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Default Fiat 500 for tow vehicle

Anyone has experience towing a Fiat 500? We have a Honda Element that we were going to use as tow vehicle but she has developed serious transmission issues and other small but necessary repairs that we are thinking to buy something else! Stacey likes, Jeep Wrangler or Fiat 500 or MiNi or another Element.

Recommendations are much appreciated!

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Default Couldn’t be happier with our Fiat 500 as a Toad

Yes! Purchased my new base model Pop 5 yrs ago when we were pre-Bird. It makes the almost perfect Toad-4-Two vehicle. Is cheap to buy brand new (on-sale for < $12k), the manual trans is factory approved to flat 4 down towing - OM shows an RV towing one! (but don’t get an automatic), it offers a super easy push-it-into-place hook up with no steering wheel lock & no key in ignition needed, it gets 40+ mpg, it’s very tight, well built & fun to drive, plus it can carry a surprising amount stuff with the rear kiddie seat folded down. However, in a pinch that rear seat can also be used by two very friendly adults . Without your rear view camera - at 2,300 lbs you’ll never know it’s back there because pulls beautifully at any speed . The only “almost” above is it sits low to the ground so it’s definitely NOT intended for off road use . Living in the West I’ve been drooling over Wranglers for a couple years. But sticker shock (compared to Fiat) is reason I haven’t pulled trigger. Have told DW that even if we get a Rubicon, we’re keeping the Fiat for trips where off roading isn’t an option. Would highly recommend the manual trans Pop or if you can swing it, the Sport model for a few amenities. John purchased a used pocket rocket Arbath model last year and believe he’s happy with his too. Now if I could only figure out a way to temporarily give it 12” of ground clearance!

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Yes! Purchased my new base model Pop 5 yrs ago when we were pre-Bird. It makes the almost perfect Toad-4-Two vehicle. Is cheap to buy brand new (on-sale for < $12k), the manual trans is factory approved to flat 4 down towing - OM shows an RV towing one! (but don’t get an automatic), it offers a super easy push-it-into-place hook up with no steering wheel lock & no key in ignition needed, it gets 40+ mpg, it’s very tight, well built & fun to drive, plus it can carry a surprising amount stuff with the rear kiddie seat folded down. However, in a pinch that rear seat can also be used by two very friendly adults . Without your rear view camera - at 2,300 lbs you’ll never know it’s back there because pulls beautifully at any speed . The only “almost” above is it sits low to the ground so it’s definitely NOT intended for off road use . Living in the West I’ve been drooling over Wranglers for a couple years. But sticker shock (compared to Fiat) is reason I haven’t pulled trigger. Have told DW that even if we get a Rubicon, we’re keeping the Fiat for trips where off roading isn’t an option. Would highly recommend the manual trans Pop or if you can swing it, the Sport model for a few amenities. John purchased a used pocket rocket Arbath model last year and believe he’s happy with his too. Now if I could only figure out a way to temporarily give it 12” of ground clearance!

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Thank you for sharing Van. I have been looking at Abarth models and until recently I only drove sticks and prefer it anyhow! We won’t be doing any off-roading and the plan is to see the country over a the next year or so! DW is on the fence but she owned the 500e for a couple years as her commute car and she loved that, but now she is concerned about space being scarce with a dog and traveling!

A work in progress! Again, thank you for sharing!
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I like the Fiat a lot. Before you buy check out the Chevy SPARK. Four doors and I think a lot cheaper to buy car for car. Has to be manual like the fiat.

I have one set up to tow that i should sell but I like the car so much I can’t bring myself to part with it .
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Towed my fiat pop 7,000 miles last summer, really like it !!!


It hates off road !!
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Shahin, a 6 speed Mini Cooper S is at the top of my list of the ones you would consider - mine's a convertible.
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Yes! Purchased my new base model Pop 5 yrs ago when we were pre-Bird. It makes the almost perfect Toad-4-Two vehicle. Is cheap to buy brand new (on-sale for < $12k), the manual trans is factory approved to flat 4 down towing - OM shows an RV towing one! (but don’t get an automatic), it offers a super easy push-it-into-place hook up with no steering wheel lock & no key in ignition needed, it gets 40+ mpg, it’s very tight, well built & fun to drive, plus it can carry a surprising amount stuff with the rear kiddie seat folded down. However, in a pinch that rear seat can also be used by two very friendly adults . Without your rear view camera - at 2,300 lbs you’ll never know it’s back there because pulls beautifully at any speed . The only “almost” above is it sits low to the ground so it’s definitely NOT intended for off road use . Living in the West I’ve been drooling over Wranglers for a couple years. But sticker shock (compared to Fiat) is reason I haven’t pulled trigger. Have told DW that even if we get a Rubicon, we’re keeping the Fiat for trips where off roading isn’t an option. Would highly recommend the manual trans Pop or if you can swing it, the Sport model for a few amenities. John purchased a used pocket rocket Arbath model last year and believe he’s happy with his too. Now if I could only figure out a way to temporarily give it 12” of ground clearance!

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Van showed me the way and bought one dirt cheap with 3200 miles on it. Seems kids can't figure out a stick. I bought it for practicality and did not expect too much out of it. Boy was I wrong! It is a blast to drive and gets great mileage. I both two it and fit it and my utv on our included trailer. I could not be happier! We actually drove to Pheonix with 5 adults in it! We are CLOSE friends!
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Van showed me the way and bought one dirt cheap with 3200 miles on it. Seems kids can't figure out a stick. I bought it for practicality and did not expect too much out of it. Boy was I wrong! It is a blast to drive and heats great mileage. I both two it and fit it and my utv on our included trailer. I could not be happier! We actually drove to Pheonix with 5 adults in it! We are CLOSE friends!
fun, was it like the kids that piled into VW beetles or a circus act??
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I think dogs like Wranglers better. This isn’t comparing apples to apples though, more like apples to cherries. I think the Wrangler gives you the option of getting down some marginal roads that may be fun places to explore and catch a interesting experience or view.
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I agree. A Wrangler will get you most anywhere. We drove the Fiat 500 to the "Desert Bar" by Parker with 4 full sized adults down the15 mile trail,,. road and we parked next to over 100 Jeeps, big 4x4's and UTV's. The looks we got was amazing! Other than banging a few boulders against skid plates we made it fine,,, even passed a Rubicon changing tires.
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