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    I went and test drove a Fiat 124 Abarth this past weekend... what a car!
    Having never owned a little sports car before, and seeing as this would be my only car, what is a car like this like to live with on an everyday basis?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DevonEllett View Post
    I went and test drove a Fiat 124 Abarth this past weekend... what a car!
    Having never owned a little sports car before, and seeing as this would be my only car, what is a car like this like to live with on an everyday basis?
    I dont have experience with the 124 Abarth but I do have experience with the 500 Abarth.

    Nice little pocket rocket but I have had a few issues with it. The dealers arnt the best either which is a sad loss for such a great brand.

    Does the 124 also have the MTA gearbox?
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    In SA it only comes with a manual gearbox

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    In that case id consider it.
    It has the same 1.4 turbo as the 500 abarth and I can tell you that after 3 years it has never skipped a beat.
    Great little engine that.
    Service intervals are 10 00km which is annoying for a petrol engine but other than that it I cannot fault it.
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    Thanks for the advice!

    I'm trying to decide if I will be able to live with the impractically of a little two-seater sports car though. It will be my only vehicle, so I will have to get used to not having a large boot for shopping and moving things, etc.

    I currently have a 5 series BM, so it will be quite a change

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    Go for it. You only live once. Every petrol head has to own a small sports car at least once in their life.
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    Decided to go for it. Picking up the little FIAT tomorrow morning

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    Congrats I hope you have many happy K,s with it, enjoy it
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    Default Re: Fiat 124 Spider Abarth

    As far as I know it is a mazda mx5 in disguise

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maartendeneef View Post
    As far as I know it is a mazda mx5 in disguise
    With a different suspension setup, engine, and body.

    But you are correct
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    Got her!
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    baie MOOI....enjoy

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    Devon, I'm most envious! Didn't I read somewhere that this little beast is the quickest standard production 1400 in RSA?
    I bought my wife a 500 Abarth about a year ago but I can't stay out of this car myself. I just can't help myself from hammering it every time I get behind the wheel......It's a bit of a mid life crisis for me.
    But now you're talking about the Spider that's doing 0-100 in about 2,5 secs quicker than the 500!

    Enjoy, but make sure you don't get behind the wheel if you've had a few toots!

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    my first car was a Fiat 124 Special .. the original ugly box-shape .... some very fond memories.

    https://www.google.co.za/search?q=fi...w=1536&bih=735

    this little sports car seems nice, but this is not a "Fiat 124" ....
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    Donner dis mooi!!!! Nie eers geweet van die kar nie

    Baie geluk!!!! Ek is jaloers
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    It definitely draws attention. I even had a guy get out of his car at a robot to ask me what car it was because he was arguing with his kids about it.

    It's incredible how good the little 1.4t engine is. Incredibly responsive, and because it's manual (unlike its sister car the Mazda MX5 RF which is only available in auto), you can keep the revs in exactly the right place all the time.

    Did a very nice breakfast run on Sunday morning around Hartbeestpoort to see exactly what this car can do. It was massive amounts of fun, and you can tell exactly when the back end is going to step out a bit. The traction control is nicely lenient, so you can get the car quite sideways before it steps in to assist you. The limited slip diff also makes cornering very nice and also nicely quick off the line.

    I was worried I would regret buying it, but I have absolutely zero doubts about it now. Even in practically terms it's not actually bad. Yesterday after work I managed to get a laptop bag, two small bags of wood, and two full packets from Pick n Pay into the little boot.

    The entertainment system is also very nice (although I hardly use it, as I love the sound of the exhausts). It's a Bose system with a touch screen interface and includes nice details, like speakers in the headrests, so that if you take a call with the top down, you can still easily hear the conversation

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