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I'll be sincere, I'm a large guy who hasn't visited the local Fiat dealership, for fear of being embarrassed by not fitting into the car... There, I said it.

Are there large drivers on the forum who have purchased the Spider?

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I am not a small guy... 6'0" 260+ I'd say depending on you trunk and leg length, that 6'2" is about the max height.
I did test drive a miata before I went all in on the fiat, and really had no issues behind the wheel. Therefore full speed ahead on the 124 spider purchase.

My only complaint on the 124 spider is the seat bottom.. Im on the rails. I fixed this via a cushion. This is the one I bought:
http://www.target.com/p/automotive-seat-cushion-type-s/-/A-50651373
NOTE: My wife loves the seats and thinks they are very comfortable. Its clearly an issue with my size (reductions ongoing).

Other specifics:
Ive got 2 inches in front of my knees, with the seat all the way back..
I can fully extend my left leg. Right leg a bit cramped (mostly on the right side to the centre console), but to be honest, its not really much more cramped than my mazda 6...

I also actually adjusted the seat a bit forward of all the way back so Ive got now 1 inch from my knee to the dash, and I can then get a slightly bigger angle on the seat back..
 

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I mentioned a while ago in a different thread that my issue is girth not height. I did visit a dealership and found that the cabin was a tight fit that would make steering challenging.

Well, when I was much younger, I dated a girl that I met at the department store at which we worked. I had a pickup truck with an automatic transmission and she had a blue metallic Fiat X1/9 with a manual transmission. The Fiat was better suited for dates, so we would take her car, but I didn't know how to drive a manual and it was awkward for both of us. One night, before leaving work for a date, she taught me how to drive stick in the near empty parking lot. That small Italian car was an absolute blast and from then on, I would drive when we went out and everything was right with the world.

The car pictured is identical to the one that I enjoyed those many years ago and it's still the most fun vehicle I've driven.
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So here I am almost 30 years later, no longer able to fit in such a compact vehicle. All is not lost though, as I'm now learning a new method of driving, on an Italian machine once again. I recently purchased my first motorcycle and it's a Moto Guzzi V7 III in Azzurro Elettrico. It certainly has brought back some fond memories and fills the void of not being able to own a modern 124. The picture is my motorcycle at the dealership.
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