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echohawk
06-02-2012, 06:06 AM
Hi Guys, I ordered my Abarth on May 22. Delivery is expected end of June to mid-July. I'm very excited and looking forward to being a Fiat owner again.

I do hope the site admin will fix the name of the Abarth group (now misspelled Arbath).

Linda

David
06-03-2012, 11:05 PM
Thank you for pointing that out. It has been corrected :)

marc
06-16-2012, 12:46 PM
Hey Linda,

Welcome to fiatforever.com. I hope you have much fun with your new car. I read in the German news that the Abarth 500 is sold out for this year. Or not? since you've had many luck.

Greetings
Marc from Germany

echohawk
06-16-2012, 03:24 PM
Hi Marc,

I read last week that the 2012 Abarth is sold out in the US too. I ordered mine on 22 May, so it must be that they have sold out in the last month. The dealer where I ordered my car told me they had an allocation of 16 cars and had sold 8 (before mine). I'm glad to hear they are selling well. I would love to see Fiat be very successful here.

Thanks for the welcome. Are you currently a Fiat owner? I have been told that my car has been built and is currently being shipped to my dealer, so I should see it by the end of June. I'm glad I don't have to wait for the 2013 model.

Linda

marc
06-17-2012, 01:20 PM
Hey Linda,

From 2005 to 2009 i had a Fiat Punto. This model you can find in europe or mexico. Now i have an Alfa Romeo (159 Sportwagon from 2008). It is a trade from Fiat, too. I hope you can get the car in the end of the june.

Where do you come from? Do you see the Fiat 500 often in your state? In the German News i saw many commercials for the fiat 500 in the usa. A good friend told me the people in america like bigger cars than the fiat 500? (example: SUV)

Have a nice day
Marc

echohawk
06-19-2012, 07:11 AM
Hi Marc,

I had to google the 159 Sportwagon, and it is a nice car, as is the Punto. I wish we had more available like that here. I have heard for the last few years that Alfa Romeo will be back in the US soon, and now they say in 2013.

I live in Colorado, north of Denver, and I have only seen a few Fiat 500s on the road here. It's possible that there are more of them in the East or in bigger cities. I live about 40 miles from the nearest dealership. The only commercial I have seen was the Abarth commercial that played during the SuperBowl (American football championship), but my husband says he has seen a different one on television recently.

Your friend is right about Americans liking bigger cars. Where I live many people have SUVs or trucks. I have a 2001 Toyota RAV-4, which is small compared to most SUVs and has a 4-cylinder engine. Smaller cars like Honda or Toyota are popular, but we don't have a lot of really small models like are available in Europe. In the last few years as gas prices have increased, I have seen more small cars on the road. I still don't think our gas prices compare to those in Europe. Don't you have very high gas prices? I have heard that ours are subsidized by the government (probably under pressure from the oil companies, who don't want us to start conserving fuel!).

The other thing that Americans prefer is to have an automatic transmission. I had never thought about this because I always have the manual transmission, but a friend who moved here from France noticed that almost everyone he met had an automatic transmission. I think that takes a lot of the fun out of driving, not to mention affecting performance.

I hope that as more people see the Fiat 500 on the road, they will become interested in them and start to buy more of them. Thanks for your questions. Hope you have a nice day, too!

Linda

marc
06-24-2012, 04:09 PM
Hey Linda,

sorry... i was busy last days.

Thank you for your answer. Yes the alfa romeo 159 is a nice car and i will be never sold it ;-) Yes, Fiat plans the trade Alfa Romeo in america but I don't know which models will be come. I hope the people in america will be buy the 500, too. They can save much money and much gas. The price of gas in germany is higher as in the usa. Now, one liter costs 1,59 Eur (1,99 USD). Our government heavily taxed the gas and they increase it more and more. The american trucks are very rare here. Most of the people in germany can't pay the expensive gas for big Trucks or 8-Zylinder SUV. In Europe many cars have a manual transmission. I think you have more fun with a manual transmission. I live in the german eifel (near the nuerburgring) and i need a manual for the high mountainstreets. (especially uphill).

I have seen commercial with jennifer lopez and charlie sheen here in germany ;-) You can get many editions from the 500. (Example: gucci edition or us edition: http://www.fiat500.de/special-editions)

Which engine will your 500 have? 1,4L with 170hp?

have a nice start to a new week!
Marc

David
06-25-2012, 10:22 AM
marc here is another great thread on FIAT 500 Special Editions:

http://www.fiatforever.com/threads/6238-FIAT-500-special-editions

echohawk
06-28-2012, 08:57 AM
Hi Marc,

We are having a busy summer too. We live at the eastern edge of the Rocky Mountains, and drive in the mountains about once a week to go hiking at Rocky Mountain National Park. The mountain roads will be fun for the new car, which should be here soon. It has a 1.4L engine and 160hp.

I did some math and discovered that you are paying about 2.1 times the cost of fuel as in the US. Our price per gallon (1 gallon = 3.785L) is $3.56 (USD). I guess that is why Americans are not as concerned about efficiency as they should be. I think that we are not taxed enough, and many Americans agree that we do not invest in our roads and other infrastructure as much as we should. Our gas prices have gone down a little bit this summer and because demand is low and the economy is poor.

Thanks for writing. I have had a lot of fun learning more about Germany. I have heard of the Nuerburgring, and wonder if you have gone to any of the Formula One races? It looks like you live in a very beautiful part of the country.

Linda

marc
07-06-2012, 03:47 PM
Hey Linda,

i think the part of your country (rocky moutains) is very beautiful, too. Can you drive much serpentine in the mountains? That makes a lot of fun here in the eifel. I drove the Fiat 500 Twin Air for a test and it drove like on railes. ;) I live in the village/town cochem. This Town is on the river "moselle". I upload here a picture from this town (restrict "cond"):

Yes! Our Gas prices are very high when you compare the prices in the US. Our government taxed the gas in three times. We have an environmental tax, a petroleum tax and the VAT on the gas. (circa 90 Euro cent from 1,59 Eur are taxes)

I'am not a Formula 1 fan. I like the Touring/Tuning Cars Races/Series. They drive several times in a year. One of the classes is the "VLN endurance race". You can also drive with your own car a lot of weekend at the year on the nuerburgring, but it is dangerous. Many People call the nuerburgring the green hell. In 2007 i was driven with my EX-Fiat Punto on this circle at a touristic-drive but i prefer to drive as a co-driver.

I have read about the fires in the forest in colorado in the daily news. Are you concered, too?

Daer linda. Thank you for writing. I would to learning more about the usa, i plan my holiday in usa in 2014.

Greetings
marc

@david: Yes, i forgot the esse esse editon. It is very rare on German roads. i think this low-weight car with round about 170/180hp will you see more on everything racetrack in Germany .

(sorry, my english is not the best)

echohawk
07-12-2012, 10:17 AM
Hi Marc,

Sorry to take so long to reply. Cochem is very beautiful, and I have heard of the Moselle river and the wonderful wine produced there. I was surprised to know that you have heard of the fires we had here. We were concerned at first, but now things are under control and mostly out. Fortunately they were not too near, and we were not affected by the smoke too much, although we had poor air quality for several days.

I wanted to tell you some good news. I got my car on Monday, and I have been enjoying it very much. Fiat recommends that it not be driven hard for the first 300 miles, so I have been taking it easy. I have posted some pictures on Facebook (if you are on Facebook and want to friend me, Linda Echo-Hawk) and will try to post some to this site in the next day or two.

In the meantime, I must get back to work, but I will write more about the car soon.

Your friend,
Linda

marc
07-14-2012, 03:03 PM
Dear Linda,

thats okay! I don't have much time to visit every site at the week too.

Nice to hear that you not affected. This fires are very awful. i wish this disaster no one.

I saw your car on Facebook! It's a really nice car! I love this color. It is the same color that was on my (ex)alfa romeo mito. (i was written the same on FB)
Yes, its right. You must drive the car softly at first. The engine will acclimate.
Do you like wines from germany? Have you ever made ​​holiday in Germany?

Your friend,
marc

echohawk
07-19-2012, 07:08 PM
Hi Marc,

I finally added some pictures to this site. I have over 300 miles on the car in one week! I really love it. Today we drove up to the mountains to hike. (We saw a moose!) Driving up the canyon is definitely what you called serpentine and very fun! The little car is very impressive. I am trying hard not to get a speeding ticket. This is definitely my dream car.

I wanted to answer your questions about Germany. I do like German wine! I'm not very knowledgeable, but someone told me years ago that white wines from Germany are the best. I have never been to Germany, or even outside of the US. I don't often have the opportunity to travel. Americans work too much and don't take enough vacation (holiday) time! There are many beautiful places in the US that I have not yet seen, such as the Grand Canyon, so hopefully I can drive there some day.

Oh, I also wanted to tell you that I saw another Fiat 500 driving home from work yesterday, so maybe there will be more and more of them on the roads as time goes by. They are a lot of fun!

Your friend,
Linda