Fiat 500 – Hertz on Demand

Hertz on Demand in Hoboken offers Fiat 500 model

Seems like Mini Coopers are out and Fiat 500’s are in for Hertz on Demand in Hoboken.

What do you think of these trendy miniature vehicles?

The Fiat 500 weighs in at a bit over one ton, has a 10 gallon gas tank and gets an average of 30mpg. I’ve never driven one, but I imagine they might be fun to drive – but with a sputtering 4 cylinder engine that barely puts out 100hp at redline might be underwhelming to auto enthusiasts. My car on the other hand, weighs in at 4500lbs, has a 375hp engine, 25 gallon gas tank which gets around 28mpg on the highway. I can also bring a passenger, three dogs, and still go shopping for furniture at Ikea. A small car would only work as a second vehicle when I run out of ping pong balls for the rec-room.

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HansBrix
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HansBrix

Came across an article recently:

“It says something about the condition of that United States that Fiat wants to market a revamped Cinquecento – the starter car of the Italian poor during the 1960s – to declassed American consumers. An Istanbul taxi driver explained to me last February why Italy will go bankrupt. “We all drive Fiat’s now,” he explained. “They’re lousy cars. They break down too much. ”

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Global_Economy/MJ04Dj04.html

The “starter car of the Italian poor during the 1960s.” Let that sink in. Is it a looming signal of downward mobility?

Journey
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Journey

FIAT – Fix It Again Tony

My father had a Fiat that was his hobby, well the blue one he drove and the black one in the backyard that was for spare parts.[quote comment=”212306″]Came across an article recently:“It says something about the condition of that United States that Fiat wants to market a revamped Cinquecento – the starter car of the Italian poor during the 1960s – to declassed American consumers. An Istanbul taxi driver explained to me last February why Italy will go bankrupt. “We all drive Fiat’s now,” he explained. “They’re lousy cars. They break down too much. “The “starter car of the Italian poor during the 1960s.” Let that sink in. Is it a looming signal of downward mobility?[/quote]

rich k
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rich k

Different strokes, although all are 4-stroke.

100 hp is more than sufficient to move 2400 lbs. well (even assuming an automatic) and the Fiat matches your hwy. milage with it’s city numbers. When was the last time you got above 35 mph anywhere in Hoboken, unless you were airborne from one of the potholes? (I don’t know what the knots per hour would be for after the rain.) More than enough room for two people and the average WF/TJ run, or even Paramus to get malled.

If you’re heading further out, you’ll likely hit the Hertz @ 14th and Park. I long ago learned that I could rent there at the open rate every weekend, come out ahead of car payments and NJ insurance, and not have the hassle of parking, repairs, etc. And if you’re renting even once a month on a regular basis, let alone weekly, you’re not paying the open rate.

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