Mileage Marks from FIAT USA

We know how much you love your FIAT 500®, which is why you take such good care of it. You have your tires rotated every 5,000 miles, and you get an oil change every 3,000. But before you cross off the last item on your checklist, whether you’re tuning up your FIAT 500 Abarth or 500c, we want to help you make sure you’re really doing everything you can to ensure a smooth ride.

There are simple things FIAT vehicle owners can do on a regular basis in order to keep their vehicle in top condition. Check out this mileage check-up guide to see how you can improve the lifespan of your FIAT 500!

Every 20,000 – 30,000 miles

Engine Air Filter: The exact timeframe on when to replace the internal combustion air filters in your vehicle depends on where you spend most of your time driving. If you often drive through areas where the air is filled with larger dust and dirt particles, these air filters might need to be replaced more often.

Automatic Transmission Fluid: The automatic transmission fluid works to keep parts of the transmission cool and running smoothly. It’s recommended you change your transmission fluid at least once every 20,000 to 30,000 miles to prevent any damage.

Cabin Air Filters: The cabin air filter affects the vehicle’s heating and cooling systems while preventing particles from entering the cabin. It is recommended the cabin air filter be changed every 12,000 to 15,000 miles. It may be changed up to twice each year for maximum benefits.

Every 30,000+ miles

Crankcase Filter: The crankcase filter, also known as the positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) filter, ensures that the fumes used by the engine are pollutant-free. If the filter is not working properly, the fumes in the engine can become contaminated, causing the vehicle to run inefficiently. The filter should be changed at least every 30,000 miles, but it can be changed once each year as a precautionary measure.

Fuel Filter: The fuel filter prevents contaminants from entering the fuel system. If the fuel filter is not working properly, fuel flow may become restricted. This may cause your vehicle to stall or start hard. The fuel filter should be checked at least every 30,000 miles or once each year.

Spark Plugs: The spark plugs, as the name implies, provide your vehicle with the spark that gets your engine started. Because spark plugs are such a vital component in your vehicle, it is recommended they be replaced every 30,000 miles.

Spark Plug Wires: Like the spark plugs, the spark plug wires undergo a lot of use. The wires carry the charge from your vehicle’s distributor to the spark plugs. It is recommended the spark plug wires be tested before being replaced. They should be checked regularly with the spark plugs every 30,000 miles and replaced as necessary.

Extra Checks to Keep in Mind

Distributor Cap: The distributor cap is the component that directs high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plugs. You should keep an eye on your vehicle’s distributor cap for signs of damage, particularly as your vehicle ages. It should be replaced immediately if you notice signs of excess dirt, fire damage, or cracks and breakage.

Brakes: It is recommended that your brakes be checked every 20,000 miles and repaired as necessary. If the brakes are making unusual sounds or are not responding as normal, this could be a sign they need a tune-up. If the brake pads are less than ¼ inch thick, it is time to replace them.

As you take your FIAT 500 in for its regular tune-ups, be sure to remember these necessary checks to keep your car running as smooth as the day you first bought it. And as always, please consult your owner’s manual for vehicle-specific recommendations or contact your local Studio to speak with our certified technicians.

What other checks or replacements do you do to make sure your FIAT 500 is always ready to hit the road? Tell us in the comments below!

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FIAT USA Celebrates Karaoke Week

There are few examples of personality as powerful as one’s taste in music and few venues more perfect for enjoyment of music than a great ride. If that ride happens to be a FIAT® 500, even the simplest trip can be a perfect storm of self-expression, especially if you plan to honor National Karaoke Week.

Of course, at the center of any successful karaoke adventure is a killer sound system, which in the 500 range means the Beats Audio™ System.

The FIAT 500 Beats Audio™ System includes six premium speakers, a dual-voice coil subwoofer and an 8-channel amplifier all operating on the strength of the Beats Audio™ Digital Sound Processing algorithm.

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But even if you aspire to someday mount a larger stage, your rendition of [insert favorite ’80s power ballad here] will be just as powerful, say, in the FIAT 500 Abarth. Not only does the Abarth offer premium Beats™ sound, but it was designed with a serious commitment to both auditory comfort and convenience. In fact, it was only after 10,000 hours of testing that engineers declared that its mix of acoustical tuning and insulation was perfect enough to keep awesome power balladeering in and intrusive road noise out. Beats Audio also comes with our Abarth Cabrio, for those drivers who want to rock beats that can’t be contained under a roof.

The available BLUE&ME™ Hands-Free Communications System also makes it easy to manage your track list so you can focus on giving your best performance, whether it’s to your passengers or yourself. With steering wheel-mounted and voice controls, flipping between available SiriusXM Satellite radio, MP3 or CD sound is a snap — which comes in handy when your passengers ask you to turn up the music to drown out your epic performance.

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So with all of the above, you might say we’ve given you the tools of the karaoke trade. The rest, naturally, is up to you. Which songs will you be belting in the car today? Or if you prefer to leave the belting to professionals, which concerts or festivals will you be driving to this spring and summer?

Let us know in the comments.

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April Showers Are No Match for the FIAT 500

Everyone knows that age-old saying “April showers bring May flowers,” but that’s no reason to sit inside and wait for the grass to grow.

While you’re waiting for those “May flowers” to arrive, don’t let the stormy weather ruin your day on the road. When it comes to taking on wet and hazardous conditions, the FIAT 500® has you covered. With a wide variety of control features, you’re able to take a drive in your favorite FIAT 500 model regardless of what Mother Nature throws your way.

The FIAT 500 lineup is known for its excellent response on the road, especially when it comes to the brake systems. The FIAT 500 Turbo and the FIAT 500 Sport include the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) feature as part of the Anti-lock Brake System. This feature has the ability to detect loss of tire traction through a number of sensors placed around the vehicle. If ESC determines the vehicle has lost traction or drifted off its intended course, it will automatically apply individual or all brakes to help the driver get back on the right course. These FIAT vehicles also include a feature called the All-Speed Traction Control System, which is used for emergency braking. This feature helps to stop the vehicle in the shortest possible distance and control wheel spin when necessary.

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Of course, we can’t talk about top-of-the-line safety and control features without mentioning the FIAT 500 vehicle’s superior suspension. The FIAT 500 Abarth uses a 0.6-inch-lower-sitting front MacPherson suspension to help give FIAT fans precise control of the vehicle in any type of conditions, whether the driver is accelerating or hitting the brakes. The FIAT 500 Abarth design also proudly features a negative camber of -1.5 degrees. All of that, along with a rear 0.87-inch stabilizer bar, helps to ensure a smooth ride for all FIAT fans.

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One more handling feature our drivers absolutely love is the Torque Transfer Control (TTC) system available on the FIAT 500 Abarth. This system allows drivers to maintain stability when they need it most. The TTC system helps to maximize traction of the vehicle through automatic distribution of engine torque between the two front wheels. The FIAT 500 Abarth also features an enhanced steering gear ratio of 15:5:1; this boosts the vehicle’s responsiveness on the road by 10 percent.

With all the performance-enhancing features the FIAT 500 has to offer, we take pride in knowing our fans can enjoy a smooth, worry-free ride in their 500, rain or shine.

For even more performance enhancements for your FIAT 500, click over to the official Mopar® site to discover the wide array of parts available!

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April is car care month and with the arrival of spring, there are several important items you should take care of with your vehicle before taking a drive to enjoy the spring weather and these tips will also save you money.

1. Get an oil change. Changing your oil every 3,000 miles will increase the life of your vehicle and it will also perform better. After a long, hard winter, your vehicle will appreciate it. Remember that if your vehicle is over 100,000 miles to look into high mileage oil. Also, do your homework on various places to do oil changes. Some places might tell you that you need a lot of unnecessary work. On most vehicles, an oil change can be done by you. But, check with a trained professional and your vehicle manual before blindly attempting an oil change.

2. Check all your fluid levels. You might not have wanted to stand in the cold weather to check your fluid levels as often as you should. You might be low on oil, antifreeze or windshield wiper fluid.

3. Use a high quality gas treatment. I recommend Lucas fuel treatment. It will clean injectors or carburetors and keep your fuel system running the way it should. Again, this will save you money in the long run. You should do these treatments every couple of months.

4. Replace your gas filter. If you replace your gas filter, you will get better gas mileage and with the price of gas, this is a very good thing to do. In turn this will save you money when you take spring road trips and leave you a little extra spending cash.

5. Check the belts. Replace them if they are cracked or dry-rotted. If they break, they could cause significant damage to your motor. A new motor is not a cheap fix.

6. Get your tires rotated and balanced. Make sure the tires are inflated to the appropriate PSI (pounds per square inch). The wear and tear of the winter roads can play havoc with your tires and wear them down. The side of the tires tells the appropriate PSI. When in doubt, go to the local car store and ask. You can even pick up a tire gage. Properly inflated and balanced tires will also improve gas mileage and save you money in the long run.

7. Do a thorough outside wash of your truck and make it sparkly clean. Make sure you pay extra care to wash the under carriage. Some states use salt and this can rust out vehicles a lot faster. Grime in general is not good for your vehicle and will shorten the life span of your vehicle. It could also end up costing you unnecessary money to fix when it begins to rust.

8. Don’t just clean the outside. Spring clean the inside as well. As much as you attempted to kick the snow and mud off your feet before entry, doesn’t mean you got it all off. Chances are you have muddied up the floor and other areas of your vehicle as well. When cleaning the inside, don’t forget to clean the windows as well. Often, times the windshield gets very dirty.

9. Check your wipers. Again, winter can be rough on your windshield wipers and with the April showers; you will want good wipers on your vehicle.

10. Buy your vehicle a gift after the harsh weather. I suggest a new air freshner. The packages of airfreshners are often cheaper and you have a couple when the other one wears out. Also, if you leave the bad half way on, it will make the life of the airfreshner go longer. That way your car will look good and smell good also. Perhaps even some new car mats if your worn from winter use.

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Have Child Will Travel: FIAT 500 Road Tips

Spring and summer are prime seasons for road trips, and we’re excited for more families to trip in a FIAT 500 this year. While space won’t be an issue, traveling with children is likely to present its own…challenges. Here, then, is our guide to making sure the whole family looks back fondly on your next warm-weather treks.

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Go Lo-Tech

Road trips are a fantastic way to bring the whole family in touch with nature. Plot your route so that you’ll be able to stop as frequently as you want to run along a seashore, roll down a hill or ponder quirky roadside attractions (think “World’s Largest Ball of Twine”) that only a child can truly appreciate. 

Go Hi-Tech

Unfortunately, not even Mother Earth can hold young attention spans forever. Load a tablet or notebook computer with favorite games, movies or TV shows, but feel free to sneak in content related to wherever it is you’re traveling. Consider it the e-quivalent of mixing broccoli with the mac ’n’ cheese.

If you don’t own any portable computers, rely on your car’s own features. A premium stereo such as the Beats Premium Audio™ system is great for listening to tunes from your kids’ favorite movies or to recorded versions of their favorite books. 

Pack a Snack (or Two)

When all else fails, eat! Bring your own snacks to cut down on costs and take advantage of any prime picnic areas. You can also plan meals around when you’ll be driving through a town with fun new restaurants or old favorites your kids are sure to consider a special treat.  

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No matter how tasty the distractions, at some point you’ll get the dreaded “Are we there yet?” Hand over a map and ask your kids to figure out where they are in relation to your destination. With the available navigation system, they can check their progress against the “expert.”

Mix It Up

Bring a new toy or book along with the expected novelties and pull it out when a boredom-related tantrum is brewing. If you’ll be driving overnight, let the kids wear their pajamas to create an easy sleepover effect. If your car has a convertible top, you can open it on a clear night and search for constellations. In that sense, the sky’s quite literally the limit!

Are you already planning a family road trip for this spring or summer? What advice do you have based on your past experiences traveling with kids? Share your wisdom in the comments below.

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YOUR FIAT STORY – COLLECTION 12

Italy has inspired some of the greatest stories ever told.

With your help, we’re merely adding to the collection.

We love to hear your fondest FIAT memories, and we’ve gathered a few of our favorites. Don’t forget, you can share your FIAT story with us over in the FIAT Story Booth. Who knows? Maybe your story will be featured in our next batch of favorites.

You can see some of our previous favorites click here!

Donna Marsh

The car in my garage no longer fit my life when I first received the brochure from FIAT with all the little stickers. My boys are grown and no longer need rides to and from football practice. I rented one on a vacation to Florida as a prolonged test drive and fell in absolute LOVE! I tooled around the ocean strip and took to the highways with the little beast, enjoying every moment. When I got home I went to the dealership and the only questions I had were what color and what would I name it?

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Meet my Oliva Verde baby named Nando! For me, it started in Fort Lauderdale. Nando is a sweet FIAT 500 Lounge, and I keep him in tip-top shape. Best car EVER!

Debbie Martin

My dad reminded me often of how much he loved driving a FIAT when he was stationed with the air force in Naples, Italy, during the 1950s while he was still a teenager. When he saw the new FIAT return to the United States, he hoped to have the chance to take a test drive and relive some of his wonderful memories of his time in Italy.

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Unfortunately, he passed away in October of 2012 before he had the chance to make this a reality. He mentioned on several occasions that, when I went car shopping again, I must check out the FIAT. I wish I had done that before he passed away. It has been on my mind lately, and my husband and I plan to drive and hopefully own a FIAT of our own soon. I know this would honor my dad’s memory and I would think of him every time I get behind the wheel!

Siobahn Eaton

I loved the new FIAT 500. Every time I saw one drive by I would yell “FIAT!” and my boyfriend would laugh. Then, during the Big Game in 2012, where the Abarth commercial was shown, I WAS IN LOVE. Being the practical person I am, I would dream about getting one but was hesitant because at the time I viewed it as more for fun not practicality.

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My boyfriend was all for it and encouraged me. I put it out to the universe to give me a sign on whether I should or not. We went to a restaurant the next day only to find the whole wall was covered in old FIAT advertisements from the ’50s! While that should have been enough, I was still not convinced. Then I got a fortune cookie: “Something on 4 wheels will soon be a fun investment for you!” Okay that’s a sign! I custom ordered mine and had to learn to drive stick! I LOVE every day with my Abarth.

Do you have a FIAT story of your own? Share it with us!

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Get Crafty: National Poetry Month with FIAT

April is National Poetry Month in the United States – 30 days dedicated to celebrating the ongoing contribution of American poets while introducing new audiences to one of the oldest forms of self-expression. Being pretty good at self-expression ourselves, we decided to “Get Crafty” by capturing our feelings for the FIAT 500 in a sonnet and, naturally, want you to craft along with us.

Sonnets are 14-line poems typically focused on love. While popularized by William Shakespeare, sonnets originated in Italy, where they have been linked to 13th-century Sicilian poet Giacomo da Lentini. The word “sonnet” is actually an English translation of the Italian word sonetto, which means “little song.”

Traditionally, sonnets follow a strict rhyming structure across three 4-line stanzas, concluding with a two-line rhyming “couplet” for the full 14 lines. Think A-B-A-B; C-D-C-D; E-F-E-F; G-G. Each A rhymes with each B, each C rhymes with each D, etc., with the result looking something like this:

Oh FIAT 500, my car for all seasons

Whether winter, spring, summer or fall

Behind its wheel, I climb for all reasons

Off to the movies, the gym or the mall

 

It’s true that 500 is compact and nimble

With doors that number but two

Yet within is room for my bass drum and cymbal

And not much exhaust does it spew

 

No we must not judge a book by its cover

Though my 500 has style in spades

Such that passersby stop to admire and hover

While some ask if I’m willing to trade


Oh no I cannot give up on this ride, as my affections do daily grow

And though sad it makes these fine folks be, my 500 they must forgo

Now it’s your turn! Think about which features contribute to the great love you feel for your 500 and Get Crafty.

Be sure to share your work in the comments below for a chance to have your literary masterpiece featured by FIAT USA on Facebook and Twitter.

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