2015 Fiat 500, Fifties Timewarp Edition: Meet "Basil"

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I'm not sure I'm entirely up to date, but does this replace the Porsche?

I used one at work for a couple of years- It is a really nice city run about, so good choice if that was what you were going for. The seating is very upright which gives good visibility but also makes you feel that you sit on the car and not in the car if that makes sense?

Did you consider a Mini before choosing this?

3. I plan to drive this into the ground.
Judging from the one I used at work the ground could hit sooner than you might think :p Trim pieces, both inside and out, startet comming loose just around the 2 year mark and it had a few sensor issues along the way as well. That was 2 years and 10k miles...
 

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Congrats on the new car :D that is without a doubt a cute car, it might even be too cute for me :p
 

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Oooft, that interior tho... :heart:

Given that your MX5, with it's rep of being ace, was a perambulating disaster I'm inclined to think that your Fiat, with it's rep of being very "characterful", will instead be indestructible...

That's how it works, right?
 

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BlaRo, I love the car. I think it will serve you well. Most of the issues seen on this cars are largely due to production faux pas on the early US models but those have largely been ironed out.

My parents own a '14 500L and my sister has a '14 500 and neither has given them any major trouble.
 

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Would it be even better if it was smaller?

 

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Took the Fiat on a road trip from Austin to Denver a few weeks ago. These photos are all from my phone and I've finally finished editing most of them. Those of you who follow me on Instagram probably saw some of these.


All packed up


Awesome unpretentious little BBQ place, two hours west of Austin, with some of the best brisket I've ever had. Too bad it was closed


About the only good thing to do in Amarillo is to stop at The Big Texan, one of the kitschiest and therefore greatest places on Earth. The steak is actually not that impressive, but their homebrewed beers are excellent.




Met this slightly chavvish British guy who was trekking across America with his buddy, and got talked into doing the 72 oz. Steak Challenge. I don't think he made it


It didn't fit.


Cadillac Ranch


LAND OF ENCHANTMENT


We stayed at the Broadmoor Hotel, one of the most opulent and historic hotels in Colorado. Built in 1918 by a Pennsylvanian coal magnate, and an absolutely incredible place.


Our welcoming party


Right before Prohibition, the Broadmoor's founder Spencer Penrose brought in literal trainloads of booze to ride out the scourge of the Eighteenth Amendment. In the ground floor by the lobby is a wall lined with cases of empty booze bottles (leading into the restrooms, which seems apt).


Hiked Seven Falls. 154 steps up! This part sucked


View from the top


View from the bottom. Lower left is a fancy restaurant. My phone died right after I took this


Denver


Drove to The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park. This is the main building. GF had stayed in the cabins some years ago with her family, and this time we stayed in said main building.

It was quite a letdown: our room was probably the size of a broom closet, with nothing but a bed and TV in it, and it was brown and drab throughout. They really pushed the Shining references and ghost aspects of the whole thing, including shutting down every historic room so you had to pay for a $25 tour of the place. (Stephen King didn't even write the book here!) Compared to the Broadmoor it was a huge disappointment, and more expensive.


Two weird Europeans


The front desk


An actual Stanley Steamer (yes, the hotel was built by those Stanleys)


Estes Park



This crappy gift shop was built into the rock face, kinda cool


Leaving Colorado, somewhere south of Boulder





Weird machinery


Cool train museum




Santa Fe, El Rey Inn. 1930s motel on an old stretch of Route 66 that was beautifully renovated with gardens and courtyards.


Historic diner (since 1948) right next door







Entering the tiny mountain town of Ruidoso, New Mexico, which had been sacrificed to the Fire Gods


Ruidoso



The Apple House. It has its own painting!


Making friends in Carlsbad




Carlsbad Caverns


We waited two hours to leave the caverns, behind this smelly old guy who had no concept of personal space



HELL YEAH BABY, HIGHWAY 707






Odessa Donut: opened up by Cambodian refugees, and serves incredible pho, both of which are the last things you'd expect in Odessa, Texas.


And then we went home and picked up a Christmas tree.

Nine days, 2500 miles, barely $200 in gas, and an average MPG?across mountain passes, flat stretches of highway, and 75mph speed limits?of 31.4 miles per gallon. Good little snot-car.
 
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A great little trip, I need to roadtrip in the US as well some time soon!
 

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Great photos, I love seeing the cute little Fiat traveling around the new world. It's like some Pixar film character, which leaves home and goes the explore the world! :lol:

Damn, now I want Fiat 500.
 

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Sounds like an offer I can't possibly refuse! :mrgreen:
 
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