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Abarth 124 / Re: Matt black bonnet cleaning
« on: February 18, 2018, 11:08:00 PM »
Yes, Meticulous Matte is good - if really stuck, 3M (who make most of the vinyl) recommend isopropyl alchohol, but test it carefully where it won't show if possible first.
I'd always be sure to wash with soft water if possible and dry off with a towel.  I would definitely not use a jetwash on the bonnet.
As mentioned in another thread, I tested mine carefully with a scalpel and the bonnet is vinyl wrap, the boot is painted.   I know the promo video shows a guy spraying the bonnet, but mine's definitely plastic!

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Abarth 124 / Re: How are you owners finding your 124 Abarth Spiders
« on: December 15, 2017, 05:13:49 PM »
Yeah, great, isn't it?

...although I'd take issue with the use of the word 'Shelby'.  It's an AC, built in Thames Ditton, Surrey!

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Abarth 124 / Re: How are you owners finding your 124 Abarth Spiders
« on: December 08, 2017, 02:42:11 PM »
The clutch is the heaviest I have ever driven...

Really?  You'd better not have a go in my Cobra, then...

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Abarth 124 / Re: Service intervals?
« on: December 07, 2017, 10:38:29 PM »
Given that these days it's just a plug in to the diagnostic kit, the oil change is probably all you're paying for.  Dead easy to do yourself.  I keep a log book for each car as a full record of work I've done, but I suppose if you're concerned about values you probably have to pay the money.

Interesting though, my service light came on pretty much to the day at 12 months, not 9...

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Abarth 124 / Re: Screen
« on: December 07, 2017, 10:35:04 PM »
I guess it depends what you mean by 'off'...

I turn mine to display just a small digital clock in the corner.  It remembers this when I switch off, so I don't have to reset it every time I start the car.  I really wish the damn screen would fold down into the dash as I never really use it - I don't have satnav, I suspect it's a Garmin so is worse than useless anyway.  The only bit I find odd is that I can't actually switch the radio off - I can only mute it by pressing the button between the seats.  Seems strange not to be able to actually switch it off. 
5000 miles now, and a 3.5k trip to Sorrento planned for next year.

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Abarth 124 / Re: Service intervals?
« on: November 08, 2017, 07:58:50 AM »
Good Lord, have they gone back to cambelts?  Hadn't looked that closely.  I did an extra oil change at 1500 miles:  it is a new engine, after all.

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Abarth 124 / Re: Service intervals?
« on: November 05, 2017, 11:03:57 PM »
As you were - as far as I can tell to the day the first year came up an orange spanner is now lit on the dashboard continually.  How very annoying - at least my BMW's service reminder goes off after a few minutes.
Booked in this week.

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Abarth 124 / Re: Temp Gauge.
« on: October 10, 2017, 07:40:49 PM »
Too obvious!

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Abarth 124 / Re: Cleaning.
« on: October 10, 2017, 08:18:16 AM »
Having investigated the black bits on my car as carefully as I dare with a scalpel on the hidden bits, it seems that the bootlid is painted matt (actually more satin) black whilst the bonnet, which is two colours, is a vinyl wrap.
Basically, the rule is DO NOT use wax on the matt black bits unless you want them to start shining up more.  Care advice for matt-finish wraps generally says that using a wax polish or a wax shampoo will remove the matt effect, which is common sense really.  I use a wax-free shampoo, double-bucket, then dry off with the towel, and wax the red bits. 
For the hood, just use the same shampoo and try to keep the more solid crud out of the drain channel around the base.

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Abarth 124 / Re: Temp Gauge.
« on: October 10, 2017, 08:13:33 AM »
I've never come across a car cooling system that's designed to work at over boiling point (for water).  The pressurised system and anti-freeze element will allow a slight rise, sure, but most systems generally run at somewhere between 85-95°C.
The 'gauge' in my 124 generally sits a little below the 100 mark - I assume the area above this is intended to show a wider scale to indicate excess temp more accurately, but my experience of modern cars is that 'gauges' nowadays are not showing the engine temp so much as acting as a warning device if this is exceeded.  Tbh I think they're more for retro show than practicality, with many cars no longer having such a thing.  For warming up from cold purposes, knowing the oil temp is more relevant than the coolant temp.  My '01 M Coupé has both water and oil temp gauges, and the book says not to exceed 3,000rpm from cold until the oil gauge has moved up.
I drive my 124 carefully until the blue light goes out, then give it another few minutes for the oil to be warming through properly before giving it any real beans.

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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 / Re: Headlamp dip
« on: August 05, 2017, 11:40:27 PM »
Yes, a '67 AK350 with the mighty 602cc twin.  It's a pile of bits at the moment, once I get the workshop sorted out there's a few months of weekend welding ahead of me with that one.  The Mustang's up and running though, 392 (cheating - it's a stroked 351W) cubes with a 5-speed.  Opposite end of the spectrum from the Abarth!  It's going to feel really weird taking a RHD car abroad...

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Abarth 124 / Re: Headlamp dip
« on: August 05, 2017, 11:59:14 AM »
I must admit I normally don't bother - the cars I usually take abroad have old school BPF (British pre-focused) lamps which just give a blob of yellow light a few feet in front of the car.  They have a clear glass lens that gives no beam pattern to correct so stick-on things are completely pointless.
I'll toss up on the day, whether to fit these or not.  Probably not.
Good point on removing them quickly, though, I suspect they're not easy to shift without scratching the ABS when they've been on for a while.

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