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    Fiat, what country of origin?

    My 500 just turned 10 years old, this July. Its hard to believe. In that time, nobody has ever mistaken it, as a Japanese, German, or Korean car. It has a FIAT badge on the the rear end. What else would the car come from?

    When I first bought, my next door neighbor, said why did you buy it? Fix. it. again. Tony. I said why did you buy a Chrysler Caravan. Same FCA Corporation. We were staying in Bartlesville Oklahoma, once. Hotel at the Best Western there. The innkeeper, said thats a nice looking VW you have.
    I said look at my personal license plate. Luigi, does that sound German?

    My 500 never seen Italy. It was designed there. The engine is sourced from the United State. The automatic transmission from Japan. Contents, from the United States. Final assembly Mexico. Miscellaneous parts, most likely from China. The European 500s are built In Poland.

    I see very few 500s on the road here anymore. When it was new. I use to get asked lots of question about the car. Its pretty much invisible now.

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    I was picking up some stuff from the local home improvement center 3 weeks ago. A PU pulled next to me and an older gent and his son were also getting out, when he stopped his son. He'd seen then Fiat logo. Apparently he'd never noticed Fiats running around town but had good memories of the old 500's. Loved the look and seemed a bit disappointed they weren't made any longer.

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    In 2011. When the first 500’s were hitting our FCA dealership here. There wasn’t a studio built yet. The dealership was a couple blocks from our house. I spent a lot of time looking at the 500 there. A father, and he’s high school daughter. She had just graduated. Was looking at a base bright red 500 Pop. I don’t even think they offered blue and me, on the model. Only as a option. Same with the Chrome exhaust tip. He was thinking about buying the car for her, to go to college. She was crazy about the little car. A prefect girls car. Still is! He asked me why they were selling the Fiats, at the Dodge dealership. Told him, Fiat bought Chrysler.

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    Back in 2013 when the 500s started picking up some sales, my mom looked at a bunch of them. She test drove a 2013 500S Automatic, it was black and had the brown interior. Also had hubcaps which was odd. She loved the 500C Lounge by Gucci, but it $27,000. That was absolutely outrageous. That Sport model, was at $19k. Pretty reasonable. Had leather, Blue&Me, Cruise Control, Chome Tip and the Sport exhaust. Well equipped. When we bought our Pop in 2016, it couldn't be any more different than the S. After we bought the car people have been stopping us on the streets asking about it, and how the haven't seen any since the 70s, even one person asked if it was a Yugo which we found quite funny.

    Now that dealer we went to 2013 is now a Subaru dealer, a couple other dealers shut down, I know Motor Village LA stopped selling them, GET1 Jeep stopped selling and servicing them, and Hot FIAT stopped selling FIAT and Alfa Romeo, now only services them. And I know Palm Springs Chrysler no longer sells or services them. And Orange Coast FIAT only services, doesn't sell them and they also moved Alfa Romeo right around the corner (literally), at the old Lamborghini Newport Beach location. Maybe FIAT will make a huge comeback someday, who knows.
    I don't have a car, or a FIAT, yet. But, we do have a 500 as a family car. It's a 2014 FIAT 500 1.4 MultiAir 105 Pop, 6-speed AISIN AS60T Automatic, Grigio & Nero, 15" steel wheels, and a white stripe.

    105 hp - 100 lb-ft.
    No big mods, except for one, a K&N air filter.

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    Lots of 500's around these parts. In my neighborhood alone there must be at least a dozen. Six within a couple of blocks from me. Our local Craigslist has tons of them for sale, some at stupidly high prices (how about $17K for a 2013 Abarth?).

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    Quote Originally Posted by babblefish View Post
    Lots of 500's around these parts. In my neighborhood alone there must be at least a dozen. Six within a couple of blocks from me. Our local Craigslist has tons of them for sale, some at stupidly high prices (how about $17K for a 2013 Abarth?).
    It's going up in value that's why. It's not going up as crazy as let's say... Toyota's FJ Cruiser, but it did go up a few thousand $$$ for sure. I've kept my eye on it since 2019. Our 500 has not went up in value in the slightest, but those Abarths are rare, so they're going up. I've seen $20k for a 75k mile 2013 Abarth.
    I don't have a car, or a FIAT, yet. But, we do have a 500 as a family car. It's a 2014 FIAT 500 1.4 MultiAir 105 Pop, 6-speed AISIN AS60T Automatic, Grigio & Nero, 15" steel wheels, and a white stripe.

    105 hp - 100 lb-ft.
    No big mods, except for one, a K&N air filter.

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    There are some reasonably priced Abarths out there. No crazy high prices. One with 165k miles on the clock, for $7.5k. A lot of high mileage ones, so they are dependable.

    https://www.cars.com/shopping/result...min=&zip=66215
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    There are lots of 500's in Vancouver BC. Also quite a few Abarths. I get many complements on my Abarth. One SUV driving woman at the supermarket parking lot observed me putting my groceries in the back hatch and said, somewhat wistfully: "Gee that's the perfect sized car for the city."

    Surprised that 500 owners don't wave or say hello to each other on the road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hermiabarth View Post
    There are lots of 500's in Vancouver BC. Also quite a few Abarths. I get many complements on my Abarth. One SUV driving woman at the supermarket parking lot observed me putting my groceries in the back hatch and said, somewhat wistfully: "Gee that's the perfect sized car for the city."

    Surprised that 500 owners don't wave or say hello to each other on the road.
    Perhaps they do? Having not seen one in NH for about 6 months I wouldn't know.
    - 2013 Gray 500 abarth - Red/Black Leather - Sunroof - Climate Control -
    I'm from England where hot hatches are more common than pubs! Here, where I'm at in NH, not so much....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hermiabarth View Post
    There are lots of 500's in Vancouver BC. Also quite a few Abarths. I get many complements on my Abarth. One SUV driving woman at the supermarket parking lot observed me putting my groceries in the back hatch and said, somewhat wistfully: "Gee that's the perfect sized car for the city."

    Surprised that 500 owners don't wave or say hello to each other on the road.
    When they were new 10 years ago here. We used to wave to each other. People in other vehicles, would snap photo’s of mine, while they drove by.

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