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Author Topic: 1 Year in the Abarth!  (Read 2261 times)

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1 Year in the Abarth!
« on: March 08, 2010, 08:17:57 pm »
My Abarth 500, 1 year of ownership

 Thought i would write a short review to celebrate the 1st anniversary of my Abarth 500 ownership! So here are my stats: I've done a total of 13161 miles, taken 737 pictures (2 a day average! ) been through 2 windscreens, 2 gearboxes, 8 wheels and 10 tyres, 2 resprays (bonnet only!) 62 fuel ups approx totaling £1948.74 which works out at an average of £37.48 a week, and averaging 31.4 MPG for at least the last 6500 miles, approximately 33.74 MPG for the year according to my calculations! Phew!

 It's been a good year in the Abarth, not completely trouble free as you can see, but i'm looking forward to another year, maybe 2 unless something else takes my fancy! The car has aged well cosmetically thanks to my care, there is some wear and tear but no more than you would expect on a 1 year old car. I still enjoy driving the car, it's responsive, fun to drive, fun to be in and fun to look at! It still turns many heads and generates lots of interest. On Saturday i came out of the petrol station to find two people gazing in through the window followed by a chat about the BHP etc. It's nice to have an interesting eye catching car, even if you're modest like me and not a poser (obviously looking at the car, not me!)

 There are obviously better alternatives, faster, more economical, more practical, quieter, refined, comfier, cheaper, better built etc etc etc, but most of these alternatives are very dull. Like i say, this is an interesting different car to look at, and for me, the aesthetics of a car nearly always win me over! I would certainly miss the character of the car, especially those backfires! I can honestly say hand on heart there is nothing else currently on sale that interests me half as much as the Abarth.

 There were times when i hated my car, times when i wanted to sell it, but at these desperate times, one has to remember that 99% of all new cars have teething problems, no matter what you spend. I'm so glad i kept her, I've explored so many places and had so much fun driving around the country. Anybody considering one of these, i would highly recommend them

I would rate the car in the following way:
Looks: 9/10
Performance: 8/10 (for the size!)
Handling: 8/10
Reliability: 7/10 (only 1 major issue really)
Running costs: 8/10 (for a "Hot hatch")
Comfort: 6/10
Refinement: 5/10
Exclusivity: 9/10
Fun: 11/10




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    chuckie4570

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    Re: 1 Year in the Abarth!
    « Reply #1 on: March 08, 2010, 08:33:14 pm »
    10 tyres?????????? what the **** you been driving on? Some crackin pictures tho :thumb:

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    Re: 1 Year in the Abarth!
    « Reply #2 on: March 08, 2010, 08:34:16 pm »
    Well Done!! Thank you for the interesting report. I love my 'rocket' ! Its all you have stated and more. Continue to enjoy for the next year or years!!! :)
    A500 White-Black Leather-17' ten-spokes-AbarthNav-Red kit estetico-G-Tech 'S' ECU and SS brakes, Klima-auto, LHD(Germany)

    DraigFlag

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    Re: 1 Year in the Abarth!
    « Reply #3 on: March 08, 2010, 08:37:58 pm »
    10 tyres?????????? what the **** you been driving on? Some crackin pictures tho :thumb:
    Well 1st set went quick, second set were due at the same time as the rears so i bought x4 new wheels/tyres. Not got through those just yet  :thumb:

    Well Done!! Thank you for the interesting report. I love my 'rocket' ! Its all you have stated and more. Continue to enjoy for the next year or years!!! :)
    Will do hopefully, so long as people stop reminding me that the A500C will soon exist!  :P

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    Re: 1 Year in the Abarth!
    « Reply #4 on: March 09, 2010, 08:49:15 am »
    Cracking lil' summary there DF
    although..
    been through 2 windscreens
    you should be more careful when you brake hard, you not seen the ads about wearing a seatbelt??  ;)

    Offline Ricey155

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    Re: 1 Year in the Abarth!
    « Reply #5 on: March 10, 2010, 04:17:21 pm »
    good thread draig

    yes there are better cars and worse cars, but sadly i need to win the lottery, i'll never own every car i feel like driving so the abarth is staying for a while longer

    Sold my 59 plate after 8 years 9 months (Aug 2018) £5500
    my blog ~ http://fiat500abarth.wordpress.com/