2012 FIAT 500 Long Term Road Test


2012 Fiat 500 Sport: Stop Asking Already

March 29, 2012

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The Bluetooth interface on our 2012 Fiat 500 Sport is pretty basic. The process for pairing a phone is straightforward, but it involves talking to the robotic Blue&Me narrator whether you like it or not.

There's also little ability to customize settings or troubleshoot problems. For instance, you can add phones from here to who knows how many/long, but you can't delete a phone. When I got a new iPhone that had the same number as my old iPhone (which had already been paired), I couldn't pair the new phone. And I had no idea why.

Randomly yesterday, after repeated tries on different days, the Fiat finally allowed me to pair the new phone. However, due to the non-delete aspect of the system, I decided that this time I didn't want to copy my phonebook to its ill-defined blackhole. So I responded no when I got the above visual and audio prompt from the Blue&Me lady.

If only that had been the end of it...

No, see, instead, every time I start up the car, the Blue&Me lady waits until I'm a couple minutes into the drive and then disregards my initial negatory response and interrupts my radio programming to ask again (audibly) if I'd like to copy my phonebook.

No means no. And once should be enough.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 14,290 miles

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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2012 FIAT 500 in VA is:

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