Register Login
iNETFX Domain Registration - COM/NET/ORG £6.50 a year!
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 1 Week Ago   #1
Join Date: Sep 2017
Posts: 28
Thanks: 0
Trader Rating: 0
USA 
Hello from a newbie to Fiat

Hi All,

I'm thinking about buying a 1970's Fiat 500L simply because they look FUN.
I use to own a 1978 VW Bus so I am familiar with air cooled engines and "the people's car" concept. In fact, I still have all my tools from the Bus.

So my questions are:
1) what should I be looking for in a used Fiat 500L in regards to issues, problems and hacks
2) How are they in snow?
3) How warm are they in a New England winter (my bus wasn't warm at all - again - air cooled problems)
4) anyone ever put a bicycle rack on it - how?
5) I'm in the New York area through April and then I'd be driving it to California. Any issues on registering them in California?

Here is me next to one I'm looking at. By the way, I do need to take my shoes off to drive it. Feet are size 14EE
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Fiat 500L .jpg
Views:	21
Size:	108.0 KB
ID:	184028  
Likes BambinoClassic liked this post
__________________
FIAT Forum Useful Links:
Donate to FF | Buy FF Merchandise | Classifieds | FF Insurance | How-to Guides

WaterDawg is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 1 Week Ago   #2
Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: Sydney, Australia
Posts: 149
Thanks: 2
Trader Rating: 0
BambinoClassic has donated!
Australia 
Re: Hello from a newbie to Fiat

Yes go for it! Head out the sunroof all the way I assume.

There was a thread not too long ago about bike racks, and it even attracted some serious answers
__________________
FIAT Forum Useful Links:
Donate to FF | Buy FF Merchandise | Classifieds | FF Insurance | How-to Guides

BambinoClassic is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 1 Week Ago   #3
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 1,328
Thanks: 98
Trader Rating: 0
United Kingdom 
Re: Hello from a newbie to Fiat

If Gordon Murray (the F1 and Mcleren F1 designer) who is 6ft 4in tall can commute in a 500, you should have few 'fitting' problems. When I was younger (sadly more than a few years ago) I lived in North-West Kent, which often has quite a bit of snow---I could (and often did) drive in snow deep enough that the under-tray of the car left it's pattern in the snow.
Likes fiat500 liked this post
__________________
FIAT Forum Useful Links:
Donate to FF | Buy FF Merchandise | Classifieds | FF Insurance | How-to Guides

the hobbler is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 1 Week Ago   #4
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 1,328
Thanks: 98
Trader Rating: 0
United Kingdom 
Re: Hello from a newbie to Fiat

To continue! heater-wise you should also have few problems; the 'cooling' air is directed, via large diameter tube into the rear of the cabin (controlled by a small lever at the rear of the central trunking) take my word for it---with the heater turned 'on', you won't get cold in the 500. The ducted air comes out of the central trunking at the front and is directed into 2 small sections of trunking---1 for each side of the windscreen. But, just before the air goes up to the dash it will go through a sharp bend, the outer corner of which is a simple flap, so that you can have all the air on the screen or to the floor, or proportionally in-between. Simple, but very effective.
As to driving it from New York and California--the better part of 3,000 miles. Trips of this distance have been done before with 500s, but the car needs to be well checked over before hand and prepared for the trip.
With regard to a bike rack---my own suggestion was, due to size of the 500, to get a 'folding' bike--a bike rack, due to it's lack of aerodynamic shape will severely affect the 500's performance.
Likes fiat500 liked this post
__________________
FIAT Forum Useful Links:
Donate to FF | Buy FF Merchandise | Classifieds | FF Insurance | How-to Guides

the hobbler is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 1 Week Ago   #5
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Christchurch
Posts: 113
Thanks: 5
Trader Rating: 0
New Zealand 
Re: Hello from a newbie to Fiat

I am 6'4" tall and I fit into my 500F fine. Luckily they have a canvas roof! Also, I have the added bonus of only having to clean the top three inches of the windscreen.

I am not sure how I will go when I get one of my 500D's going though. The top of the windscreen on those is a bit lower.

Do it dude, you will not regret it. They are a real joy to drive, once you get the hang of double declutching.

Chris
__________________
FIAT Forum Useful Links:
Donate to FF | Buy FF Merchandise | Classifieds | FF Insurance | How-to Guides

looigi is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 1 Week Ago   #6
Patinated Peter
 
fiat500's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Nairn
Posts: 3,352
Thanks: 155
Trader Rating: 0
fiat500 has donated!
United Kingdom 
Re: Hello from a newbie to Fiat

Glen Loth 3 by Peter Thompson, on Flickr

....and roasting hot in winter. To add to what Tom said; the whole centre tunnel, especially at the rear of the car, is a giant radiator. Fondle the handbrake when the heater is on full blast and at times you feel you might burn your hands.
Thoroughly check and seal all the various holes. grommeted and otherwise, which face the footwell and dashboard. There can be a heck of a draught comes through there.
If you want an easier life, just check everywhere underneath for rust...mechanically it's a doddle and in classic car even in modern car terms...cheap and easy to fix.
https://webshop.fiat500126.com/sites/51/bodycheck
As you're looking at a yellow one...decision made as they're always OK.....Oh, except for once.

DSC_8857 by Peter Thompson, on Flickr

Have fun.
Likes Hugh Jarce, WaterDawg liked this post
__________________
FIAT Forum Useful Links:
Donate to FF | Buy FF Merchandise | Classifieds | FF Insurance | How-to Guides


Last edited by fiat500; 1 Week Ago at 23:04.
fiat500 is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 1 Week Ago   #7
Join Date: Sep 2017
Posts: 28
Thanks: 0
Trader Rating: 0
USA 
Thanks for the replies and link.
There seems to be a lot of "restored in Italy " modes for sale between $13k and $16k. Are these realistic prices for the car? This car looks solid.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_5825.JPG
Views:	14
Size:	1.67 MB
ID:	184055   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_5826.JPG
Views:	14
Size:	1.50 MB
ID:	184056  

Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_5827.JPG
Views:	17
Size:	2.38 MB
ID:	184057   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_5828.JPG
Views:	20
Size:	2.33 MB
ID:	184058  

Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_5829.JPG
Views:	16
Size:	2.23 MB
ID:	184059   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_5830.JPG
Views:	16
Size:	2.57 MB
ID:	184060  

Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_5944.JPG
Views:	14
Size:	2.61 MB
ID:	184061  
__________________
FIAT Forum Useful Links:
Donate to FF | Buy FF Merchandise | Classifieds | FF Insurance | How-to Guides

WaterDawg is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 1 Week Ago   #8
Join Date: Sep 2017
Posts: 28
Thanks: 0
Trader Rating: 0
USA 
Here is the underside
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_5831.JPG
Views:	16
Size:	2.33 MB
ID:	184062   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_5832.JPG
Views:	18
Size:	2.18 MB
ID:	184063  

Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_5833.JPG
Views:	14
Size:	2.16 MB
ID:	184064   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_5834.JPG
Views:	13
Size:	1.96 MB
ID:	184065  

Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_5836.JPG
Views:	12
Size:	1.83 MB
ID:	184066   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_5837.JPG
Views:	12
Size:	2.19 MB
ID:	184067  

Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_5838.JPG
Views:	18
Size:	2.28 MB
ID:	184068  
__________________
FIAT Forum Useful Links:
Donate to FF | Buy FF Merchandise | Classifieds | FF Insurance | How-to Guides

WaterDawg is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 1 Week Ago   #9
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Chula Vista
Posts: 296
Thanks: 10
Trader Rating: 0
USA 
Re: Hello from a newbie to Fiat

Car looks good to me. I was offered 23k for mine last year in San Diego.
__________________
FIAT Forum Useful Links:
Donate to FF | Buy FF Merchandise | Classifieds | FF Insurance | How-to Guides

Luxe is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 1 Week Ago   #10
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 1,328
Thanks: 98
Trader Rating: 0
United Kingdom 
Re: Hello from a newbie to Fiat

$23,000? that's one heck of a price---more than double what one would expect to pay for a good car over here! (at current exchange rate, that is about 17-1/2K).
__________________
FIAT Forum Useful Links:
Donate to FF | Buy FF Merchandise | Classifieds | FF Insurance | How-to Guides

the hobbler is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 1 Week Ago   #11
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Ripon
Posts: 384
Thanks: 8
Trader Rating: 0
Bleeding Knuckles has donated!
United Kingdom 
Re: Hello from a newbie to Fiat

Hi Dawg, I would urge you to check and check again for rust and dodgy repairs anywhere on the car - and use a small magnet to check for filler - if it don't stick there's a problem Enjoy your car

Ian.
__________________
Si dice in Sicilia non c'e nulla di piu pericoloso di una Donna con fucile da caccia.

Abarth - Piccola ma Wicked
Bleeding Knuckles is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 1 Week Ago   #12
Join Date: Sep 2017
Posts: 28
Thanks: 0
Trader Rating: 0
USA 
Re: Hello from a newbie to Fiat

Thanks
__________________
FIAT Forum Useful Links:
Donate to FF | Buy FF Merchandise | Classifieds | FF Insurance | How-to Guides

WaterDawg is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Reply
Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump
Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Forum Newbie and Fiat Newbie wuBer Newbie Central 0 06-06-2011 11:32
Hello! Newbie, with old Fiat Dunk11 Newbie Central 2 19-03-2011 19:30