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I Have Failed As A Dad  
User currently offlineKiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 7143 posts, RR: 3
Posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3001 times:

My 4 year old sons favourite car brand is FIAT. I don't know how he came to this remarkable decision, we have never owned a FIAT, are never likely to own a FIAT and don't know anyone who has a FIAT. What can I do to cure him of this sickness, I feel like such a bad parent.

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User currently offlineFuturePilot16 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2035 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2980 times:

Quoting KiwiRob (Thread starter):
My 4 year old sons favourite car brand is FIAT. I don't know how he came to this remarkable decision, we have never owned a FIAT, are never likely to own a FIAT and don't know anyone who has a FIAT. What can I do to cure him of this sickness, I feel like such a bad parent.

Get him every fast and the furious movie. Buy him a bunch of car games. It's probably the only thing to do.



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User currently offlineHangarRat From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 633 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2980 times:

Four-year-olds tend to be into Noddy, and a Fiat is a bit like a Noddy car.

Give him a few years and expose him to a bit of judicious hooning about in Subarus or Bimmers or whatever you're into. Things will work out.

I loved tractors when I was four.



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User currently offlineSpringbok747 From Australia, joined Nov 2004, 4387 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2971 times:

Whats wrong with liking a Fiat? I like Fiat. In fact my first car was a Fiat Palio. Plus I love the new Fiat 500.


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User currently offlineFLY2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2936 times:

Quoting FuturePilot16 (Reply 1):
Get him every fast and the furious movie. Buy him a bunch of car games. It's probably the only thing to do.

Uhm no. I think he's a better off liking Fiats than worshiping rice rockets   

I will admit, as much as I hate them nowadays, I used to like lifted trucks and SUVs when much younger.

Of course that died away when I started driving a a few and realized how crappy they actually are.   


User currently offlineaerorobNZ From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 7172 posts, RR: 13
Reply 5, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2924 times:

Are you in Auckland?? I'll take him out in my Renaultsport - which is a step up from most Fiats, then my friend can take him out in a 750bhp skyline and then go from there. Baby steps though...

User currently offlineTheCommodore From Australia, joined Dec 2007, 2770 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2884 times:

No you haven't failed at all.

This is the way of the future I feel. Small is good and Fiats have come along way.

Beats driving some enormous yank tank, or as I read somewhere a Jap rice rocket !!



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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29791 posts, RR: 58
Reply 7, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2881 times:

Is he going to change his name to Anthony?

It wold make sense when he is working on his broken down FIAT....Fix It Again Tony.



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User currently offlineManuCH From Switzerland, joined Jun 2005, 3011 posts, RR: 47
Reply 8, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2877 times:
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Quoting KiwiRob (Thread starter):
My 4 year old sons favourite car brand is FIAT.

You have my sympathy. But it's probably not your fault - it's a phase, it will go away. And if it won't, you can still blackmail him when he gets older  



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User currently offlineScooter01 From Norway, joined Nov 2006, 1199 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2875 times:
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Quoting HangarRat (Reply 2):
Four-year-olds tend to be into Noddy, and a Fiat is a bit like a Noddy car.

-and they are really cute too...
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User currently offlinescrubbsYWG From Canada, joined Mar 2007, 1495 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2850 times:

so he likes ferraris and maseratis? something wrong with that?

User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19419 posts, RR: 58
Reply 11, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2836 times:

Quoting Springbok747 (Reply 3):
Whats wrong with liking a Fiat? I like Fiat. In fact my first car was a Fiat Palio. Plus I love the new Fiat 500.

     

Oh, this ought to be good!


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39710 posts, RR: 75
Reply 12, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2814 times:

Quoting KiwiRob (Thread starter):

This may never change.
I've liked the same car since I was 4 years old.

Just be happy he isn't in to other toy-like cars such as the Mini Cooper or Toyota Prius.



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User currently offlineflanker From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1630 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2801 times:

Quoting KiwiRob (Thread starter):
My 4 year old sons favourite car brand is FIAT. I don't know how he came to this remarkable decision, we have never owned a FIAT, are never likely to own a FIAT and don't know anyone who has a FIAT. What can I do to cure him of this sickness, I feel like such a bad parent.

Get him in a stage III 00-02 Audi S4. Sickness cured.



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User currently offlineTSS From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 3066 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2781 times:

Quoting flanker (Reply 13):
Get him in a stage III 00-02 Audi S4. Sickness cured.

Can the automotive equivalent of "The Emperor's New Clothes" truly be considered a cure for arguably dubious taste in cars?     

When I was 4 my dream car was a '71 AMC Javelin, the one with the rather exuberantly curvacious styling. I grew out of it.



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39710 posts, RR: 75
Reply 15, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2778 times:

Quoting TSS (Reply 14):
When I was 4 my dream car was a '71 AMC Javelin, the one with the rather exuberantly curvacious styling.

That is a beautiful and ballsy pony car!
Get that complete with the Go package; 401cu" V8, 4bbl carb, manual trans and have it dressed up with the optional Pierre Cardin Edition interior and 8track player you have one sweet ride.  



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User currently offlineflanker From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1630 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2733 times:

Quoting TSS (Reply 14):
Can the automotive equivalent of "The Emperor's New Clothes" truly be considered a cure for arguably dubious taste in cars?     

This timeless beauty speaks for herself.




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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26858 posts, RR: 58
Reply 17, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2717 times:

Quoting KiwiRob (Thread starter):
FIAT

LOL.... but in fairness Fiat these days are reliable cars for the average person who is not into anything else than getting from A- B. Their Panda is quite smart. Have a few mates who have them.


User currently offlineaerorobNZ From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 7172 posts, RR: 13
Reply 18, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2714 times:

Quoting flanker (Reply 16):
his timeless beauty speaks for herself.

It's hardly the kind of car that will hold the attention of a 4 yr old. It barely even holds mine. Audi makes fast Q cars, but they're completely forgettable to look at, and that's the important thing for a demographic that isn't old enough to drive... 

When in doubt, if you want to see what cars anyone under 8 would like, ask Jeremy Clarkson what his favourite cars are...


User currently offlineGrahamHill From France, joined Mar 2007, 2809 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2690 times:

Quoting KiwiRob (Thread starter):
My 4 year old sons favourite car brand is FIAT. I don't know how he came to this remarkable decision, we have never owned a FIAT, are never likely to own a FIAT and don't know anyone who has a FIAT. What can I do to cure him of this sickness, I feel like such a bad parent.

  

FIAT have improved over the years. The 500 Abarth is quite nice actually!

And don't be sad, he could have chosen Dacia... 



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User currently offlineFlyMIA From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7125 posts, RR: 9
Reply 20, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2650 times:

He will grow out of it. I have a friend who when he was young but not as young as your son want a Minivan for his first car! I am sure he will start liking Mercedes, Audi, Land Rover etc... At some point he will grow out of it.


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User currently offlineflanker From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1630 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2629 times:

Quoting aerorobNZ (Reply 18):
but they're completely forgettable to look a

Now now, don't go there.



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User currently offlinefrancoflier From France, joined Oct 2001, 3739 posts, RR: 11
Reply 22, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2571 times:

Your son likes sensible, cheap, reliable and decent looking cars? You mean he will never waste his money on overpriced and overrated transport?

...Oh, the humanity...

If I was still in my early 20s and didn't have kids, I really wouldn't mind driving around in one if these Puntos, especially with an Abarth badge on it. Very nice looking car.
And the Panda is smarter and more fun than ever, a brillant and economical little city car.

But I'm afraid that by the time your son is old enough to drive he'll be lucky if he can get his hands on anything other that a bland and gutless Ipod with wheels that doesn't make a noise and is driven with a joystick...



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User currently offlinegoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5970 posts, RR: 14
Reply 23, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2520 times:

Four years old, eh? This should pretty simple to resolve given his age, and taking advantage of a young boy's animosity towards the opposite sex.

1) Tell him that this is a car for girls. He wouldn't want to be seen driving a girl's car, right?

2) Let him process that for a few minutes.

3) Then show him a muscle car of your liking, and tell him that it's what boys drive.


So, it ends up like this:

Girls are yucky. Only girls drive Fiats. Therefore, Fiats are yucky.

edit - grammar

[Edited 2010-02-12 05:25:11]


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User currently offlinePhoenix9 From Canada, joined Aug 2007, 2546 posts, RR: 8
Reply 24, posted (4 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2494 times:

Quoting KiwiRob (Thread starter):

You should feel happy that he is not into Barbies and doll houses   



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25 Post contains images YooYoo : As a father myself, this has to be the most disturbing thread that i have seen in my 6+ years of being a member ! I wish you all the best in this most
26 RFields5421 : FIAT sounds funny when a child that age says it - or even a 40 year old. The sounds resonate and kind of sound like words I hope he is not allowed to
27 Post contains images thebatman : If you can, get him out to check out one of these...Fiat will quickly turn into Fi-what? The 2010 Corvette ZR-1. 638 pure American horsepower.
28 Post contains images Bohica : Explain to your son that FIAT stands for Fix It Again Tomorrow.
29 Post contains images FLY2HMO : Right. Cuz then he's gonna turn into one of these:
30 Post contains images TSS : If a near-total lack of styling resulting in almost complete visual anonymity can be considered "timeless beauty", then yes it does. Agreed. Audi mig
31 Post contains images LTU932 : Make it simple: Book a flight to Germany, rent a very expensive car (e.g. a Ferrari), take him for a ride on unrestricted sections of any Autobahn, an
32 Post contains images sudden : Hm lets see what sort of punishment would suit you the best. How about forcing you to drive a FIAT Punto from -71 for a year. Yeah, that should teach
33 Post contains images L-188 : Dude, I slept on it and I think I have figured out what happened. You let him watch the movie "Cars" didn't you? I have a simple solution thanks to on
34 BMI727 : The redneck sports car. That is no good either.
35 L-188 : Then just show Cannonball Run second then. They had an Aston Martin in that one.
36 Post contains images MD11junkie : No worries, Rob. He'll come to his senses! You've probably trashed FIAT with one of your mates, might have heard you, and he's probably doing it to p*
37 BMI727 : That is better. In my book, driving a Fiat and sliding across your car's hood wearing jorts are roughly equal offenses.
38 KiwiRob : Don't go dissing the Mini Cooper, I drive a Cooper Clubman, it's a cool car. So far he's had at his disposal a VW Golf, Mercedes C Class, BMW 3 serie
39 imisspiedmont : It could be worse, he could have been 16 and come home with an earring.
40 Post contains images Superfly : Sweet! Um, I am the farthest thing from a redneck and I consider a black Trans-Am to be one awesome sweet ride. It's certainly cooler than anything m
41 KiwiRob : So long as he isn't driving an MX5 and being a bottom (new terminology courtesy of Doc) I'd be OK.
42 Post contains images MD11junkie : Priceless Just be glad he doesn't like the Sandero! sorry, had to!
43 KiwiRob : and a Sandero is? He's only 4 remember we have plenty of time to lead him down the girls are better than boys road.
44 Post contains images MD11junkie : An ugly POS made by Dacia, or Renault. You're not a TopGear fan, I assume then. Saludos,
45 bhill : "Yank Tank!!!???" Ever heard of ROLLS ROYCE??!!!! ...and Bentley's are not the lightest things on the road either..
46 LOT767-300ER : Yes, the ZR1 and the Viper ACR. The 2 greatest cars that a common man can buy and eat royalty with at the track. I would sell my family for an ACR or
47 Post contains images DocLightning : What's wrong with that? Signed, -About 50% of A.net From the sounds of things, it seems as if being a bottom is not nearly as bad as liking Fiat.
48 Post contains links and images JCS17 : Just tape pictures of old-school Fiat Pandas all over his walls. Problem solved. If that doesn't solve the problem... well... nevermind (it would be d
49 Pyrex : My parents had one of those. It lasted for quite a while, but when it caught fire in the immediate vicinity of a gas station the attendant there didn
50 KiwiRob : Love top gear but must have missed the Sandero episode.
51 aerorobNZ : Amen. They're a scourge on planet earth. They should save the planet by planning their mass suicide. It featured from about season 10 in the news, th
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