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Fiat 500 Abarth - any opinions?

Discussion in 'Motors' started by Unlight, 8 Apr 2010.

  1. Unlight

    Wise Guy

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    Currently looking at ideas for a car for the other half, and liking the look of the Fiat 500 Abarth.

    Has anyone on here owned/driven one? Whats the general concensus on these?
     
  2. lordrobs

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    Who likes the look of it, you or your girlfriend? Most women seem to like the cute looks of the standard model.
     
  3. Unlight

    Wise Guy

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    Thankfully, both!
     
  4. MrMoonX

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    didnt know you were a hairdresser!
     
  5. JRS

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    The two hairdressers I know have Audi A4 cabrios, not Abarths.
     
  6. Youstolemyname

    Soldato

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    If it drives or is built anything like the normal version then avoid like the plague.

    The normal version is noisy, horrible, bouncy and cheap. I guess the ride in the Arbarth will be somewhat stiffer but the noise will be worse...
     
  7. Amoeba

    Wise Guy

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    I'd love a 500 Abarth. Never driven one but read that they drive well, and in my opinion they look great :). If that makes me a hairdresser so be it :p.

    Would the other half appreciate an Abarth though or would she be as happy with the standard 500?

    Edit: Ah didn't know the standard 500 was rubbish, discount my last sentence :D.
     
  8. [TW]Fox

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    Just get a 1.2 Lounge, it'll look the same, she'll be just as happy, but you wont get that sinking feeling you'll get when you realised how much you've just paid for so little car.
     
  9. Big-Mac-Please

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    I to love them!! If I didn't need my BMW E90 for the forth coming baby I would get one :D
     
  10. BigglesPiP

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    Spoiled baby. :p
     
  11. Unlight

    Wise Guy

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    Come on, thats stretching it a little. In BMW terms, its like saying buy a female a 320se instead of a 335i sport, they look the same right?

    I must have forgotten that no female can enjoy a faster, better specced car. Just because your g/f has settled for an underpowered Vauxhall, doesn't mean they all have to!

    Brand new 1.2 Lounge - nearly 11.5k for a decent spec. 1 year old model, not a lot less.

    1 Year old Abarth - Starting to get around the £12-12.5k mark.
     
  12. [TW]Fox

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    I doubt she really cares about getting a hot hatch. You just want her to so you can enjoy it. Which is fine, but be honest :p
     
  13. Big-Mac-Please

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    Haha I will admit I get some enjoyment from it too :D
     
  14. trentlad

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    These do look pretty sweet don't they:

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    A friend of mine popped an Abarth kit on a regular 2001 Fiat Punto and he had no end of problems with it.
     
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  15. [TW]Fox

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    Err thats a Punto not a 500.
     
  16. trentlad

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    Aaahaha. I skipped over all the 500's then saw this Punto just sitting there. Then the search for a 500 just bypassed my brain.
     
  17. Housey

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    Good little box, not that special though and needs the ess kit or whatever it's called.
     
  18. Unlight

    Wise Guy

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    Yeah would be looking for one with the esseesse kit installed probably.
     
  19. LiE

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    Twingo?
     
  20. Skillmister

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    In person they look and sound rather nice.

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