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Offline Salvos_White_Abarth

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test drove the abarth 124 ...
« on: October 22, 2016, 08:43:10 pm »
After test driving a fiat 124 for about 5 minutes due to the sales man being rubbish lol i got my hands on a abarth 124....

One of the sales man handed me the keys and said "enjoy bring it before we close"...i wanted somebody next to me to be honest incase something happend but they couldnt let any sales man off the shop floor....anwyay....


Mixed views:

Driving:
Seats NICE and comfy and look great 10/10
gearbox - the car had a low 37 miles on it so i guess still tight but i didnt like it at all..very grainy feel to it and stiff so i struggled to get into 1st and 2nd a few times which wasnt nice when trying to join a roundabout.
Very wide long bonnet so had to be careful
handbrake - hate how hight it goes.
Speedo - quite awqward getting used to the speedo on the corner and very small so a few speeding tickets very easy toget.

Sound
Monza- sounds quieter on idle but brilliant on the move..very nice indeed! 10/10 popped a fair few times easy too.

Street cred - i felt like a celeb...people pointing and looking so very flash

Handling...it doesnt feel as lively as the little abarth and didnt feel nimble.

Speed - To be honest it didnt throw me and didnt give me the grin factor, i dont even think it was that fast either. it didnt feel fast.

Styling - the car was red with black inserts and bumpers....it was also very very dirty and dusty and it did nothing for me which im really disapointed about.

When i jumped back into mine it felt so lively like i was doing a million miles per hour and the grin was still there.

Overall i hate to say it but im dissapointed. no way would i pay 30k espesh with the lack of options and colours and wheels.


Would i buy 1? 30k NO

25K MABY reconsider it BUT only when they release new colors and new wheels and hopefully different styling bits .


Now with added monza fun :P

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    Offline blaird03

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    Re: test drove the abarth 124 ...
    « Reply #1 on: October 22, 2016, 09:38:50 pm »
    Agree with the pricing.
    No way it is a 30k car. Lets not forget it is a 1.4L engine !!
    25-26k is realistic price.
    Give it a few months and prices will drop (with £4k finance contribution..)

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    Re: test drove the abarth 124 ...
    « Reply #2 on: October 23, 2016, 07:51:47 pm »
    Hi Salv

    I agree on the handbrake it definitely should of be swapped for rhd cars!!!

    As for speed, did you put it sport mode? It felt alot better when I had it in sport!

    Also a well balanced/damped car (which it is) will lose the sensation of rocket powered rollerskate that the 500 is,
    Simply because its designed and engineered to be a sporty car from the outset it means that it feels calmer to drive fast.

    I found it to handle brilliantly, ride like a sports car should and pleasant to look at

    My only problem was the price! Its far too expensive and as you mentioned the lack of options to personalise are annoying.

    The 124s main problem is its competitors with either the fiat or mazda being far better value for the same car  ???




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    Re: test drove the abarth 124 ...
    « Reply #3 on: October 23, 2016, 07:59:42 pm »
    The price is a bit problem for Abarth.
     It is not just the direct comparable competition give that you can get a new, discounted TTS for £34K....which comes with much better GFV, residual values

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    Re: test drove the abarth 124 ...
    « Reply #4 on: October 24, 2016, 08:57:24 am »
    The price is a bit problem for Abarth.
     It is not just the direct comparable competition give that you can get a new, discounted TTS for £34K....which comes with much better GFV, residual values

    What are the residuals of the A124 like Blaird?
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    Re: test drove the abarth 124 ...
    « Reply #5 on: October 24, 2016, 11:58:15 am »
    The price is a bit problem for Abarth.
     It is not just the direct comparable competition give that you can get a new, discounted TTS for £34K....which comes with much better GFV, residual values

    What are the residuals of the A124 like Blaird?

    FCA PCP finance, 4 years - 36k miles, around £11500 I recall

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    Re: test drove the abarth 124 ...
    « Reply #6 on: October 24, 2016, 01:52:51 pm »
    After 4 years? £11500 sounds alright to me. Any idea what it was after 3 years? Usually 50% is the norm ain't it?
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    Re: test drove the abarth 124 ...
    « Reply #7 on: October 24, 2016, 09:42:06 pm »
    Trooper  - good point on the sport button, i forgot to mention that i completely forgot to check if it was in sport mode i was too excited and abit nervous lol ..i only realised once i parked up and thought "damn was i in sport mode or not?" i saw the button and flicked it but couldnt work out if it was or not sadly.
    Now with added monza fun :P

     

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