Center Stack Band-Aid - 2012 FIAT 500 Long-Term Road Test
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2012 FIAT 500 Long Term Road Test

2012 Fiat 500 Sport: Center Stack Band-Aid

March 12, 2012

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Four simple knobs: that's what our 2012 Fiat 500 brings to the HVAC party. At first I found it odd that the little Fiats aren't level with the horizon, as the fan speed numbers and airflow icons are, but I've gotten over it. I'll take classic rotary controls every time.

But I can't help seeing an "ouchless" Band-Aid bandage, complete with air holes in the wound area. Maybe now your perception will be altered forever, too. You're welcome a lot.

In actual fact it's either the microphone for the Bluetooth handsfree phone hookup (possible) or an air sampling port for the optional automatic climate control system that our 500 doesn't have (probable.) I know I'm sticking my neck out by saying this, but the manual is mum on the subject.

Rip it off and give it some air, already. No, not slow. Do it fast. It hurts less that way.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 13,430 miles


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