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2011 Fiat 500: Specs And Auto Insurance


Fiat 500 Abarth

Fiat 500 Abarth

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If you don’t remember when Fiat hit the streets of the U.S. nearly a half century ago, frankly, you don’t want to. The response by North American drivers was one of disbelief by its cheap quality and unreliability. But due to the recent Chrysler merger, Fiat’s are supposed to be a common sight on the road in the near future. The Italian based company is expected to release the Fiat 500 to the Chrysler showroom floor late 2010.

The Fiat 500 design is similar to that of the MINI Cooper, and not surprisingly, was designed by the same individual, Frank Stephenson. But what differs greatly between the cars is what’s under the hood, and how big of a dent it’ll put in your back pocket.

Running on an eye-opening 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine, maxing 94 horsepower, don’t expect to be winning any racing medals anytime soon. But if you’re not concerned about speed, the Fiat 500 can lift quite a burden on your finances.

When it hits the showroom in late 2010, it’s expected to become one of the best cars for fuel economy in the U.S., averaging almost 40+ mpg. Although no numbers have been officially released, the cost of the Fiat 500 is expected to be quite affordable. In terms of auto insurance, the Fiat is expected to be one of the most affordable in the U.S. due to its low cost, small engine, and high fuel economy.

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  1. Looks like a great car to tow behind a RV. Will it be towable 4 wheels down?
     
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  2. Actually, the 70s Fiats weren't all that unreliable. American car dealers and mechanics weren't prepared for a pre-delivery checklist of about 120 items, when American cars took only about 20 minutes with only about a dozen checks. I worked in a Fiat dealership, and the cars I predelivered didn't come back for warrantee work very often, because I did all the checks (and got yelled at for taking so long). Fiat seemed to leave their QA to the dealers, and if the dealers had gotten on board, the cars would have done better.
     
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  3. Picked up my 2012 Fiat 500 two weeks ago and I've been loving every second of it. Great car with a polished build, and when you engage the Sport button, the car tightens up even further and feels like it could fly.
     
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