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Old 04-10-2008   #1
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Another new Abarth

Picked my 'barth up late yesterday afternoon, but didn't have a chance to take any pics until this morning's lucky break in the weather.

So, how is it? Seems peppier with Sport Boost on than I remember from the test drive, but also a little more lethargic with it turned off than I remember, too. Brembos much stronger than I remembered - why you'd need the brake upgrade if you're not into track days I've no idea.

Problems? Passenger seat creaks a bit, but I'll worry about that later.

Otherwise, game on!









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Looks ace mate! absolutely love these cars and I definately think white is the colour for them!!!

Hope you get many miles of enjoyment out of her!
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- sorry, just green with envy!!
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Loads an' loads of happy miles in your stunning Abarth.
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Does it still have the "girlie button" for the steering or is it a "mans car"?

Nice looking car and setting.
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Nice one.

I hope you have as much enjoyment from it as I am getting from mine.

1300 miles and it is bedding in nicely.

The dealer told me today that the ecu frees up the power at 2000 miles. Some kind of built-in running in procedure apparently. Should get better gas mileage too.

Apart from the red demonstrator at the dealer and a white demonstrator down at the Gaydon Auto Italia day, I haven't seen another one.

Has anyone actually bought a black one?
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I brought a Black one this morning, should be here in about 4-6 weeks as its still in factory build. Does that make me the first Black abarth owner ?!

And to answer an earlier question, the 'girlie' button has now finally been removed. The set up of buttons from left to right is now, small hazard button, boot open button, lock doors button, big sports boost button and to the right of it is still the asr off button. Hope that helps.

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I brought a Black one this morning, should be here in about 4-6 weeks as its still in factory build. Does that make me the first Black abarth owner ?!


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Probably the first on the Forum.

The wait will be worth it.

I'm now waiting to try the EsseEsse.
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I brought a Black one this morning, should be here in about 4-6 weeks as its still in factory build. Does that make me the first Black abarth owner ?!


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I forgot to ask what spec you've ordered.

When I was in the dealers this morning, another customer asked me what I thought of the car. I think I managed to sell him one. I should get some commission for that.
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it looks ace, really jealous.... If you get climate control does it also include heated front screen?
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If i was to get one it would def be black
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it looks ace, really jealous.... If you get climate control does it also include heated front screen?
Unfortunately, no - heated front screens are great. There's a button on the dash that looks like it, but it's just a max defrost/demist setting to clear the screen quickly.
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The dealer told me today that the ecu frees up the power at 2000 miles. Some kind of built-in running in procedure apparently. Should get better gas mileage too.
Kinda surprised there's no mention in the manual that I can find about running-in at all. Just one small paragraph that says something like "try not to use maximum performance when the car's new." Gotta love the Italians and their "drive it like you stole it" attitude.

Every other car I've bought new has had a somewhat arsey disclaimer about not exceeding so many revs until such-and-such miles.

So maybe you're right, mole - the ECU stops you going to mad to start with.

Oh, and the pooter says I'm on 33.6mpg at the mo. And I've not been babying it, either.
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Standard Abarth spec with metallic black paint and climate control. 14,125 in total, absolute bargain! Got a good trade in price for my Sporting too. Not too sure if ill pay the 4000 for the esse esse kit though because i assume a company like red dot or gsr will be able to get 180 horses out of the existing turbo at a fraction of the price!

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And what you said about selling it to another customer, i done the same after my test drive whilst waiting for the paperwork to be done. Ill have to have a sneaky word with the dealer and see what commision i can sort out!

I also asked him about running the car in and he said the usual about a factory run in and that the minute i pick the car up i can give it a bit of oomph but obviously be sensible and check the oil and water levels every week or so for the first 2000 miles. No mention of the ECU managing the power though.

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