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Abarth 500, 595 & 695 / Re: Shudder under braking - ANY IDEAS?
« on: January 02, 2018, 12:41:19 PM »
ABS kicking in early can have this effect.
Warped discs usually rear their head at any speed  and in my experience, unless they are "warped to death" , its only usually felt through the steering wheel.

Abarth 500, 595 & 695 / Winter tyres??
« on: December 15, 2017, 11:45:08 AM »
Anyone out there got an opinion on whether winter tyres are a good idea for a 595 Comp?? Stock tyres are P Zero's
I fitted some last year to my Subaru BRZ and didn't really notice a big difference from the Dunlop XT's

Your Abarth / My 595 Comp
« on: April 07, 2017, 06:58:52 PM »
Bought carbon look wing mirror covers for my 595! Thy look the dogs bolloocks!!

Your Abarth / Re: New abarth running in??
« on: March 16, 2017, 10:17:33 AM »
With modern oils, wear and tear isn't like it used to be back in the 60's and 70's when "running in" a new engine and drivetrain was a necessity to ensure long life..
That said, I wouldn't recommend driving it continuously like a lunatic right out of  the box.
Having owned several high performance cars over the years including several M5's, a couple of TVR's and a couple of Lotus's.
I always balanced normal driving with a good caning for half an hour on a weekly basis until I had a thousand miles on the clock and I never had any issues at all. Even my E60 M5 which was reckoned to use a fair quantity of oil never needed more than half a litre every 5000 miles.
This was all down to advice given to me by a well respected guy who used to build race engines when British touring cars used to run 2 littre 500 bhp Cosworth lumps where they used to adopt this practice but ran the engines up to a thousand miles on a Dyno.
I'm using this same approach on the road on my brand new 595 Comp which to date has covered 75 miles and I don't see any reason to do any different.

Introductions / Re: Greetings from Potters Bar
« on: March 06, 2017, 04:38:42 PM »
Nice one Will! Just make sure it doesn't end upside down like in the Pic you attached!!!

Introductions / Re: New 595 competizione owner
« on: March 06, 2017, 03:17:54 PM »
Hi David,
I chopped in my E60 which was last in a long line of M5's four years ago. As you well know, fuel consumption was horrendous and small things started to go wrong which cost a fortune to fix. My new ride then was and still is, a Subaru BRZ which is great fun and a very focused drivers car. I always fancied an Abarth after driving an Essesse back in 2012 and after test driving a 595 Comp I ordered one on the spot!
I was going to PX the BRZ but decided it was still too good to let go so my Son who still lives at home is taking that over as the main driver and the 595 is going to be my main ride. I only do about 3 k miles a year now and without adrenalin, life aint worth living!! I know for a fact that the 595 will provide it by the bucketful!!

Introductions / Greetings from Potters Bar
« on: March 06, 2017, 02:41:32 PM »
Hi, I am a 63 year old petrol head who doesn't fancy a Jag or 7 series just yet! Taking delivery of a new 595 Comp this coming Friday and very much looking forward to it!!

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