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may soon to be a Abarth500 owner
« on: January 02, 2012, 03:11:35 pm »
Hi

My name is Andy, im from the Manchester region.

I currently have a MK7 Fiesta ZS with a few mods and previous to this i owned a Fiesta St for over 3 years and spent thousands on it, it was running 190bhp and 165ftlbs so it was pritty quick but was costing me too much in all respects. i doo miss it though.

Even though the ZS has treated me well for near to 1 year now i am just board of it and its lack of grunt which is why i though i want a turbo hatchback.

So i have test driven a Abarth500 in a Abarth delership in Manchester. This review is posted from other forums as its quicker :


well i went for my test drice today.

First thing was i have never been to a nicer delership than this, so many nice cars, both in and outside were spotless and the cars outside were the cleanest iv seen too. Carnt believe how many cars are dirty from standing at some places. Just shows they care about the cars.

I picked one i liked as it was just around budget, little more to be honest but the next one down had too many miles for my likeing, more than double but it was 2 grand cheeper so guess it makes sense.

i had to go for the white as looks really nice in this. if they had a grey i might have been tempted.

I took my bro inlaw as he is a mechanic so knows his stuff and he couldnt see out wrong with it, looked spotless. Engine looked a little dirty but nothing a quick clean coulndt sort.

This one is a 60 plate with 10K on the clock, full leather with red stitching, on the seats, gearstick, steering wheel and dash so looked smart and had the all important red decals and mirror caps which i like.

So we went for a test drive and after it was warmed up the guy booted it and gotta say this didnt feel all that different from the VXR and Cooper S i tested in the summer. So as standard this engine felt great, plenty of torque and the exhaust note has a nice sound too when stood behind. You carnt really hear much once on the move but if your stood behind it or just sat you can hear a sutble sound which is cool.

The seating wasnt too bad but i do now know what people mean by you feel high. The only thing which i didnt like was the steering wheel possition as you carnt adjust it back or forward, just up and down like the ST's. This might just be because i aint used to it and might be fine but couldnt tell unless i drove it for ages. Plus the ride quality was fine over the bumps and then in the corners it barely moved, was very firm with very little body role what so ever. I have never had so many people look at the car, both when walking past the garage or when driving, even a guy in a Clio 200 stopped to talk

So overall i really liked it, handling was good, performance was great, interiour was nice but would have to get used to the steering wheel possition plus i have placed a picture of the wheels i told them if i were to take it i would like those ones as think they look smarter - 10 Spoke ones.

Anyway sorry for the long review, here are some pics.

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I heard back on Friday that they would offer me 8750 for my ZS when i am sure its worth more (i asked at a Ford garage today and they said book price is about 9500, and the Abarth500 is up for 12450. They said it will have a service and they will change over the wheels. I have sent an email (he said to as they are closed) stating where i am, i am interested but in order to go ahead i would need more for mine/less off the car or some extras etc as we are about £1000 adrift. So i am waiting to hear back. What do people think?

Also i have a few questions as well if i wee to go ahead. I hate the yellow bulbs so can i get brighter white/blue tint for the DLR's side lights(are these 2 or 1 bulb?) and nicer Dipped beams, i dont want HIDS. Also i know that the BMC panel filter is a good choice and TMC chip but the TMC will costs me a lot on insurance so prob not. So i would like to get some exhaust parts to add a bit more power and maybe noise. The Scorpion Sports Cat?

Cheers and sorry for such a big post

Andy

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    Re: may soon to be a Abarth500 owner
    « Reply #1 on: January 02, 2012, 03:26:17 pm »
    Welcome Andy

    You're in a very similar situation to me, I was looking at a used esseesse last week but another dealer would only give me £8,300 for my zetec s (10 reg, 16,000 miles, white), the problem I had was actually the finance which ended up being cheaper for a new one. Personally I'd want more than you've been quoted for it. I'll be getting a new one in due course possibly from bauers.

    As far as modifications are concerned there's a lot of abarth accessories available, you may find them pricy but the trade off against warranty and insurance makes them a good option. Have a good read through the modifications boards, the monza may interest you.






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    Re: may soon to be a Abarth500 owner
    « Reply #2 on: January 02, 2012, 03:30:38 pm »
    ah cool, do you think i should get more for my ZS? what Abarth accessories are there that dont go against the warrenty? as i guess a Scorpion Exhaust will not go down well with warrenty?

    if you dont mind me asking how much was a new one, what was the spec as well?

    do you mean Bauers in Manchester which is the one i have test driven one?
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    « Reply #3 on: January 02, 2012, 03:39:32 pm »
    oh and do these cars not come with a Jack to get the car up for the wheels?

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    Re: may soon to be a Abarth500 owner
    « Reply #4 on: January 02, 2012, 04:54:46 pm »
    Hi Andy,
    Welcome.
    The cars don't come with a spare wheel just some gu to put in the tyre, hence no jack.

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    Re: may soon to be a Abarth500 owner
    « Reply #5 on: January 02, 2012, 06:10:07 pm »
    Without knowing the mileage or age I couldn't say but I do for mine. I haven't dealt with bauer millett yet but they are well spoken of here and one of their guys is a regular.

    Your best bet is to speak to them about your options and the range of accessories available, a quick search for essessee kit, konis and monza is a good start if the car you are thinking of is over 12 months old you can't add the essessee kit.

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    « Reply #6 on: January 02, 2012, 06:20:12 pm »
    I don't want the esseesse full kit but the lowering springs would be nice but fought they would fit them?

    Ah cool who is the guy on here? Unfortunately when I went for my test drive the enthusiast was busy so I was dealt with by someone else :(

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    « Reply #7 on: January 02, 2012, 06:23:28 pm »
    Welcome!

    Yes, the dealer would supply and fit the SS springs for you  :thumb:
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    Re: may soon to be a Abarth500 owner
    « Reply #8 on: January 02, 2012, 06:24:59 pm »
    My ZS is a 10 plate with only 7,900 on the clock plus it is loaded with extras.

    What are konis?

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    « Reply #9 on: January 02, 2012, 06:26:51 pm »
    Weekdays: Campovolo A500
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    « Reply #10 on: January 02, 2012, 06:29:14 pm »
    Ah cool I may have to mention this as an option for me to sign. What effect do the springs have, how much lower, does the back site with the same gap as the front as standard the rear gap is more so looks odd. Plus the standard ride seemed good, I nautical want it to.sit lower but not make it ride worse.

    Oh and when I tested it it had no mats, maybe they could stick some nice abarth ones in or do you think it is standard for mats to come?

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    « Reply #11 on: January 02, 2012, 06:34:00 pm »
    Ah so these make it softer on the straight but still firm in the corners?

    Is this something the dealer could fit along with the springs so its all ready for when I pick it up?

    How much would this usually cost so I have an idea of incorporating it into the deal.

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    « Reply #12 on: January 02, 2012, 06:39:49 pm »
    FSD dampers & SS springs would be around £820 + fitting

    Yes, the dealer could do this before collection.

    The upgraded dampers & springs will make a huge difference over the standard setup  :thumb:
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    « Reply #13 on: January 02, 2012, 06:41:00 pm »
    My ZS is a 10 plate with only 7,900 on the clock plus it is loaded with extras.

    What are konis?

    I think the ford guy was more on the money at 9500 if in showroom condition the valuation I have says privately I could look for 10,000+ for mine

    Mats are extra I believe, the essessee springs should even out the height difference but the more seasoned members would be able to confirm

    Have a look in the shop on here you can get the konis but that excludes fitting
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    « Reply #14 on: January 02, 2012, 07:01:41 pm »
    Wow that's a lot, would just the springs be ok? I just want a nicer even stance without comfort too compromised.

     

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