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Abarth 124 / Re: Turning Radio Off
« on: January 03, 2019, 04:52:46 PM »
One solution can be found on Ameridan's blog on

I don't understand - I don't remember seeing any 'mute' icons covering the screen or the other stuff mentioned here.  For me pressing the knob (i.e. technically muting the radio) might as well be an on/off switch.  No big deal.

Mind you, I don't have satnav.  I hate manufacturer's satnavs as I'm not keen on out-of-date technology in a car after only a couple of years, so didn't tick the box for that one.  That might make a difference to muting or not, I suppose.

Abarth 124 / Re: Rear Drop Link Bushes Failed After Just 18000 miles
« on: December 27, 2018, 11:31:54 PM »
With the last three used BMWs I've bought (at 2-4 yrs old), I always change the anti-roll bar links.  They take a real beating on a car with sporting suspension and soon clonk.  Ten minute job to change them anyway.  Whilst the M Coupe's were 35k old, the M135's were only 25k.  Almost a service item.

Abarth 124 / Re: Turning Radio Off
« on: December 21, 2018, 07:35:23 PM »
I havenít found a way to turn it off. 

Abarth 124 / Re: 124 - Record Monza exhaust issues
« on: December 15, 2018, 01:51:24 PM »
I service every other car I own myself - I have a pit and all the kit bar the electronic stuff, and have indeed done a couple of extra oil changes and small jobs myself over the last two years.  The only reason I had both first and second services done by an Abarth dealer is purely for the stamp in the book, which is annoying but unavoidable really.  Especially as the second service is noted in the book as a '18,000 mile' service - the car has only done 8,000.  The second service has included the usual things you'd expect biannually:  coolant, brake fluid etc. all of which is pretty straightforward and I'd happily do it, but for the aforementioned stamp in the book.  I didn't even get a free wash as I stipulated I didn't want it washed, due to reported dealer inexperience of dealing with matte vinyl wraps.  I'm very careful about what detergent is used on this car.

Abarth 124 / Re: 124 - Record Monza exhaust issues
« on: December 11, 2018, 11:38:54 PM »
Just to report on this, had my second service done today (car is two years old - down on the sheet as '18,000 mile service' - it's done 8,000! Guess it goes by the age) - ouch, £380...

I clean forgot I had removed the exhaust spring.  No mention, no comments, exhaust system is apparently fine.  So it stays that way!  I have noticed no difference whatsoever in performance without the exhaust flap spring, it just pops more.  So that's a win, then.

Abarth 124 / Re: Winter Tyres
« on: November 07, 2018, 01:56:14 PM »
Personally I wouldn't bother.  We get one or two days a year when you have to take more care than usual, and these are not heavy cars.  Been driving since '72 and never seen the need for them.... 

Abarth 124 / Re: Reversing Sensors
« on: November 04, 2018, 02:28:34 PM »
So do I (and my wife loves it), but it's still a swine to reverse.  Most of 'em come with dents in those big rear wings.

Abarth 124 / Re: Trickle Charge Or Not
« on: November 04, 2018, 02:27:00 PM »
Ctek battery conditioners.  Been using them for years as I have a number of cars that can sit for long periods.  They trickle charge but also run the battery through discharge and test cycles to keep them active.

Abarth 124 / Re: Trickle Charge Or Not
« on: November 04, 2018, 12:12:01 AM »
Mine all sit on Cteks all year round, usually.

Abarth 124 / Re: Reversing Sensors
« on: November 04, 2018, 12:10:27 AM »
This is fun for reversing, with its excellent rearward and rear three-quarter vision (ahem).  And it's LHD, and the mirrors do that dumb 'objects are closer than they appear' effect which is really helpful.  Not.  The engine probably weighs more than the whole 124, and it does not have power steering.  Reversing sensors?  That'll be whoever happens to be standing behind...

Abarth 124 / Re: Door Sill Protectors for 124
« on: November 03, 2018, 11:58:48 PM »
I bought a spare pair from one of the Abarth dealers - the metal Abarth logo came separately, IIRC

Abarth 124 / Re: Reversing Sensors
« on: October 18, 2018, 10:45:46 PM »
Reversing sensors?
It's not a very big car...

Abarth 124 / Re: Faraday cage signal blocker cases
« on: October 14, 2018, 08:45:20 PM »
Yes these are used to block the signal your key fob transmits 24/7.......a metal box also works in the same way

Any metal box?

Abarth 124 / Re: Windscreen
« on: September 30, 2018, 09:03:04 AM »
Having seen them side by side I'd say they do.  It'd be daft for them to be different and seeing the hood's the same the screen must be too.

Abarth 124 / Re: Extra spot lights homage to original 124 spider
« on: September 27, 2018, 11:31:39 PM »
No, I think the dealer was more concerned about setting it off rather than stopping it moving!

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