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General Chat / Re: How Long Do You keep Your Cars
« on: October 20, 2018, 02:09:58 PM »
Yes a ot of people do change there cars every couple of years I must be a strange one keeping mine so long

Kept the last Alfa, a 147, for eight years, then a 500 Twinair that was written off after six months, then a string of Abarths...

The problem with modern cars is that they're too complex; all the connectivity we don't need and many other things.  They're the things that will kill the car when they get to be older.

The appeal of the Abarths is that they're in many ways old school, relatively simple, not so complex and I think that is the appeal of the range.

Of the current crop of cars on the market, a 500/595 is one that will look good, even in old age, because they haven't felt the need to refresh every ten minutes, although there have been many improvements over the years and its relative lack of complexity is likely to make an Abarth a good reliable long term option

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General Chat / Re: How Long Do You keep Your Cars
« on: October 20, 2018, 08:30:31 AM »
So far, I've changed every two years because I've been getting a deal where my overall costs have gone down!

However, I want a bigger car next time, another Alfa, so I may have to wait three years plus a bit to get to the point when I can afford a Giulia any Alfa

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Introductions / Re: New 595 Owner
« on: October 20, 2018, 08:26:41 AM »
Nice, thats one hell of a hill start you've got there ;)

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Introductions / Re: Used 500 abarth or lease a 595
« on: October 20, 2018, 08:24:38 AM »
In my opinion you go with what you feel personally
Geoff
Its what Geoff says........

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Introductions / Re: Used 500 abarth or lease a 595
« on: October 20, 2018, 08:21:55 AM »
How about this?

https://www.gumtree.com/p/abarth/fiat-500-abarth-essesse-automatic-white-convertible-165hp-500c-mta-2014-14-reg-595/1317027947

That's not a Pukka Essesse, just a Pro Alfa remap, who don't exist anymore and have been a bit dodgy....

No brakes upgrade mentioned, or suspension either. You can buy an Essesse badge from Ebay.....

A proper Essesse has a certificate when the upgrade is done by the dealer.

They're not the right wheels for an Essesse either, they're the normal A500C white petals fitted at the time, I had them on my first Abarth, they looked fantastic with Legends Blue paint and turned out to be almost impossible to keep clean.

I'd avoid the MTA gearbox as well

Apart from that its OK ;D

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Introductions / Re: Used 500 abarth or lease a 595
« on: October 19, 2018, 09:16:05 PM »
New. Well I would

Having started with a 2012 A500, through to series 3 to a 595 Series 4, the new car is so much better.

The earlier A500s were all over the road, the back end bouncing all over the place.

The ride in the 595 is better, more power, no rattles and no unexpected bills.

Your choice,

Me, I've gone for PCPs , because at least you get the option to buy ad there is a certain flexibility

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Abarth 500, 595 & 695 / Re: Amber EML on - dirty BMC filter ?
« on: October 14, 2018, 09:09:44 AM »
Could be that, The Engine Management Light could be a lot of things.

I'd film the air filter being removed and cleaned and if it is dirty, challenge them, however AC have a poor reputation (I hate them just for that awful yellow sticker on seemingly every car in Scotland) and they will probably ignore it because its a while since your service was done.

If I were you, I'd find somewhere else to get it serviced, although that's easier said than done.

If AC is the only place that you can practically take it, do some basic checks, oil, tyre pressures, filter condition, anything you can do easily and film them too. Recheck and film immediately after the next service.

Some people mark service items to see if they've been disturbed or changed, its worth marking the oil filter (photograph it) to see if its been changed (if you can get to it)

Its a sad state of affairs that we feel they can't be trusted, but the best thing it to protect yourself.

Some dealers have started to film removal and replacement of key parts and key service checks, its a shame they don't all do it

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Abarth 500, 595 & 695 / Re: Sports mode
« on: October 09, 2018, 04:31:29 PM »
Mines an 18 plate and starts in whatever mode it was switched off in.

A 68 reg will have to conform to the new emissions & mpg standard, I suspect itís changed as part of the remap.

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Abarth 500, 595 & 695 / Re: Abarth 595 Side Badges
« on: October 08, 2018, 05:41:46 PM »
Andy is right, Tourismo & Comp always had them.

I think series 3 from 2015 had the badges (canít remember if our 15 plate had them)

In 2015 the tft screen came in with another 5 bhp for the Std version & much improved suspension.

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Introductions / Re: New member and new Abarth 595 owner
« on: October 08, 2018, 02:57:43 PM »
Hi Will,

Welcome

All uk versions should have aluminium pedals & kick plates, unless theyíve deleted it, for 2019 model year, you need to talk to your dealer. Itís fitted by the dealer. Donít be fobbed off.

Red looks best on black

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Your Abarth / Re: My baby
« on: October 02, 2018, 09:15:58 AM »
Lovely! 8) 8) 8)

I'm not bias. Yours is exactly like mine! (Except I put carbon effect mirror caps on) ;D

Welcome

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Abarth 500, 595 & 695 / Re: new 595 exhaust pops
« on: September 28, 2018, 09:41:52 PM »
All of my Abarths have been standard spec, all four of them 8)

None have ever popped or banged, it must be a remap or some differences to the exhaust

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Introductions / Re: Hi all new 595 owner
« on: September 28, 2018, 09:37:04 PM »
Hi ad welcome 8)

 8) 8)The standard 595 doesn't pop & bang, you need a Monza or other upgraded exhaust for that.

I've only had standard spec 500/595s (I'm on my 4th) daren't try the more powerful ones because I'd want one!

I'm happy with what I have and enjoy it

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Abarth 500, 595 & 695 / Re: 2019 595 Comp Spec
« on: September 07, 2018, 08:45:17 PM »
There's not a lot else they can do. Looks good to me

The next one, series 5? will surely be very different, with maybe the new Firefly engine (at the moment it pumps up to 180 BHP from a 1.3!) 

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Abarth 500, 595 & 695 / Re: Modding under warranty??? 2018 595
« on: August 28, 2018, 09:25:54 PM »
As above, unless its factory approved, the warranty is voided.

Also, if you get it remapped and it goes for a service and they update the nap, the remap is lost

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