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Discussion in 'Other Italian' started by Pav, Sep 14, 2010.

  1. BLUROAD

    BLUROAD F1 Veteran

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    You are in a state that has less fees. 11percent sales tax and dmv fees in California...

    But I rest my argument.. If it doesn't pencil It may take a few years to see where values fall to see when Fiat/Chrysler will be comfortable with leasing...
     
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  3. sjmst

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    Absolutely, you have to be comfortable with the purchase. If you're not you won't enjoy the car. Even Laura Soave said the obvious; they're not for everyone.
    Me, I'm just a car nut and had to have one. ;)
     
  4. dave_fonz_164

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    Im assuming so many Primas were cancelled due to the high price and finance interest rates. Here in Canada they finance at 5.99%, a little crazy if you ask me.
     
  5. sjmst

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    I'm on the 500 usa blog. Lots of Prima buyers there, so I'd say it's a decent sample.
    Here are the reasons people cancelled:

    1) Didn't like the long wait and what they considered poor communication;
    2) Didn't like the stripe;
    3) Didn't like the Graphite instrument panel Bezel;
    4) Had second thoughts about their color;
    5) Wanted more choices (color, tranny, etc);
    6) Were able to get a non Prima from another dealer right away.
    7) Some test drove sunroof cars and thought they were too tall...so wanted non sunroof.

    There may be others, but I think that about covers the ones that popped up most.

    Almost no one I recall didn't like the car.

    So for 489 people depositing money on a car sight unseen, not suprised there were a number who cancelled.
     
  6. 4re Nut

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    I'm ~ 6'2" with a long (& wide :eek:) torso; sounds like if/when I get one the sunroof is iffy.

    What about the other 11 cars; auctioned off and/or reserved for VIPs?
     
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  8. BLUROAD

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    I like everything but the Leather Color. Grey leather on a Red car doesnt work for me. I think Tan Leather would have been Sick... The body colored dash would have helped as well...Oh and a nice lease payment....:)
     
  9. sjmst

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    Agree on the color combo and dash issue!
     
  10. MikeZ_NJ

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    1-10 and 500 were reserved by Fiat. I think there was at least one auctioned off, and I think Jay Leno got #2 and #3.
     
  11. sjmst

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    #500 to a museum.
     
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  13. 4re Nut

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    Thanks for the info.
     
  14. judge4re

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    It works with white.
     
  15. sjmst

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    And the gray
     
  16. Stackhouse

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    Not in the market for one but was killing time this weekend and decided to stop by the dealer, they easily had 20+ Fiats on the lot...

    I was excited when I heard the 500 was on its way to the USA, I LOVE Italian design and feel, BUT as much as I wanted to like this car it did not appeal to me in person! I will just have to wait for Alfa's arrival.

    Just my .02

    :(
     
  17. TheMayor

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    I'm kinda in your camp. I think there's too many bugs in Fiat's system -- not the car, but the system. They don't seem like a well oiled machine yet.
     
  18. sjmst

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    I know what you mean. The looks are not really my thing, but it is fun and I'm a Fiat fan.
     
  19. Tifosi15

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    You guys are crazy ;) The Fiat looks great, especially as a modern 500 to what the old 500 was, plus what else for that price has the character the Fiat does? :)
     
  20. sjmst

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    Someone posted on the Fiat USA Blog that his car came damaged and it took the dealer a couple of weeks to fix. He got car rental covered, but also as a good will gesture, Fiat paid his first month car payment to make it up to him.
     
  21. classic308

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    Desidero un Abarth....
     
  22. TX907

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    Prima #378 here. Had it for a few days and it is a lot of fun. :)
     
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    Well then post a photo please.
     
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  25. Tifosi15

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    Not a fan of the graphics but it still looks great!
     
  26. sjmst

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    No choice. The stripes are standard.
     
  27. Tifosi15

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    I take it's a prima then
     
  28. 4re Nut

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    Yep...

     

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