Well I finally pilled the trigger, purchased a 2013 Abarth 500C

Discussion in 'Nuova 500' started by Kevin Channer, Oct 7, 2018.

  1. Kevin Channer

    Kevin Channer True Classic

    Well I followed my heart and purchased an Abarth 500C, Its a 2013 with 42k miles and looks well loved, has a clean mechanical bill of health, and on budget, under $10k. One item that was on my wish list leather interior, it does not have but I may not miss that. After some extended seat time I will be making some changes to the suspension. It is currently lowered with possibly H&R springs but it is riding too harsh, I maybe will change the shocks to Koni yellow struts or ? IMG_0306.JPG IMG_0305.JPG
     
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  2. myronx19

    myronx19 True Classic

    Location:
    Toronto, ON Canada
    Very nice! Congratulations!

    Mine rides on stock springs and struts. It's "tight", but feels pretty good (I'm also on 17"). I love driving mine, it's hilarious! Makes my morning commute a lot more fun.
     
  3. JimD

    JimD Waiting for Godot... Moderator

    Location:
    Missouri, USA
    Congratulations Kevin. I hope you get lots of enjoyment from your new ride.
     
  4. Kevin Channer

    Kevin Channer True Classic

    Thanks guys, also thanks for sharing your ownership experiences, I will keep you posted about mine.
     
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  5. lookforjoe

    lookforjoe True Classic

    Nice! Looks good in White/Black accents & wheels :)

    I wanted my wife to buy this, but she didn’t like the seats. If it wasn’t for that silly pull strap that looks ragged on even low mileage cars, I might have persuaded her :D
     
  6. Kevin Channer

    Kevin Channer True Classic

    There is the GQ option which has the full Abarth drivetrain with the premium 500 lounge interior and it is a convertible. Two other contenders in my personal search were the Volvo C30 and the Audi A3, the Volvo was difficult to find in my budget with low miles and a manual trans. The Audi A3 is also pricey and hard to find in a manual with the S package. I will be changing my suspension soon as the ride is like a track car but not dialed in. The stock strut/shocks are not performing well with lowering springs.
     
  7. myronx19

    myronx19 True Classic

    Location:
    Toronto, ON Canada
    Interestingly, my 2013 has 133,000 kms on it and the straps are perfect! My car had two booster seats in the back seat - so those straps were used quite often to access the previous owner's kids!

    I believe the later cars do not have the strap, at least not the ones I saw in Europe (I saw a 595 and a 695 at the Barcelona car show last year).
     
  8. myronx19

    myronx19 True Classic

    Location:
    Toronto, ON Canada
    Stole this pic off the net - it's the 595 seats, no strap!

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