2012 Fiat 500 Sport: ...Can't Figure Out the USB Interface
September 23, 2011
"Rex," I said to our Vice Chairman of making-sure-people-have-something-to-drive-home, "I won't be around when the board comes around. Sign me out for something. Prioritize iPod! Thanks!" A few hours later the text came in "Fiat 500 is all yours."
See, I've now spent a few thousand miles behind the wheels of various new Fiat 500s and I have absolutely, positively NO idea how to work the USB functions. And I'm a guy who doesn't go a day without plugging some USB-powered-music-holding-device into something else.
I mean, I get the basics, I plug the device in (the port is in the glove box) and can get the songs to play in random order. I can adjust the volume and get it to switch from one track to some other random track. But that is absolutely all I can do.
"RTFM" you say? Fine.
"The iPod can be controlled using the radio buttons to Play, Browse, and List the iPod or external devices contents. Refer to the Blue&Me Manual on the DVD for details."
What?! Watch the DVD for more? Is this a joke? The process is so complicated that they can't write it in the manual but have to put it on a DVD? Or is the cost-savings of producing a DVD that much higher than including a full manual with the car?
Either way, the manual says that the first original owner of the vehicle can call and get a real manual, I'll be calling on Monday.
But for now, I don't have the time or the patience to watch a DVD about something that should be simple or simply written in a proper manual. I'll try and watch it over the weekend and report back. Until then, though, all music will be completely random.
Oh, and before you anti-Apple folk start rabblerousing, I carry a USB stick with music to test ease of use with -- it's just as impossible.
Mike Magrath, Features Editor, Edmunds.com @ 8,200 miles