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Offline John501

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What would you change if given the chance?
« on: November 05, 2008, 01:49:36 pm »
Ok, I'm probably leaving myself open to a torrent of abuse here, but if there was somrthing you could change about G.P. Abarth what would it be?
I'm thinking along the lines of colour choice, options etc, not "I'd buy it if it was £6000!!".
If we can get some sensible comment, I may even suggest some of them next time I have a chat with Abarth.
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    Re: What would you change if given the chance?
    « Reply #1 on: November 05, 2008, 02:06:02 pm »
    Ooh, good thread.  I assume you want to skip mechanical stuff like improved steering feedback (please!), but here's some for now:

      Greater adjustment of steering column
      More room for clutch foot on RHD cars
      A glovebox you can get the handbook in
      Main-beam lock by pushing stalk, rather than pulling
      Variable adjustment for intermittent wipers
      Bi-xenons
      Paint options: Pearlescent white, A Proper Yellow
      Front centre armrest option (available in EU)
    « Last Edit: November 05, 2008, 02:08:29 pm by AlexK »

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    Re: What would you change if given the chance?
    « Reply #2 on: November 05, 2008, 02:06:34 pm »
    Factory built esseesse for £16,000.  ;D
    GPA in velocity red with leather, climate & skydome.

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    Re: What would you change if given the chance?
    « Reply #3 on: November 05, 2008, 02:08:09 pm »
    Definitely more colours.

    Giallo Ginestra (Broom Yellow), French blue, dark purple, Lambo orange (not the brown that Fiat call orange) and a decent red colour (rosso corsa, rosso scuderia).

    Make the kit wheels an option rather than those graphite ones.

    Fit a decent clock.

    Sat nav docking option like the new Seat Ibiza.

    Glovebox that holds more than one glove.

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    Re: What would you change if given the chance?
    « Reply #4 on: November 05, 2008, 02:15:59 pm »
    I have wondered about the Xenon headlights, had some on a Bravo sporting and they were great, not cheap mind at £700.
    Sat nav docking may well happen, its just been introduced on 500, so may be rolled out later.
    Keep em coming!!!
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    Re: What would you change if given the chance?
    « Reply #5 on: November 05, 2008, 02:19:39 pm »
    French blue, Pearl white and yellow would be good colours.
    The option of having the bodykit colour coded. I think some colours would look better with this and some would look better left as standard.
    Racing spec Recaro seats.
    Improved steering.
    GPA in velocity red with leather, climate & skydome.

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    Re: What would you change if given the chance?
    « Reply #6 on: November 05, 2008, 02:32:25 pm »
    I approached our body shop about the possibility of having the kit colour coded, they were concerned about the grain of the plastic causing bonding issues. It was also working out far too expensive because they would have to remove the whole kit before spraying and then re-fit, so labour times were very high.
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    Re: What would you change if given the chance?
    « Reply #7 on: November 05, 2008, 03:12:03 pm »
    Option to display digital speed read-out.

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    Re: What would you change if given the chance?
    « Reply #8 on: November 05, 2008, 03:18:42 pm »
    Its not a Maestro  :o ;D, but seriously, I would like to have an analogue boost gauge like 500.
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    Re: What would you change if given the chance?
    « Reply #9 on: November 05, 2008, 03:25:54 pm »
    I think heated front screen would be a good option, also getting rid of the sport button and a get the alfa DNA system instead (is that what its called and has the 500 abarth got this)

    Oh a better red, a nice gun metal and maybe a blue...
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    Re: What would you change if given the chance?
    « Reply #10 on: November 05, 2008, 03:29:55 pm »
    Heated front screen is a Ford patented/licensed device, so not likely to happen, unfortunately.

    And leave my Sport button alone!  ;D

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    Re: What would you change if given the chance?
    « Reply #11 on: November 05, 2008, 03:41:15 pm »
    Heated front screen is a Ford patented/licensed device, so not likely to happen, unfortunately.

    And leave my Sport button alone!  ;D

    Ok leave the sport button as it is..... ;D

    Didn't know that about the screen how come other manufacturers have them, must pay a massive fee to ford.

    How about a diesel abarth then???? only joking
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    Re: What would you change if given the chance?
    « Reply #12 on: November 05, 2008, 03:43:39 pm »
    The Ford Patent has now expired on the heated front screen, and they are not renewing it. So as the new KA and Fiat 500 share a factory, it may be more possible than you think.
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    Re: What would you change if given the chance?
    « Reply #13 on: November 05, 2008, 03:46:37 pm »
    That would be a great option, doesnt the gpa with climate control come with a front screen extra boost heater thing? Does it workor is it just like sticking your fan and heater on full?
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    Re: What would you change if given the chance?
    « Reply #14 on: November 05, 2008, 03:50:41 pm »
    The screen clear button just turns on the air-con, puts the temp to max and directs every thing to the screen. Clever though, it doesn't turn the fans up until the car starts to warm up, so you're not just blowing cold air at the screen.
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