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Offline Dread

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Gearbox "chatter" on new 595 Competizione
« on: February 19, 2021, 03:52:06 pm »
Hi folks !. :wave:

First time poster here, so hopefully someone can help me out. ;D

So, I bought a brand new 70 plate 595 Competizione in November and I absolutely love the car. As someone who has owned everything from an Intergra Type R to V6 Audi Quattro's it nicely fits into my current lifestyle of having an economical, but fun little pocket rocket.

However, I've noticed over the last few weeks as the weather has become much colder that I'm getting what I think is gearbox chatter from a cold start. I'm pretty sure the car has done it since I first got it, but I've only really noticed it when I need to get out and scrape the ice off the windows.

Basically, when I first start the car there is a slight rattle coming from the gearbox. If I push in the clutch, it vanishes. If I engage first gear and drive off, it vanishes. If I allow the car to remain in neutral and get up to full temperature, it vanishes. I also think it gets slightly louder when you engage the air con to defrost the windscreen. I found a number of threads about EXACTLY this issue on Volkswagon UP GTI's and VW has said it's nothing to worried about.  I also spoken to a couple of Fiat/Abarth technicians and they don't think it's anything to be concerned over, however I was wondering if anyone else with a 595 has this "issue", just to put my mind at ease. Oh, and the car has only done about 908 very gentle miles so far.

(It can be tough to hear it over the Record Monza exhaust though !. ;D)

Thanks in advance to anyone who responds. :thumb:

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    Offline jpgibson

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    Re: Gearbox "chatter" on new 595 Competizione
    « Reply #1 on: February 21, 2021, 09:56:03 am »
    Most likely I cant help as we never get that cold on Oz BUT unless you are VERY unlucky, it'll be nothing. These cars are pretty basic and have proven to be very reliable. To quell your concerns, it'll be under warranty- surely the dealer will fix it. Ive had two with MTA ( no undue noise) and now have a 2019 Comp- no noises.
    Good luck!

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    Re: Gearbox "chatter" on new 595 Competizione
    « Reply #2 on: February 21, 2021, 10:51:56 am »
    Thanks for the reply, mate. :thumb:

    Aye, the car is still under it's 3 years warranty, so if there is an issue I SHOULD be able to get it fixed.

    The problem I have though is that by the time I drive to the dealership, the car is up to full engine temp and there is no noise. So I'd have to leave the car there for a few hours, then return and try to point out the noise to them. It's a pain in the backside if there is no real problem, which is why I wondering if any other 595 owners have noticed a slight bit of gearbox chatter. To be fair though, it's pretty easy to miss if you don't know what you are listening to.

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    Re: Gearbox "chatter" on new 595 Competizione
    « Reply #3 on: February 24, 2021, 02:30:31 pm »
    Just a quick update for anyone who's interested.

    So, I left the car at the dealership for a few hours on Monday and returned so that they could hear the noise from a cold start. The mechanic confirmed that he could indeed hear the noise and that he has never heard anything like it before on any Abarth. He didn't think that it was anything to be concerned about, however he did suggest that I could book the car in so that they could get it up on the ramps and have a good look.

    I've decided to do just that and I've booked the car in for next Tuesday. I've also noticed that even when the engine is now fully up to temp, in neutral if you raise the RPM's to around a constant 2000 you get a slight grinding/rattle noise. Not good on any car, but certainly not on one that has only done 950 miles !!!. :'(