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Old 16-03-2009   #16
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Re: 500 Abarth, normal or not?

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True but when it happens just after you passed the petrol station and the next one is more than 15 miles ways what do you do!! I suppose drive very slowly in eco mode.
Or turn around and go back to it.
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Re: 500 Abarth, normal or not?

What on the M1? lol
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Re: 500 Abarth, normal or not?

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What on the M1? lol
Ooops! Missed that bit and I guess by the time you can filter off to go back you end up taking a chance. Good job it was only 100YDS.
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Re: 500 Abarth, normal or not?

I wish i could just pop back to the dealer, just for peace of mind, but like i said 180 mile round trip is my nearest and 300 mile round trip for the garage i bought it from! That's a lot of petrol and time if there's nothing wrong with the car. I like using the backfire to get the attention of the ladies if they're looking in the opposite direction
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Re: 500 Abarth, normal or not?

My car has never backfired, does it work in every gear when changing at 3500 revs in 3rd and does it need to be in sport ... i take it you have to floor it to get fuel into the exhaust before changing? I look forward to trying it
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Re: 500 Abarth, normal or not?

Hi - I would be very interested to know how you get on with Essesse kit.. When are you due to have it fitted? How long is the lead time after ordering? Have you driven a car with it?
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Re: 500 Abarth, normal or not?

Mine backfired for the first time yesterday and it did it again today! I did have my foot planted on both occasions Sounds cool!
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Dang, obviously need to get the throttle down harder.
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Re: 500 Abarth, normal or not?

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Dang, obviously need to get the throttle down harder.
Yep! I've been taking it easy since picking it up. Now I can't resist trying to make it backfire
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Re: 500 Abarth, normal or not?

Come off the throttle quick and dip the clutch just as quick, i get backfire in every gear change now! The harder you floor it the louder it is! Even just cruising and changing gear at 2000 RPM, you can still hear a tiny pop if you get it just right! Sometimes i get a double pop from each exit and occasionally flooring it and coming off the throttle pretty quick, but not shifting up gets a back fire too. Awesome! Bit childish but i love it!
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Re: 500 Abarth, normal or not?

my girlfriend had it backfire on her and nearly s**t herself... I m still trying, though I m not sure how good it is for the car
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Re: 500 Abarth, normal or not?

Its fine for the car, if Fiat didnt want it to back fire they would of built an exhaust that didnt let it backfire.
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Re: 500 Abarth, normal or not?

the rx7 would do it when you were driving pretty hard and blow a foot long flame out of the tailipe at the same time, mainly did it when gearing down though. get a friend to follow you at night and see if there flaming aswell as backfiring i'll bet they are
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Re: 500 Abarth, normal or not?

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the rx7 would do it when you were driving pretty hard and blow a foot long flame out of the tailipe at the same time, mainly did it when gearing down though. get a friend to follow you at night and see if there flaming aswell as backfiring i'll bet they are
... and get em to take a picture!
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Re: 500 Abarth, normal or not?

I have had my Abarth for 4 days. From night one I noticed the clutch sound! Just as you described. I took it in tonight and decided to do a little research, thus here I am. I have noticed that if I push the clutch in and wait for 1 - 2 seconds then put the car in 1st it will not make the noise. Same with second and third. I don't get it in 4th or 5th. Luckily, mine does it every time so it was easy to get the mechanic to notice it too. He said if they can fix it quickly, I'll have the car back tomorrow. I'll update you all here. Glad I found this post!
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