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General Chat / Re: All Good Things Come to an End
« on: December 03, 2018, 09:43:13 PM »
Stay as part of the community .
Certainly will, probably go to MITCAR as well

General Chat / All Good Things Come to an End
« on: December 02, 2018, 09:55:35 PM »
My time as an Abarth owner is coming to an end.....

We had our first Abarth, it was Legends Blue (135 BHP )with white petals & stripes exactly six years ago after our 500 TwinAir was written off.

Two years later, we had another Legends Blue one, with the TFT dash and 140 BHP, which got driven in to in a car park (they drove off) and it was cheaper to trade in than fix it, so we had a Podium Blue Tricolore.

Then in July we got the last one, a red series 4, this was cheaper monthly and we always knew it would be the last. The little irritations had grown over the years, more of that later...

I've loved all the Abarths and still do, we're gutted, but is the only car we have and it is difficult at times to transport stuff and people, because its so small.

The irritations are sometimes what makes it fun. Its so lively and fun to drive, but you have to drive all the time, no time to relax. The tiddly fuel tank is also annoying.

Other things are just general really, but the final thing was trying to get my 80 odd year old mother in law out of the back when she'd just come out of hospital, we knew it was the beginning of the end for Abarth. and almost the end for her!
I spoke to the dealer by phone and he said there were deals on 18 plate pre-reg Tipos with 10 miles on the clock, we went and tried one and I signed the papers today.

So in a couple of weeks time we'll be driving round in a black Tipo 1.6 Multijet (120 BHP) Easy Plus, its going to be a hell of a change, especially as its a diesel as well, but the deal was very good, £7k off list and so the finance works out pretty much the same as the Abarth.

I'll miss the car and the community around it, I'll always have a soft spot for those little terriers!

No one will stare and point at a Tipo, but we probably will be pointing at you!

I'll still lurk here and stick my oar in

Its been fun, thanks guys

General Chat / Re: Looking to buy a 500 Abarth - What to look out for?
« on: November 21, 2018, 09:55:38 PM »
My Abarths have been the standard or custom version, starting with the early 135 BHP version, through to the series 4 at 145 BHP, all new on a PCP, so I can't comment on the Tourismo, or Competizione, although they are probably out of your price range.

I'd avoid one that has been "Modified", unless it is an Essesse, which must have a dealer certificate and is the best in your price range, if you can find a well looked after one.

If I was buying, I'd get the newest, as I said before, the series 3 with the TFT dash and 140 BHP is a big improvement, the back bounces all over the place on the earlier versions. The 2015 Model year cars have better suspension,  there are a few in your price range in Autotrader. They have miles on the clock and so general condition and history are important.

The other basic rule is, if your not sure, walk away and also don't be so eager that your blind to any potential flaws.

General Chat / Re: Looking to buy a 500 Abarth - What to look out for?
« on: November 20, 2018, 09:32:29 PM »
History, History, History, History, History, History, History, History.

Did I say History? The most important thing.

No real Abarth issues, the engine and gearbox are reliable.

Just look for the usual 2nd hand car things such as accident damage.

I'm on my 4th ;D and they have been improved all the time,  get the newest you can afford, a series 3 with a TFT (digital) dash is very good, up to 140 BHP in standard trim and the suspension is significantly improved over the earlier versions.

A series 4, with the LED rear lights, is also a step forward and anther 5 BHP in standard form, to 145

The main thing is to enjoy it 8)

Abarth 124 / Re: Winter Tyres
« on: November 07, 2018, 05:12:49 PM »
I think it depends on where you live.

I'm in Hertfordshire, so it never gets too bad, however, we are half way up (or down) a hill and with RWD I'd think about winter or all season ( such as Michelin Cross Climates) if I had RWD,

I'd like a Giulia at some point and would put Cross Climates on (You can configure a Giulia and some other cars with all season tyres)

With an A124, if you're driving all year round, it could well be worth it.

Anyway, your car, your choice

General Chat / Re: How Long Do You keep Your Cars
« on: October 20, 2018, 02:09:58 PM »
Yes a ot of people do change there cars every couple of years I must be a strange one keeping mine so long

Kept the last Alfa, a 147, for eight years, then a 500 Twinair that was written off after six months, then a string of Abarths...

The problem with modern cars is that they're too complex; all the connectivity we don't need and many other things.  They're the things that will kill the car when they get to be older.

The appeal of the Abarths is that they're in many ways old school, relatively simple, not so complex and I think that is the appeal of the range.

Of the current crop of cars on the market, a 500/595 is one that will look good, even in old age, because they haven't felt the need to refresh every ten minutes, although there have been many improvements over the years and its relative lack of complexity is likely to make an Abarth a good reliable long term option

General Chat / Re: How Long Do You keep Your Cars
« on: October 20, 2018, 08:30:31 AM »
So far, I've changed every two years because I've been getting a deal where my overall costs have gone down!

However, I want a bigger car next time, another Alfa, so I may have to wait three years plus a bit to get to the point when I can afford a Giulia any Alfa

Introductions / Re: New 595 Owner
« on: October 20, 2018, 08:26:41 AM »
Nice, thats one hell of a hill start you've got there ;)

Introductions / Re: Used 500 abarth or lease a 595
« on: October 20, 2018, 08:24:38 AM »
In my opinion you go with what you feel personally
Its what Geoff says........

Introductions / Re: Used 500 abarth or lease a 595
« on: October 20, 2018, 08:21:55 AM »
How about this?

That's not a Pukka Essesse, just a Pro Alfa remap, who don't exist anymore and have been a bit dodgy....

No brakes upgrade mentioned, or suspension either. You can buy an Essesse badge from Ebay.....

A proper Essesse has a certificate when the upgrade is done by the dealer.

They're not the right wheels for an Essesse either, they're the normal A500C white petals fitted at the time, I had them on my first Abarth, they looked fantastic with Legends Blue paint and turned out to be almost impossible to keep clean.

I'd avoid the MTA gearbox as well

Apart from that its OK ;D

Introductions / Re: Used 500 abarth or lease a 595
« on: October 19, 2018, 09:16:05 PM »
New. Well I would

Having started with a 2012 A500, through to series 3 to a 595 Series 4, the new car is so much better.

The earlier A500s were all over the road, the back end bouncing all over the place.

The ride in the 595 is better, more power, no rattles and no unexpected bills.

Your choice,

Me, I've gone for PCPs , because at least you get the option to buy ad there is a certain flexibility

Abarth 500, 595 & 695 / Re: Amber EML on - dirty BMC filter ?
« on: October 14, 2018, 09:09:44 AM »
Could be that, The Engine Management Light could be a lot of things.

I'd film the air filter being removed and cleaned and if it is dirty, challenge them, however AC have a poor reputation (I hate them just for that awful yellow sticker on seemingly every car in Scotland) and they will probably ignore it because its a while since your service was done.

If I were you, I'd find somewhere else to get it serviced, although that's easier said than done.

If AC is the only place that you can practically take it, do some basic checks, oil, tyre pressures, filter condition, anything you can do easily and film them too. Recheck and film immediately after the next service.

Some people mark service items to see if they've been disturbed or changed, its worth marking the oil filter (photograph it) to see if its been changed (if you can get to it)

Its a sad state of affairs that we feel they can't be trusted, but the best thing it to protect yourself.

Some dealers have started to film removal and replacement of key parts and key service checks, its a shame they don't all do it

Abarth 500, 595 & 695 / Re: Sports mode
« on: October 09, 2018, 04:31:29 PM »
Mines an 18 plate and starts in whatever mode it was switched off in.

A 68 reg will have to conform to the new emissions & mpg standard, I suspect itís changed as part of the remap.

Abarth 500, 595 & 695 / Re: Abarth 595 Side Badges
« on: October 08, 2018, 05:41:46 PM »
Andy is right, Tourismo & Comp always had them.

I think series 3 from 2015 had the badges (canít remember if our 15 plate had them)

In 2015 the tft screen came in with another 5 bhp for the Std version & much improved suspension.

Introductions / Re: New member and new Abarth 595 owner
« on: October 08, 2018, 02:57:43 PM »
Hi Will,


All uk versions should have aluminium pedals & kick plates, unless theyíve deleted it, for 2019 model year, you need to talk to your dealer. Itís fitted by the dealer. Donít be fobbed off.

Red looks best on black

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