an A5... but until the wife leaves grad school and her job prospects improve... [​IMG] )


    PS- and damn the turning radius... feels like one rear wheel pins itself in place.
     
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    I wouldn't mind having one for commuting and getting groceries. Last thing I am going to do is buy another car though. My family might step in and give me an intervention.
     
  6. Cary Grant

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    I wouldn't mind having one for commuting and getting groceries.

    Yup -would be the daily commuter.

    Last thing I am going to do is buy another car though. My family might step in and give me an intervention.

    [​IMG]
     
  7. Cary Grant

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    Not my vid... but same car basically.

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    Have you looked at Peg Perego?
     
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    It got rather mediocre reviews. I'd pass.
     
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    Has Fiat left behind its Fix-It-Again-Tony phase?
    I haven't paid any attention to the brand for years.
     
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    It got rather mediocre reviews. I'd pass.

    Links please- most everything I've read/watched is praising it.

    There's one video that cracked it for it's braking 60-0... but that was with an early mule.

    I've done more than one panic stop in test drives and the EDS works great.

    As for Fix it Again Tony... one hopes. It's been out of the USA for a very long time. They're being very generous (not Hyundai generous) with maintenance coverage etc
     
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    Links please- most everything I've read/watched is praising it. There's one video that cracked it for it's braking 60-0... but that was with an early mule. I've done more than one panic stop in test drives and the EDS works great. As for Fix it Again Tony... one hopes. It's been out of the USA for a very long time. They're being very generous (not Hyundai generous) with maintenance coverage etc
    Its was a few weeks back inside my issue of The Week. The ran blurbs from Car & Driver, Motor Trend, and Consumer Reports. All were positive but basically said the car was middle of the road and somewhat fun. As to reliability - this is a car produced by Chrysler and Fiat. I cannot think of a partnership with less reliability behind it than those two companies.
     
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    As to reliability - this is a car produced by Chrysler and Fiat. I cannot think of a partnership with less reliability behind it than those two companies.

    Yeah- with you there... and is always an issue jumping in with version 1.0 of anything I'm afraid.
     
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    Have had five Hondas... tired of them. No arguing the functionality and durability but they're ugly/generic, too. Additionally, I actually have better leg room and the seat position is superior in the 500. I was attracted to the Fiat as a design piece and came away very surprised at how comfortable and kick-in-the-pants fun it was for an inexpensive car. Leaning toward the Sport in Bianco Perla. Has to be the auto 6-speed though as leg room and pedal size are insufficient for my long legs and big feet. (Understand what I want is an A5... but until the wife leaves grad school and her job prospects improve... [​IMG] ) PS- and damn the turning radius... feels like one rear wheel pins itself in place.
    Is it that much smaller than the Panda? I'm 6'6" with size 13+ feet and drive my GF's Panda easily.
     
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    Is it that much smaller than the Panda? I'm 6'6" with size 13+ feet and drive my GF's Panda easily.

    No Panda's in the US to compare to but apparently.
    It's roomier inside (and smaller outside) than a Mini Cooper.

    I'm 6'2" - with the factory sunroof I have about 1/2" headroom- much better without. The dealer installs a (better) aftermarket sunroof with much better headroom. The "Loung" model with the glass roof has a lot of headroom.

    The 500 has "chair height" seating... don't know about the panda but wonder if it's the more typical lower seating.
     
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    Go for it!
    [​IMG]

    I like the 'cinquecento' old and new, other elegant designs by Fiat are for example the Barchetta and the Spider-convertibles.
     
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    I'm seriously considering one of these as a weekend/track toy...
    Well, the Abarth version (Providing it makes it across the shore)

    How amazing would 170hp be in that thing?!
     
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    I'm seriously considering one of these as a weekend/track toy...
    Well, the Abarth version (Providing it makes it across the shore)

    How amazing would 170hp be in that thing?!


    The Abarth is coming barring any major changes. Dealer says they may have them around Feb/March. My guy has driven one and says it may have real issues in snowy Minnesota with the trim/skirting and ground clearance. I've seen spy shots claiming to be a 2013 mule for an AWD version.

    Abarth supposedly wil have something like 160horses base and higher in the SS version. They are guessing it will be a $5-10k premium over the current base prices.

    EDIT: Though since seeing that the EV may be next and what they may charge for it, the Abarth might price well into the $30's.
     
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    Done.

    picked it up today... [​IMG]
     

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