I'm confused, the Viper starts at right around $100,000 MSRP, yeah you can get one with extra options for $138,000 but that's not what they start at or even what most are priced at from what I've seen (we have 5 of them at our Chrysler store). $15k off a base one actually puts it in a pretty good realm IMO. Yes, the… » 9/08/14 3:12pm 9/08/14 3:12pm

We had one couple buy a new 500 Turbo for their daughter. It had been sitting on the lot for a WHILE (a full year I believe) and we needed to sell it so we made them a break-even deal on it to get it done and get rid of it. I let them test drive it by themselves because that's what they insisted on, it was after… » 8/13/14 3:27pm 8/13/14 3:27pm

To be fair, they came out with two new ads in the same day. The other is less insane and I thought it was funny. They also came out with another funny or die video that is pretty hilarious. Point is, Fiat at least wasn't putting all their eggs in that one, incredibly insane, basket. » 6/18/14 8:33am 6/18/14 8:33am

That isn't just in California, I know Mississippi and Alabama do the same thing. I work at a dealership in Birmingham, AL. When we sell a car, the customer just drives off with our dealer logo tag and they have a couple weeks to get it registered. It's not a zero consequence thing if you don't do it, though. A)… » 5/21/14 9:38pm 5/21/14 9:38pm

I'm sure there is some consideration to making more profit, but I'd also say it would have to cost a ton of money and be a huge logistical hurdle to build a car with such a specific configuration. If you have 2 or 3 options packages, your different colors, different interiors, the manufacturer can just build a whole… » 4/14/14 7:17pm 4/14/14 7:17pm

Ehh I work at a Fiat dealer and just had a guy come in with a TrueCar price page saying he should get a new 500L Trekking automatic for $17k which is beyond stupid. Base price is $22k, we have less than $1,000 between invoice and MSRP and $1,500 in rebates. IF he had a lease from another brand Fiat will give $1,000… » 4/10/14 11:42am 4/10/14 11:42am

I think people need to remember one very important thing: the average person that buys a Jeep product will never take it off road, and that includes Wranglers and is almost infinitely more true for Grand Cherokees, Liberties, and any of the small Jeeps like the new Renegade. I've owned one Wrangler and am an… » 4/08/14 9:05pm 4/08/14 9:05pm

It's an ALFA though!!! Sure the Porsche is the more logical choice but it's also the boring choice. No one interesting will ever choose a Porsche over an Alfa Romeo. The Porsche is well engineered and fast, luxurious and refined. The Alfa is basic and bare bones. It has ridiculous headlights and no power… » 3/25/14 12:11am 3/25/14 12:11am

I drive an Abarth (admittedly, it's a 220-ish HP Abarth) and I've driven the FRS/BRZ (manual and flappy paddle) quite a few times. Torque is definitely a huge factor and a few hundred pounds of weight difference definitely doesn't hurt the Abarth. The Abarth and the ST have a feeling of ridiculousness when you drive… » 3/09/14 11:59pm 3/09/14 11:59pm

I totally agree with the article about the FRS/BRZ salespeople being generally clueless. I test drove an FRS at a fairly large dealer in Jackson, MS shortly after they came out. The only manual they had was up on a pad in front of the dealer, near the road. Of course, it was locked up so I had to go inside and find… » 3/07/14 11:24pm 3/07/14 11:24pm

I would rather drive/own it as an Alfa, but as someone that works at a Fiat dealer that is hurting badly, we really need something like this to get sales up and since we have NO IDEA when/if we'll ever get Alfa, a Fiat/Abarth roadster sounds much better than maybe or maybe not ever getting a cooler Alfa version. » 3/04/14 1:15pm 3/04/14 1:15pm

Just a few thoughts, keeping sport mode off does NOT make an Abarth like a regular 500. You get slightly less boost and you have to push the throttle further for full throttle but it's not that bad. Also, ESC will not kick on if you're driving smoothly on the track (and you should be). I did mine at Daytona and it… » 2/19/14 9:53pm 2/19/14 9:53pm