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Old 23-06-2010   #1
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Fiat 500 questions

Hello,
I'm really interested in the Fiat 500. I currently drive a 2004 MINI ONE Convertible.
I'm looking for a newer car as unfortunately my MINI is starting to rack up bills and thinking its time for something a little newer.

Also I need to bare in mind that I plan to start tuition to become a driving instructor next year, so the car needs to be small and economical for my potential students.

I'm thinking about either one of the new shape MINI's, Fiat 500 or the new shape fiesta.

So here come my questions:
  • I have a HTC Desire, will I be able to play music from that through the cars speakers?
  • My phone also has Google Maps Navigation built in, will the voice commands for the navigation come through the cars speakers, or the loudspeaker of the phone?
  • How accurate is the voice control function in the car? Does it usually hear what your saying?
  • What else can you control within the car using the voice control?
  • Does the 500 have a trip computer? If so what information can it display?

Thats all I can think of that I need to ask at the moment, if I think of anything else, I'll post them!

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James
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Re: Fiat 500 questions

sounds like you are not after a car at all. but rather a driving simulator on a pc

ask some questions about how the car drives and i will try to help
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Re: Fiat 500 questions

I've bought a sony ericson expire and haven't worked out how to get Orange Maps navigation to play through the car speakers. It is quite annoying as it's quite difficult to hear the directions. However, very easy to pair the phone with the blue&me.
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lol! Well I have a passion for the latest and greatest in anything and everything electrical and I've never had a car with bluetooth so am really intrigued with what the capabilities are. Driving characteristics aren't as high on my agenda, but as you can help, what is the car like to drive?
  • Do you have to work it hark to keep up on motorways?
  • Is there much body roll when cornering?
  • What driver aids do they have?
  • Does the cabin do a good job of keeping out roadnoise?
  • Whats the gearbox like to use?
  • Does it crunch when selecting reverse? (both mine and my sisters MINI's normally crunch when selecting reverse - its really annoying!)

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Re: Fiat 500 questions

As Rob says it seems like you want a gadget more than you want a car.

In answer to your questions

1: If the phone works in a mass storage mode, probably.
2: Nope
3: It's OK
4: The media player and phone basically
5: avg MPG, avg speed, instant consumption, range
6: Depends on what engine you have. The 1.2 is OK on motorways but may struggle a little up hills but it's not as bad as people would have you believe.
7: Not really
8: Brake pedal, steering wheel, clutch, accelerator pedal and ABS.
9: If you have the 16" wheel option, no
10: Gearshift is in a good position, action is perhaps not as smooth as it could be
11: This is down to the fact that reverse doesn't have a syncho, put the car in first
and then into reverse and it won't crunch, ditto the 500.
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Re: Fiat 500 questions

much better questions

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Quote Originally Posted by freeman3030 View Post
lol! Well I have a passion for the latest and greatest in anything and everything electrical and I've never had a car with bluetooth so am really intrigued with what the capabilities are. Driving characteristics aren't as high on my agenda, but as you can help, what is the car like to drive?
  • Do you have to work it hark to keep up on motorways? yep my 500 is a bitch and i spank her hard every day
  • Is there much body roll when cornering? yes comedy amounts
  • What driver aids do they have? mine has esp abs asr ebd
  • Does the cabin do a good job of keeping out roadnoise? not really, but fiat does fit a stereo as standard
  • Whats the gearbox like to use? like any other gearbox
  • Does it crunch when selecting reverse? (both mine and my sisters MINI's normally crunch when selecting reverse - its really annoying!) not really

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