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General Chat / Re: First service Trofeo
« on: February 21, 2018, 08:35:10 PM »
I use Glyn Hopkin at St Albans and have had no problems (I have bought 2 Abarths from them!)

There's also Motorvogue Bedford and Palmers Watford, but I've not been there, so can't comment.

Ring around and see what happens

General Chat / Re: Naming cars...yay or nay?
« on: February 21, 2018, 08:27:08 PM »
There must be more reply's than this!

Introductions / Re: Noob decision, Anniversario - or a new Competizione
« on: February 19, 2018, 09:17:46 PM »
New Comp.

No question

Abarth 500, 595 & 695 / Re: Potential upgrade...opinions required!
« on: February 09, 2018, 06:52:34 PM »
Have a drive and see what you think.

Personally, I couldn't justify the extra cost, it was tight on affordability for me. But if you can afford it and like it, then why not?

General Chat / Re: Naming cars...yay or nay?
« on: February 09, 2018, 06:49:08 PM »
Some cars get named, some don't,  ours kind of find their own name.

Our Abarths (we're on the 3rd one) all called Chopper, therefore, we're on Chopper III

Its hard to describe why its called Chopper, but it has nothing to do with cutting people up, it was a photo of a dog called Chopper that was stolen along with the the van, it was the expression on his face was exactly how we felt when our first 500, a Twin-Air, that was written off by someone in a Toyota Auris pulling out, they end up on their side. We had a face full of airbag, but otherwise ok, so we got Chopper I.

We're not mad, but do have an Olive tree called Denis! :D

Abarth 500, 595 & 695 / Re: The sports button
« on: February 02, 2018, 08:05:06 PM »
I use V-Power all the time and noticed the difference when I had to use standard unleaded once.

What you noticed is placebo.
This is my experiance:

I used V Power when I bought my latest series 3 (140 BHP) from new, because I was reading that economy and performance would be better.

It was no more economical than the previous 140 Abarth we'd had being run on "ordinary" fuel, didn't feel any quicker, so I now use "ordinary" fuel and its fine.

V Power etc is not worth the extra money, certainly not for the standard engine, possibly for the nigher tuned versions, but I've not owned them so can't comment.

This is what I have found, in fact the economy was better on standard fuel

Introductions / Re: Looking To Purchase!
« on: January 31, 2018, 10:03:41 PM »
Any Abarth 500 registered after January 2015 has much better suspension, it doesn't bounce around.

They later all became 595s and thats when the spec gets complicated

Your Abarth / Re: New member
« on: January 13, 2018, 09:11:39 PM »
Nice, subtle, cool 8) :)

General Chat / Re: Wingmirror Covers
« on: January 10, 2018, 07:54:03 PM »
I thought you squeezed the cover and released the clips

Introductions / Re: Hello Everyone!
« on: December 30, 2017, 10:43:34 PM »

Introductions / Re: Order placed, sat here worried!
« on: December 30, 2017, 10:37:11 PM »
I've only ever had the "base" Abarth (I'm on my third) and as they have developed, the suspension and control has improved, so it won't bottom out if you are careful.

The problem as a whole is that any 500 is small & narrow, so no version is good over speed bumps, you develop a technique, don't straddle them every time, it will ruin the inside edge of the tyres.

Apart from the, you should be fine, don't worry about it and enjoy the car wen you get it.

PS. my current 595 is a Tricolore in podium blue with back stripes and it looks fantastic 8) (especially when polished up)

Abarth 500, 595 & 695 / Re: My Abarth . . Why I'd never have another
« on: December 10, 2017, 11:37:13 AM »
The car is great. Just let down by a shocking dealer network.
Some dealers are really good, so I don't think the whole network is bad.

Anyone who buys any new car is at the behest of the individual dealers, the thing is that, they should all be good, but its like dealing with estate agents, you just don't know what you're going to get.

And the most unfortunate thing is that t puts people off a marque for life

Abarth 500, 595 & 695 / Re: My Abarth . . Why I'd never have another
« on: December 06, 2017, 08:25:51 AM »
Very true, I have to go to Glasgow a lot for work, once you get north of Carlisle the roads are  full of all sorts of cars with that dreaded yellow sticker in the back window.

Scotland seems to be full of them.

My dealer, Glyn Hopkin St Albans have been spot on.Its unfortunate that all marques have good and bad dealers, and different people have different experiences.

Everyone should be respected and listened to.

General Chat / Re: Running in new car.
« on: November 10, 2017, 08:59:45 PM »
Just drive it!

Not using sport, or using it will make no difference.

Drive it and enjoy it, you don't have to drive it like you stole it.

Some people change the oil after a thousand miles or so, that's better than talking it easy. Although, I kept to the service schedule and I've never had an Abarth that uses oil.

Let the engine and fluids get nice and warm and then enjoy it.

With modern engines that are made to very close tolerances, there is no need to run it in, OK, don't stick it on the limiter all the time, but there is no reason why you can't drive it as normal, once warmed up.

General Chat / Re: Running in new car.
« on: November 08, 2017, 09:11:44 PM »
I'm on my 3rd Abarth, I've never "run" them in, I just let them warm up and drove normally.

None of them used oil

Warm it.

Drive it


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