2012 FIAT 500 Long Term Road Test

2012 Fiat 500: DVD Owner's Manual Alternative

October 27, 2011


Yesterday I needed to Refer to The Factory Manual (RTFM) contained within the glove compartment of our 2012 Fiat 500.

But it wasn't there. Must be on somebody's desk.

No problem, the owner's manual wallet was still there, and in it I found a DVD version. Hello laptop.

Common operations are demonstrated in short video clips. I was able to sit on my own couch and learn the basics of phone pairing, seat adjustment (their seat height adjuster works so much better than ours) and the proper use of the "sport" button, among other things.

Fiat is quick to point out that this Owner's Information DVD is not a substitute for the actual owner's manual, probably because it does not go on for 15 pages on the proper use of seat belts or contain myriad lawyer-generated warnings and cautions.

But it's not just that; the minutiae is not there, the stuff that tends to send us rummaging for the owner's manual in the first place. Think of it as a quick-start guide. You may still need to RTFM if you get stuck.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 9,153 miles

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