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Should You Get A New Fiat 124 Spider Or A Used Porsche Boxster?

By   May 10, 2016

Fiat 124 Spider or Porsche Boxster

Fiat 124 Spider and Porsche Boxster

Fiat recently announced the pricing of their much anticipated 124 Spider. The roadster is based off of a Mazda MX-5 platform, so handling should be very good. Styling is reminiscent of the classic Fiat 124 Spider.

The base model Spider starts at $24,995. For a new roadster that is a good deal, but how does it compare to what can be had on the used market? What if you purchase a much less expensive used Porsche Boxster (986)?

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Fiat Announces Pricing For 2017 124 Spider

By   May 3, 2016

Fiat 124 Spider

Fiat 124 Spider

Fiat has announced pricing for their new 2017 Fiat 124 Spider. The much anticipated roadster will feature a 160 horsepower 184 lb-ft of torque engine in the standard car. 165 horsepower is available for those that go with the Abarth. The engine is a turbocharged 1.4-liter four cylinder unit, so expect for the after market to offer even more power options.

The 124 Spider is based on the Mazda MX-5, so you know that it should handle well. To say that the automotive press is looking forward to getting their hands on this Fiat is an understatement. When we interviewed MotorWeek’s John Davis at the LA Auto Show the Spider was the car at the show he was most excited about and the new Ford GT was among the machines at the show.

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MotorWeek’s John Davis Talks To Us At The LA Auto Show

By   November 23, 2015

MotorWeek's John Davis at the LA Auto Show

MotorWeek’s John Davis

The LA Auto Show started last week with media days and is open to the public now. The show is the biggest automotive show on the west coast and is covered by most major automotive media outlets.

One of the folks attending the show was John Davis, the host of the awarding winning PBS program MotorWeek. John took a bit of time out of his busy schedule to talk to us about the show and the industry in general.

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Dodge Challenger, Charger And Fiat 500 Rank First In J.D. Power APEAL Study

By   July 22, 2015

Dodge Challenger

Dodge Challenger

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has three cars that managed to lead their segments in this year’s J.D. Powers APEAL Study. The three cars that came out on top in their categories are the Dodge Challenger, Charger and Fiat 500.

The APEAL Study is in its 20th year and it measures how gratifying a new vehicle is to own and to drive. The scoring is based on 77 attributes that are rated by customers. The owners are surveyed 90 days after they purchase the vehicle and this coincides with J.D. Power’s Initial Quality Study.

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Is The Fiat 500e Sexy?

By   November 25, 2014

Fiat 500e

Fiat 500e

So, I took my Dodge Challenger in to get a routine oil change only to find out my water pump needed to be replacing. I don’t know the reason but I am so thankful for warranties.

I had no other transportation so the dealership (yes, I took my car to the dealership for the oil change as they are free for the first year) let me borrow a Fiat 500e. I’ve always wanted to try a Fiat (they are cute and cool!) but never had the chance. The car is literally half the size of my Challenger which was amusing and a little scary.

Fiat 500e Rear End

The details of the car were nice: leather seats, leather steering wheel, heated seats, bluetooth, etc. The car is a bit like a tin-can; small and not much between yourself and the vehicle next to you. Driving by trucks and other larger sedans was extremely intimidating and I prayed they saw me before changing lanes.

The dealership gave me the car with only 33 miles left till it needed to be charged. I had to make a quick stop to get toilet paper (yes, I have a luxurious life!) and I realized that I didn’t have much space to put it. The Fiat website claims that the car can drive 122 in the city and 108 highway on a single charge. For an in town commuter car would work great (as long as you don’t have drive more than about 50 miles each way). However, if you want power and storage this just isn’t it.

It sounds space age when driving it. The electric motor just makes a slight whirling notice and since it is a one speed transmission you loose the sense of speed that you get from changing gears. While fast enough for traffic it isn’t quite as quick as a performance car (as is to be expected from this type of car).

It is impractical for a family and doesn’t give you the feeling of having a lot of power. However, strangely I find myself wanting one. Not as my primary car, but as a second run around town car. There are certainly better cars out there and yet this electric machine stole my heart (or at least a small part of it).