I LOVE this story. At first it sounds like an addiction...I was only watching XYZ videos and I couldn't stop!I started off test driving the MX-5 RF and loved it. I had wanted one since the mid 1990's, but never got a chance to pull the trigger on one. I started watching all the videos I could on the car and that is where I found that Fiat and Mazda co-developed the cars. I liked the look of the MX-5, but loved the look of the 124. Still, I had an RF picked out and reserved, my girlfriend and I were going to fly to Arizona to get the car, and then road trip it back home (via Joshua Tree State park, then coastal hwy 1).
But I kept finding myself admiring the 124 spider. I was now ONLY watching 124 spider videos, I had stopped watching the MX-5 videos. 72 hours before going to pick up my new RF, I scheduled a test drive with a local Fiat dealership near my work and my girlfriend drove down to test drive it with me. I knew I had to drive it to scratch that itch. Once done, I'd be back to getting my RF, because I knew it was the right car for me. We drove a red Lusso with saddle interior, beautiful car. We didn't get to drive an abarath, but did get to hear the exhaust note (they would only idle it for us), incredible sound from it.
I spent the entire ride home, convincing myself that I needed to get the RF, because I had the deal arranged, flights arranged, hotels arranged, time off work arranged.....but I loved the Fiat (looks and driving) more than the RF.
I was about to marry the wrong girl, and I knew it.
I called the dealership in AZ to cancel my purchase. I then spend the next few months tracking down my car, nearly 3000 miles away. I still like the MX-5, but they don't WOW me like the 124 spider does. My car is gorgeous, and I love it!
Thank you for telling your story, Mike.I had a 2000 MX5 . It was a great little car, then after 100,000 miles or so, it started nickle and diming me. Had to replace the top, and then the AC went out (I live in Florida), so I traded it in for a new 2011 VW Jetta-which I still own.
After I "discovered" the Fiat Spider, I started thinking...as my friends started dropping off or having major health issues...I'm a "senior" and I decided it was time to drop some cash. I loved drove the new MX5 and liked it, but the ones I found were too expensive and the dealership gave me the runaround. On the way home, I decided to pull into the local Alfa/Fiat dealership..just for comparison. I drove the ONLY 6-speed manual on the lot-but it was a more expensive Lusso model and it was in the high 20's, but it was awesome. Within a couple days I started searching for a Classica within 100 miles. I found one in Fort Pierce and drove down for a test drive. A couple days later I called them and told them if they'd drive it up to me in Melbourne, I'd buy it. They did and I did, and I haven't regretted it....They wouldn't give me "squat" for my Jetta-which is still in excellent shape but has 95 thou on it. So, I still have my Jetta for my "everyday" car.
Hey Greg,the sport mode on the Abarth for me... it's addictive
everything else is nice too.
and at the end of the day, it wasn't much more money than a lusso, so why not?
not as old as Uncle Mike, but getting there.. and I always said when I was too old to ride my bikes I'd get a little sprts car.
my wife said "you should just get one now"
so I did.
white Abarth w/ a heritage stripe for me.
love this car