Fiat Owner <3 Her 500C - 2012 FIAT 500 Long-Term Road Test
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2012 Fiat 500: Fiat Owner <3 Her 500C

February 27, 2012

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It's always fun to see how much car owners love their daily drivers. Case in point: my friend Jo and her 2012 Fiat 500C.

She bought it wanting to transition to something more fuel frugal than her old Land Rover. And as a fan of all cute things, she briefly debated between the Fiat and the Mini but chose the former because it was "more girly" and because it "looked vintage (colors) but is totally modern." Considering the criteria, I'd say she made the right choice. Above is her 500 with her dog Maxie at the wheel.

Jo has taken a bunch of Instagram shots of her ride, created a photo album for it on her Facebook page and even made a Pinterest board about all things Fiat 500. But I really love how she personalized her car.

Since Jo is a huge foodie, particularly a fan of pork, she has a couple of stuffed animal pigs buckled in the backseat as well as little pig toys hanging from her rearview mirror.


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And to protect her seat, she wraps it up in a colorful cheery scarf.


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Naturally, she named her car. "I named her Fiona because like the Shameless character, my Fiat is a bit of a tart AND she has her top down often!" So fun!

How do you personalize your car, and do you have a name for it?

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor

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