I ride motorcycles and have been hit by bees, things and bugs numerous times. Except for June bugs bees seem to hurt the most. Hasn't happened in this spider yet but did have a couple years ago in my early 70's spiders.
Summer before last, I was driving on a highway during a fairly heavy rain and had a Kamikazi black squirrel dart across the highway in front of me. I tried to avoid him, but if was like playing air hockey... I felt it hit the engine cover, then a fairly large thunk as it's body did the rinse cycle in my rear passenger side wheel well. I saw it's carcass and part of my trim fly off as I viewed the results in the rear view mirror. Fortunately I think it's demise was fast, and even better, the parts for the repair only set me back about $25 bucks when I got back home and had a chance to visit the dealership. Not sure about other models, but the Abarth has a bunch of little black plastic trim pieces on the bottom edges of the wheel wells that are held on by a couple of plastic pins. Those pins just weren't up to the challenge when the piece took a hit from a squirrel carcass at 110 kph.
Oh yeah, and while cruising on the Interstate in Wyoming, I also had a swift hit the top of my windshield, right between the glass and upper trim. No damage to the car other than having to pick a bunch of feathers out of the trim surround. The swift, not so lucky.
About a month ago, driving the 1.5 miles back from the gym, an adult deer, at least 200 lbs, jumps out of the bushes and lands right in front of my Spider, antlers and all.
It is raining; I am following the vehicle ahead by two or three car lengths when the beast decides to jump into the moving traffic; lands right in front and runs across the road, missing my car by less than 1/4 of an inch.
By the time I hit the brakes, he turns around from the other side of the road to look at me startled. I look back at him, startled.
Thankfully I was doing only 20 MPH. Otherwise I’d have hit him.
New to me 2017 11k Abarth 6speed.
The extensive internet drama between retailers has me all jazzed up to ruin my car via a bizarre mix of parts and tuning.
-I'd like to keep this sucker quiet, not Epstein quiet, just don't want to be the microcar prick on my street.
-I'd also like to not...
So, I went to my dealer / service to inquire about my paint color changing. I have owned this car new, tags and all, South Florida, only hand wash and wax. Show the auto body manager my concerns. Says in his many years as an auto body tech, THIS WILL HAPPEN to all Fiat 124s in the near future...
After 40 days of wintering and did not hook up the battery minder, I decided to pay a little visite and crank her up. I wanted to open the door and no dice she was completely in deep state hibernation. So I pulled out the key from the fob and was able to open the door, but stupid me, I had the...
How long can a Spider sit without being started before the oil pressure drops which makes you have to go through those special starting procedures?
My car's been sitting for about a week now and it might wind up being somewhat longer than that. I'd prefer to just hop in, start it up and be on...