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Offline John501

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Re: Abarth 500 Rant
« Reply #15 on: December 12, 2008, 05:22:40 pm »
Oh ye of little faith, you watch out, there may yet be a rabbit pulled from the hat! When it all goes right in the end, Simer will be on here saying what a great company Abarth is!!(not a person shot Simer ;D)
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    Re: Abarth 500 Rant
    « Reply #16 on: December 12, 2008, 05:46:32 pm »
    there may yet be a rabbit pulled from the hat!

    One lives in hope  :)

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    Re: Abarth 500 Rant
    « Reply #17 on: December 12, 2008, 05:50:29 pm »
    I popped over to see Kevin at Rockingham on Wednesday and he had some unofficial info on the standard spec and options list which had just arrived. The standard spec is pretty good and there are around a dozen options or so from memory incl skydome, fixed glass roof, wheels upgrade, electrochromatic rear view mirror, auto aircon, split fold rear seat (odd that's not standard), leather etc. I tried my best to bribe him by taking him out for a spin in my new toy  ;D

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    Re: Abarth 500 Rant
    « Reply #18 on: December 12, 2008, 09:05:03 pm »
    Maybe its because I've decided not to get one when they come out, but I kind of think you've got to step back a bit and take the long view. They will come out, its technically not overdue at all, and you will get the car you want next year, thats not so long to wait, even if you include the period of waiting from July to now.

    I get your frustration, and perhaps I sound like a dealer or bitter journo (due to the company I keep) but it will come, either the info, the price or the car, they will all come eventually. You'll get your car, and you'll soon forget the wait that you went through.

    As to the other points, well, Abarth UK could perhaps pull their socks up, but haven't Fiat UK always been a little poor? I've had limited contact, but my expectations are low for Abarth. Its the dealers in which we trust when it comes to Fiat/Abarth/Alfa, finding a great one is key, which does present a problem given how few there are of the Abarth variety, I know nothing of the Midlands dealers, so I'd be taking a risk in my book. We only bought our Panda 100HP because of personal recommendations in the trade, which given my experiences of other Fiat dealers over the years was the only way in my book. As for Abarth, I'll have no idea what I'll do when I take the plunge, my only plan right now is to buy from John as he's the only one posting. :)

    I'd agree with the AMG analogy, that fits for me, although branding wise its more akin to the modern Alpina's, which are fairly modestly, but effectively, modified versions of the BMW's they are based on nowadays rather than hardcore wacky versions as they sometimes once were.

    As for depreciation? Who gives a damn about that now, everything's worth sweet FA anyway, just buy it and enjoy it and don't get into negative equity.




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    Re: Abarth 500 Rant
    « Reply #19 on: December 13, 2008, 09:02:04 am »
    Thanks for that Andy, I'm never afraid to stand up and be counted, probably because I know I do it right.
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    Re: Abarth 500 Rant
    « Reply #20 on: December 13, 2008, 03:20:26 pm »
    dependant on the uptake of the first 200 cars, some may be "varied" to suit the spec that you want.
    Hi John,
    Does this mean that I may be able to acquire one of the firs two hundred with an option change to Funk White if required?
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    Re: Abarth 500 Rant
    « Reply #21 on: December 13, 2008, 03:24:26 pm »
    Possibly Rich, until the official information comes out I dont want to commit, but that is my understanding of the situation.
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    Re: Abarth 500 Rant
    « Reply #22 on: December 13, 2008, 03:29:47 pm »
    Possibly Rich, until the official information comes out I dont want to commit, but that is my understanding of the situation.
    Cool, would be great if such spec changes are possible on the first 200.
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    Re: Abarth 500 Rant
    « Reply #23 on: December 13, 2008, 04:12:22 pm »
    I'll let you know as soon as I know anything.
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    Re: Abarth 500 Rant
    « Reply #24 on: December 13, 2008, 05:38:47 pm »
    I'll let you know as soon as I know anything.
    Thanks John.
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