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Another Highlander joins the ranks
« on: October 23, 2010, 12:09:19 pm »
Hi all  :wave:

I bought an Abarth 500 yesterday and don't pick it up until Monday.   I am so excited about it.   Hardly slept last night.   It's Pasadoble Red with full leather, electric sunroof, 17" petals, Climate Control, blue and me and no decals apart from a white scorpion on the bonnet.

A few weeks ago we were going to Inverness to buy a Fiat 500 and a stunning little white Abarth 500 screamed up behind us.  I decided I would never be happy with a Fiat after seeing that.   We had looked at the Abarth a year before and liked it but I couldn't make my mind up so we left it.

We had a test drive yesterday and my husband and I both got out with huge grins on our faces.   Decision made.

We are both oldies but I reckon that this car is going to give a complete new lease of life.






 

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    Offline A84RTH

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    Re: Another Highlander joins the ranks
    « Reply #1 on: October 23, 2010, 12:18:56 pm »
    Welcome good choice  ;D you better get used to that grin as every time you drive the car that will be there  :thumb:
    :)Kim & Anthony:)
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    Re: Another Highlander joins the ranks
    « Reply #2 on: October 23, 2010, 12:25:41 pm »
    Oh dear.   My poor old husband is now looking at the Abarth websites and wondering about getting the Esseesse kit fitted.  :whistle:

    Does anyone have a 500 with the Esseesse kit and does it make over £2,000 worth of improvement in the driving and handling or is the "basic" 500 adequate.   

    I presume that since we have the 17" wheels we could keep the petals and sell the white/titanium ones.   If we did upgrade I would still want it to look pretty much like a basic Fiat 500.   Wouldn't even put the esseesse badging on it.    ;D

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    Re: Another Highlander joins the ranks
    « Reply #3 on: October 23, 2010, 12:32:04 pm »
    If you dont mind loosing your warranty then I'd go for the tmc 200+ upgrade at a price of 3750 I think and you get 210 bhp have a look at the tmc section at the bottom. As for the esseesse upgrade for the 500 I will have to leave it the people that have got them to answer sorry.
    « Last Edit: October 23, 2010, 12:42:09 pm by A84RTH »
    :)Kim & Anthony:)
    BMW 335i 309bhp at the wheels, 572nm of torque :-)

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    Re: Another Highlander joins the ranks
    « Reply #4 on: October 23, 2010, 12:37:18 pm »
    Think I'll hang on to the warranty.   I'm not going to risk having to pay anything more if something goes wrong.

    I think we will just keep it basic at the moment.   We have a year to decide if we want to upgrade anyway so by that time we will know if we have frightened ourselves half to death with the basic car or if we want MORE POWER.

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    Re: Another Highlander joins the ranks
    « Reply #5 on: October 23, 2010, 12:58:50 pm »
    Welcome.

    You've got a very similar spec to mines!

    Did you get it from Jaclyn at AC Glasgow?

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    Re: Another Highlander joins the ranks
    « Reply #6 on: October 23, 2010, 01:13:32 pm »
    Plenty of time to decide about the esseesse kit, and that'll allow time for us to establish if the kit will be upgraded to include the new Koni suspension dampers.  And yes, you get to keep your old wheels and other bits and bobs that are removed when the kit is fitted.

    Some great roads in your neck of the woods, always a favourite with me when on two wheels.

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    Re: Another Highlander joins the ranks
    « Reply #7 on: October 23, 2010, 01:14:38 pm »
    Hiya

    No - we are dealing with Steve in Edinburgh.  When we first looked about this time last year we went to Edinburgh and he was really good but not pushy and spent a lot of time giving us the information we wanted even although he knew we weren't buying at that time.  

    Are you another Scot?

      

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    Re: Another Highlander joins the ranks
    « Reply #8 on: October 23, 2010, 01:17:21 pm »
    We get a lot of bikers here.   We even built a drying room for their wet leathers.   Not of course that it ever rains in Glencoe.

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    Re: Another Highlander joins the ranks
    « Reply #9 on: October 23, 2010, 01:39:38 pm »
    Are you another Scot?

    Sure am, I'm in Falkirk.

    Make sure you get some photos up when you get it  :thumb:

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    Re: Another Highlander joins the ranks
    « Reply #10 on: October 23, 2010, 04:28:46 pm »
    Get the EsseEsse upgrade....Nicer wheels, sits lower and you'll have 160 ponies under the bonnet. If you can afford, it's a no brainer IMHO. I ordered an EsseEsse last week, picking it up on Friday. Drove both back to back and I was sold immediately. And, remember if you buy the EsseEsse, all the old bits are returned to you in a nice crate, which you can always sell to recoup some of the 2.5K outlay. One other thing, have you considered the monza exhaust??? My dealer made me an offer I just couldn't refuse - 3K for the KIT and Exhaust :-)
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    Re: Another Highlander joins the ranks
    « Reply #11 on: October 23, 2010, 05:08:29 pm »
    Thanks for the info.   My husband has been looking at all the websites and is kind of getting sold on the upgrades.   

    Do the wheels include tyres or are the tyres changed from the original wheels?

    Haven't even looked into the insurance side of things yet.   Is insurance easy to get through the normal brokers or is this a specialist insurance car, both for the basic Abarth and the Esseesse?

    We are neither of us spring chickens.   My husband is over 60 and I am (too) rapidly creeping towards it.

    No accidents recently but one speeding conviction (not me) - 30+ in a 30 mph limit.   That was five years ago come January though.   

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    Re: Another Highlander joins the ranks
    « Reply #12 on: October 23, 2010, 05:21:33 pm »
    Insurance is through the normal channels, no need for specialists.

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    Re: Another Highlander joins the ranks
    « Reply #13 on: October 23, 2010, 05:24:02 pm »
    Nope you get to keep original wheels and tyres  ;D - So it's a win-win. Re: Insurance, I'm 41 and they quoted me 270GBP, so in your case, it should be cheaper or the same worst case
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    « Reply #14 on: October 23, 2010, 05:25:11 pm »
    Nope you get to keep original wheels and tyres  ;D - So it's a win-win. Re: Insurance, I'm 41 and they quoted me 270GBP, so in your case, it should be cheaper or the same worst case
    Admiral - Told them everything including Monza, they have no issues  :thumb:
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