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Update: Bought an Abarth...Thinking of buying an Abarth...

Discussion in 'Nuova 500' started by Brett, Mar 10, 2018.

  1. Brett

    Brett True Classic

    Molalla, Oregon
    Currently this one in particular:

    Spoke to the guy on the phone, he's the 3rd owner. Which seems weird for a car with 12k miles. I also thought it weird that it had all this aftermarket stuff listed in the ad, but with no mention of an aftermarket ECU. When I asked him about it he said he has the 500Madness ECU on the shelf and will include it with the car. He’d pulled it because of needing to sort out issues, which ended being the shorted O2 sensors which have been replaced, but he hasn't had time to reinstall the after market ECU. Supposedly never been tracked. Just driven to work and the store.
    Anything else I should ask or look for?

    Related - as documented elsewhere on this site, I have two really aggressive X-1/9 projects, which I *still* am not making progress on. And the 500e that I’ve been using as my daily driver comes off lease next month. And the range vs. my commute has become an increasing furstration. A 90 mile round trip commute with a car that average range is 87 miles, requires a charge at work. More people buying EVs with no additional chargers at work makes it hard to get that required charge. I think I need to go back to gas for daily driver. I could use one of the Xs, but they are loud and having a bunch of them, some more variety would be better. My wife doesn’t like to ride in the Xs because of road noise, the 500e she loves. Tha Abarth I expect to be louder than the 500e, but it’s still a modern car with sound deadening to tame road noise and should be acceptable...
    If I buy an Abarth, expect to see one of my projects in the FS&W section. I will still have multiple Xs :)
  2. Brett

    Brett True Classic

    Molalla, Oregon
    Well, you guys were no help :p
    Hard to find negative owner reviews. From my searches, everyone who has one loves them. So far, so good. Drove it home tonight. My two 20-something sons also approve of it as a great choice. Interesting to me how similar and yet how different it is compared to the 500e


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  3. JimD

    JimD Waiting for Godot... Moderator

    Missouri, USA
    Congrats Brett. My daughter recently bought a 2013 POP and she is loving it so far. Good luck with your "new" car!
  4. Kevin Channer

    Kevin Channer True Classic

    Congrats on your purchase, It looks like a nice one. I am still casually in the market for one but my max budget is $8k so it is hard to find one with decent miles and the options I want. Interestingly in the east and south they are averaging $2k to $3k less. I found one at a dealer in Texas for $7k 500 C Abarth with low miles clean title but as I was on the phone with the sales manager someone was test driving the car and they bought it. So I will continue to look.
  5. gwbfiat

    gwbfiat True Classic

    Maple Valley, WA
    Congratulations Brett. You did a good thing. It has also been my experience that if you talk to the people who "own" these cars the great majority of them really like their cars and have few to no problems with them. I really love my 500e and if I had the ability to do anything I wanted I would also own an Abarth too as I really love them as well. I sure hope that Fiat can somehow manage to survive as they truly are great and unique little cars in an otherwise very un-unique and boring world.

  6. Rod Midkiff

    Rod Midkiff True Classic

    Eugene, OR
    Hmm, the cure for range anxiety, pull a trailer with a generator on it. (smiles)

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