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That is exactly what mine did. It starts to take forever to warm up, and will actually cool off if you coast. Eventually the light illuminates to tell you something is wrong. I will report back when I get it repaired, looks like I’m doing this one myself.
 

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Honestly, that's less worrisome than any other issue a thermostat may have lol. Being a BMW guy, I'm used to overheating and man is it stressful
 

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Yeah if it would have got hot it would be at the dealer getting a new engine. Very glad this was not the case.
 

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My 2020 Lusso is mostly stock.

LED low beams and halo lights. LED license plate lights.

5800 miles. Purchased new July 2021.

One issue: the headliner sagged and the dealer replaced the top under warranty. Would have been $3600 if I’d had to pay for it.
 

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2018 Lusso, 26K. No issues. The check engine light has come on 3 times but always goes off automatically after a while.
 

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In November 2020 I purchased my 2017 Abarth from a local, Indianapolis Northside Chrysler Dealer. The vehicle was inspected an serviced at the FIAT dealer 2 blocks down the street. Normal fluids / maintenance. Rear breaks replaced due to wear. The convertible top had a ”failure.” A section/flap came loose and partially obscured the rear window. The FIAT dealer, as a “courtesy“ replaced the roof.
Since November I have put 10,000 VERY HAPPY MILES on it. Best vehicle purchase, so far!
I found an issue after about 45 minutes behind the wheel. The cure was to recline more in the drivers seat. Yesterday I had a business appointment in Southeast Indian….1 hour and zero “problems.”
I hope this is helpful.
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Carmel, Indiana
 

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With your size you may need to swing the door wide open and bring knees up to avoid scuffing the lower door panel when getting out, but then ... you may not ever want to get out!

Score for my 2020 Lusso with 4800 miles:
Fun: 10
Problems: 0
 

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I feel you and I’m a lot shorter than you! Won’t stop me from lowering the car though, what’s a hard entry / exit in comparison to the endless joy you feel driving the car!
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With your size you may need to swing the door wide open and bring knees up to avoid scuffing the lower door panel when getting out, but then ... you may not ever want to get out!

Score for my 2020 Lusso with 4800 miles:
Fun: 10
Problems: 0
:p :p :p I suppose I could "Tuck & Roll" to get out easily, but a "Roll and Tuck" to try to get back in could be rough!:p:p:p But whatever technique I use, IT'S WORTH IT!! s.
 

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My 2017 Abarth MT is 100% stock. I have 62k miles trouble free. 6’1 with 34” inseam, 180 pounds.
I love to drive it and was driving 2 hours a day, 100 miles M-F before Covid. I do all maintenance myself.
All stock components. I use the Mfr spec spark plugs every 30k, oil and tire rotation every 10k. I use the recommended Pennzoil Euro blend oil.
The only issue I had was at 40k miles, I noticed a slight oil leak that was easily corrected. It was from the Banjo bolt at the bottom of the oil filter adapter. Snugged it and the leak stopped. Has not returned.
still have original brakes, battery and tires. Tires were at end of life around 60k miles (all freeway), but I have not rushed to replace them because I’m not commuting right now due to Covid. No rain in California, so not a big concern. I will change them next month. Consistently get 37 mpg 90% fwy.
LOVE driving the car.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.
 

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As the title suggests, I am looking to pick up a 124, preferably an Abarth. I've been lurking this forum for a bit but am not sure I've found my answer yet. At this point, virtually every 124 out there is used. I keep seeing cars for sale with roughly 20,000 miles. What type of issues should I keep an eye out for? I've noticed a common theme with thermostats it seems? Any specific problems at specific mileages or time intervals? An example I can provide is from the late 90s early 2000s BMW world, cooling systems need overhauls every few years. The previous owner of my 5 series redid the cooling system about four years ago and the owner before that about four years prior and I am now about to do it again.

I am 6'2, roughly 245 lbs and occasionally get sciatic nerve pain when in cars for 2+ hours. I've sat in a comparable Miata so I know I fit with the seat one notch from the back and slightly reclined. How might I faire otherwise?

Any insight really would be appreciated!
I went through the same search. Firstly I am 6’2 and with long legs. My seat is on last notch but car is very comfortable, even on a long journey. I too wanted Arbarth but ended up with a Lusso Plus at 3 years old with 12k miles on clock. It’s a fantastic car and I am more than happy with it. Buy and enjoy.
 

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As the title suggests, I am looking to pick up a 124, preferably an Abarth. I've been lurking this forum for a bit but am not sure I've found my answer yet. At this point, virtually every 124 out there is used. I keep seeing cars for sale with roughly 20,000 miles. What type of issues should I keep an eye out for? I've noticed a common theme with thermostats it seems? Any specific problems at specific mileages or time intervals? An example I can provide is from the late 90s early 2000s BMW world, cooling systems need overhauls every few years. The previous owner of my 5 series redid the cooling system about four years ago and the owner before that about four years prior and I am now about to do it again.

I am 6'2, roughly 245 lbs and occasionally get sciatic nerve pain when in cars for 2+ hours. I've sat in a comparable Miata so I know I fit with the seat one notch from the back and slightly reclined. How might I faire otherwise?

Any insight really would be appreciated!
I've had my A124 5 years from new next month, it's #223 so a very early UK spec Abarth, with all options available at the time, Visibility Pack, Bose, Sat Nav, Heritage stripe.
22000 miles.
2 big Euro Road trips Italy and France in 2017 and 2019,and such great fun to do in the Spider.
No mechanical repairs except rear discs and pads replaced under warranty in 2019,due to light corrosion.
Cosmetic items under warranty, matt black overspray repainted red around one headlight and drivers seat back leather cover replaced due to stretching red stitching.

Get the Visibility Pack if you can, the Led headlights are great.
RM exhaust, standard in UK, has a great sound for being the factory item. Started to be an order item in US, or as Dealer Fit option.
Brembos, also standard in UK, have great stopping power, but the car is so light anyway, not sure the standard brakes are not so bad.
Red Leather seats look nice, but need a bit more care than anything black, leather or Alcantara Recaros... Never available in UK.
Lots of cars with changed alloys, I swapped to Silver Historics to match my classic 124.
Great fuel consumption, despite how you drive it, and in Sport mode a bit more of a root if that's your thing, I tend to drive in normal on Motorway (freeway), then Sport for the twisted stuff, where you will be so surprised on the car's capability... Watch 911s,Caymans etc try to keep up... You will get chased closely by Elise Exige etc!
Dealer support not very good anywhere, they did not sell enough of them between 2016 and 2020 for any expertise and knowledge to have been built up, so it would be good to find an Italian specialist for the earlier cars in US which will soon be out of warranty.
Oil and Filter changes are very important to be done on time, correct oil can appear expensive but loads less than a new engine!!

Once you have one, you'll find your seat setting comfort is quite adjustable, even the squab tilts, as does the steering wheel.
Not much interior cubby space but I don't like seeing all that cr#p loll about in any of my cars,so not a big deal.

Hope you find one, you'll love it! G
 

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I've had my A124 5 years from new next month, it's #223 so a very early UK spec Abarth, with all options available at the time, Visibility Pack, Bose, Sat Nav, Heritage stripe.
22000 miles.
2 big Euro Road trips Italy and France in 2017 and 2019,and such great fun to do in the Spider.
No mechanical repairs except rear discs and pads replaced under warranty in 2019,due to light corrosion.
Cosmetic items under warranty, matt black overspray repainted red around one headlight and drivers seat back leather cover replaced due to stretching red stitching.

Get the Visibility Pack if you can, the Led headlights are great.
RM exhaust, standard in UK, has a great sound for being the factory item. Started to be an order item in US, or as Dealer Fit option.
Brembos, also standard in UK, have great stopping power, but the car is so light anyway, not sure the standard brakes are not so bad.
Red Leather seats look nice, but need a bit more care than anything black, leather or Alcantara Recaros... Never available in UK.
Lots of cars with changed alloys, I swapped to Silver Historics to match my classic 124.
Great fuel consumption, despite how you drive it, and in Sport mode a bit more of a root if that's your thing, I tend to drive in normal on Motorway (freeway), then Sport for the twisted stuff, where you will be so surprised on the car's capability... Watch 911s,Caymans etc try to keep up... You will get chased closely by Elise Exige etc!
Dealer support not very good anywhere, they did not sell enough of them between 2016 and 2020 for any expertise and knowledge to have been built up, so it would be good to find an Italian specialist for the earlier cars in US which will soon be out of warranty.
Oil and Filter changes are very important to be done on time, correct oil can appear expensive but loads less than a new engine!!

Once you have one, you'll find your seat setting comfort is quite adjustable, even the squab tilts, as does the steering wheel.
Not much interior cubby space but I don't like seeing all that cr#p loll about in any of my cars,so not a big deal.

Hope you find one, you'll love it! G
Sport mode a bit more of a riot..... Not root
 

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As the title suggests, I am looking to pick up a 124, preferably an Abarth. I've been lurking this forum for a bit but am not sure I've found my answer yet. At this point, virtually every 124 out there is used. I keep seeing cars for sale with roughly 20,000 miles. What type of issues should I keep an eye out for? I've noticed a common theme with thermostats it seems? Any specific problems at specific mileages or time intervals? An example I can provide is from the late 90s early 2000s BMW world, cooling systems need overhauls every few years. The previous owner of my 5 series redid the cooling system about four years ago and the owner before that about four years prior and I am now about to do it again.

I am 6'2, roughly 245 lbs and occasionally get sciatic nerve pain when in cars for 2+ hours. I've sat in a comparable Miata so I know I fit with the seat one notch from the back and slightly reclined. How might I faire otherwise?

Any insight really would be appreciated!
Available Originally Southern California car only 14500 miles with ANDOID AND APPLE CAR PLAY .
 

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As the title suggests, I am looking to pick up a 124, preferably an Abarth. I've been lurking this forum for a bit but am not sure I've found my answer yet. At this point, virtually every 124 out there is used. I keep seeing cars for sale with roughly 20,000 miles. What type of issues should I keep an eye out for? I've noticed a common theme with thermostats it seems? Any specific problems at specific mileages or time intervals? An example I can provide is from the late 90s early 2000s BMW world, cooling systems need overhauls every few years. The previous owner of my 5 series redid the cooling system about four years ago and the owner before that about four years prior and I am now about to do it again.

I am 6'2, roughly 245 lbs and occasionally get sciatic nerve pain when in cars for 2+ hours. I've sat in a comparable Miata so I know I fit with the seat one notch from the back and slightly reclined. How might I faire otherwise?

Any insight really would be appreciated!
I’m also in the market for a 2020 manual Abarth and have been reading up in posts to get a better idea of what issues I need to be aware of or buyer beware 😉

One of the issues I’m seeing in the threads with MTs is a clutch issue, and am wondering if an AT would be better for me since I’m no mechanic in any way… I’m hoping that some of the seasoned owners (@BadgerBob, @Calehedron) might weigh in on this..? Or at least PM me w/ their opinion?
 

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I've had my A124 5 years from new next month, it's #223 so a very early UK spec Abarth, with all options available at the time, Visibility Pack, Bose, Sat Nav, Heritage stripe.
22000 miles.
2 big Euro Road trips Italy and France in 2017 and 2019,and such great fun to do in the Spider.
No mechanical repairs except rear discs and pads replaced under warranty in 2019,due to light corrosion.
Cosmetic items under warranty, matt black overspray repainted red around one headlight and drivers seat back leather cover replaced due to stretching red stitching.

Get the Visibility Pack if you can, the Led headlights are great.
RM exhaust, standard in UK, has a great sound for being the factory item. Started to be an order item in US, or as Dealer Fit option.
Brembos, also standard in UK, have great stopping power, but the car is so light anyway, not sure the standard brakes are not so bad.
Red Leather seats look nice, but need a bit more care than anything black, leather or Alcantara Recaros... Never available in UK.
Lots of cars with changed alloys, I swapped to Silver Historics to match my classic 124.
Great fuel consumption, despite how you drive it, and in Sport mode a bit more of a root if that's your thing, I tend to drive in normal on Motorway (freeway), then Sport for the twisted stuff, where you will be so surprised on the car's capability... Watch 911s,Caymans etc try to keep up... You will get chased closely by Elise Exige etc!
Dealer support not very good anywhere, they did not sell enough of them between 2016 and 2020 for any expertise and knowledge to have been built up, so it would be good to find an Italian specialist for the earlier cars in US which will soon be out of warranty.
Oil and Filter changes are very important to be done on time, correct oil can appear expensive but loads less than a new engine!!

Once you have one, you'll find your seat setting comfort is quite adjustable, even the squab tilts, as does the steering wheel.
Not much interior cubby space but I don't like seeing all that cr#p loll about in any of my cars,so not a big deal.

Hope you find one, you'll love it! G
Funny my first Abarth was an early model and I never had any issues with it. Seems it’s the newer models with the problems. 🤷‍♂️
 

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As the title suggests, I am looking to pick up a 124, preferably an Abarth. I've been lurking this forum for a bit but am not sure I've found my answer yet. At this point, virtually every 124 out there is used. I keep seeing cars for sale with roughly 20,000 miles. What type of issues should I keep an eye out for? I've noticed a common theme with thermostats it seems? Any specific problems at specific mileages or time intervals? An example I can provide is from the late 90s early 2000s BMW world, cooling systems need overhauls every few years. The previous owner of my 5 series redid the cooling system about four years ago and the owner before that about four years prior and I am now about to do it again.

I am 6'2, roughly 245 lbs and occasionally get sciatic nerve pain when in cars for 2+ hours. I've sat in a comparable Miata so I know I fit with the seat one notch from the back and slightly reclined. How might I faire otherwise?

Any insight really would be appreciated!
Hi, I may be selling my 2018 Red convertible 124 abarth with black rally stripe. 8,000 miles. Always garaged, excellent condition.
Email me for more current photos. [email protected]
 

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I'm 6'3" and 200 lbs. I've driven my Classica 5 times between Michigan and Florida with no discomfort. I find the seats quite comfortable. The only issue is a slight lack of foot space.

No issues whatsoever with the car. The only mod it has is the Android Auto install, which I did myself.
 
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