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Your Abarth / Re: New member
« on: January 13, 2018, 09:11:39 PM »
Nice, subtle, cool 8) :)

General Chat / Re: Wingmirror Covers
« on: January 10, 2018, 07:54:03 PM »
I thought you squeezed the cover and released the clips

Introductions / Re: Hello Everyone!
« on: December 30, 2017, 10:43:34 PM »

Introductions / Re: Order placed, sat here worried!
« on: December 30, 2017, 10:37:11 PM »
I've only ever had the "base" Abarth (I'm on my third) and as they have developed, the suspension and control has improved, so it won't bottom out if you are careful.

The problem as a whole is that any 500 is small & narrow, so no version is good over speed bumps, you develop a technique, don't straddle them every time, it will ruin the inside edge of the tyres.

Apart from the, you should be fine, don't worry about it and enjoy the car wen you get it.

PS. my current 595 is a Tricolore in podium blue with back stripes and it looks fantastic 8) (especially when polished up)

Abarth 500, 595 & 695 / Re: My Abarth . . Why I'd never have another
« on: December 10, 2017, 11:37:13 AM »
The car is great. Just let down by a shocking dealer network.
Some dealers are really good, so I don't think the whole network is bad.

Anyone who buys any new car is at the behest of the individual dealers, the thing is that, they should all be good, but its like dealing with estate agents, you just don't know what you're going to get.

And the most unfortunate thing is that t puts people off a marque for life

Abarth 500, 595 & 695 / Re: My Abarth . . Why I'd never have another
« on: December 06, 2017, 08:25:51 AM »
Very true, I have to go to Glasgow a lot for work, once you get north of Carlisle the roads are  full of all sorts of cars with that dreaded yellow sticker in the back window.

Scotland seems to be full of them.

My dealer, Glyn Hopkin St Albans have been spot on.Its unfortunate that all marques have good and bad dealers, and different people have different experiences.

Everyone should be respected and listened to.

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!

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