First Fiat 500e vehicle being delivered, customers not happy

Release Date: July 2013
MSRP: $32,500
Battery Pack Size: 24 KWh
Electric Range: 87
MPGe: 116 MPGe
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Front left view of Fiat 500e Exterior in Orange

The first Fiat 500e electric vehicles are being delivered on schedule and as promised. The first deliveries started around mid month. Due to the low lease price of $199 per month, the 500e is basically sold out for the remainder of 2013. However, when customers arrive at dealerships to finalize paperwork and pick up their Fiat 500e, many are being counter-offered on the lease.

While Fiat advertised a lease payment of $199, many dealers are counter-offering up to, and even higher than $300 per month. In fine print on Fiat’s literature, there is a disclaimer that says “Offer requires dealer contribution… Dealers actual terms may vary.” Fiat is offering $1500 in lease cash to sell the car, but Fiat is also advertising the cost of the lease as $1500 less than the actual cost hoping the dealer will contribute its lease cash to the deal.

Members of the Fiat 500e forum are not too happy, and they’re even calling on dealers to let them know if they would stick with the $199 lease.

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10 Comments on "First Fiat 500e vehicle being delivered, customers not happy"

  1. For $199 this is a great price for this car. I pretty sure im trading in my ford SUV for this machine.

    • You must have missed the part in the article that says the 500e is sold out.

      • ?

        We looked at one day before yesterday after riding in a friends and purchased another yesterday that had just arrived! Beautiful Silver 500e E-Sport with black interior and a sunroof… Love the car.

  2. Another reason to cheer Elon Musk on.

    Let’s eliminate the dern dealers. They seem to foul up deals.

  3. That’s why I bought a LEAF. Couldn’t be happier. Been driving 25 years and this is the most fun I ever had in a car!

  4. Just ordered mine yesterday, got one right away since someone else pulled out I guess (despite 40 person waiting list, go figure). The car is in transit, I should have it in the next 2 weeks.
    Cost is $338/month including taxes, zero down. I will get $2500 back from CA, I will need to spend $1000 on the Level 2 charger at home – and all in all this is a great deal since I will save about $250/month in gas and I will also save over $200/month in toll road fees since I can carpool on the 5/405 instead of paying for the 73 – I am stoked 🙂

    I’m keeping my Ram truck though as my beach mobile…

    • Where did you buy the car. I’d like to get the same deal. Thx.

      • Jeff Hasenau | November 26, 2013 at 5:22 pm |

        Hey Rodger!
        If you’re still looking for one, we got an incredible deal from David Engles at Niello Fiat in Sacramento. They bought out our Honda lease and we drove our beautiful electric orange 500e for no money down and under $300 a month.

  5. We purchased from Autonation Roseville Fiat. No dealer markup. Really easy to work with and nice people. Monique and Shawne are who we dealt with. Ping them they have a few coming in that are not spoken for. Tell them David and Mary sent you 🙂

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