2012 Fiat 500 Sport: The Day After the Day After
August 10, 2011
Today we picked our 2012 Fiat 500 Sport up from Stokes Tire Pros in Santa Monica. You immediately notice the new left front tire, as its edges aren't yet pounded to a partial pulp like the right front tire (no disrespect to the lagoon here, rather an inevitability when there's a small, Italian hatch in the fleet).
The replacement cost for one Continental ContiProContact, size 195/45R16 84H, was right in line with Warren's estimate -- $145.95, which came to $163.45 with tax.
A low tire pressure warning is still coming across the trip computer marquee-style at startup (with the standardized "!" light remaining after that), but page 38 of the car's owners manual suggests it should extinguish on its own after 20 miles of driving.
And, oh by the way, a temp-size spare tire is a $91 a la carte option on the 2012 Fiat 500 Sport, or $364 if you buy it as part of the Safety & Convenience package (auto climate control and an alarm system, plus the donut spare). Why the Fiat dealer wouldn't order them all this way boggles the mind until you consider the $20K psychological barrier... ordering them without the spare keeps the price comfortably below it, and perhaps provides some opportunities in the F&I room.
Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 6,886 miles