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Offline Aggressive Snail

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1st Abarth incoming, what to do first...
« on: October 13, 2020, 01:32:41 pm »
Afternoon team! 1st post so this is also my intro.

I've been looking for an Abarth for a while over the past 4 months I've tested and decided against:
> 2017 Abarth 124 - nice car but I feel they will loose a lot more value in the next couple of years.
> 2020 Abarth 595 Esseesse - seemed a bit underwhelming given it would cost me near on £30k inc interest.
> 2020 Abarth 595 Competizione - as above, decided not to buy new.
> 2018 Abarth 595 Trofeo - OK but lacked a few extras I wanted, expecially the comp brakes.
> 2017 Abarth 595 Competizione - SO close to what I wanted but 26k miles and £14k asking price...
> 2018 Abarth 595 Competizione repaired Cat N - It was OK but the CAT will always linger.

I decided at this point to look at older cars, save myself a sh1t-load of cash that I can throw at upgrades instead.

After lingering around Ebay for weeks I've now bought a 2011 Abarth 500 in an interesting spec called the Esseesse 695 Brembo-Koni , which also has a Monza exhaust, climate control, and Xenons. The down-side, it's got a lot of miles on it (70k), but the bodywork is immaculate. It arrives tomorrow - But I'm buying it un-seen (I know, I know....!!


SO! Here's my initial set of questions:
> I'm going to give it a damn good "going over" when I get it, are there any specific areas I should be looking at for issues on a car of this vintage and mileage? Any known rust hot-spots?
> The Koni shocks are now 8 years old, are they likely to be dying? can they be rebuilt?
> TD04 kit.. yay or nay?
> This spec originally came with "floating" front brake disks, its now for standards, is it worth the £400 a pair costs to replace them?
> What can you recommend in the way of brake pads for fast-road and mild track use?
> Is the LCD digital dash a direct swap (I'm reading varied reports)

A bit about me:
I'm very well versed with a spanner, I've built several classic minis including turbo-charged and supercharged.
I also have a thing for Lotus and TVRs. I recently built a Renault Kangoo with a Clio 182 engine swap.
I don't do depreciation, I don't to finance. I live near to Derby. I like strong cheese & strong cider.



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    Offline 124Abarthreplica

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    Re: 1st Abarth incoming, what to do first...
    « Reply #1 on: October 13, 2020, 04:36:08 pm »
    Wow, there's an entrance :thumb:

    Welcome to the forum Aggressive Snail :wave:

    Offline Aggressive Snail

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    Re: 1st Abarth incoming, what to do first...
    « Reply #2 on: October 22, 2020, 11:47:14 pm »
    *Tap Tap* - Is this thing on?

    Anyone out there?!

    Offline kradcliffe

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    Re: 1st Abarth incoming, what to do first...
    « Reply #3 on: October 23, 2020, 09:05:42 am »
    This forum is dead nowadays. Use the Facebook group instead as it is pretty acrive.

     

    hungry