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Old 05-10-2008   #1
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2nd 500?

Hi guys

Was just wondering how many of you current 500 owners would consider, when the time comes, of getting another?

Would you also go for the same spec or would you change practically everything?

Its obviously VERY early days for me, but as I've had the 50 500 deal, and you can apparently pay it all off early without penalty, I've just been looking around the Fiat site planning the next in a long line of 500's

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Re: 2nd 500?

I think I would, but I fancy an Abarth, but then does it lose a lot of its charm of being cheap and cheerful motoring?

I would go for the ivory ambience, so no Sport next time.
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Re: 2nd 500?

I was about to say that i can see a few people will upgrade to the abarth. Thats happening alot in the Grande Punto world!
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Re: 2nd 500?

Nearly 2000 miles on the clock and at this stage I would happily replace with the same - just as it is.

However, I wonder what Fiat will do to the 500 over the years. I hope they don't try to change it too much or it could lose some of it's charm and appeal. Usually it seems that manufacturers keep successful models near the same but upgrade the spec on each model.

Can't think of many extras they can add to the 1.3 M/Jet Lounge - apart from perhaps a 6th gear for long legged cruising. Although the noise levels in mine are very acceptable, I wouldn't complain if they made it even quieter.

Could they put a 1.9 diesel in and 6 gears, what a cruiser that would be!!!
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Re: 2nd 500?

I would consider a gardiniera, but the same MTD spec as my current one.

A 6th gear would be nice, with the 90 bhp chip too.

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Re: 2nd 500?

My finances will demand a trade in before 3rd service and 1st MOT. Another 500 will be lovely but I am worried by thoughts of the very first Panda, Micra (both loads of fun) and the Ka (can't bring myself to like it but unique) all of which have dissolved over the years into just another hatchback.

Please, please Fiat by all means tweak the 500 but don't spoil it!
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Re: 2nd 500?

I'd get another funds permitting.

I want an Abarth but they will not arrive in my part of the world for another 9 months

I have been very impressed with my 1.4 Sport, it just needs a little more go.
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Re: 2nd 500?

Quote Originally Posted by baxwalker View Post
Can't think of many extras they can add to the 1.3 M/Jet Lounge - apart from perhaps a 6th gear for long legged cruising.
Quote Originally Posted by rallycinq View Post
A 6th gear would be nice, with the 90 bhp chip too.
Fifth gear in the 1.3 Multijet is the same ratio (0.766:1) as the sixth gear in the 1.4 so depending on the final drive ratio, which I don't know the sixth gear might only give closer ratios as opposed to more relaxed cruising but the caveat would be a larger turning circle, 10.6m instead of 9.2m.

The benefit might be that the 6 speed gearbox would be capable of coping with increased torque if the ECU was chipped than the current 5 speed box.
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Re: 2nd 500?

would be an abarth for me too, in white of course with no stickers.
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Re: 2nd 500?

Quote Originally Posted by grimwau View Post
Fifth gear in the 1.3 Multijet is the same ratio (0.766:1) as the sixth gear in the 1.4 so depending on the final drive ratio, which I don't know the sixth gear might only give closer ratios as opposed to more relaxed cruising but the caveat would be a larger turning circle, 10.6m instead of 9.2m.

The benefit might be that the 6 speed gearbox would be capable of coping with increased torque if the ECU was chipped than the current 5 speed box.
Interesting, I hadn't looked at the ratios themselves. I just know that the MTD could pull a higher ratio top gear with no problem, and a benefit to fuel consumption.

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Re: 2nd 500?

I would want an abarth next in red,

will give my misses the sport I have now.

or an abarth estate if we have kids!
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Re: 2nd 500?

I dont normally go for the same model, but I think Id happily get another 500. I shall be looking to replace mine in late 2011... might be the Abarth but I dont really need 160hp so if the Gardinaire looks good Id get that.

Whatever it is the spec would be different as it wouldnt really be a change otherwise
Only thing, Id like a 5 speed box in the 1.4, six is just too many.
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Re: 2nd 500?

I usually replace cars every 3 years so that I have a good part-ex value ... I would definitely consider another 500 but something new could be on the market by then so not going to commit myself lol. I may even keep this gorgeous lovely 500 longer than 3 years (my husband would faint if he read that statement! ha ha)
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Re: 2nd 500?

I`m well impressed with my cheeky 500 i wonder if they will bring the Uno back in a newer package i would look at that!
But i would certainly consider a new 500!
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Re: 2nd 500?

I had my Punto GT for ten years and hope that I'll want to keep my 500 for that long. between my GT and this 500 I had a Seat Ibiza Sport, 12 months later I was bored of it and wanted something else, I also really really missed having an Italian car, we have a history of Fiats and Alfas between myself and Mr Snowball so it was weird not having one.

Have no idea why we bought that Seat, it was nice but too ordinary for me

In answer to the question, yes, I would have another but it would have to be a white Abarth
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