View Full Version : OWNER: Haring - 2012 Fiat 500 Sport - Rame

05-30-2013, 09:02 AM
It all started in Sept/Oct of 2011. I stopped by Safford Fiat in VA to check out the 500 in this Rame color so I wanted to see it in person to see if it was orange enough for me. I sat in this 500 but wasn't ready to buy.


I came back to the dealership in January to check out an orange Color Concept VW New Beetle (the one with orange accented wheels, black & orange leather interior, etc.) they had just parked in their used car lot. It was a mess but before the 500 I had been a big VW guy (Jetta, Passat, 78 Bus, & a somewhat rare GTI IV 2.0). They successfully talked me out of that since that was probably in no better shape than my GTI was. My awesome sales guy looked down his list of cars and found a Rame that fit everything I wanted (spare, sunroof, etc.) and guess what...it was the same Rame I wanted a few months earlier. It was just covered in snow :D

Early on I took numerous trips to NC to visit my friends and my dogs. I think 3,000 of those miles were just from the trips down. That explains why as of today i'm almost about to hit the 30,000 mile mark after only 1 1/2 years.
http://www.fiat500usaforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=1206&d=1329145262 http://www.fiat500usaforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=1207&d=1329145263

Like with my other cars even back to when I was 16 I couldn't just leave him stock and that's when the wallet opened and the following list started showing up on him:

-FIIAA Air Horn from 500Madness
-Stubby antenna from 500 Madness
-Tow hitch with a THULE bike rack & FIAT plug
-Turbo blacked out tail lights from Mopar Parts Online
-RRM Intake, Exhaust & Engine Cover
-Competizione Upper Brace (painted black)
-Eibach Pro-kit
-Silver Theme - Swapped Rame mirror covers with Silver, Abarth-like Silver stripe on the side, Swapped Rame dash pieces with Silver, Shift boot with white stitching (kinda looks silver)

And this is the list of issues I've had.
-Torn CV boot on driver's axle
-Driver's armrest cover
-Steering column replaced for clunk noise
-Steering column plastic dash cover replaced for being loose
-Cracked fog light
-Front & rear badge replaced for bubbles
-Rear bumper paint chipping on side corners
-Tear in gasket on dogbone (no clue how it happened or why it wasn't replaced under warranty)

Current photos of my boy:
http://andegraphics.com/pics/albums/userpics/10001/500rame_april_2jpg.jpg http://andegraphics.com/pics/albums/userpics/10001/500rame_april_3bac.jpg

And thanks to Fiat for showing me that I can love a non-VW car I changed out my license plate for this one :D

I also have to recognize the little guy for winning at the 2012 FLU Freakout. Trying to figure out what I need to do for the 2013 show to stand out:

Robert Nixon
05-30-2013, 09:55 AM
Nice shots!

Just curious what was the issue with the steering column? Was it coverd by the warranty?

05-30-2013, 10:21 AM
When you turn the steering wheel left/right while not moving, you would hear a clunk noise and slight bump feel. I forget which part of the steering column they replaced but it was fixed under warranty and I haven't had an issue since.

05-30-2013, 11:21 AM
nice to see my silver mirror covers from my former sport lives on, on a great car!

DJ Sueno
06-01-2013, 03:28 PM
Nice story, cool car, and great pics...

Hope to see it in person at a local meet one of these days... :smile:

06-01-2013, 07:05 PM
That is one gorgeous color. They did right on that one.

06-25-2013, 12:48 AM
looking great man!
any second thoughts on getting the Abarth yet? :D

06-25-2013, 04:14 AM

Abarth. You know you want one. Custom paint. Turbo.


06-25-2013, 09:06 AM
I did check out this one today and sent them an email inquire:

DJ Sueno
06-28-2013, 09:56 PM

Your Rame mirrors look sorta cool/interesting...

Do you plan on changing out the white interior panel with a Rame interior panel as well ?

06-28-2013, 10:06 PM
Yup. Cutting the small piece tomorrow and attempting the larger. Sucks having the manual ac. It wont be as easy. Searching sign shops to see if any have a dark orange vinyl that might work for a decal.

07-26-2013, 02:46 PM
Finally added a new page for the Abarth now that the Rame has a new home.

06-25-2014, 03:54 PM
My baby's 1 year birthday

Abarth Five O
06-25-2014, 05:41 PM
Congrats! :birthday:

06-25-2014, 06:08 PM
What did you get it for its birthday?