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Abarth 124 / Service intervals?
« on: October 09, 2017, 09:12:56 AM »
Coming up to a year since delivery now, and just wondering what others have done re: servicing.  I've had no communication from the supplying dealer, and the car's not telling me anything about servicing - I've only done around 3,500 miles so probably not due.  I did an oil change myself at 1,500 (engine only) using oil and filter from the dealer, but didn't do an oil analysis.  Be interested to know what others have done.

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Abarth 124 / Motorsport
« on: September 11, 2017, 08:35:37 AM »
Good review by Andrew Frankel in this month's Motorsport - on balance, he likes it, thinking the engine/chassis tuning balance is the best combination for the Mazda/Fiat/Abarth platform.  I think the review is worthy of note as he routinely drives some serious kit.  As usual he criticizes the price, but that just adds to its future exclusivity!

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Abarth 124 / Security indicator light
« on: September 01, 2017, 04:31:57 PM »
I hope this is a silly question, but I can't find the answer in the manual.
Today I noticed that when sitting in the car with the engine off I am getting a flashing red light in the tacho dial which depicts a car with a closed padlock.  I have never noticed this before, and the only reference I can find in the manual says that if this light is on the security system needs looking at.
I can't believe it's normal and I simply haven't noticed it before, but then again it seems to be the only light flashing when the engine is switched off, so is it just a flashing security light to warn that the car is alarmed?  Oddly it flashes all the time, even when the car is unlocked.  The only time it stays off is when the engine is running.  I noticed on start up, there is also a brief appearance of a light showing the bonnet in crash position, but blink and you miss it. 
Normal but paranoid, or dealer advice needed?

Roger

edit - think I've found the answer - it's normal.  Different section of the manual states that this light flashes all the time the engine is switched off.

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Abarth 124 / Headlamp dip
« on: August 04, 2017, 11:56:49 PM »
Long shot, but I don't suppose anyone knows if the headlamps can be switched for driving on the right?
I'm about to do a European tour and I really hate the bits of plastic on the lens.  On my old cars I slap in a pair of LHD headlamps, but I'm not buying a pair for this - hate to think what they'd cost.  My ancient E30 325i could be switched over by a simple lever behind the headlamps, but that's unlikely to be possible on a modern as it misses an income opportunity for the manufacturer.  Any chance?

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Abarth 124 / Stone chips
« on: April 29, 2017, 10:30:27 AM »
Managed to get my first stone chip in the matt black wrap on the bonnet yesterday.  It's perforated the vinyl - anyone know the best way to treat this?  Tiny blob of touch-up, like I do on the paintwork?

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Abarth 124 / Ticking noise?
« on: April 23, 2017, 10:01:45 PM »
My car's now done 2k miles since It was delivered in December. The last 3-4 times I've started it up it's made a distinct ticking noise with engine speed which I'm sure wasn't there  before. Is this likely to be normal, or do I need to get it looked at? Seems to drive OK.

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Abarth 124 / Top Gear
« on: March 21, 2017, 02:40:18 PM »
Well, the idiots on Top Gear clearly didn't get it!  I guess they've got too used to 600 brake Mercs and Astons to appreciate small, lightweight quality.

Went to the GRRC Members' Meeting on Sunday, parked my red one a few cars away from a white one, also with a private plate.  Should have got them together!
Good day's racing, a bit cold, but my Cobra mate was well and truly beaten by a TVR.  Another was running the Ecurie Ecosse Lister Jag in the AS-B trophy, did OK.

Roger

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Abarth 124 / Oil change?
« on: January 06, 2017, 11:08:26 PM »
I like to do an early oil change in new engines - but the sites I usually buy from don't have any info regarding the 1.4 multi-air, as far as I can tell.  What oil do these take, and any ideas what filter?  5W40 full synthetic?

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Abarth 124 / Cleaning and protecting vinyl wrap
« on: January 06, 2017, 09:51:15 PM »
Anybody got any tips for looking after the matte black vinyl wrap on the 124?
Consensus seems to be not to use any wax or polish on the vinyl parts, but what detergent do folks use?  And anything to protect it?

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Meets & Events / European Classic Touring Club
« on: January 05, 2017, 01:02:05 PM »
Hi all,

A couple of events coming up in '17 which I'd like to draw members' attention to.  Technically these are classic car runs, but we are keen to get more modern classics involved, and if an Abarth isn't a modern classic I don't know what is.  We always have the odd new Mustang and Aston on these runs so something a bit more interesting would be good!

European Classic Touring Club Springtime Classic 2017
21-23rd April 2017
In the absence of the MSA Spring Classic this year, the ECTC's Spring tour will be based around two nights at the Heythrop Park Hotel in Oxfordshire, from 21-23rd April. We will be driving on some of the most scenic open roads in the heart of England, and visiting a wide variety of attractions from stately homes to motorsport venues. Please email tours@europeanclassicclub.co.uk for more information, or take a look at www.europeanclassicclub.co.uk
Book now to avoid the waiting list!

European Classic Touring Club Euroclassic 2017
2-8th September 2017
This September's ECTC Euroclassic will be heading to sunny northern Spain, touring from the beautiful Picos Europa across to the Pyrenees and the corner of south-western France before following the coast back to Santander. Highlights will include Fuente Dé, Burgos, Lerma, Pamplona and Pau, with a chance to drive around the spectacular Pau Arnos circuit. The tour entry includes a fully-detailed route book, rally plate and group dinners on two nights, with the services of an accommodation agency to help plan your hotels. The ECTC is an MSA-recognized club and the event is organized by officials who organized and ran, for over 20 years, the 'blue riband' MSA Euroclassic. Any classic or interesting modern car is welcome, with Britassist breakdown for recalcitrant cars and even an event doctor for crews. Please email tours@europeanclassicclub.co.uk for more information, or take a look at www.europeanclassicclub.co.uk

Roger

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Abarth 124 / Abarth customer service
« on: November 29, 2016, 04:45:35 PM »
I have to say I am seriously impressed by Abarth Customer Services, and the very charming Grace in particular.  I emailed them to check on progress of my car, and have had regular phone calls to keep me informed of any changes and two back-up calls post-delivery to check that I'm happy with it.  Also good support from Gino at Bedford Motorvogue who actually supplied it - nice to deal with a true petrolhead instead of just another salesman.  Don't get him started on Triumph 2.5 PIs, though, you'll never get away....

Roger

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Abarth 124 / Any idea what this is?
« on: November 19, 2016, 08:41:49 PM »
My 124 has a strange plastic block about 1" square immediately to the left of the two USB ports in the centre console.  It has a tag of which plastic 'paper' fixed behind it which is annoying me and looks a bit rubbish.  I can't pull the white tag out (it looks like paper, but won't tear) - anybody know what this block is?  Do I lever it out with a screwdriver to try to remove the white paper?  Don't want to damage anything...

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Abarth 124 / Grand Tour
« on: November 18, 2016, 11:58:18 PM »
Anybody see the opening sequence of the new 'Top Gear' on Amazon Prime?  White Abarth 124 in there somewhere....

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Abarth 124 / Front numberplates
« on: September 17, 2016, 06:31:34 PM »
Apparently my 124 has been built and is awaiting shipping. I've been looking at pics and can see nowhere for the front numberplate to be mounted which won't look terrible. I have a 60s Mustang which legally has smaller motorcycle-sized plates - is there any chance of doing something similar on the 124 Spider? Italian-size for the front, maybe?

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Abarth 124 / Idle stop-start
« on: September 04, 2016, 02:23:50 PM »
Anybody got any idea if the 124 spider will have idle stop-start? If so there had better be an 'off' button, I absolutely hate this feature.

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