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Fiat 500 Abarth as daily commuter... #4759786
05/17/18 11:40 AM
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Middle of Iowa
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This fun little pocket rocket seems to check many of the boxes for a fun little commuter car that gets decent mileage. Thoughts?


Smile, it increases your face value
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2013 Fiat 500 Abarth (my DD)
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Re: Fiat 500 Abarth as daily commuter... [Re: DriveHard] #4759798
05/17/18 11:52 AM
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We had a regular 500 as a rental when my wife's van was in the body shop after a deer strike. We liked it. Fiat's reliability is a little spotty but get an extended warranty and go for it.


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Re: Fiat 500 Abarth as daily commuter... [Re: DriveHard] #4759818
05/17/18 12:19 PM
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They have some issues, but can be picked up extremely cheap. They also sound terrific. I would suggest driving both the Abarth and a Fiesta ST to see which you prefer.


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Re: Fiat 500 Abarth as daily commuter... [Re: DriveHard] #4759847
05/17/18 12:45 PM
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See what Consumer Reports had to say about this make.

Re: Fiat 500 Abarth as daily commuter... [Re: DriveHard] #4759887
05/17/18 01:22 PM
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Displaced Texan in Mexico City
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The Fiat 500 base and a little less the Abrath are very popular here in Mexico City due to parking limitations and the price of gas (almost $4 usd/gal) I have seen these up close and they feel and look cheap. The people that live next to US have an Abrath and other than the sound again I'm not impressed. While it may be an ok commuter vehicle, its small size and reliability really limit the vehicle. Oh btw I'm 6'1" and sitting in the car I could use some more leg room.

Re: Fiat 500 Abarth as daily commuter... [Re: DriveHard] #4759888
05/17/18 01:23 PM
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Ajax,Ontario, Canada
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Originally Posted By: DriveHard
This fun little pocket rocket seems to check many of the boxes for a fun little commuter car that gets decent mileage. Thoughts?


European cars are not as forgiving on poor maintenance, do your mechanical maintenance when due with whatever fluids are recommended and you'll be fine. I had a FIAT 124 4Dr and though not classified as sporty it was a blast to drive.

Re: Fiat 500 Abarth as daily commuter... [Re: Gimpy1] #4759899
05/17/18 01:27 PM
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Originally Posted By: Gimpy1
The Fiat 500 base and a little less the Abrath are very popular here in Mexico City due to parking limitations and the price of gas (almost $4 usd/gal) I have seen these up close and they feel and look cheap. The people that live next to US have an Abrath and other than the sound again I'm not impressed. While it may be an ok commuter vehicle, its small size and reliability really limit the vehicle. Oh btw I'm 6'1" and sitting in the car I could use some more leg room.


Yeah, I am barely 5'9", and had the seat all the way back on my test drive. Interior quality isn't great...but not really bad either. Nothing stood out as poor, and the seats seemed really good.


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2011 Silverado Crew Cab LT 6.2L/6spd
2017 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk (wife's)
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Re: Fiat 500 Abarth as daily commuter... [Re: Pelican] #4759900
05/17/18 01:28 PM
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Originally Posted By: Pelican
Originally Posted By: DriveHard
This fun little pocket rocket seems to check many of the boxes for a fun little commuter car that gets decent mileage. Thoughts?


European cars are not as forgiving on poor maintenance, do your mechanical maintenance when due with whatever fluids are recommended and you'll be fine. I had a FIAT 124 4Dr and though not classified as sporty it was a blast to drive.


I have owned Audi, BMW (several), VW, and Mercs...so I am totally in the know on the additional maintenance. Thanks!


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2011 Silverado Crew Cab LT 6.2L/6spd
2017 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk (wife's)
2007 Nissan Xterra (trail toy)
2013 Fiat 500 Abarth (my DD)
Elio...?
Re: Fiat 500 Abarth as daily commuter... [Re: DriveHard] #4759901
05/17/18 01:30 PM
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As a former Fiat owner, I'd say beware of the unreliability.


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Re: Fiat 500 Abarth as daily commuter... [Re: DriveHard] #4759904
05/17/18 01:32 PM
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here u go


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Re: Fiat 500 Abarth as daily commuter... [Re: NormanBuntz] #4759909
05/17/18 01:34 PM
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Originally Posted By: NormanBuntz
As a former Fiat owner, I'd say beware of the unreliability.


...and that is a very important thing to note indeed (for both FIAT and MINI)

Thanks.

Last edited by Smokescreen; 05/17/18 01:41 PM.

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Re: Fiat 500 Abarth as daily commuter... [Re: DriveHard] #4759919
05/17/18 01:45 PM
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FIAT: Fix It Again, Tony


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Re: Fiat 500 Abarth as daily commuter... [Re: DriveHard] #4759957
05/17/18 02:18 PM
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The new Fiat 500, VW beetle, and Mini are nothing like the original basic cheap transport that strongly reflects their ethnic origins, except in stying.
The Mini has become a relatively expensive mid size (by European standards) car that sell on nostalgia.
The Fiat and Beetle have gone even further away from their original concepts, a simple car pushed along by a simple air cooled engine at the back, into sophisticated and necessarily complex - to meet current regulations, and somewhat expensive for their size cars.

But if you like driving the Fiat, and are prepared to accept less than bombproof reliability, enjoy!.

Claud.

Re: Fiat 500 Abarth as daily commuter... [Re: DriveHard] #4759996
05/17/18 02:49 PM
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If you can get a smoking deal on a used one, why not? I wouldn't buy one new, you'll never be able to sell it.


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Re: Fiat 500 Abarth as daily commuter... [Re: DriveHard] #4760006
05/17/18 02:55 PM
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My neighbor has a recent one and I drove it home dropping him off at airport.

Absolute hoot to drive even slow if push the Sport mode which he did for me. Really poorly made car, steps below those Euro models you mention however again a hoot to drive.

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