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Old 03-06-2006   #1
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Hi all! Here's a thread to write your car's querks and things you think might be wrong, to see if others have the same problems.

I have a 1999 Seicento Sporting Abarth, with a K & N air filter but no other engine mods that I know of. Not sure if some things about the car are normal, or strange:

- Motorway, I'm revving 4000rpm at 70mph - seems rather high! And what a racket! And only grudgingly exceeds 80, and that's after ALOT of patience. Would chipping help?

- Gearbox: Can't change down into second gear until I'm doing under about 20 mph, and sometimes reluctant to shift into first at traffic lights.

I just realised that this could all be down to the gearbox. Perhaps a chip, and an adjustment to 5th gear ratio may help?

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Re: Is my car wierd?

Quote Originally Posted by Stickman
I have a 1999 Seicento Sporting Abarth, with a K & N air filter but no other engine mods that I know of. Not sure if some things about the car are normal, or strange
Motorway, I'm revving 4000rpm at 70mph - seems rather high! And what a racket! And only grudgingly exceeds 80, and that's after ALOT of patience. Would chipping help?
4000rpm at 70mph + an induction kit sounds pretty normal to me. The K+N isnt very good for a cento so i would consider getting rid of it, and buying a much the much better GSR kit, but thats another thread

Remember this is a car with only 54bhp and really poor torque so it takes a while to get going especially on hills but you can do things to make it better.

A better induction kit like the one above and a better exhaust system can free up a few extra horses, but even things like a service (if not had one recently) can also benefit.

In regards chipping you can get what is called a Mckrich chip and a another item which is a 40mm Tricker TB both developed by forum members which can also help in the engine dept. These are well covered on the forum and a search may be beneficial to find out more information on these widely recommended mods

Quote Originally Posted by Stickman
Gearbox: Can't change down into second gear until I'm doing under about 20 mph, and sometimes reluctant to shift into first at traffic lights.
This could be a number of things, even clutch related e.g could need adjusting. Again a well covered area so a search may be worth while.

Also welcome to the forum stickman, hope you enjoy your sei
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Re: Is my car wierd?

you can buy a taller 5th gear from novitec but i wouldnt bother.ive never had an issue with either the turbo or standard car on the motorway.
what i would ask is when was it last serviced?
have you checked none of the brakes are binding slightly?

always best to check the basics 1st
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Re: Is my car wierd?

The number of revs at 70mph (or any speed) is dependant on the gearing. So you would be looking at a new gearbox (or a taller 5tth gear as somebody mentioned), or you could replace the wheels with slightly bigger ones. Personally I wouldn't worry about it, if the engine is warm, and working correctly, then 4000rpm won't do it any harm. I believe the non-sporting 1.1's have taller gear, and as a result have reduced performance. Modifications will also increase your insurance premiums.

I have a similar problem with my 2nd gear, but with an 899cc Sei. I started double declutching and I don't get the problem now.
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