• Dec 7, 2012
AOL Autos Senior Editor Sharon Silke Carty checks out the Fiat 500e at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, where green cars take center stage. This all-electric Fiat promises about 80 miles of range per charge.


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      grinsoften
      • 2 Years Ago
      Fiat was bankrupted in the USA in the late 70's early 80's by their inability to repair or fix their junky products. Consumers successfully sued Fiat so many times in each state that Fiat closed up it's dealerships (stealerships) before many f the suits could even go to court. Fiats products could not meet even minimal standards of safety, and getting spare parts for repairs or warranty was impossible. Why is Fiat allowed to sell their junk again in the USA? Why would anyone buy their junk or assume it was dependable or repairable? If history teaches us anything, a fool and their hard earned money are soon parted. The Feds allowed Fiat to scam the public once and get away with it, so why a second time? Ask yourself who is fairly represented these days? A fraudulent manufacturer of junk, or the average American Consumer?
      ga7smi
      • 2 Years Ago
      fiat - command - Italian Corporation that is invoved in several auto operations and is partly owned by the Italian Government - has not made a good prodution auto ever - just my opinion - wouldn't drive a tax paid free one - I alrady drive an old beater - don't need a new beater
      John Montgomery
      • 2 Years Ago
      In 2009 Fiat took a spectacularly huge risk to rescue Chrysler in the 11th hour, just before it was liquidated. Not a single big name automaker would touch Chrysler with a 10 foot pole at the time. The infamous CEO Bob Nardelli (fired from GE, fired from Home Depot) was running this automotive train wreck into the ground before Fiat showed up. If it was not for Fiat, Chrysler would be nothing but history and so would most second tier suppliers who would have went down the drain too. Now, three years later Chrysler has roared back with Fiat's management, paid back government loans 6 years early at 19% interest and has produced very high quality and overall excellent cars. See how it got done...Visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kj2TtFHC9P0 Meanwhile, the little Fiat 500 is outselling BOTH the Mini Cooper and the VW Golf in just it's 2nd year. How long has the modern Mini been sold here? Ahh, 13 years. VW Golf model..since 1985 when the Rabbit was renamed. Yet the ignorant yell "Fix It Again Tony" and refuse to consider any current facts, leaning on their own prejudices from the 1970's. Did you know that the Fiat 1.4 engine is made by Americans (a few named Tony) in Dundee, Michigan (USA) and that engine was named "Engine of the Year" in 2010? The power steering components are made right here in South Carolina. It has Firestone Tires, an American company, The car has a higher than average domestic content that a lot of other brands. Yes, it's main assembly plant is in Mexico, right down there with the Ford Fusion. Cadillac, Chevy, Ford, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen who build cars in Mexico. Obama has taken credit for his role (signing the papers) on the Fiat/ Chrysler buyout, but Fiat has made good on its promise. Chrysler is rescued and Fiat is making an excellent car now. So, thousands of jobs saved later the ignorant are quick to find relavance in Fiat cars made 30+ years ago and forget all they have done to keep the US auto industry going in it's darkest hour. Also, Fiat has 150 dealers in North America. Fiat came here in the middle of a depression economy, built beautiful new million dollar stores and hired lots of AMERICANS to sell and service them...and yet the ignorant still yell "Fiat It Again Tony". Real Americans should be cheering that some company still has the guts to invest in America. Name one other car brand that has been able to come back after leaving our shores? You can't, so it's time to rethink the "Tony" prejudices. I would invite the "Fiat It Again Tony" skeptics to go test drive one of these Fiat cars, or any new Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ferrari or Maserati automobile. Yes, Fiat owns Ferrari since 1969, I guess it's junk too? One final note... the new partnership is working on both sides of the Atlantic. Did you know that Chrysler products, especially Minivans and Jeeps are being EXPORTED to Europe? The 500 is sold in 100 countries, and Fiat has been in business for 113 years, longer than Ford or GM.
      brucebolen
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Fiat 500 Sport 5-speed has been an outstanding care in every respect including reliability. It is fun to drive and gets better gas mileage than many hybrids. The old days of "fit it again, Tony" are over. This in an international car; designed in Italy, engine built in Detroit, transmission from Italy and assembled on the former PT Cruiser/Dodge Neon plant in Mexico, The new Fiat line is a winner all the way.
      Sylvie
      • 2 Years Ago
      Fiat. The name says it all - not with a ten foot pole.
      fourlocked
      • 2 Years Ago
      I once had a friend who was looking for a new car. When I suggested a Ford product that I knew would fit her needs, she replied: "I don't want no damn Ford! I had a Ford once, it used oil!" When I asked when that was, she replied: "1950." Many of the "haters" on this forum remind me of her, with their heads shoved so far up their backsides that they don't realize that the entire world has changed in the last thirty years. I manage one of the largest FIAT studios in the US and we have nearly 100% customer satisfaction, both with the product and with our processes. Time after time, customers come back exclaiming "I love my car!!!" In the one year that we have been open we have nearly a dozen multi-FIAT families. Some buy two at once, others come back for a second, or even a third after owning one for a few months. One customer sent us a photo showing seven FIATs in his driveway. Three belonging to his family and four owned by friends who were visiting. The FIAT 500 has won numerous awards both nationally and internationally, and most reviews are not only positive, but effusive in their praise. The build quality is incredible, espcially at this price point. There are very few problems and the few that there are can usually be fixed by being hooked up to a laptop for a few minutes. Maintainance is incredibly low with 10,000 mile oil change intervals on the 2013 and timing belt life of 152,000 miles. Like others who have commented, I find it amusing to read the negative comments by the small minded people who haven't sat in or driven a FIAT 500. It is as if they are saying: "Don't confuse me with facts, because my mind is already made up." But a refusal to look at, or listen to, the facts doesn't change the facts, and the fact is the FIAT 500 is a hell of a car, at a hell of a price, and those that refuse to consider one are only hurting themselves. That's OK because they don't know what they are missing.
      Macon
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think it is a riot to read all or your posts bashing a brand new vehicle NONE OF YOU have even driven. As typical ignorant closed minded "hater" Americans you prove one more time that your ignorance is clearly what you deem the best part about you. I bought a 55,000 luxury vehicle 5-12. Not bragging but making a point. Clearly I could buy whatever I wanted. I also wanted to purchase a smaller more economical vehicle for around town. Long story short, I purchased a 2012 Fiat Sport. It is fast, great mileage, has all the bells and whistles, is fun as heck to drive, gets plenty of attention, and at 6 foot 3, I have plenty of head and leg room. So before you all open your pie holes and spew bullcrap about a vehicle you know NOTHING about, take your lazy closed minded redneck butts out and try one. If you don't like it THEN maybe someone will care what you think, but until then, none of us wants to hear about your opinion. Until then, keep driving your boring Honda, or Chevrolet because you cannot think outside the box, or are too jaded to try something new. STFU.
      veasystreet
      • 2 Years Ago
      Lol!
      kruipdog
      • 2 Years Ago
      Every time I see someone driving that piece of crap I wonder how dumb can you be. Every review I read says its junk. Fiat has a great advertising campaing. Suckers are born every minute, especialy in the USA. Why dont you buy a chevy volt instead FOOL.
      frank1946
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just saw new one at Coffee today. President of the local College bought a pale Green 500. 60's Colors, looked great !