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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!

Abarth 124 / Re: Extra spot lights homage to original 124 spider
« on: September 09, 2018, 11:33:17 PM »
Best be a bit careful - when my car was delivered I asked the dealer to register it on a 6-digit old reg number I've had for years, with a smaller plate due to fewer digits (perfectly legal).  When I picked it up he said they'd had problems with this as the number plate mount and, I think, the area around it is very sensitive to the crash protection system.  I think this launches the bonnet up the windscreen to protect pedestrians, or something.

Abarth 124 / Re: Average Fuel Economy History
« on: September 09, 2018, 11:30:43 PM »
likewise - I don't understand the original question.
I can't find out how to turn the radio off - I can mute it, but not turn it off.  I presume that's a 'modern' thing.  I just go back to the '67 Land Rover....  no radio.....

Abarth 124 / Re: 124 Matte Bonnet Issues
« on: August 29, 2018, 09:49:03 AM »
...and DO NOT wax the bonnet or boot, not even with wax shampoo or it will gradually go glossy. I use a plain 3M shampoo and a matt detail spray from one of the online usuals.

Abarth 124 / Re: Alarm sounding when driving
« on: August 29, 2018, 09:43:31 AM »
Make sure you open it first...

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