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Abarth 124 / Re: Shorter Aerial?
« on: May 25, 2020, 02:11:30 PM »
Hi everyone

New short one fitted and looks good ie its the correct diameter at the base. I don't really listen to the radio but the reception after a brief test was fine - no issues. On balance I prefer the classic aerial as its gives a feeling of movement from the slanted fixing. However as I keep clipping it in the garage, which is a bit tight, the new one looks good, modern in style and does not get caught or trapped.

As so often with the 124...the choice is yours.

Thank you everyone for your advice and links, always appreciated.


Abarth 124 / Re: Shorter Aerial?
« on: May 12, 2020, 07:05:14 PM »
Thanks for the info. Its great to get confirmation that yours works so I've just ordered. It was now £17.20 plus postage makes it about £21.

On another note I was told by a friend with a Honda S2000 that using a cover was considered by some as risky for the paint work as any dust under it could rub over time. What does everyone feel about this and more importantly do you cover or not cover?

Thanks everyone


Abarth 124 / Shorter Aerial?
« on: May 11, 2020, 09:16:53 PM »
Hi Everyone

I was thinking of replacing the radio aerial. However what I thought would be a £5 purchase on E bay looks a bit more involved. E Bay's car checker says almost every option will not fit.

I've also tried the excellent MX5 parts web site and have the link below.

But I am wary it might not fit?

Has anyone changed the aerial for a shorter one? If so did it work and what product did you go for.

Thank you


Hello and welcome


I thought over the years ahead many people will come to our virtual group exploring the 124 and wanting to check out if itís a good idea. So here is a personal view point that might help. Feel free to add your own views as owners or questions if you are visiting.

Letís be clear the Abarth 124 is something unique. Itís not another BMW, Audi or Mercedes. Only about 1700 were sold in the UK. The big picture is that this is based on an MX5, simply a winner of many car awards where do you start. Fiat take it and restyle it. Then Abarth add a bit of magic.
There are two versions, Scorpione which has for example no heated seats, plastic dash etc. The full fat Abarth has these features and a few more. I donít have a list of the full differences and itís a personal choice to decide what is key to you.

Letís get to the point, this is a special car which is just so much fun. Itís rare to see another and you drive along just enjoying the experience. Iíve smiled every mile Iíve done to date.

Thinking of buying well there are not many and it will come down to budget. However the decision you need to make is manual or auto. For me I was driving an auto and will never go back to manual. At first I felt  the auto on this car was not quite as good as my previous VW DSG box. However after 4000 miles I'm not so sure. Its more if you are driving slower or changing your speed its felt weaker. But it also might be that as you are so much more connected to the car and its noise you notice. When driving faster its perfect! Additionally with paddle shift and manual gear shift mode you still have the manual option should one wish. The shifting between auto and manual is easy, simply hold the right paddle shift for about a second and itís back into auto.  I fully understand and respect that some will just want manual, especially if this is a summer weekend car.

Any issues with the car. I donít drive it enough ;) yep, I just look forward to the drive when before I hated driving. Remember this is an MX5 thatís had its engineering tweeted and refined over decades. One area has been my back after driving. However a small cushion at the base of my seat has solved that issue for me. If you are interested in the handling etc then look at Richard Hammondís video online review.

The truth is this is not the fastest car. Personally itís fast enough, we are not on a race track and itís faster than the vast majority of other cars on the road and thatís quite sufficient. Need 0 to 60 in 4 seconds, this is not the car for you. So compared to other sports cars the 124 has its own niche. Its quite similar to the MX5 but obviously better ;) You just have to decide if you fit the niche.

Here are a few videos to watch for some light relief.

Itís loud, yep loud, fact, but thatís brilliant and part of its charm / character.

What options?
Well this is a unique car and itís a personal choice that reflects you. For me an Italian car should be red, but the silver, blue etc all look great too. The seats had I think 3 options and again itís up to you. Take your time and decide what you want.

Navigation as an option was about £500. But £32 on eBay buys you the SIM card, so every car therefore has NAV. I've done that and it works.

Bose adds a few speakers and well sounds  good to me but Iíve not been able to compare a car without. A little silver BOSE on the seat tells you.... dealers often take photos that either show this or just miss off this area of the seat. Buyer beware.

Visibility pack. Only about 14% of cars have this and so is rare. It adds auto head lights, brighter LEDs and self leveling, so no dial on the right of the steering wheel plus the for me the massive REAR PARKING SENSORS. However with few cars available I guess itís a balance of price, age, mileage and then features and you may not have the choice.
However now you do have a choice. offers self fit or fitted a wide angle reversing camera for about £95 or fitted £150. Prices on this web site have changed over the last few months, hence my "about" price. Cameras are discussed by others on this forum in more detail. Also the 124 Spider site  is fast developing into the go to site for after market Abarth 124 options. I am sure other sites will develop over the years ahead.

The black bonnet, know as heritage, after the 1972 124 Spider race paint scheme, is on about 50% of cars and is again a personal choice. Some will love it, some will hate it. However I look on it like this, diversity is good. These cars are individual and all owners could meet and we will have our own preferences, but the more variety the better. After all on the rare occasion that I get to wave at another 124 on the road thatís their car and mine is mine. We are unique and so are our cars. Want a Porsche, thatís easy, spend lots, a friend has and thatís fine. But for me you sort of select an Abarth 124.

Life with an Abarth 124 is not like a BMW where you buy drive and that's it. You are part of a special club of people. Many post on this forum, in time we will meet again and some just browse for tips and advice. However what we are is a group who all simply love our cars. It's more than showing off our toy like a rich bloke. It's an appreciation of what Mazda, Fiat and fundamentally Abarth have created.

Possible changes to the car are numerous. One to consider is to hack the entertainment system and alter the set up, ie stop the warning at start up or change the background display. All I'll say is be certain of your version, read the guide a few times donate a few $ and then follow the guide with great care and bang it can work. See link for not rush this one.

Winter driving required a bobble hat, new jacket just for the car, driving gloves, scarf and glasses. The rule for me is simple, no rain = roof down. A Scandinavian once said to me "The weather is never bad, you are just not properly dressed".

I've swapped the Radio whip for a shorter one. I actually prefer the original but I kept hitting it in my garage. So a short stubby one looks OK instead.

I've been trying to find a boot liner but a bit of plastic has to do for now. One option is an MX5 one for £60 off the MX5 Spares web site but I need to check it fits first! The MX5 offers lots of possible ideas and web sites for buying things and this is good. The MX5 is a half sister we love. I hope that does not offend anyone but conveys the correct sentiment.

The rear view camera system is on order so that's going to happen too. The theme is clear, this is a car to make your own.

Many have discussed cup holders, car mats and sill protectors...oh the list goes on. Have a search around other threads and you will find a great history, shared experiences and some great people to help you out. I've been given some top tips so have written this as a thank you.

So in essence this car is simply awesome, unique, fun and special.

If you have specific questions ask, we are a friendly bunch and we will try and help. But donít expect a quick reply as we are a small group ;)

Obviously this is just my best effort at helping others, if Iíve got something clearly wrong tell me and Iíll edit. I have put forward opinions, they are just mine and donít be offended. Iím not trying to shock or annoy, more convey the emotion that goes with owning and selecting an Abarth 124. Want to say something, then add your thoughts.

This car is a hidden gem that over time people will fall in love with itís magic


Updated May 2020

Abarth 124 / Re: For sale...
« on: November 12, 2019, 09:21:28 AM »
To be fair and accurate I think you are correct, good spot, I forgot about the Scorpinone.

Abarth 124 / Re: Automatic Gearbox
« on: November 12, 2019, 09:16:45 AM »
Hi Tony

Well the Auto Manual debate is probably a very personal choice and I have respect for both view points.

The elephant in the room question which is a fair one... is the auto a duff option. Simply NO itís still a great car. That said itís not perfect, my old VW DSG box was I think slightly better. The A124 does occasionally appear to hang onto gears a little long when cruising. But it does a far better job than me. Also remember you can nudge the shifter into manual mode and have paddle shifters. Iíve tried these now and again and they work well, but I generally switch back to using auto works.

The auto car cost I think £2k more than the manual. There are about ish 600 auto cars and 1100 manual, approx numbers. Auto trader recently had 24 manual ones and 14 auto for sale, obviously all used.

The key for me is the spec. Try and get the visibility pack so you get parking sensors and auto lights, BOSE stereo is great. Forget about NAV, buy a SD card on Ebay for £33. Colour and heritage black bonnet is for me really personal and also simply what you can get...there are not that many of these cars about.

Finally this car is awesome and I love it.

Hope this helps.


Abarth 124 / Re: For sale...
« on: November 07, 2019, 11:44:39 AM »
I have the same in auto and this car in manual is rare, especially with the visibility pack and Bose. For a manual driver this is the perfect combo imho.

Meets & Events / Re: First thoughts on 2020 Events
« on: October 27, 2019, 09:01:08 PM »
Thatís great Colin, thanks for the info.

Meets & Events / Re: First thoughts on 2020 Events
« on: October 24, 2019, 02:42:29 PM »
Hello Colin

I've just joined the Club with the purchase of an Abarth124, which is completely awesome.

Being new here I wanted to ask the simple question. Are these meets/events open to all, ie 124 owners too. If I was to attend one, which one do you recommend. I live South of Oxford and North of Reading.

I had thought of trying to arrange through this and other Abarth Forums a simple meet of 124 owners at a say a country pub in the Spring. I felt a small meet up of a few owners would be really cool, sharing personal experiences and seeing whtat solutions others have done. Would this be looked down upon, seen as negative or would suggesting a date and a location be perfectly OK. Or is someone doing this already in Oxfordshire and therefore I can just turn up to their meet.

On a wider note I have found this Forum a great source of information. Its brilliant to be able to ask questions and see what issues others are having and all the great solutions and support available. Thank you everyone.

I now wave and flash at every Abarth I see, happy driving all.




Abarth 124 / Re: Windscreen
« on: October 17, 2019, 03:28:53 PM »

I was told that autoglass have only 2 depots for tricky cars. I went to one I thought was in Reading. Well if you have to go there really check the postcode location as the depot has changed site from the centre of town to well outside, ie nearly 25min drive. Hopefully this might save you the hassle I had and also good luck on getting it fixed.


Abarth 124 / Re: Puncture.
« on: October 15, 2019, 10:43:30 AM »
Hi everyone

On the similar theme, do you have a car jack in the boot?. I suspect we do not get one as no spare wheel, however Iím not sure.

I ask as the car failed to come with a tyre kit, now on back order from the dealer, so I am just a little careful as to what should have been included with the car.

Much appreciated


Abarth 124 / Re: The Final Count
« on: October 14, 2019, 01:39:49 PM »
Good question. Mine was registered 28th March 2019 and does not have a plate and therefore no number. Does anyone have some knowledge/info?  Thanks

Abarth 124 / Re: Windscreen
« on: October 13, 2019, 03:09:13 PM »
Auto glass just changed another cars screen and I had to get them back to refit the trim. Hope you have a better experience. I expect you did it on insurance but any idea on the cost?

Abarth 124 / Re: Auto Italia Buying Guide
« on: October 09, 2019, 06:04:50 AM »
Got a back copy and itís actually quite good. You can buy digitally for about £4 or I got a real copy for £5.50.

Abarth 124 / Re: The Final Count
« on: October 08, 2019, 11:22:14 PM »
Iíve read 51% were heritage and 60% manual.

Only one new one left in the country for sale as far as I can tell.

The end of the beginning but only the start of the fun :)

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