So after nine weeks of waiting for my 500 to get back on the road, I called the Studio and got a little snippy with them about it.
"Is my car done?"
"Yes, it's done. Well, it's running, but it keeps throwing codes for a bad knock sensor."
"How could that be? It should be brand new!"
And so I'd go another week or so before I'd get the car back, but gloriously, in mid-May, they finally called and told me I could pick it up.
So I rode down to the Studio with a coworker and picked up the car. I stalled it twice in the parking lot - in my defense, it had been a while since I'd driven a stick, and the 500 now had a brand new clutch so it felt a little different.
In the days since then, my check-engine light has come on and gone off a few times for no apparent reason, but for the the most part, the car seems to be okay.
All tolled, the car was off the road for nine and a half weeks. I made three car payments during that time and lost a prized 34-year-old classic automobile.
But above all, I lost faith. Faith in a brand I had admired and evangelized for.
But I learned a valuable lesson ... let someone else beta test new products.