Not influenced but encouraged Though I am not an expert about Cars having just a 2 years ownership (1-1/2 yr Wagon-R, 6 months T-Jet+). But I knew what I wanted in my car. A friend of mine purchased BNW Linea MJD in Oct 12. I doesn't say that I influenced him to buy FIAT as he was already inclined to buy one even before we discussed about his plans but I encouraged him by my experience of T-Jet+. We even got a very good deal also but had to step back due to some reasons & later he purchased from different dealer. On the other hand, one of my close relative asked my opinion before selecting a entry level sedan or mid level hatch. My suggestion was to have test drive & select a car that suits you. Go for Suzuki Wagon-R (a never go wrong car) or if you wanna out of the league get a Punto. Later he booked Swift D-zire (LDI), I am still happy because that D-zire has a heart of FIAT.