Why I want a Fiat 500: Reasons 1-100

Okay – so this is a long post. Get ready.

If you’re a follower of this blog or of my Twitter feed, then you already know that I’m currently contemplating buying a new car. The front runner is the new Fiat 500 and all signs are pointing me toward it. It’s an investment though and on my student/blogger budget I’m not sure it’s really one that I should make. But – oh – my – gosh – I just LOVE it!

photo by S. Keinath

I thought I’d give myself a “fun” challenge – to come up with 500 reasons why I should get a Fiat 500. This list – which will continue over the next couple of weeks here on the blog – might also encourage someone (hello – FIAT – are you reading this?) to generously donate one to me. Hey, you never know, right? Crazier things have happened.

So today may I present the first 100 reasons (in no particular order). If you think of any others, please email me, leave a comment, or catch me on Twitter. Grazie!

1. The Fiat 500 is Italian.

2. I’m Italian. Well – I’m actually Canadian but my parents are Italian.

3. The Fiat 500 comes in white. I like white.

4. The Fiat 500 is super cute.

5. The Fiat 500 is easy to parallel park.

6. It’s easy to back into a parking spot with the Fiat 500.

7. It takes less soap & water to wash it because it’s so small. Another good thing for the environment, right?

8. I would use the cup holder for a latte. Or a cappuccino. Or an espresso. Or…my favourite…a machiatto.

9. There’s a good chance I would be the first person in London Ontario to own a new Fiat 500.

10. It is good on gas.

The Fiat 500 on the London Eye

11. My dream would come true.

12. The Fiat 500 got a great review in the summer issue of the CAA magazine.

13. And in the New York Times.

14. I think Italian music sounds better in a Fiat 500.

15. I think my Italian would sound better in a Fiat 500 too.

16. I’d brush up on my Italian while listening to this in the Fiat 500. Si.

17. Has Fiat 500 ever donated a car (or given a big discount) to a blogger? We could make history together.

18. The size is perfect. I need a car to fit me, my purse, my MacBook and maybe a few groceries.

19. How much Nutella could fit into the trunk of the Fiat 500? I’m willing to find out.

20. Why should Oprah be the only person who gives away cars?

photo by Jordana

21. Check out the rims.

22. Mackenzie, a White Cabana contributor, is eager to be my first passenger.

23. I have two nephews who are the perfect sizes to ride as backseat passengers in the Fiat 500.

24. How much pasta (I’m partial to De Cecco) could fit into the trunk of the Fiat 500? I’m willing to find out.

25. I already follow Fiat 500 Canada on Twitter. They follow me too. Yay!

26. I don’t want to be yet another person who drives a Honda Civic.

27. I’m already planning my driving outfits.

28. I already have a few pairs of leather driving gloves.

29. It’s almost my birthday.

30. It’s almost Christmas. Kind of.

31. I’ve already taken several photos of me and various Fiats.

32. I’ve driven various Fiats in Europe.

33. I haven’t driven any type of Fiat car in Canada.

34. I know that un’automobile means car in Italian.

35. Una macchina also means car in Italian.

36. I also know that le chiavi means keys in Italian.

37. I already own Italian shoes, Italian purses, and Italian clothes. Now I think I need an Italian car.

38. I know how to make an espresso using this machine (I’m partial to Bialetti).

39. My dad has a Vespa. I’m jealous.

40. My uncle approves of the Fiat 500.

photo by Conanil

41. It looks good in the snow. And it drives fine in the snow too.

42. I’ll sleep better at night knowing that I have a Fiat 500.

43. I could add photos to this Flickr group. And this one.

44. It’s an everyday masterpiece.

45. Why does The Sartorialist (Scott Schuman) get to have all the fun?

46. This song would sound better in a Fiat 500.

47. I already follow Fiat Italia on Twitter.

48. I know that Fiat was founded in Torino, Italy.

49. Kyle traded one red paperclip for a house. I’m willing to trade one white paperclip for a Fiat 500.

50. I would put the Fiat 500 on Skype so my relatives in Italy could see me with it.

51. We need more Fiats on the road, don’t we?

52. My two favourite words in Italian are ufficio (office) and casino (no amazing direct translation but basically means a mess). I would throw these words into as many conversations as possible while driving the Fiat 500.

53. Who needs a Ferrari when you’ve got a Fiat 500?

54. Fiat is the best four letter word around.

55. The Fiat 500 would be so easy to park in my small parking space in my apartment building.

56. Have I mentioned how cute it is?

57. I would definitely listen to this song in the Fiat 500. Even though I’m Canadian.

58. People would be happy to stop hearing me talk about how much I want a Fiat.

59. The Fiat 500 is cuter than the Mini Cooper.

60. How beautiful is the interior of the Fiat 500?

Fiat 500 Interior via Fiat 500 Canada

61. The interior has the White Cabana stamp of approval.

62. So does the exterior. Of course!

63. I could join the Fiat club every Thursday at La Paloma in Woodbridge, Ontario. Thanks to my uncle and Maranello Fiat for telling me about this weekly party.

64. My pilates mat fits nicely in the trunk.

65. I would keep my latte – or iced latte – in this Fiat tumbler.

66. I’d probably hang white dice in the mirror. It’s kind of a tradition with me.

67. I could post a photo of me and my Fiat 500 on my Facebook profile.

68. FIAT is a great four-letter word. Possibly the best.

69. I would be happy to add a new key to my keychain.

70. It’s new.

71. I could blog about my happy car adventures.

72. I would write letters about my Fiat and mail them to my friends.

73. I would put a photo of me and my Fiat 500 on my Christmas cards.

74. Why should Europeans have all the Fiat fun?

75. I would use the #Fiat500 hashtag with pride.

76. Some people think you need a big car to carry around all your gear. The Fiat 500 manages just fine. Check out this Fiat 500 ski rack. I don’t ski but still.

77. Many not be the speediest car but it’s delightful. Watch this MotorTrend test drive video.

78. It would be fun to drive the Fiat 500 to the beach this summer.

79. What’s old is new again.

80. Even the engine parts look good in the Fiat 500.

This is what makes the Fiat 500 go. I think. Photo via Fiat 500 Canada.

81. I would take photos of it.

82. I would ask other people to take photos of me in it.

83. There’s even a Fiat 500 keychain.

84. I would drive it to the beach.

85. Maybe I could take it to a drive-in.

86. I would give it a name. Who names their cars? Anyone?

87. I could probably use this to keep the interior clean.

88. Four-door cars are over-rated.

89. It has a CD player. (I’m still working with a tape deck in my current car.)

90. I follow Fiat USA on Twitter. Don’t you?

91. The Fiat 500 has seven airbags. Safety is key.


92. I would draw a picture of my Fiat 500.

93. The power door locks work well.

94. The power windows do too.

95. My license plate would look good on a Fiat 500.

96. I have my driver’s license. Of course!

97. I would tweet about the Fiat 500 every day.

98. I’m pretty sure that if someone donated a Fiat 500 to me, it would make the news. That would be fun, right?

99. I think Caroline (from Paloma’s Nest) and I would be happy to make a commercial for Fiat.

100. It looks good – even in the rain.


  1. Silvia June 13, 2011

    So many good reasons why FIAT should donate a FIAT, Jordana.
    Let me know how it goes!

    • Jordana June 15, 2011

      Oh hang in there – I’ve preparing 400 more reasons! FIAT – I know you’re reading!

  2. French By Design June 13, 2011

    101. You have my approval.
    Great car and such a fun time reading you, always…

    • Jordana June 15, 2011

      Thanks Si! I’m so excited about the Fiat 500 but the price tag is totally working against me right now. Another 100 reasons coming up soon.

  3. TK June 14, 2011

    Reason #102 -There is a great enthusiast club called Fiat Lancia Unlimited waiting for YOU to join!

    • Jordana June 15, 2011

      OMG – I would LOVE to join this club. Heck – I feel like I’m enthusiastic enough to join it now. Thanks TK. Stay tuned for the next 100 reasons.

  4. Daniella June 30, 2011

    Hahahaha… i’ve been thinking about getting this car too! lol. Now I have a gazillion more reasons!

    • Jordana June 30, 2011

      A few bloggers have been so supportive of my reasons. (Fiat, are you listening?) I just need a better price. (Fiat, are you listenting?) Hard to justify big purchases like this when I’m still at uni. (Fiat, are you listening?)

  5. Adolfo May 7, 2012

    Ciao everyones, good to read about this, you guys are really funny, and let me be assured I do understand all 100 reasons of yours and excited to read le next 400.
    Let me introduce myself, my name is Adolfo Piacentini and I sell Fiat 500 in the GTA.
    So this what is for you, come to see me,and I will assure you that you can get this Baby at a VERY,VERY, GOOD DEAL. I already discoussed with my manager and willing to promote your blog.
    416 743 9900 ext 186 http://www.racewayfiat.com
    Adolfo Piacentini.

    • Jordana May 11, 2012

      Well – hello Adolfo! Your comment is an interesting one! I am curious about the deal you speak of. I’ll be in touch!

  6. Maddy May 16, 2012

    I spotted a Fiat 500 last June in London. He loves his car and I want it too.
    Miserable without a Fiat500

  7. Mac July 30, 2012

    Great post, Jordana! It’s a tribute to your creativity that you actually made it to 100. I would dispute one thing, though: I’m not sure I would consider the purchase an “investment”, unless you invest in things that will ultimately lose you money. I would describe it as an “expense”. See, I can put things in quotations, too.
    I definitely think it’s a worthwhile expense! I think those cars are really cute, and I love how they stayed true to the original design. You still see the old ones on the road in Italy. I would buy one, but I’m not sure a car-seat would fit in the back.
    Make the purchase!

    • Jordana July 30, 2012

      Hey Mac – I actually wrote 5 posts (for a total of 500 reasons!!!) and I still don’t have a Fiat…or any Fiat swag for that matter. Not losing hope. Surely a Fiat dealer somewhere out there in the world wants to make me a very happy blogger (and not just a $500 off deal either – puh-leeze!). Thanks for the encouragement!
      p.s. I’ve been in the backseat – one car seat would definitely fit – but don’t count on anything more than that!

  8. Dawn July 30, 2012

    Because you already do so much to debunk the ‘boring, academic’ look… a FIAT would only serve to aid you in this other mission!

    • Jordana July 30, 2012

      YES! Great thinking Dawn. Ha ha ha! Thanks for making me laugh – and for encouraging yet another obsession of mine!


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