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Good afternoon!

I'm starting this thread for FIAT owners, in the MKE area, to post their experiences at the new FIAT of MKE Studio.



I have an appointment next Monday. I'll be posting my experience here and updating with all subsequent contact I have at the Studio. I encourage you to do the same. Although I know this opens the door for negative complaining, without solutions, I trust some people will post possible, positive solutions as well.

To be continued...
 

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...and MKE stands for....? I mean, would it be that difficult to spell out Milwaukee (if that's what it stands for) once?
It's the airport code for Milwaukee.
 
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Doohickie ~ FFS, man. Are you as easily offended when you see FIAT?



SeaDawg ~ Thanks. Yes… MKE is the airport code for our city.

We dropped in the new Studio last night. They have some serious inventory now. I noticed a few '57 Editions and quite a few ABARTHs. The service bays are nearly done. It appears they only have an office or two left to build. They still haven't restyled the showroom, but I imagine they'll drag their feet on it. It's really nice as-is and was originally for Audi.

The missus commented this probably should have been the MKE Studio from the start. It is fitting for FIAT (Uh-oh, I didn't spell out Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino) to be part of this auto group.
 

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So, I had my first service at IA FIAT. It was not 100% smooth. I was asked whether they could push the first appt back, to give them more time to ensure they had every tool they could possible need in-house. Okay… I can respect that. I conceded. They kept the second appt, but someone else brought their FIAT in over the weekend… that pushed me back another day or two. Bummer. But I knew there was no way this first visit would go seamlessly.

The Manager of BMW & MINI is also handling FIAT. No problem there. The people were really nice and, despite the fact I probably know more about what's going on than they do, they made a real effort to answer any/all questions I had.They gave me a loaded triple black (body, wheels, interior) new MINI as a loaner. Good.

I was given a realistic estimate on when I could expect contact. Great. They phoned me the same day and gave me a run-down. Unfortunately, they needed to order a part. I was nervous about it, because I know they don't have the Chrysler system sorted out yet. I mean, this auto group deals exclusively in imports. So, I contacted FIAT Cares about expediting the part. It takes a Case 'Manager' assigned to the case to get that going. I gotta be honest, I think it insane Chrysler believes it is reasonable for the process to take 3-5 days… just to assign a Case 'Manager'. That isn't expediting the part… that's someone reading your case. As soon as they actually got the part moving, they contacted the Studio and MINI contacted me.

When I dropped in to pick up my baby I was greeted, escorted to the 'Reception Station' in BMW and I found the lady, there, to be very warm and a great business hostess. She really was a sweetheart. She kept friendly conversation going while she waited for a valet to respond to her page. When one did she told me where I should wait and bid me a great week. No rudeness and I know it'll be even better when FIAT is running on its own. I do miss the comfort of working with people aware of how Chrysler works. I don't want to get involved in getting myself a part. Chrysler/FIAT USA should be helping new Studios get that going. That was the only real let down, as I know the same guy servicing Sombrita at Bergstrom is servicing her at IA. He's awesome.

Sombrita is clean and I'm enjoying the reunion. It'll take some patience to go through the growing process a second time, but I'm happy with things so far.
 

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you are still blaming Chrysler for the owners THAT BEING FIATs problems, how original. For such an expert (self professed needless to say) you are still putting Chrysler before FIAT but only when FIAT has problems. Strange indeed. Do I expect this post to show up forum wide not a chance but damnnnn you make me laugh. What flavour of KOOL-AID is it this week?
 

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:D gif wars :D

I need to tell you, EK2, I am not all that impressed with the latest iteration of the MINI. There is a lot of technology there, but it seems to be more flash than function. the handle really well, though.
 

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Drove the Cooper S the other Day. Drives nice but I hate the Dash Board total overload for my Brain. Nothing really flows right and them Switches will collect Dust and other Stuff fast.:(



 

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That's what I was looking at for a few days. Don't get me wrong… I'm glad I had the opportunity to longterm 'test' one of these. But it's not for me. BMW definitely went off script (in a bad way) with these updates. Handling is the only good thing I can say. The tech is not at all useful and the styling is cheesy (and in some places yuck). The stereo is modern, yet, it is less functional than the simple one in FIAT 500s. That enlarged front end is terrible. I think the Countryman/Paceman looks better than this update of the 'standard' MINI.
 
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