I dropped in on the Portland dealer Tuesday and the experience was excellent. Was greeted by Bryce Gehlen, the sales manager (his card says FIAT Studio Lead). He gave me a perfect, low key, walk-though of the models, features and options. Turned out they had just received the exact model I was interested in: red Sport with manual transmission and satellite radio. Still covered in plastic wrap. Pricing is what it says on the sticker with no discounts and no add-ons.
I came "this close" to signing up, but chose to reflect overnight and ultimately decided to wait a while.
Some interesting tidbits:
~ Bryce said that it's been taking about two months to receive cars that were special ordered.
~ I'd guess that they had about 40 cars on the lot.
~ Those of you from the area will know the name Ron Tonkin. He's been a fixture in the Portland car scene for decades and owns this store. Bryce said he's semi-retired, but his grandson, Alex Tonkin, is the GM of the FIAT dealership.