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My 1.4 500 Sport will be 3 years old in April, and ownership has been 99% enjoyable, so I want to trade it in for another 500 - a 1.4 Sport again OR a Twin Air Sport. After speccing them both on the configurator there's only 40 difference in price. I know the Twin Air is cheaper to tax and is more economical than the 1.4, and I've arranged to test drive 'both' again this weekend. I understand there's been improvements to the suspension too, so ride should be better than my current 500's.

Has anyone on here gone from a 1.4 500 to a Twin Air, and if so (running costs aside), do you have any regrets? Is the Twin Air as fun to drive as the 1.4? Does it actually 'feel' a lot slower? (I know top-speed is 5 MPH less and accelaration to 60 MPH is a second slower), but have these differences been very noticable over your period of ownership, as opposed to what you experienced on the test drive? Or, are you of the opinion that you've definitley made the right choice?

Sorry for all the questions. And to further complicate matters, "Abarth 500" keeps popping into my head every now and then.
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Re: 1.4 to Twin Air

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Hello

My 1.4 500 Sport will be 3 years old in April, and ownership has been 99% enjoyable, so I want to trade it in for another 500 - a 1.4 Sport again OR a Twin Air Sport. After speccing them both on the configurator there's only 40 difference in price. I know the Twin Air is cheaper to tax and is more economical than the 1.4, and I've arranged to test drive 'both' again this weekend. I understand there's been improvements to the suspension too, so ride should be better than my current 500's.

Has anyone on here gone from a 1.4 500 to a Twin Air, and if so (running costs aside), do you have any regrets? Is the Twin Air as fun to drive as the 1.4? Does it actually 'feel' a lot slower? (I know top-speed is 5 MPH less and accelaration to 60 MPH is a second slower), but have these differences been very noticable over your period of ownership, as opposed to what you experienced on the test drive? Or, are you of the opinion that you've definitley made the right choice?

Sorry for all the questions. And to further complicate matters, "Abarth 500" keeps popping into my head every now and then.
I think if you had asked how winter tyres perform on the TwinAir you would have had a Full House.
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Re: 1.4 to Twin Air

The 'Abarth' poping in your head, I think. Listen to your inner voice At least, test drive all!
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I think if you had asked how winter tyres perform on the TwinAir you would have had a Full House.


I say stay with the 1.4 to be honest. For all that outlay on a new car what are you actually going to get?
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I think if you had asked how winter tyres perform on the TwinAir you would have had a Full House.
I knew there was something I'd forgotten to ask
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The 'Abarth' poping in your head, I think. Listen to your inner voice At least, test drive all!
The thing is, if I test drove the Abarth, I know I'm gonna want one , and it's not loads more to buy, but insurance and runnings costs might be. And if they did it in Volare Blue I'd be sold for definite, but they don't, so I'd have to make do with red again, as I'm not really smitten with the other colours available for the Abarth.
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Re: 1.4 to Twin Air

The Abarth is not that great. I have been for a drive in a few but they are not that fast and the mpg for a 1.4 is not good at all.

Why not just stick with the car you have now, why do you want a new one?
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I had a Abarth 500 but had to sell it last year to fund a new house , absaloutley loved it . Just ordered a new twin air after taking all the different models for a test drive it seemed like a good compromise between performance and economy and it is fun to drive
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Why not just stick with the car you have now, why do you want a new one?
Exactly what I think. Just seems weird to me that people get to the end of their finance period or warranty whilst having a car they're perfectly happy with and feel the need to get a new car. Sometimes it just seems like some people have that money that they were previously spending on repayments burning a hole in their pockets.
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Just seems weird to me that people get to the end of their finance period or warranty whilst having a car they're perfectly happy with and feel the need to get a new car.
I agree (that's got to be a first ). If I have a good car I like to keep it for as long as possible. When getting a new car you can never be sure what problems you're going to get, you may find you don't like it as much as you previous car and it costs a fortune too.
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Re: 1.4 to Twin Air

I just fancy a change, the value of the current car exceeds the written down value, and the mileage ain't getting any less. Oh, and I have an '11' plate.

So I am looking to change, end of.

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Re: 1.4 to Twin Air

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I just fancy a change, the value of the current car exceeds the written down value, and the mileage ain't getting any less. Oh, and I have an '11' plate.

So I am looking to change, end of.

Cheers

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I agree. And the longer I keep my current car, the less it'll be worth when I change it. So if I decide to keep it for another year, or more, I'll get less in part-exchange/resale, plus prices of new ones will have gone up even more, and that'll be a bigger difference to fund. Also, the warranty will have run out.
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Re: 1.4 to Twin Air

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I just fancy a change, the value of the current car exceeds the written down value, and the mileage ain't getting any less. Oh, and I have an '11' plate.

So I am looking to change, end of.

Cheers

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hear hear!!! if you want a new one get a new one.. and NOTHING beats new car smell- if we were all content with what we had all the time the economy would collapse!.. so youll be helping the economy and adding a little excitement to the daily grind.. end of!
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When getting a new car you can never be sure what problems you're going to get, you may find you don't like it as much as you previous car and it costs a fortune too.
Been there, done that!

I have to say though that I totally agree with the posters that are of the opinion that if you have a good car and enjoy it, why change? I usually keep my cars for 5 years or so (except the classics which you try to keep forever) but in my case it was unsuitable for my type of day to day driving (the car was not at fault) so I changed to what I hoped would be a more suitable vehicle.
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Re: 1.4 to Twin Air

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Exactly what I think. Just seems weird to me that people get to the end of their finance period or warranty whilst having a car they're perfectly happy with and feel the need to get a new car. Sometimes it just seems like some people have that money that they were previously spending on repayments burning a hole in their pockets.
It depends. If you've come around to the mindset that you'll always pay X per month on a car payment and you can afford that, why not move to a new one? If you've got the money and you can afford it, go nuts.

And I say this as a confirmed lover of utter tat. I have an 86 mr2, a 91 mx5 and a half share in a god knows how old ropey X1/9 so you know my viewpoint is objective.
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