Thanks, Dan. Do you think you'll buy one?I have been there twice, not a bad experience, informative guy there named Ryan. He's a good salesman too. My second visit should have been like my first, but wasn't. The car really "hooks" you - and is best seen a second time, two weeks later so you can gather your wits and read up, on the car. My second visit was more realistic and Ryan was less enthused to greet me, as I didn't buy one the first time, normal to occur from anyone selling anything. He knows his product well I think...but when you go - plan on coming back before you make any decisions - it'll serve you well. Have you read the various posts about this car on this forum about various issues, squeaks, A/C dumps into the cabin, dash warning lights radomly coming on/off, leaks, etc? Well then, read them. Patience is a virtue in car buying too.
I can confirm the 2 month wait on a custom order...I think some folks on here may have waited a tad longer than that.I dropped in on the Portland dealer Tuesday and the experience was excellent. Was greeted by Bryce Gehlen, the sales manager (his card says FIAT Studio Lead). He gave me a perfect, low key, walk-though of the models, features and options. Turned out they had just received the exact model I was interested in: red Sport with manual transmission and satellite radio. Still covered in plastic wrap. Pricing is what it says on the sticker with no discounts and no add-ons.
I came "this close" to signing up, but chose to reflect overnight and ultimately decided to wait a while.
Some interesting tidbits:
~ Bryce said that it's been taking about two months to receive cars that were special ordered.
~ I'd guess that they had about 40 cars on the lot.
~ Those of you from the area will know the name Ron Tonkin. He's been a fixture in the Portland car scene for decades and owns this store. Bryce said he's semi-retired, but his grandson, Alex Tonkin, is the GM of the FIAT dealership.