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Old 09-11-2007   #31
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Re: Prices for UK 500 Announced!

With the prices as they are, I'm eagerly awaiting the Abarth ones!

Fiat have done well to undercut the Twingo at base model cost, which seems to be overlooked with the comparisons being made to the Mini! Not sure on specs though, haven't compared the two.

If I wasn't at uni, I'd be so tempted. Nothing wrong with my Stilo either!
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I had a sit in a specced up Lounge at the NEC today. It had the ivory dashpod etc and light seats, also optional climate and I must admit I was very impressed, especially now we know the prices. Going to test drive one around launch time to see if I like the way it drives. TBH all the others Id seen were sports which I really didnt like.
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Our Demo is arriving mid december.


Why everyone isn't speccing black with red leather I don't know...
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Our Demo is arriving mid december.
So when are you going to be supplying customer cars?
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21st of Jan.. (or whenever the launch date is) It's 500 hours after that start of the year
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21st of Jan.. (or whenever the launch date is) It's 500 hours after that start of the year
so is that what you honstly belive, of are you towing the corporate line there then?

500 hrs into the new year is something like 8pm on the 21st Jan.
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Well that's when we will be arranging all of our handovers for :\ Or any date after that
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Re: Prices for UK 500 Announced!

The official / Fiat-recommended launch date and car-handover-date for UK customers is Jan 21st, but some dealers in France and Italy seemed to 'jump the gun' by a few days, and maybe that will happen in the UK too.

I am certainly hoping for a test drive in late December or early January.

If Fiat dealers gets their demo cars early, I'm sure they won't be able to resist showing them off and doing deals.
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Re: Prices for UK 500 Announced!

It happened with the Panda, local dealers sold some before launch date.
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Some salesmen are supposed to be promising customers test drives in RHD versions before Xmas, I think that's a bit optimistic, but I'll be disappointed if I haven't had a test-drive (or two) by 21 Jan, the official launch date.

I assume the Polish factory and the shipping company, and Walon the car transporter people close for quite a while over Xmas and New Year, so if the cars don't arrive 'til early or mid January Fiat will be able to blame Mr Claus.

<What we really need is to get someone to camp out at Bristol Docks to give us the nod
when the 500s come out of the compound and on the road to the dealerships.>
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Re: Prices for UK 500 Announced!

I dont quite understand why anyone would want one of the first RHD cars. Let them be on sale for a few months so that Fiat iron out all the teething troubles and reliability issues that accompany any new model.
I had a brand new Micra in 2003, and a mate had a very early 2003 model which was atrocious build wise. My car had loads of little detail changes, even the whole dashboard was redesigned assembly wise. Mine certainly wasnt fault free but the early ones had loads of problems, failing piston rings were one.
Just sit back, wait for all this and then watch the discounts arrive and smile to yourself when you pay 8000 for that Lounge from Fiat Supersaver
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Dealers will be hopefully getting their demos just before crimble. So if anyone wants a drive pop into your local friendly dealer. Or just all come and see me
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How many 500s going out from your garage to customers 21 jan pwig and dont be afraid to say where your dealership is based there will be a few more punters (mugs ) like kevin who want to try one before they buy one.

You could Ignore the hype and wait for the froth to die down but how long before fiatsaver/motorpoint supermarket and dealer discounts come on the 500, based on what happened with other fiats? Oneyear two year?

And a bag of twiglets says you dont get a test drive in a rhd one before crimbo. They hold on to them for weeks at the bristol walon compound dont they?To get them for crimbo they;d have to be arriving in the uk in the next week or so!
They are coming by ship container ship not speedboat.
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The cars are arriving by train!!! 3 days from Docks to portbury.

We have be told they should be arriving before crimbo. I bet you a bag of twiglets they will be here as well!

I'm based in the North West of England.

In answer to your question. 2 Years before fiat supasaver or motorpoint offer big discounts.

Maybe never if Fiat get their arses into gear.
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Re: Prices for UK 500 Announced!

Perhaps we are all mugs for buying new cars and suffering the inevitable depreciation, but I definately want to try before I buy.

The independent and family run Fiat dealerships sometimes have the advantage when it come to new cars arriving. (The dealers near me are part of a dealer group and cars go via their central holding area first which can cause a bit of a delay.

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