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    Is the 500L a good family car?

    Is the 500L a good family car. I know I made a post asking about the 500x, but how about the 500L? I looked at the 500L Trekking on FIAT's website and the interior looks very nice, we really like it's greenhouse.

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    I don't have kids but when big and tall people ride in back they are amazed by the amount of room. The rear seat even tilts a bit. Best of all is that it's short so that it can be parked more easily, Italian style.

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    Is the 500L a good family car. I know I made a post asking about the 500x, but how about the 500L? I looked at the 500L Trekking on FIAT's website and the interior looks very nice, we really like it's greenhouse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paulbob View Post
    I don't have kids but when big and tall people ride in back they are amazed by the amount of room. The rear seat even tilts a bit. Best of all is that it's short so that it can be parked more easily, Italian style.
    Is it comfortable? Is it reliable? Does it feel like it can compete with vehicles that are a bit more expensive?

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    Our early made 2014, spent too much time, in the service department. The waiting room chairs weren’t that comfortable. The vending machine cappuccinos We’re so so. We spent a lot of time inside it. Some where, in middle of southern Kansas. Waiting for the tow truck, a couple hours. The seats were real comfortable. We could use the AC. The transmission was trash. Had bottle water. I think we spent more time in rental Kia Souls, over the 9 months of 500L ownership.

    It was a pretty car, we got it really cheap brand new. Drove very well, when it worked. Held a lot of Tradeshow merchandising.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smark View Post
    Our early made 2014, spent too much time, in the service department. The waiting room chairs weren’t that comfortable. The vending machine cappuccinos We’re so so. We spent a lot of time inside it. Some where, in middle of southern Kansas. Waiting for the tow truck, a couple hours. The seats were real comfortable. We could use the AC. The transmission was trash. Had bottle water. I think we spent more time in rental Kia Souls, over the 9 months of 500L ownership.

    It was a pretty car, we got it really cheap brand new. Drove very well, when it worked. Held a lot of Tradeshow merchandising.

    what is yours the dual clutch? What went wrong with it? We would be looking at a 2020 model.

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    The 500L may be the ultimate family car. The 500L has the room of a full-size car within its sub-compact outer dimensions, plus the rear seating is configurable. The concept is minivan versatility for folks that don't want to drive a minivan.

    We have lots of info on the 500L on Fiat500USA.com for you to enjoy:

    http://www.fiat500usa.com/search/label/Fiat%20500L

    Here is the design brief which is interesting. It also talks about the history of Fiat small car design which is a must know subject for any automotive connoisseur.:

    A Look at the Design of the New Fiat 500L

    Fiat 500L Design Approach

    We were given exclusive access to a 500L at the Detroit Autoshow and the Head of Fiat Centro Style, Roberto Giolito gave us a personal tour of the car:

    Fiat 500L Examined


    For entertainment, below is a video demonstrating the advanced traction control system the 500L comes with. All 500L and 500 models have enhanced traction control systems compared to the comparable European models.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocco Reviews... View Post
    what is yours the dual clutch? What went wrong with it? We would be looking at a 2020 model.
    It was a dual clutch transmission. The service department, Wrote up, catastrophic transmission failures. Not sure what that meant. They order a new transmission, for our car. No questions ask. Our dealership provided with a free rental car. It took close to a month to obtain a new transmission. The model was so new in the country at time. Parts scares. It had lots of electrical gremlins too, over our period of ownership. We needed a really reliable vehicle, for my wife’s trade show. We finally traded it in for a Kia Soul. It’s been a very reliable vehicle, has more cargo space for her marketing items. We might buy a 3rd generation one.

    Fiat compared the 500L to the Soul during it new car introduction. I have a Fiat sales person comparison manual I got the studio. At the time, we did comparison of the two before we bought. My wife loved the 500L interior design, over the Souls. The studio knocked $7k off the window sticker. They were just sitting on the lot. You never know when you buy a first model year of a vehicle.

    Here’s the first Soul we bought, after trading in the 500L. One of my daughters has a white one too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fiat500USA View Post
    The 500L may be the ultimate family car. The 500L has the room of a full-size car within its sub-compact outer dimensions, plus the rear seating is configurable. The concept is minivan versatility for folks that don't want to drive a minivan.

    We have lots of info on the 500L on Fiat500USA.com for you to enjoy:

    http://www.fiat500usa.com/search/label/Fiat%20500L

    Here is the design brief which is interesting. It also talks about the history of Fiat small car design which is a must know subject for any automotive connoisseur.:

    A Look at the Design of the New Fiat 500L

    Fiat 500L Design Approach

    We were given exclusive access to a 500L at the Detroit Autoshow and the Head of Fiat Centro Style, Roberto Giolito gave us a personal tour of the car:

    Fiat 500L Examined


    For entertainment, below is a video demonstrating the advanced traction control system the 500L comes with. All 500L and 500 models have enhanced traction control systems compared to the comparable European models.



    http://www.fiat500usa.com/2014/08/wa...fiat-500l.html
    Thanks for your help! When I first showed my dad this car he said "No, no, no, not another FIAT!", and then I showed him what tech was in a fully loaded 500L Lounge and he was very impressed to say the least. The price for a fully loaded Lounge is under $30K, that's impressive. I have three questions, does the Lounge have everything the Trekking has, what configuration can you put the seats (including front passenger seat), and is Traction+ exclusive to the Trekking? Americans don't give this car enough credit. This car is definitely going on our considerations list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smark View Post
    It was a dual clutch transmission. The service department, Wrote up, catastrophic transmission failures. Not sure what that meant. They order a new transmission, for our car. No questions ask. Our dealership provided with a free rental car. It took close to a month to obtain a new transmission. The model was so new in the country at time. Parts scares. It had lots of electrical gremlins too, over our period of ownership. We needed a really reliable vehicle, for my wife’s trade show. We finally traded it in for a Kia Soul. It’s been a very reliable vehicle, has more cargo space for her marketing items. We might buy a 3rd generation one.

    Fiat compared the 500L to the Soul during it new car introduction. I have a Fiat sales person comparison manual I got the studio. At the time, we did comparison of the two before we bought. My wife loved the 500L interior design, over the Souls. The studio knocked $7k off the window sticker. They were just sitting on the lot. You never know when you buy a first model year of a vehicle.

    Here’s the first Soul we bought, after trading in the 500L. One of my daughters has a white one too.
    We would be getting the AISIN because our 500 has the AISIN and it's great, it is a Japanese transmission after all. About 30 minutes away from my house, there is an AISIN facility/warehouse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocco Reviews... View Post
    We would be getting the AISIN because our 500 has the AISIN and it's great, it is a Japanese transmission after all. About 30 minutes away from my house, there is an AISIN facility/warehouse.
    Personally, you parents should shop around. Lots of really nice vehicles to choose out there. It’s sad, not sure how much longer Fiat going be here. I thought you didn’t care for the Aisan 500 automatic transmission. You complained about mothers transmission, a lot.

    I would purchase a 500X over the 500L. To me it’s better looking car. Newer vehicle. If your parents are looking for a tall station wagon, like the 500L. Sounds like they want AWD. We’ve also, considered looking at what Subaru offers. The 500L is only FWD. 6 year old model car.
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