2012 FIAT 500 Long Term Road Test

2012 Fiat 500's Smartphone Apps: Making It Easy To RTFM

July 08, 2011

It all started when I was trying to figure out what the "Radio off: 00 min" option meant on our 2012 Fiat 500 Sport's audio menu. There's no clarification for it in the owner's manual. But an online search turned up a free Fiat 500 Vehicle Info app for smartphones (Blackberries and iPhones). Nifty!

With the app, reaching for the owner's manual is the easiest thing ever. No having to run down to the garage (which, here, involves an elevator ride and two flights of stairs) to retrieve the manual. You can peruse it to your heart's content while enjoying your Macchiato at the local coffeehouse.

Not only does it include "Instrument Panel" and "Vehicle Operation" (and pictures) from the manual but you can locate the nearest Fiat dealer using your smartphone's GPS, shop the Fiat Store, learn about Mopar parts, and call 24-hour roadside assistance with the push of a button/screen.

I also love that there's a search function. However, I still couldn't find out more about that "Radio Off" option. Hm. Anyone know? I must know.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor @ 4,535 miles

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