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Abarth 124 / Re: Extra spot lights homage to original 124 spider
« on: September 09, 2018, 11:33:17 PM »
Best be a bit careful - when my car was delivered I asked the dealer to register it on a 6-digit old reg number I've had for years, with a smaller plate due to fewer digits (perfectly legal).  When I picked it up he said they'd had problems with this as the number plate mount and, I think, the area around it is very sensitive to the crash protection system.  I think this launches the bonnet up the windscreen to protect pedestrians, or something.

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Abarth 124 / Re: Average Fuel Economy History
« on: September 09, 2018, 11:30:43 PM »
likewise - I don't understand the original question.
I can't find out how to turn the radio off - I can mute it, but not turn it off.  I presume that's a 'modern' thing.  I just go back to the '67 Land Rover....  no radio.....

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Abarth 124 / Re: 124 Matte Bonnet Issues
« on: August 29, 2018, 09:49:03 AM »
...and DO NOT wax the bonnet or boot, not even with wax shampoo or it will gradually go glossy. I use a plain 3M shampoo and a matt detail spray from one of the online usuals.

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Abarth 124 / Re: Alarm sounding when driving
« on: August 29, 2018, 09:43:31 AM »
Make sure you open it first...

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Abarth 124 / Re: Alarm sounding when driving
« on: August 24, 2018, 11:26:57 PM »
I found out last week when I stuck my head in through an open window with the hood up after locking it.  It's quite loud.

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Abarth 124 / Re: Seat wear.
« on: August 16, 2018, 02:50:17 PM »
No problems with mine so far - nearly two years old but only 6000 miles

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Abarth 124 / Re: 124 - Record Monza exhaust issues
« on: August 09, 2018, 06:44:16 PM »
I don't see how that can be anything to do with the exhaust valve - it's just a flap that blows open against a tension coil spring.  Can't speak for autos I'm afraid, maybe someone can help.

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Abarth 124 / Re: 124 - Record Monza exhaust issues
« on: June 15, 2018, 02:18:06 PM »
I've just done 3000 miles to Amalfi and back in mine (fun - got caught up in the Historic Mille Miglia on the way down) with no real problems.  I had removed the spring and used stainless lockwire to wire the valve open.  It is certainly a little louder on startup, and there is more spitting and popping in 'normal' (i.e. not sport) mode.  This I don't really understand as obviously whether or not he car is in 'sport' has no effect on the exhaust valve.

For most of the trip, around town there was a very annoying and quite loud buzzing rattle, which I assumed was a heatshield or similar come loose above the exhaust.  However when I got home I removed the lockwire and it vanished, which was also annoying as I could have done that at Calais on the way out!  I had felt around the valve during the trip and everything seemed tight.

I've now left it open with no wire.  It is absolutely solid and I cannot close it anyway.  As long as it doesn't affect back pressure or contribute to wear or damage (and I can't see that it would), it'll stay that way until the next service, at which I'll be interested to see what they say (and either do or don't do, with or without telling me!).  I might need to 'express a preference', because the last thing I want is to have to leave the car whilst they order a new part from wherever.

If this thing's going to keep on sticking I would prefer to just leave it open.  Restricting an exhaust at high revs is far more likely to do damage than 'opening' an exhaust at low revs.

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Abarth 124 / Re: 124 Matte Bonnet Issues
« on: June 15, 2018, 02:06:09 PM »
The bonnet matt black panel is definitely vinyl - it's only part cover, not a full panel.  The boot, though, is a full panel and is painted inside and out matt black - there's no red on it. 

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Abarth 124 / Re: Driving in Europe
« on: May 13, 2018, 08:05:12 PM »
Thanks, thatís what I thought.
It might get back to Turin again, depending on how we get on, but not via a boat this time.

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Abarth 124 / Driving in Europe
« on: May 13, 2018, 05:08:55 PM »
Iím off to Italy this week in the car - does anyone know if the standard projector headlamps can be Ďflippedí for driving on the right, or do I have to stick those horrible plastic things over the lenses?

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Abarth 124 / Re: 124 - Record Monza exhaust issues
« on: May 11, 2018, 02:57:25 PM »
I wouldn't leave it unsecured as it's just as likely to sieze closed, best to wire it open just in case.  Get back under it when you have the time and check - I freed mine up and within a couple of days it had seized again.

Did it seize closed again with the spring removed?  I had assumed the exhaust gas pressure would keep it blown open.  Mine is still open at the moment, but obviously I don't know if any pressure effects cause it to close at all during normal driving.

I didn't remove the spring but all the time the car isn't being used the valve will be closed regardless so chances are it will seize shut. Only takes a few minutes to wire it open.

No, Iíve checked it at rest and if you remove the spring and turn it to open it stays open. I didnít want to wire it because if I forget at service time there could be a difficult discussion - who knows? - no big deal to wire it, though, I suppose.

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Abarth 124 / Re: 124 - Record Monza exhaust issues
« on: May 11, 2018, 08:22:01 AM »
I wouldn't leave it unsecured as it's just as likely to sieze closed, best to wire it open just in case.  Get back under it when you have the time and check - I freed mine up and within a couple of days it had seized again.

Did it seize closed again with the spring removed?  I had assumed the exhaust gas pressure would keep it blown open.  Mine is still open at the moment, but obviously I don't know if any pressure effects cause it to close at all during normal driving.

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Abarth 124 / Re: 124 - Record Monza exhaust issues
« on: May 08, 2018, 12:05:52 PM »
Finally got around to driving the 124 today with the exhaust spring removed, no wire or anything else in place.
Tbh, I'm not really aware of any difference (and my wife didn't notice).  I'm assuming the exhaust gases are simply keeping the flap pinned open all the time, which must be better than it seizing and remaining closed.  I don't believe it's moving around - there were certainly no noises or rattles to indicate that, but I wouldn't expect to hear them anyway.  It's certainly not obtrusive on start up:  well, no more than usual anyway...

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Abarth 124 / Re: 124 - Record Monza exhaust issues
« on: April 23, 2018, 11:19:53 PM »
A bit OT, but here's the loudest car in the garage:


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