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    Apparently Stolen Abarths are an epidemic in Europe right now

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    I got my car back a couple of weeks ago. Everything appears fine, cosmetically. The dealer "Checked" it for damage, put the dash back together, and everything appeared fine....until this morning. It now makes a clicking sound (not whirling), in reverse. I'm convinced the punks jammed it in reverse while going forward and broke teeth out of the transmission. I'm going to avoid reverse, and trading it in next week. Too bad because I like the car. I was thinking of trading it for an Abarth until this tranny problem came up. These cars seem fragile, I guess. 47 miles miles of hard driving shouldn't break the car, but I'm not sure how bad these crooks beat it (probably pretty bad). I'm getting a Mazda 3 with a manual, thus leaving my Fiat experience. thanks to all on this forum

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    Quote Originally Posted by stewutah View Post
    I got my car back a couple of weeks ago. Everything appears fine, cosmetically. The dealer "Checked" it for damage, put the dash back together, and everything appeared fine....until this morning. It now makes a clicking sound (not whirling), in reverse. I'm convinced the punks jammed it in reverse while going forward and broke teeth out of the transmission. I'm going to avoid reverse, and trading it in next week. Too bad because I like the car. I was thinking of trading it for an Abarth until this tranny problem came up. These cars seem fragile, I guess. 47 miles miles of hard driving shouldn't break the car, but I'm not sure how bad these crooks beat it (probably pretty bad). I'm getting a Mazda 3 with a manual, thus leaving my Fiat experience. thanks to all on this forum
    With all due respect, pretty much any car won't be too happy if you slam it into reverse while moving forward. It doesn't say much of anything about the quality of the transmission.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ice445 View Post
    With all due respect, pretty much any car won't be too happy if you slam it into reverse while moving forward. It doesn't say much of anything about the quality of the transmission.
    As much as I like these Fiats, they are built to a (economy car) price point, although I do agree that few trannys would take what these punks probably put the poor car through

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    While I feel for ya, you have to take some responsibility, don’t leave keys in your unattended car, it’s just dumb, as you’ve sadly learned the hard way. There’s always somebody looking for an opportunity and you left the door wide open for them, and the garage door open, and the car unattended, and unlocked, with the keys in it. Learn from it, it’s all you can do now and make sure you check and have your garage door opener remote in the car and if you do change your garage door signal/code anyway. It seems like it was probably just a kid taking it for a joyride but some thiefs come back if they believe they’ve found a way to access the house easily.
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    Quote Originally Posted by All Bark View Post
    While I feel for ya, you have to take some responsibility, donít leave keys in your unattended car, itís just dumb, as youíve sadly learned the hard way. Thereís always somebody looking for an opportunity and you left the door wide open for them, and the garage door open, and the car unattended, and unlocked, with the keys in it. Learn from it, itís all you can do now and make sure you check and have your garage door opener remote in the car and if you do change your garage door signal/code anyway. It seems like it was probably just a kid taking it for a joyride but some thiefs come back if they believe theyíve found a way to access the house easily.

    Golly... thanks dad! The keys were in the car, yes... but the car was in the garage and the thief had 90 seconds max to take it. Hope it doesn't happen to you. Oh yea.. you are way too smart to leave anything unattended for literally a minute. One last thing... it's 'thieves', not 'thiefs' Einstein!!

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    OK, let's dial it down. I just had to remove a post that crossed the line. No need for name calling.

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    Leaving your keys in a car in your garage is not that unusual. The fire department where I live asks you to leave the keys in the car incase of a fire so they can remove your car quickly, so there is some rational behind it. Everyone's circumstances can be different and depending on where you live and other factors like kids, etc., can come into play. It's an unfortunate incident, but understandable. Good luck.

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    My wife always locks the doors on her Fiat while it's in the locked garage. We've had someone break into our garage at our other house, kicked the door in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stewutah View Post
    I got my car back a couple of weeks ago. Everything appears fine, cosmetically. The dealer "Checked" it for damage, put the dash back together, and everything appeared fine....until this morning. It now makes a clicking sound (not whirling), in reverse. I'm convinced the punks jammed it in reverse while going forward and broke teeth out of the transmission. I'm going to avoid reverse, and trading it in next week. Too bad because I like the car. I was thinking of trading it for an Abarth until this tranny problem came up. These cars seem fragile, I guess. 47 miles miles of hard driving shouldn't break the car, but I'm not sure how bad these crooks beat it (probably pretty bad). I'm getting a Mazda 3 with a manual, thus leaving my Fiat experience. thanks to all on this forum
    It's never good to read an experience ending on these terms. I think the Mazda 3 is a great car. Mazda manuals are solid. It may be sad to read the community is losing another would-be happy owner, but at least you're moving into another good car. Be well.
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