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Old 30-01-2019   #16
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Re: Fiat for young enthusiast... advice very much appreciated!

Good for you getting a Coupe.

There are lots of opinions and myths with the Coupe. Most are unfounded. Some basics for you with Coupe ownership.

1. Locate a trusted Fiat independent that knows the Coupe well, not your panda / punto type garage.
2. Keep an eye on corrosion. 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999 coupes are better with not rusting as fast as the later cars. Corrosion hot spots are the sill ends, boot floor under carpet. Inner rear wheel arches where it meets the boot floor. Floor pans. Rear wheel arch lips.
3. Cambelt to change every 5 years with aux belt.
4. Use quality oil.
5. Suspect yours is a five speed gearbox, which is a bullet proof unit.
6. Join the fiat Coupe club uk, as itís specific for the Coupe and archive is enormous in how to do things.
7. Radiators from Valeo are getting hard to get. Clutches readily available.
8. Stock cars hold there value better than modded ones.
9. Classic car insurance saves a packet of cash on limited mileage.
10. Coupe does not like cheap ditch finder tyres. Good branded ones with W or Y speed rating better.
11. Enjoy it.
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Re: Fiat for young enthusiast... advice very much appreciated!

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Dont think classic cover will cover young drivers.
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Quote Originally Posted by varesecrazy View Post
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Dont think classic cover will cover young drivers.
Daughter is as a named driver and 17 with Footman James insurers.
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Quote Originally Posted by FiatFleetFamily View Post
Good for you getting a Coupe.

There are lots of opinions and myths with the Coupe. Most are unfounded. Some basics for you with Coupe ownership.

1. Locate a trusted Fiat independent that knows the Coupe well, not your panda / punto type garage.
2. Keep an eye on corrosion. 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999 coupes are better with not rusting as fast as the later cars. Corrosion hot spots are the sill ends, boot floor under carpet. Inner rear wheel arches where it meets the boot floor. Floor pans. Rear wheel arch lips.
3. Cambelt to change every 5 years with aux belt.
4. Use quality oil.
5. Suspect yours is a five speed gearbox, which is a bullet proof unit.
6. Join the fiat Coupe club uk, as itís specific for the Coupe and archive is enormous in how to do things.
7. Radiators from Valeo are getting hard to get. Clutches readily available.
8. Stock cars hold there value better than modded ones.
9. Classic car insurance saves a packet of cash on limited mileage.
10. Coupe does not like cheap ditch finder tyres. Good branded ones with W or Y speed rating better.
11. Enjoy it.
Hi FiatFleetFamily,
Thank you so much for your reply!
Aw thank you, these tips will come in handy!
I donít plan on modding it much/at all, and have got to sort through the previous owners invoices in the hopes that Iíll find a cam belt change!
Iím thinking of getting the radiator support / cross-bridge from F.C.S.S on Facebook, at least a temporary fix - what do you think?

I might also get 2 rear brake compensator springs, but theyíre £17 each, so I might shop around more.

Thanks again,
Best wishes,
Amber
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Quote Originally Posted by varesecrazy View Post
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Dont think classic cover will cover young drivers.
For many you have to be over 25, but my plan is to pay for it to be on mumís insurance while I build up my no claims in a more Ďpracticalí car... then Iíll drive it in a few years, hopefully!
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Quote Originally Posted by Schumi2001 View Post
My advice. Don't do it.

The reality will be a long way from the dream and it'll end up deteriorating in a lockup / garage.

Buy what you can afford to run today, once you've got a stack of miles under your belt, what you want from a car may well change - and the Coupe could end up being an expensive mistake.

Even insuring it as your mum's car will be expensive unless she has a 2nd lot of no claims to apply to it - and many classic policies would exclude you from even being a named driver.
Hi Schumi2001,
Thanks for your reply! Sorry mine is late - I could have sworn I replied but now canít find it?
Iím afraid Iíve already gone ahead and got it! I donít regret it though...yet! Thank you though
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Quote Originally Posted by jimboy View Post
Eighteen & a Coupe. They are money pits even when you know what you are doing. As pointed out insurance will be difficult to say the least. I've owned my Coupe for over ten years & have spent thousands, it's away at the moment having a very expensive refurbish. They do get under your skin. I would hazard a guess that if you really looked under the skin in the right places, it will be riddled with rust. Best of luck.......
Hi jimboy,
I could have sworn I replied but just in case -
Thanks for your reply!
Iíll take it as it comes, and do what I can
Thank you!

Best wishes,
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Re: Fiat for young enthusiast... advice very much appreciated!

Quote Originally Posted by FiatFleetFamily View Post
Good for you getting a Coupe.

9. Classic car insurance saves a packet of cash on limited mileage.
I see this quoted a lot when advising young drivers on older performance cars.

You'd struggle to get a classic policy for anyone under 25 on a Coupe. If you did, it wouldn't accrue any NCB and would probably not be 'cheap', either!

Additionally, almost all classic policies insist on you having a 'main' car, too.
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Quote Originally Posted by Schumi2001 View Post
I see this quoted a lot when advising young drivers on older performance cars.

You'd struggle to get a classic policy for anyone under 25 on a Coupe. If you did, it wouldn't accrue any NCB and would probably not be 'cheap', either!

Additionally, almost all classic policies insist on you having a 'main' car, too.
Well I did but my policy does not need to accrue NCB as have another daily car.
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Quote Originally Posted by AmberKnownAsAsh View Post
Hi FiatFleetFamily,
Thank you so much for your reply!
Aw thank you, these tips will come in handy!
I donít plan on modding it much/at all, and have got to sort through the previous owners invoices in the hopes that Iíll find a cam belt change!
Iím thinking of getting the radiator support / cross-bridge from F.C.S.S on Facebook, at least a temporary fix - what do you think?

I might also get 2 rear brake compensator springs, but theyíre £17 each, so I might shop around more.

Thanks again,
Best wishes,
Amber

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Quote Originally Posted by FiatFleetFamily View Post
Joe at FCSS is the man for anything for a Coupe Owner. Others include Alternative Autos and Motormech for Parts. Join fccuk and you would be very welcome as support excellent even for a newbie like yourself, you will gain immense knowledge in the ď How To ď section.
Brilliant, thank you so much! Iíll join when I can )
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Hi,two things,don't buy a Nissan Micra,stick with your first love and get a second fiat ! Go to the government mot history website and type in the redgistration of your new coupe ,this will give you a good insite on any problems the car has had in the past,very useful.
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Re: Fiat for young enthusiast... advice very much appreciated!

Hmmm, depending on the Micra, I'd possibly disagree.

The K11 Micra is a cracking little thing, especially if you get a 1.3 Super.

Whilst I love the Fiat FIRE engines, the K11 had an Alfa-esque chain driven twin-cam in every variant.

If you get a rust free one and keep it that way, it'll outlast civilisation.
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I'd definitely go down the Punto route for a main car. Get 1 that's been looked after, keep it maintained, and you've got a great car. I've owned my current 1 nearly 5 years, and I hope to keep it a few more years.
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Quote Originally Posted by Michael Dranfield View Post
Hi,two things,don't buy a Nissan Micra,stick with your first love and get a second fiat ! Go to the government mot history website and type in the redgistration of your new coupe ,this will give you a good insite on any problems the car has had in the past,very useful.
Thank you, ah yeah for any vehicle I get I always look into those things via the DVLA / gov website Iíll keep searching and comparing on autotrader!
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