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Posted: 01/06/13 06:39pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

mowermech wrote:

sch911 wrote:

Yes there was a day when Fiat was... But, sorry to say to all of you Fiat non-fans out there but the current F500 has a very solid reputation worldwide including winning many awards in Europe. Time for all of you to take another look at Fiat....


Yes, but you know how car fans are. No matter how old the stories are, they MUST apply to current models, as well.
to be honest, I am that way about Hondas. My experience has been, Honda parts are more expensive than a similar part for any other unit, no matter if it is outdoor power equipment or vehicles. Therefore, I won't own one. EVER!
It will take Fiat a long time to live down the past.
Now, as to the basic question: Is it towable behind a motorhome?
I don't know, what does the Owners Manual have to say about it?


Same here.

To the OP, if you want an economical car with a good reputation, buy a Ford Focus or Fiesta. The Focus was the highest selling car, worldwide, in 2012. They are both towable with a manual or automatic.


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Posted: 01/06/13 07:56pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I just got my Feb 2013 Consumer Reports.
On page 60... Best and Worst for the Money.... Cars.
Bottom of the list.. Ford Fiesta and Ford Focus.

#2 on the list was the Honda Fit w/Base price 16,915.

Fiat was not on list.

Thanks for pics on Smart Car.... something to consider.

* This post was edited 01/06/13 08:09pm by stevekk *

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Posted: 01/06/13 08:01pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Honda Fit base price is lower than that.

$15,425

Source: Honda's website.

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Posted: 01/06/13 08:21pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

travelnutz wrote:

Yup, I've seen lots of "TOW" trucks towing Fiats and being small and light they must be easy to tow so Tony can fix it again. $15K purchase price will likely become akin to a downpayment after 6-8 years of owning, using, and keeping it going. Fiat has a long no so great history for their vehicles but you be the judge, it's your money.

A Mini Cooper and Fiat should never be mentioned in the same sentence. Miles apart in about everything including the price.

There are many better choices than a Fiat!


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Posted: 01/06/13 08:30pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

OP if you do some checking you will find Fiat has come a long way from the early 70's, kind of like GM. They built a lot of junk back then also. Vaga, Monza and their siblings, then the 80's and their failed attempt at building a diesel out of a gas engine. Then the R700 that they built knowing that the front cover would leak causing early failure,but out of their 12/12 warranty coverage. Yep good times Nutz's good times.

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travelnutz wrote:

Yup, I've seen lots of "TOW" trucks towing Fiats and being small and light they must be easy to tow so Tony can fix it again. $15K purchase price will likely become akin to a downpayment after 6-8 years of owning, using, and keeping it going. Fiat has a long no so great history for their vehicles but you be the judge, it's your money.

A Mini Cooper and Fiat should never be mentioned in the same sentence. Miles apart in about everything including the price.

There are many better choices than a Fiat!


PLEASE PROVIDE LINKS SHOWING WHERE FIAT IS A POOR CHOICE.....

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Both the Fiat 500 and the Mini Cooper are towable. BTW Consumer reports estimates that the Fiat will be more reliable than the Mini.

Most Hondas are pretty good cars. I had a 2002 Accord that was very unrealiable. And a 2004 S2000 that never broke.


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Posted: 01/06/13 09:16pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

To the OP:

Here's the sales numbers for Ford Focus alone for only the first 6 months in 2012.

"Ford Motor Co.'s Focus was the world’s top-selling “single-car nameplate,” -- a vehicle sold under only one name -- with 489,616 sales in 2012’s first six months, Ford said in statement that cited researcher IHS Automotive. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg"

AND

The sales figures for the Fiat 500 for the first 11 months of 2012.

"From Chrysler's November sales report:

FIAT Brand
Fiat 500 sales were up a hefty 123 percent, a sales record for the month of November. It was the ninth consecutive month this year in which the Fiat 500 has set a sales record, including an all-time sales
record in September. Sales of the Fiat 500 hatchback were up 143 percent in November while the Fiat
500 Cabrio posted a 41 percent year-over-year sales gain.
The FIAT brand expanded its product family with four additional Fiat 500 models during last week’s Los
Angeles Auto Show media preview. The 2013 Fiat 500e features an all-new battery-electric powertrain;
the 2014 Fiat 500L adds two doors plus spacious seating for five; the 2014 Fiat 500L Trekking expands
the appeal and practicality of the Fiat 500L with distinct, rugged looks; and the 2013 Fiat 500 Abarth
Cabrio combines turbocharged, track-capable performance with a clever open-top design.

They show year to date sales (as of the end of November 2012) of 40,065 Fiat 500's sold in the USA.

489,616 for 6 months VS 40,065 for 11 months. Kind of tells the story very clearly."

As I said in an earlier post, Fiat 500 doesn't sell remotely well for many reasons but don't expect Perryburg Dodgeboy to tell you the truth as he also works for Chrysler Corp and doesn't want you to know why.

Sales numbers tell you something about any vehicle as buyers aren't as dumb as some on this or other forums try to make you think with their BS. There's a reason Consumers doesn't list the Fiat 500.


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Posted: 01/06/13 09:22pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

BTW, Honda Fit sales are expected to top 200,000 for the year. Also makes the Fiat 500 sales look as bad as it is. A very unpopular vehicle for many reasons and the sales shows it so clearly.

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Posted: 01/06/13 09:30pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

As for the Smart Cars, this:

By Doron Levin, contributorFebruary 18, 2011: 1:38 PM ET


FORTUNE -- Don't feel too sorry for automotive mogul Roger Penske, who this week threw in the towel on the exclusive U.S. distribution rights for the Smart line of small cars. Investors were cheering his decision Wednesday, along with the financial results of Penske Automotive Group (PAG, Fortune 500), bidding shares nearly to a three-year high.

The Smart ForTwo, a diminutive two-seater built by Daimler AG, simply never met sales expectations, reaching about 45,000 cars sold over a three-year period, but at a declining rate. "It had a rip-roaring start," said Tony Pordon, senior vice president for the Bloomfield Hills, Michigan company. "The last two years have been difficult."

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