Sunday, August 28, 2016


Brand new 2016 Fiat Spider - Oh yes, it's cute. Yes, it comes in white. Hey, it's totally affordable. But WTF? The only ones in stock - or in the dealer's pipeline - have automatic transmissions. What's the point in that?

And there is no spare tire, just a wussy little spray-in goop kit. As if that will do a lot of good with a no-fooling flat on, say, FM 624 a couple of hours out of Cotulla - which is to say, almost as severely nowhere as somewhere on the Ross Ice Shelf, just without the ice. When I gave the salesman the askance glance, he muttered something about 'roadside assistance' and couldn't make eye contact. I didn't bother to ask him, "Roadside assistance for what? A 500 mile tow?"

This little guy is a charmer, but not ready for prime time. And no, I didn't bother to test drive.

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