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(I posted this under another thread but felt it was worth putting on the main page, so sorry for a cross-post)This is stuff that Fiat did not 100% know - one parts guy knew one thing (about the rear-spoiler issue), but no one knew all of this - it took phone calls to several dearlers speaking w/service and parts guys, and then calling Thule support who put the rest together. BTW - I looked at the option of removing the rear spoiler, my skis are more important; but, if you read the directions it requires butchery to remove it, literally; cut the middle out with a saw then rip the rest off. If anyone needs those directions I have a PDF on it. Even Fiat-central didn't know how to do this, one dealer had a technote on it that he emailed me.------- The car in general --------I can't agree more than the person in LA who is SWOONINGLY in love with his new 500. I got mine a wk ago Thursday and just turned 1000 miles on it. Driving from Lake George NY to north Jersey I used only 6 gallons of gas (38.1mpg at 75-80mph on the NY Thruway). I have a Sport also in Grizio. I had put in the rubber trunk floor protector, the rear bumper protector (after market) to keep the bumper from getting scratched up when putting my ski boots in and out; I have coming in this wk the hitch so I can put my Thule bike rack with ski rack adaptor on it.-------- What you need to know about putting your skis or boards on the 500If anyone is needing to put skis on a 500 - here is what you NEED to know:1) If you have a hard top you can put the Thule roof rack on with the ski adaptor. If you have a sunroof or convertible you CANNOT put the roof rack on. I spoke to Thule about it, and although it should fit on with my sunroof their manuals say to not due it - they said it "could be" a structural issue2) If you have the Sport you have the rear-spoiler so you CANNOT put in the removable rear window mount.3) If you have a Sport with the rear-spoiler AND have a sunroof or convertible - here is your ONLY option to put skis or a bike on the car:You MUST put on the hitch/receiver (it is not a trailer hitch, but looks like one, the car is not made to toe with it).You than need to put on the Thule 912XT bike rack - BUT - this rack is DISCONTINUED, but, it is the only Thule rack right now that is compatible with the ski-rack adaptor. The new Thule rack, the Apex 2, will work for bikes but the ski-rack adaptor is not on the market as yet, should be by the end of the year. So you need to call around and find who has the 912XT still in stock. I got one from RamseyOutdoor.com - their local store had 1 left and gave it to me for about 45% off ($130, retail is $209). EMS had 1 floor display left they offerred for 20% off.Once you have the 912XT then you add the 987XT which is a ski/snowboard mount that goes over the 912XT bike rack. It will hold up to 6 pairs of skis, I assume this would translate to 4 snowboards but not sure on that.If you plan on putting skis on soon, then find the 912XT bike rack before they are sold out everyplace. The 987XT ski adaptor is not a problem finding. If you don't mind waiting until the end of 2012 to put your skis on then you can get the Apex 2 bike rack and wait for the new ski adaptor be released by Thule.--------- Driving on snow, the Pirelli snow tires make a HUGE difference in a few inches of snowI drove on packed snow with the factory tires and it did great; I drove in 3" of soft powder snow and it was NO GOOD - I put on 4 Pirelli snow tires (found them at TireRack.com for $78/each, got them mounted for $20/each) - now it is a tiger on the snow, and mileage went up a little bit.I bought this to keep miles off my 8 passenger Honda Pilot that has 38,000 miles on it in 17 months (my lease is saying OUCH), so now I don't run around town at 18mpg on a leased vehicle w/limited miles; and when going skiing myself or with just 1 other I can take the 500. Perfect, I do 500 miles/weekend to ski every weekend (NJ to the Adirondacks in NY State).This is one of the most fun cars I've driven in a long time, and as the other poster said, I look for excuses to go for a ride, it is that much fun to drive.Dan
 
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