Saturday, March 28, 2015

FIAT 500 4 year / 50,000 mile Warranty Explained.


FIAT 500 Warranties are another fine example of quality built to last — backed by protection that puts its money where its mouth is — like Roadside Assistance for the first four years of ownership and major wear items covered for the first 12 months of ownership.  That's the kind of hassle-free commitment people look for in a vehicle — and what they need to hear to help you seal the deal.
This Warranty Section provides a quick reference to current FIAT Warranties and shows you how we stack up against the competition. Of course, complete details of all warranties are always available via the FIAT 500 Warranty Book.


FIAT 500 offers the same Basic Warranty coverage timelines as high-end nameplates such as Audi, BMW, Mercedes Benz and Jaguar?

4-Year/50,000-Mile Basic Limited Warranty: Covers the complete vehicle against defects in factory-supplied materials and workmanship with exclusions such as tires1 or items added or changed after the vehicle has left the manufacturing plant. The 4/50 warranty covers the vehicle if, and only if, the FIAT was built for sale in the U.S., is registered in the U.S., is driven mainly in the U.S. and Canada and is operated and maintained in accordance with the Owner's Manual.
Roadside Assistance2: Four-year unlimited mileage Roadside Assistance provides free towing to the nearest dealership in the event a covered component should fail or for lockout, flat tire, out gas and batter jumpstart services.
Wear Items3: 12-month/12,000-miles, includes equipment and replacement or repair of wear items including brakes (rotors, pads, linings and drums), wiper blades, clutch discs or modular clutch assembly (as equipped), windshield and rear window, wheel alignment and wheel balancing. These warranty repairs or adjustments — including all parts and labor connected with them — will be made by the authorized FIAT repair facility at no charge, using new or remanufactured parts.
Federal Emission Warranty: The Federal Emission Warranty requires FIAT, by law, to warrant certain emissions parts for 2 years or 24,000 miles, whichever occurs first.
Warranty Restrictions: FIAT 500 Warranty does not cover the cost of repairing damage or conditions caused by:
  • fire or accident
  • abuse or neglect
  • misuse (e.g. driving over curbs or overloading)
  • tampering with the emissions systems or with a part that could affect the emissions systems
  • the use of used parts, even if they are originally supplied by Chrysler (however, authorized Chrysler/Mopar remanufactured parts are covered)
  • windshield or rear window damage from external objects
  • any changes made to the vehicle that are non-compliant with Chrysler
  • using any fluid that does not meet the minimum recommendations found in the Owner's Manual

1 Tires and wireless headphones (if equipped) are covered by their respective manufacturers' warranties.
2 Assistance services provided by Cross Country Motor Club, Inc. (in California, Cross Country Motor Club of California, Inc.).
3 All new U.S. built and registered FIAT vehicles are covered by Limited Corrosion Warranty.

For More Information About your FIAT 500, FIAT 500L, FIAT 500X or ABARTH contact Bob-Boyd Alfa Romeo FIAT.  We're here to help.

Bob-Boyd Alfa Romeo FIAT
5665 Scarborough Blvd
Columbus, OH 43232

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

2016 FIAT 500X Safety Features. Standard & Available.


Standard and available safety and security features on the all-new 2016 FIAT 500X include:

1. Active turn signals: Turn signal flashes three times when stalk is depressed for one second to indicate a lane change

2. Advanced multistage air bags: Inflate with a force appropriate to the severity of the impact. Meet FMVSS 208 advanced air bag requirements for smaller, out-of-position occupants

3. All-row full-length side-curtain air bags: Extend protection to all outboard front- and rear-seat passengers. Each side air bag has its own impact sensor that autonomously triggers the air bag on the side where an impact occurs. This type of air bag is housed in the headliner just above side windows

4. All-speed traction control system: Part of the standard anti-lock brake system (ABS), helps keep driving wheels from spinning during acceleration from a stop or during all speeds by applying individual brakes alone or in combination with engine torque limitation to prevent wheel slip

5. Antilock brake system (ABS): Senses and prevents wheel lockup, offering improved steering control under extreme braking and/or slippery conditions

6. Antilock brake system with rough-road detection: Anti-lock brake system is capable of detecting if the vehicle is driving on a rough road by the oscillations in the wheel speed signals. When rough road is detected on off-road surfaces or trails, ABS enters a different pressure control where it will hold the brake pressure for longer pulses

7. Auto-dimming rearview mirror: Auto-dimming mirror automatically reduces glare from bright light, allowing the driver to have a clearer view of the road ahead

8. Automatic defog: Enables the automatic temperature control (ATC) system to measure humidity inside the vehicle and provide a fog-free windshield automatically without driver intervention

9. Automatic headlamps: Headlamps turn on and off automatically depending on exterior light levels and when the windshield wipers are turned on or off

10. Automatic high-beam headlamps: Headlamp system adjusts to oncoming traffic to deliver maximum lighting

11. Auto-reverse sunroof: When equipped with the power sunroof, the system automatically reverses when it senses an obstruction during closing

12. Auto-reverse windows: The window automatically reverses when it senses an obstruction during closing

13. BeltAlert: Activates a chime and/or illuminates an icon in the instrument cluster to remind the driver and front passenger to buckle up if a vehicle is driven without belted front-seat occupants

14. Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM): Uses dual ultra-wideband radar sensors to aid the driver when changing lanes or if being passed by or passing unseen vehicles. The system notifies the driver of vehicle(s) in their blind spot via illuminated icons on the side-view mirror

15. Brake Assist: In an emergency brake situation, the system applies maximum braking power, 
minimizing the stopping distance

16. Brake-lock differential system (BLDS): Allows the vehicle to maintain forward motion if one or two wheels lose traction by selectively and aggressively applying brakes to the spinning wheels

17. Brake-throttle override: Allows driver to stop the vehicle when throttle and brake inputs occur simultaneously; electronic throttle control reduces engine-power output until vehicle stops or pedal inputs cease

18. Brake/park interlock: Prevents the transmission from being shifted out of “Park” unless the brake pedal is pushed

19. Brake Traction Control System (BTCS): Helps to keep driving wheels from spinning during acceleration from a stop or during slow speeds by applying individual brakes to the slipping wheel(s)

20. Capless fuel-filler door: Provides fuel-filling simplicity and eliminates contact with any fuel spillage

21. Child-protection rear door locks: Disables the rear doors’ inside-release handle by adjusting a small lever on the door-shut face

22. Child seat anchor system: LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) designed to ease installation of compatible aftermarket child seats

23. Constant-force retractors (CFR): Regulate the force exerted on the occupants by the seat belts and then gradually release seat-belt webbing in a controlled manner

24. Cornering fog lamps: Provide additional light in the direction of an intended turn or lane change

25. Daytime running lamps (DRL): Lights that illuminate during daytime conditions, increasing the vehicle’s visibility to other drivers

26. Driver’s inflatable knee air bag: Located below the instrument panel, the knee air bag deploys when the driver air bag deploys and is designed to properly position the occupant during impact and offer additional lower leg protection

27. Dual-note electric horns: Produces two different tones at the same time, to cut through ambient noiseElectric Park Brake (EPB): Utilizes parking brake switch mounted in the center console, a motor on caliper (MOC) at each rear wheel and an electronic control module. Four modes of operation: static apply and release, dynamic apply, drive away release and safe hold

29. Electronic brake-force distribution: Assists the driver to optimize stopping distances and control under all vehicle loading conditions by regulating braking pressure front-to-rear

30. Electronic Roll Mitigation (ERM): An extension of electronic stability control (ESC). Uses input from ESC sensors to anticipate if the vehicle is at risk of entering a potential roll situation, then applies the brakes individually and modulates the throttle position as needed

31. Electronic Stability Control (ESC): Enhances driver control and helps maintain directional stability under all conditions. Provides the benefit in critical driving situations such as turns, and is valuable when driving on mixed surface conditions including snow, ice or gravel. If there is a discernible difference between driver input through the steering wheel and the vehicle’s path, ESC applies selective braking and throttle input to guide the vehicle back on to the driver’s intended path

32. Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC): Provides the driver with trip, temperature, tire-pressure monitoring and other vehicle information within the instrument cluster

33. Energy-absorbing steering column: The manual-adjust steering column utilizes two hydroformed coaxial tubes that can move relative to each other to allow the column to move forward for enhanced energy absorption during a crash. The power-adjust steering column employs a calibrated bending element that deforms during column stroke for optimal energy management

34. Energy management system: Three front load paths designed from high-strength steel help maintain structural integrity and minimize cabin intrusion

35. Express up/down windows: One-touch powered express up/down window button located on the front driver and passenger-side doors

36. Fog lamps: Lighting to provide additional visibility in fog or other poor weather conditions

37. Forward Collision Warning (FCW) Plus: Utilizes radar and video sensors to detect whether the 500X is approaching another vehicle or large obstacle in its path too rapidly, and warns or assists the driver in avoiding/mitigating the incident

38. Front and rear crumple zones: Specially formed structural members that crumple and absorb energy in a collision, helping protect the occupant cabin

39. Front seat-belt adaptive/active load limiters: Designed to optimize the chest loading in an impact event

40. Front seat-belt pretensioners: During a collision, impact sensors initiate front seat-belt pretensioners to remove slack in the seat belt system, thereby reducing the forward movement of the occupant’s head and torso

41. Front-seat mounted side pelvic thorax air bags: Provide enhanced protection to the driver and front outboard passenger in certain impacts. Each side air bag has its own impact sensor that autonomously triggers the air bag on the side where an impact occurs. Standard side air bags are housed within the outboard side of each front seat

42. Front wiper blades deicer: Prevents wiper blades from freezing to the front windshield and improves cold-weather wipe ability

43. Global position sensor (GPS): Used for navigation guidance and electronic vehicle tracking

44. Heated sideview mirrors: Prevents buildup of snow or ice on sideview mirrors to maintain visibility

45. Height-adjustable seat belts (front row): Outboard seat belts feature height adjustment, allowing for the seat belt to be placed in the optimal position for any driver or passenger

46. Hill Start Assist (HSA): Assists drivers when starting a vehicle from a stop on a hill by maintaining the level of brake pressure applied for a short period of time after the driver’s foot is removed from the brake pedal. If throttle is not applied within a short period of time after the driver’s foot is removed from the brake pedal, brake pressure will be released

47. Keyless Enter ‘n Go™: When an individual enters the vehicle, electronic sensors detect if the vehicle key fob is present. The vehicle will then allow the individual to push a button to start the vehicle without having to insert the key into the ignition

48. LaneSense™ Departure Warning Plus: Leverages electronic power steering (EPS) to deliver a torque input to alert and assist the driver with corrective action

49. Mopar® Electronic Vehicle Tracking System (EVTS): State-of-the-art GPS-enabled stolen vehicle recovery system. EVTS includes nationwide tracking including 24/7 emergency service dispatch, security fence, arrival/departure notification, excessive speed notification and trace maps of past locations (in selected markets)

50. Occupant Restraint Controller (ORC): Detects an impact and determines whether a crash is severe enough to trigger air bag deployment and whether the primary or secondary stage inflation is sufficient. In addition, the controller detects side impacts and determines whether the rail-curtain and side seat-mounted (thorax protection) air bags should deploy. Engagement of front seat-belt pretensioners are also managed through the controller

51. ParkSense® Rear Park Assist System: The system utilizes ultrasonic sensors at low speeds in reverse to detect stationary objects.

52. ParkView® Rear Backup Camera: Provides a wide-angle view of the area immediately behind the vehicle, giving the driver greater peace of mind before reversing at low speeds.  Contains dynamic grid lines to aid the driver when maneuvering into parking spaces or narrow areas. The image is displayed on the navigation screen when the transmission is shifted into Reverse

53. Projector headlamps: Headlamp system provides more controlled illumination for increased visibility

54. Rain-sensing wipers: A driver convenience feature that automatically senses moisture on the windshield and activates wipers

55. Ready Alert Braking (RAB): Anticipates situations when the driver may initiate an emergency brake stop and uses the ESC pump to set brake pads against rotors in order to decrease the time required for full brake application

56. Rear Cross-Path (RCP) detection: In parking lot situations, this system warns drivers backing out of parking spaces of traffic moving toward their vehicle. It activates any time the vehicle is in Reverse. The driver is notified of vehicle(s) crossing behind the vehicle via illuminated icons on the side-view mirror and with a driver-selected audible chime

57. Remote keyless entry: Locks and unlocks doors and turns on interior lamps. If the vehicle is equipped with a security alarm, the remote also arms and disarms that system

58. Remote start: Conveniently starts the engine by using the key fob while maintaining vehicle security

59. Safety cage body structure: Protects occupants by managing and controlling energy in the event of an impact.

60. Security alarm: Deters vandalism and theft, frequently lowering insurance premiums. System protects the vehicle from theft by monitoring door-ajar switches and the ignition circuit for unauthorized entry

61. Sentry Key® engine immobilizer: Utilizes an engine key that has an embedded transponder with a preprogrammed security code to discourage vehicle theft. When the key is inserted into the ignition, the controller sends a random number to the transponder and the engine is allowed to start. If an incorrect key is used, the engine will shut off after a few seconds

62. Side guard door beams: Reinforcement beams inside the doors that increase occupant protection in a side collision

63. SiriusXM® Traffic: Works with the vehicle’s navigation system to display traffic speed and flow information, along with accident information to assist drivers in routing around congested areas

64. SiriusXM® Travel Link: Real-time local fuel prices, weather conditions, sports scores and movie locations and times all featured in this subscription-based system provided by SiriusXM® Radio

65. Supplemental turn signals: Signal lamps built into the housing of exterior mirrors allow turn signals to be viewed from the front, sides and rear of the vehicle in order to alert oncoming traffic and pedestrians

66. Thin Film Transistor (TFT) display: Offers drivers a wide range of customization options, from a basic analog read-out to a full digital display that clearly communicates vehicle information with easy-to-understand icons

67. Three-point seat belts: Front outboard seating positions and all rear seating positions have lap and shoulder belts

68. Tilt-and-telescoping steering column: Allows steering column to tilt and move toward or away from the driver to achieve a safe and comfortable distance from the advanced multi-stage front driver air bag, if deployed

69. Tire Pressure Monitoring (TPM) system: Informs driver when tire pressure is too low. Pres sure-sensor modules within the valve stems of all four wheels send continuous radio-frequency signals to a receiver and the system. Tire-pressure monitoring system self-learns tire position after rotation or tire is moved to a new location

70. Uconnect® Voice Command with Bluetooth®: An in-vehicle, voice-activated communication system that allows drivers to operate a Bluetooth® compatible phone with their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. When the Bluetooth® phone is initially connected, the contact list is automatically downloaded, synchronizing as many as 1,000 phone book entries, which can then be selected by simply saying a contact name. It also allows drivers to switch radio modes, tune to AM/FM and SiriusXM® Radio stations and request real-time information (such as fuel prices) from SiriusXM® Travel Link using natural voice commands. The handsfree option promotes safety, freedom, value and flexibility

Want to learn more about the all-new 2016 FIAT 500X?  Give us a call.  We're here to help.

Bob-Boyd Alfa Romeo FIAT
5665 Scarborough Blvd
Columbus, OH 43232

40 MPG in the FIAT 500 Pop - Columbus, OH

FIAT 500 Pop

As you, our astute reader, have no doubt realized by the name, the FIAT 500 Pop is our most popular model!  Most manufacturers waste your time with stripped-down, featureless abominations that are only available in white and beige for their base model.  Not FIAT!  

Our Pop proudly offers power windows and door locks, power heated side mirrors, A/C, cruise control, Blue & Me handsfree Bluetooth (now with audio streaming!), USB/Mp3/Aux/CD/FM/AM stereo, with 15 total color options!  You also have a couple contrasting environment color choices and up to 3 cloth seat color selections as well.  Every FIAT 500 uses the same award-winning 101hp, 1.4L 4 cylinder Multiair motor that achieves 40mpg.  

We know this can be a lot to take in, so give us a call or email us to set a time to come in and learn all about these in person!

Bob-Boyd Alfa Romeo FIAT
5665 Scarborough Blvd
Columbus, OH 43232

What does the L stand for in the FIAT 500L?

What does the L stand for? Large...Love...Luxurious...You decide.
 Segment-exclusive framed glass A- and D- pillars provide nearly 360-degree views, while available technologies broaden your horizons with the latest in communication, music and navigation capabilities.

FIAT 500L makes the most of its space for your passengers and your belongings, offering a generous seating for five.
To learn more about your new FIAT 500L head to or come in for a test drive and have one of our FIAT Specialist assist. 

Bob-Boyd Alfa Romeo FIAT
5665 Scarborough Blvd
Columbus, OH 43232

Monday, March 23, 2015

2016 FIAT 500X

FIAT has long been the perfect embodiment of an Italian design philosophy that achieves joy through minimalism. It’s in every model and configuration – everything you want while being just what you need. The addition of the all-new FIAT 500X rounds out the lineup with a vehicle that offers All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) and a mix of room, power, technologies, handling and comfort that is absolutely spot on. Like so many before it, this new FIAT is a driver’s dream. 

The all-new FIAT 500X offers the confidence of available All-Wheel-Drive (AWD), Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Path Detection, Lane Departure Warning Plus and Full-Speed Forward Collision Warning (FCW) with Crash Mitigation. 
Pure driving pleasure comes from the available 180 HP 2.4L engine, 9-speed automatic transmission and a well-approved interior with ample seating for five.

To learn more about your new FIAT 500X give us a call, we're here to help.  

Bob-Boyd Alfa Romeo FIAT
5665 Scarborough Blvd
Columbus, OH 43232