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Abarth 124 / Re: 124 - Record Monza exhaust issues
« on: April 15, 2018, 11:30:24 PM »
Presumably it's just a 'style' thing then, affecting only the sound of the exhaust.  Is it not there to modify back pressure under low throttle opening conditions?  If not, 'wired open' it will be...  I'll have a closer look at it in the week.  As there's a spring holding it closed, removing the spring may be a good starting point.  For warranty/service time, you could always claim it must have fallen off.
I doubt enclosing it would make a lot of difference.  Metal that gets very hot corrodes easily, and both 304 and 316 stainless steel still rust, just a little less readily.

Abarth 124 / Re: 124 - Record Monza exhaust issues
« on: April 12, 2018, 11:02:43 AM »
Thanks, that's very clear.  The end of the shaft (with the arrow pointing to it) is oriented downwards in the 124 so should be easy to get to.  I might try some Ceratec ceramic brake grease on it first, but will probably wire it open as suggested.

Abarth 124 / Re: 124 - Record Monza exhaust issues
« on: April 11, 2018, 11:54:06 PM »
I've had a quick look at this - what does it actually do, and how does it work?  I can't see any cables or power going to it.  What moves on it - there seems to be a domed 'button' facing downwards, is this what should turn?
Surely any problems with this so soon should be covered by warranty?

Abarth 124 / Re: 124 - Record Monza exhaust issues
« on: April 07, 2018, 01:16:58 PM »
Thanks, I'll give it a go.  If I can get some anti-seize on there it might help.

Abarth 124 / Re: 124 - Record Monza exhaust issues
« on: April 06, 2018, 09:04:12 AM »
Anybody got a photo of this valve, or can describe where it is?  Sounds like a spray of something or other now before it sticks wouldn't be a bad idea.

Abarth 124 / Re: New Abarth Spider 124 GT
« on: March 26, 2018, 08:50:41 AM »
So, assuming we ever get a summer. You are out on a cheeky drive along the coast road and the sun comes out. Where do you put the carbon top?

My point exactly.
Around 15 years ago I was on a classic car tour in Europe in a Healey 3000 I had just finished restoring.  It was a Sebring replica, with a very rare fibreglass hardtop.  We were blasting up the Gotthard Pass on a glorious, beautiful sunny day in fabulous surroundings.  I came very, very close to unbolting the top and chucking it in a field.
Good job I didn't, though - two days later it was bucketing down in Italy...

Abarth 124 / Re: New Abarth Spider 124 GT
« on: March 11, 2018, 11:10:03 PM »
How does that differ significantly from simply putting the hood up?

Abarth 124 / Re: Matt black bonnet cleaning
« on: February 18, 2018, 11:08:00 PM »
Yes, Meticulous Matte is good - if really stuck, 3M (who make most of the vinyl) recommend isopropyl alchohol, but test it carefully where it won't show if possible first.
I'd always be sure to wash with soft water if possible and dry off with a towel.  I would definitely not use a jetwash on the bonnet.
As mentioned in another thread, I tested mine carefully with a scalpel and the bonnet is vinyl wrap, the boot is painted.   I know the promo video shows a guy spraying the bonnet, but mine's definitely plastic!

Abarth 124 / Re: How are you owners finding your 124 Abarth Spiders
« on: December 15, 2017, 05:13:49 PM »
Yeah, great, isn't it?

...although I'd take issue with the use of the word 'Shelby'.  It's an AC, built in Thames Ditton, Surrey!

Abarth 124 / Re: How are you owners finding your 124 Abarth Spiders
« on: December 08, 2017, 02:42:11 PM »
The clutch is the heaviest I have ever driven...

Really?  You'd better not have a go in my Cobra, then...

Abarth 124 / Re: Service intervals?
« on: December 07, 2017, 10:38:29 PM »
Given that these days it's just a plug in to the diagnostic kit, the oil change is probably all you're paying for.  Dead easy to do yourself.  I keep a log book for each car as a full record of work I've done, but I suppose if you're concerned about values you probably have to pay the money.

Interesting though, my service light came on pretty much to the day at 12 months, not 9...

Abarth 124 / Re: Screen
« on: December 07, 2017, 10:35:04 PM »
I guess it depends what you mean by 'off'...

I turn mine to display just a small digital clock in the corner.  It remembers this when I switch off, so I don't have to reset it every time I start the car.  I really wish the damn screen would fold down into the dash as I never really use it - I don't have satnav, I suspect it's a Garmin so is worse than useless anyway.  The only bit I find odd is that I can't actually switch the radio off - I can only mute it by pressing the button between the seats.  Seems strange not to be able to actually switch it off. 
5000 miles now, and a 3.5k trip to Sorrento planned for next year.

Abarth 124 / Re: Service intervals?
« on: November 08, 2017, 07:58:50 AM »
Good Lord, have they gone back to cambelts?  Hadn't looked that closely.  I did an extra oil change at 1500 miles:  it is a new engine, after all.

Abarth 124 / Re: Service intervals?
« on: November 05, 2017, 11:03:57 PM »
As you were - as far as I can tell to the day the first year came up an orange spanner is now lit on the dashboard continually.  How very annoying - at least my BMW's service reminder goes off after a few minutes.
Booked in this week.

Abarth 124 / Re: Temp Gauge.
« on: October 10, 2017, 07:40:49 PM »
Too obvious!

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