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    Wink Traded in my Abarth for a 124 Classica

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    124 Spider from Hendrick FIAT, Cary NC.
    Wheels and tires from Discount Tire Direct.
    Scenery from RT 129 in Tennessee.
    2013 Rosso Abarth, Srpint Booster, Modern Performance Throttle Body, Short Ram Intake, Forge Waist Gate Actuator, Forge Blow Off Valve, Forge FMIC, Open Flash Performance Tune, Modern Performance Underdrive Pulley, Eibach Pro Kit Springs, Drag DR-61 17's w/ General G-Max Tires.

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    Congrats on the 124!!!- it's gorgeous and it looks like it's in its element. And as Ms. Julie says, "Red IS the fastest color".

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    Quote Originally Posted by rustbucket View Post
    Congrats on the 124!!!- it's gorgeous and it looks like it's in its element. And as Ms. Julie says, "Red IS the fastest color".
    Cant disagree with that. Thanks for the compliment. I miss my Abarth, but I am liking the 124, have to say.
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    Curious as to what you miss about the Abarth vs the 124? I've been considering an Abarth for some time but have had to put it on the back burner thanks to some unplanned expenses. Still love my '13 500 Sport but the Abarth takes most everything I love about my Sport and puts it on steroids (I've test driven a couple). Recently though, the 124 Spider has attracted my attention- to me it's one of cars where pictures don't really do it justice ... your rosso and gold wheel combo looks killer. I've seen some 2017 124 Classica's at a price little more than an Abarth but haven't done anything than sit in one for the time being... we shall see. I'm chalking it all up to a midlife crisis (I turn 65 this year).
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    Yesss! I'm not the only nut running bronze rims on Rosso. Looks great, congrats and enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rustbucket View Post
    Curious as to what you miss about the Abarth vs the 124?
    I know that I would primarily miss the sound. Going from a hot city runabout to a sexy roadster you would expect the sound to get better, not worse. Even the A124 is more "mature" sounding than the A500. That's not to say I'm not incredibly jealous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daytona 500 View Post
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    124 Spider from Hendrick FIAT, Cary NC.
    Wheels and tires from Discount Tire Direct.
    Scenery from RT 129 in Tennessee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rustbucket View Post
    Curious as to what you miss about the Abarth vs the 124? I've been considering an Abarth for some time but have had to put it on the back burner thanks to some unplanned expenses. Still love my '13 500 Sport but the Abarth takes most everything I love about my Sport and puts it on steroids (I've test driven a couple). Recently though, the 124 Spider has attracted my attention- to me it's one of cars where pictures don't really do it justice ... your rosso and gold wheel combo looks killer. I've seen some 2017 124 Classica's at a price little more than an Abarth but haven't done anything than sit in one for the time being... we shall see. I'm chalking it all up to a midlife crisis (I turn 65 this year).
    Hey Rusbucket,
    Sorry for the delay in responding. I went from a 12 Sport to my Rosso Abarth. As small as the Abarth is, it still more practical then the 124 in a few ways. The hatch, back seat, glove box, easier to get in and out are just a few. Plus I was just attached to that little car, the same way I was attached to my Sport.
    With that said, The Spider is an all around more refined car. Nicer interior, 6 speed -v- 5 speed, rear drive, tighter turning radius, and push button start, to name a few, but it goes farther than that. You really have to drive the car to truly appreciate it. A test drive probably wont suffice for most people, as a test drive will only net you the realization that the car is different, you know what I mean ? Until you are comfortable with the car will you realize the positive differences between the 500 and 124. It handles great out of the box, the acceleration is much smoother, the shifter is a nice tight short throw, and the driving position is more like a race car. I will tell you, I liked the car at first, but as I got up past 5 and 600 miles I really got comfortable with the car and the "differences" turned into improvements. Things that separated the 2 cars became better instead of just different, if that makes sense.
    Now lets get into the nuts and bolts. I have been in the automotive business in one form or another all my life. If you look at my sig you will see the Abarth was fully bolted and tuned with an Open Flash Tablet. This allowed me to make adjustments to stage 1 and 2 tunes. I will tell you under no uncertain terms, the 124 responds better to modifications then the Abarth. A turbo back exhaust and a modified air intake made a noticeable differance in the acceleration of a car that allready had better acceleration. The Abarth had limiters written in the tune at each gear, 1-5. Speaking with a tuner at the Dragon I was told that these limiters are not written the program for the 124. This it why the numbers are similar, HP/TQ, but this car is soo much smoother and as mentioned, responds better to modifications.
    The aftermarket has embraced the car with several exhaust, intake, tune and suspension options. I fabricate my own exhaust and was looking for a deep European sound. Being a vert, I didnt want the car loud or raspy. One thing I would recommend is make sure you can get in and out of the car on a daily basis. It is a bit more challenging and you wont enjoy the car if it is a PITA to get in and out of even if it is not a daily driver.
    Last thing, I dont believe there is any such thing as a "mid life crises". It sounds like a term coined by less than pleasant women. At this point in my life I view most things differently. I appreciate things in a different way then I did when I was younger, and I dont take tomorrow for granted. I am thankful for the opportunities I have had.
    I wouldn't call that a crisis at all, lol.
    Hope this helps and if you have specific questions feel free to ask.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fiat500USA View Post
    Looks great! Congratulations!!
    Hey 500,
    As you may remember I was on the fence about the 124 and FIAT as a whole. I was very close to a deal on a Mustang Eco Boost, but something was missing. Car for car the options were similar and they each had their strong points. The Mustang was actually more practical, sooo, why hadnt I bought the Mustang ? I came to the realization, I am just way more passionate about these cars than any other. The heritage, the colors they come in, the design, and of course being an Italian car company was a big push for me. So I gave my FIAT dealer one last shot, and they came through.

    On another note wanted to say thanks for being one of the sponsors of FIAT on the Dragon again this year. The weather wasnt the best but a good time was had by all and the cars and company were top notch. Bret and his crew always do a great job with this event.
    2013 Rosso Abarth, Srpint Booster, Modern Performance Throttle Body, Short Ram Intake, Forge Waist Gate Actuator, Forge Blow Off Valve, Forge FMIC, Open Flash Performance Tune, Modern Performance Underdrive Pulley, Eibach Pro Kit Springs, Drag DR-61 17's w/ General G-Max Tires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ando View Post
    Yesss! I'm not the only nut running bronze rims on Rosso. Looks great, congrats and enjoy!
    No you are not ! Had Bronze on my Abarth also. Love the look. Got a lot of compliments at the Dragon also.
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