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Fiat Abarth?

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Kai, Mar 19, 2013.

  1. Kai

    Kai Well-Known Member

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    I am considering a new daily driver. Want something I can drive to work that gets decent gas mileage that isn't completely boring.


    Thinking of a Fiat Abarth. $25,000, about 30 mpg.

    Anyone have one?

    Are Fiat's more reliable now than they were back in the day? (I used to own a Fiat Spyder, and it was not particularly reliable.)


    Any advice?

    Any alternatives?
     
  2. Rambo

    Rambo Well-Known Member

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    Iammatt just bought one. Shoot him a message.
     
  3. Kai

    Kai Well-Known Member

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    Test drive sold me.

    Ordered one today.

    (grey, no stripes.)

    Take delivery in 6-10 weeks.
     
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  4. whiteslashasian

    whiteslashasian Well-Known Member

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    I hope you got a manual transmission.
     
  5. Kai

    Kai Well-Known Member

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    Yes.

    (actually, that's the only option, as automatic isn't available on the abarth.)
     
  6. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt Well-Known Member

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    Nice, I got gray and had them remove the stripes. I'm loving it.
     
  7. Jr Mouse

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    I've been seeing a surprising amount of these on the road since the brand returned to the USA. I'm a fan, but doubt I could fit in one comfortably.
     
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    I'm 6'4" , and it works for me. Mother in law has one, cool little cars...
     
  9. Jr Mouse

    Jr Mouse Well-Known Member

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    I got a couple inches on you and find leg room under the steering wheel the biggest problem with a lot of cars. It's not just smaller vehicles. Been in some small SUV's that have the same problem due to a badly designed seating arrangement.

    Still, they do look like fun little cars.
     
  10. Cary Grant

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    I have a 500 that'll get traded in soon. Love it but need bigger. PM. Me if you have questions.
    If you don't care for the snorty sound, look into the 500 turbo.
     
  11. Cary Grant

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    And I'm 6'2". I had the dealer install an aftermarket (better) sunroof which gained back more than an inch of headroom.
    The seating is chair/upright which buys a lot of leg room. Beware if you have a tall passenger. The head unit for the stereo is bolted under the passenger seat so it does not go back as far, at least in the regular 500.
     
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    :confused::confused::confused:
     
  13. Cary Grant

    Cary Grant Well-Known Member

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    Not many other places to put it but there it is...
     
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    The turbo is market as Abarth in Europe and the Abarth is the SS and from what I've heard consensus is that one should buy a turbo/Abarth and do the SS/HP upgrade yourself, as you get more bang for your buck.



    @Kai did you get it with the brown suede/leather buckets?
     
  15. Cary Grant

    Cary Grant Well-Known Member

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    ^The US specs differ some.
     
  16. Kai

    Kai Well-Known Member

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    Red/black leather buckets.

    Really looking forward to taking delivery.
     
  17. Cary Grant

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    This guy is a good Joe - he was one of the first creating aftermarket for the new FIAT. He's helpful with tweaks, tips, parts etc.

    http://500madness.com/
     
  18. Find Finn

    Find Finn Well-Known Member

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    From.... eu vs us or turbo vs abarth?
     
  19. Kai

    Kai Well-Known Member

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    Mine is going to stay bone stock. I've already got 3 modded vehicles. This is going to be a practical (but fun) commuter car, not a toy.
     
  20. Cary Grant

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    Gotcha- but you might still take a look at the cold air intake- cheap and I'm told it affords noticeable improvement.
     

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