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    Warranty dilemma

    So, I JUST bought a 2017 Fiat 500 Abarth and I know I'm going to tune and modify the car. A few questions are in order. Is it worth it? What mods can the car handle before I need to work the engine bottom up (i.e. cam shaft, rods, pistons, etc.)? Finally, how will the car handle a bigger turbo being an automatic (not my first choice but was last one on the lot)? Should I break the car in like 7k 10k mile range before modding? I don't know, spitballing here, all advice is welcomed!

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    The engines come from the factory forged, I don't think anyone's managed to blow one up before the transmission. It's capable of past 300HP which you'll struggle to get without an upgraded turbo and bolt ons (which will absolutely void warranty). The Aisin automatic is perfectly fine, decently beefy. Can technically handle more power than the manual. You can start modding as soon as you pass break in period. Just keep an eye on the oil consumption, some engines are better than others. But they're pretty much retarded strong.
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    EC V2.1 Intake
    Forge Atmospheric BOV
    Neu-F 28mm Rear Bar

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    Appreciate the input, I'm not necessarily new to tuning and modding but with this car, yes, absolutely hahaha.

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    I'm about 25% of the way through my warranty period.
    Why not use it for a while, you paid for it anyway.
    Plenty of non-voiding mods you could do first.
    whippin' a super fresh Abarth, gnomesayne?

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    The only warranty I got was for the tire and rims, I didnt but an additional warranty, it just has the 5 year 60k warranty.

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    My new '17 came with the standard 48 month/50,000 mile warranty.
    I plan to modify/tune quickly following the completion of that period.

    You should have a drivetrain warranty that is currently active.
    Your choice to void that warranty with modifications of course.

    You essentially pay for the warranty period with a new car.
    Otherwise what's the point of buying new? Just flexin'?
    Last edited by siwelk; 06-12-2018 at 01:48 PM.
    whippin' a super fresh Abarth, gnomesayne?

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    Not flexing, just genuinely interested and seeing in the forums of the car is up to the task of holding mods and whether or not to start immediately after a good engine break in period. Just curious to what more experts on this car think because I'm not 100% familiar with this platform but love the fact is easily upgradeable and fairly inexpensive for a brand new car.

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    FWIW I just rolled 10K and wouldn't have wanted to forgo the stock experience.
    I feel like another year or so and I'll have the itch bad, but for now not so much.
    I'm finding plenty of ways to sink $$$ that doesn't yet include any engine mods.
    whippin' a super fresh Abarth, gnomesayne?

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    Since I've had the big turbo I've had the exhaust manifold gasket fail (not such a big deal) and the manual transmission give up (kind of pricey to replace). In my mind it's part of the price of playing at over 250whp.

    These cars are quite capable of failing on their own and there is certainly no such thing as safe mods. I think the questions you have to ask are:
    - Can I manage without my car for a couple of months if it breaks?
    - Will it upset me to replace the engine or transmission or both out of my own pocket?
    Last edited by texanbrit; 06-12-2018 at 04:24 PM. Reason: breaks not brakes (geez)
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