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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


Abarth 500, 595 & 695 / Re: New Competzione
« on: September 15, 2017, 05:01:06 PM »
I thought the special shelf was dropped with Series 4, the other bits and pieces, not sure

Abarth 500, 595 & 695 / Re: First service
« on: September 09, 2017, 09:54:52 AM »
If you trade in, the manufactures/dealers give you a better deal if it has dealer stamps and if there is a problem even after the warranty expired, you're less likely to get a positive response.

Its not an Abarth/FIAT Group thing, they're all like it.

Its a judgement call.

Introductions / Re: New Member in North Wales/Chester
« on: August 27, 2017, 03:08:56 PM »
Hi Nat

Welcome! 8)

Hints: Drive it!

Tips: Enjoy it!

Nothing to add ;)

Your Abarth / Re: Brown spots all over the car
« on: August 23, 2017, 08:53:02 PM »
Fallout, it really shows up on white 500s,

You get it from the pollution and tiny specks as the brake discs wear. It can be fallout from the railway if it was transported from the factory by rail (high end cars have "pyjamas" to reduce it)

Remove with Iron out, or, I use Valet Pro Dragons Breath (also on the wheel)s every year or so.

Then clay, polish and seal (wax)

There is a lot of heat under there and not much space, its not a problem normally.

Introductions / Re: Picking up on Friday
« on: August 06, 2017, 09:31:37 PM »
Lovely, could be tempted............

Introductions / Re: Picking up on Friday
« on: August 03, 2017, 09:00:29 PM »
Sounds lovely, all we need is the weather!

First thing is get some decent tyres on. Money better spent than diagnostics.

(I've found Falkens to be good value with decent performance on previous cars.)

Tyre noise is the tread blocks moving as they travel over the tarmac, it is possible that this is your problem, if the alignment is a little out and/or different makes of tyres and tread depth across an axle can make a difference to the noise.

I hope this solves the problem, having decent tyres will do no harm and make your Abarth even more enjoyable

General Chat / Re: Oldest Abarth owner?
« on: July 25, 2017, 08:28:04 PM »
I'm 52 and on my third Abarth

General Chat / Re: B Pillar
« on: July 25, 2017, 08:26:49 PM »
I think there are B Pillar kits around, try ebay?

Wrap specialists can help

Introductions / Re: Hello from Newton-le-Willows
« on: July 23, 2017, 09:32:01 AM »

Love Podium Blue

(mine's Podium Blue ;D)

Welcome to the madfunhouse 8)

Abarth 500, 595 & 695 / Re: Dash language in Sport mode.
« on: July 22, 2017, 11:45:41 AM »
Its supposed to be like that.

 Italian style.....

Introductions / Re: First Abarth - New 595 owner
« on: July 14, 2017, 08:48:45 AM »
Very nice indeed!


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