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Old 05-14-2014, 11:12 PM   #1
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Fiat 500 Abarth

a couple of weeks ago, the wife surprised me by taking me to jacksonville to buy myself a car....

truth is, i've been looking at these things for two years. jacksonville had several 2013's on the lot at a deeply discounted price. with the exception of the wheel color, its the car i would have ordered... the other options i wanted were there.



ground rule before buying.... me, wife and babies had to fit in it. we do.


other than the 125 mile ride home, the wife has probably had more time behind the wheel than i have... and the look on her face after the test drive was classic happiness. with only 600 or so miles on it... lovin it. glad to have a little car in the driveway again, and it helps that its a spunky little ride.



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Old 05-15-2014, 02:44 AM   #2
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Nice car

Mate of mine had one, the version below the Abarth, he had it chipped and changed the exhaust. After that it was a nippy wee thing, not so good in the snow however
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Old 05-15-2014, 03:06 AM   #3
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Cool looking car but where is the 6 spd?
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Old 05-15-2014, 03:36 AM   #4
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interesting little car...but given the choice I'd still go Mini Cooper.

Probably a better choice for your wife as a cooper requires constant maintenance
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Old 05-15-2014, 03:44 AM   #5
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interesting little car...but given the choice I'd still go Mini Cooper.

Probably a better choice for your wife as a cooper requires constant maintenance
And the Mini Cooper costs 50% more.

The Fiat is on the list of cheap fun vehicles I would like to own.
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Old 05-15-2014, 04:19 AM   #6
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mini's eat their engines too, just ask my mate. He swapped the fiat for the mini

now the engine is making a noise it shouldn't, the cam chain tensioner is on its way out, common problem apparently and it can do nasty things to the engine if it lets go!
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Old 05-15-2014, 04:46 AM   #7
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mini's eat their engines too, just ask my mate. He swapped the fiat for the mini

now the engine is making a noise it shouldn't, the cam chain tensioner is on its way out, common problem apparently and it can do nasty things to the engine if it lets go!
My buddy, BMW318tech on here, is well employed due to Mini engine troubles. He has forbidden me from getting a Mini that has a turbo.
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Old 05-15-2014, 08:04 AM   #8
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a couple of weeks ago, the wife surprised me by taking me to jacksonville to buy myself a car....

truth is, i've been looking at these things for two years. jacksonville had several 2013's on the lot at a deeply discounted price. with the exception of the wheel color, its the car i would have ordered... the other options i wanted were there.



ground rule before buying.... me, wife and babies had to fit in it. we do.


other than the 125 mile ride home, the wife has probably had more time behind the wheel than i have... and the look on her face after the test drive was classic happiness. with only 600 or so miles on it... lovin it. glad to have a little car in the driveway again, and it helps that its a spunky little ride.



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Old 05-15-2014, 08:17 AM   #9
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My buddy, BMW318tech on here, is well employed due to Mini engine troubles. He has forbidden me from getting a Mini that has a turbo.

I was all hot and bothered for a Mini S for years: one of my friends was head tech at the local Mini dealer, he kept telling me to wait till they fixed (this, that the other thing )


He now works for an independent shop so does not have to toe the company line: he just says he wouldn't buy one with a turbo either

And now ALL minis come with a turbo.

I love my Subaru BRZ
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Old 05-15-2014, 08:26 AM   #10
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That little Abarth is pretty tasty.

I had an '05 MINI that was a great little car. It was the basic Cooper without the supercharger and it was lots of fun. Once that warranty ran out, though, the maintenance costs were outrageous.

I think if I wanted another little fun car, that Abarth would be the ticket.
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Old 05-15-2014, 08:49 AM   #11
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Guy was running an Abarth at the last autocross race I was at. It did pretty good, although at first glance you think it'll tip over. It didn't.
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Old 05-15-2014, 09:00 AM   #12
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Congrats on the new car! I wouldn't mind owning one either!
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Old 05-15-2014, 10:44 AM   #13
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You should see how the Italians drive these things on their highways.
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Old 05-15-2014, 11:12 AM   #14
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I got my Abarth 500 two years ago next month! Still makes me grin ear-to-ear when I drive it. The thing is an absolute hoot -- it's what small "hot-hatches" are supposed to be -- a little bit ridiculous, but good old fashioned driving fun.

Congrats.
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Old 05-15-2014, 02:01 PM   #15
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Yes, but its a FIAT!

My punto is never out of the garage, nice enough car but it is a fucking nightmare. I bought it on the Government/manufacturer/industry published promise of "upto" 70 MPG. What a lie! Even driving like ma Granny the best I have got is 57 MPG

It must be the Italian way, design perfection, look good but we no giva da sheet if it lasts.

Here' a wee Joke from Blighty that you Colonials may not get...

Q: What do you do in the four minute warning?

A: Buy a Fiat and watch it rust!

Boom-boom!
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