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Apologies if this has been discussed already. I routinely make a 350-mile drive in my Giulia and would like to do so in my Spider once I get it. There are plenty of stopping locations, so it breaks naturally into three or four segments. Most of it is highway, and there are often a lot of large trucks. While none of this dissuades me, my wife will think I'm crazy (OK, maybe she already does). Already routine for some of you? I'd like to hear about your experiences.
 

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Hi Chipshot, don't forget the photos when you finally find Your Spider......Thought I would start off the replies, not with a story about my Spider driving adventures as in truth, it has only really graced and cruised the country lanes and coastal hill roads of Cornwall on the lovely summer, autumn and now winter days we get in our beautiful county, with the occasional spirited charge along our dual carriageways... I have however, led a convoy of Ford Escort Cabriolets in a charge from lake Lucerne, Switzerland to Hook of Holland to catch the booked ferry back to the UK, whilst towing a trailer full of club regalia.... 1994, I think and we had been invited to the annual "Ford Clubs of Europe" event held in Zurich. 800+ kms and about 10 hours from port.
We paraded the vehicles, enjoyed the event and camped out after an evening of standing on our tables in an aircraft hanger drinking our beer and singing along with lads and lasses from all over Europe. As Club Chairman I had to go on to the stage and make a speech so I spoke English of course, some Spanish learnt as a child but the only German I knew raised the roof when I said, "Michael Schumacher". We cruised to Lucerne to camp and recover before the charge North then sent ahead our chief scout in his Red RS Cabrio to try and stop the ship leaving without us when we realised that we were never going to make it on time.....He did, and as we arrived in convoy to the ships crew waiting to lift the rear ramp lots of passengers, (alerted by the ships Captain) had lined the rear deck to cheer our arrival !! Happy Days. Cheers
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The longest single drive I did was 750 miles, from South Carolina to Northern Indiana. No comfort issues. I was by myself so I can't speak to how comfortable a passenger would have been. Top down pretty much the whole time as well. It was a bit disconcerting a few times surrounded by semis in the mountains, but other that that quite a nice drive. I'd not hesitate to take long drives in the Spider in the future.
 

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Drove mine from the Detroit area to Columbus, OH last June for the 4-day Michigan Mille rally. Car was great for the rally even in the pouring rain on the return trip. Heading to the Fiat FreakOut in TN this July.
 

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Went from Tampa, FL to New York City and was good to go on stock suspension, haven't really tried any long trips on the coilovers I have now, but you should be more than fine to take long trips in the car!
 

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Great replies so far......Here is one guy "Jack Scarlett" who did a 2000 mile road trip in his "Abarth" that you may find interesting, it's on youtube and called, "WhyThe Abarth 124 is a Guaranteed Future Classic". Cheers
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Went from Tampa, FL to New York City and was good to go on stock suspension, haven't really tried any long trips on the coilovers I have now, but you should be more than fine to take long trips in the car!
What did you do to protect your front end from stone chips?
 

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Not long after we got the car in early 2017 my wife and I road tripped from Victoria BC, Sacramento, lake Tahoe, Death Valley, Vegas, Disneyland, San Diego, Palm Desert, Zion national park, Bryce canyon, Salt Lake city, Yellowstone park, Missoula, Spokane and home to Victoria. Total of just over 7000km (4300 miles) over 3 weeks. Longest day was ~1000km ( 620 miles). 2 carry on sized suitcases and every nook and cranny filled. Very comfortable the entire time. But was surprised how much smaller the passenger side felt compared to the drivers side thanks to the Bose subwoofer. Awesome road-tripping car!
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Calgary, AB to the Atlantic Ocean and back, 5 days each way, with 4 days break in the middle. Total of 10,000 km. Average of 1,000 km (600 miles) per day.

Anyone got that beat? :)

I'll be doing it again this summer.
 

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About 400 miles from NJ to F1 GP in Montreal Canada...
 

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Any long drives will likely be solo, with a return trip two or three days later. I'll have to remind myself the Spider doesn't have adaptive speed control or an umpteen speaker stereo system. Boy, have I been spoiled.

Top up or top down? It depends, and I can experiment. Just not sure about seat comfort and how cramped I'll feel. Ditto the Record Monza exhaust for an extended period. Again, I'll take the plunge and find out.

Zumata - Zumata, you'd likely be familiar with the roads involved. I-94 up to Port Huron and Highways 402, 401, 403, and QEW across Southern Ontario. Yeah, the Windsor-Detroit tunnel would be great for sound reverberation. I'll find an excuse to go through it.

Thanks for the great story and video recommendation, Ron. I can't say I harbor thoughts about mimicking or duplicating his paint job.

 

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Any long drives will likely be solo, with a return trip two or three days later. I'll have to remind myself the Spider doesn't have adaptive speed control or an umpteen speaker stereo system. Boy, have I been spoiled.

Top up or top down? It depends, and I can experiment. Just not sure about seat comfort and how cramped I'll feel. Ditto the Record Monza exhaust for an extended period. Again, I'll take the plunge and find out.

Zumata - Zumata, you'd likely be familiar with the roads involved. I-94 up to Port Huron and Highways 402, 401, 403, and QEW across Southern Ontario. Yeah, the Windsor-Detroit tunnel would be great for sound reverberation. I'll find an excuse to go through it.

Thanks for the great story and video recommendation, Ron. I can't say I harbor thoughts about mimicking or duplicating his paint job.

This car was one of Abarth UK’s press cars, it was wrapped to recreate the classic rally cars. I had it for a week, and the attention it got was insane!

It played a HUGE part in my decision to buy a 124!

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I've made two trips in mine. June 19 3000 mile loop from Phoenix to Grand Junction, CO for Fiat in the Rockies to Telluride to Durango. On to Sapulpa, OK via ABQ to visit Toby at EuroCompulsion HQ, and then back home. Oct 19 Fiat on the Snake 1200m round trip from PHX to Thousand Oaks, CA with lots of twisty abuse along the way. No issues other than needing a stretch every few hundred miles, but that's pretty normal for me in any vehicle.

Looking forward to doing it again this year. I may have to visit EC again also!
 

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Not long after we got the car in early 2017 my wife and I road tripped from Victoria BC, Sacramento, lake Tahoe, Death Valley, Vegas, Disneyland, San Diego, Palm Desert, Zion national park, Bryce canyon, Salt Lake city, Yellowstone park, Missoula, Spokane and home to Victoria. Total of just over 7000km (4300 miles) over 3 weeks. Longest day was ~1000km ( 620 miles). 2 carry on sized suitcases and every nook and cranny filled. Very comfortable the entire time. But was surprised how much smaller the passenger side felt compared to the drivers side thanks to the Bose subwoofer. Awesome road-tripping car!
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Awesome pics. Thanks for sharing.
 

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On Monday Morning I will be heading out with my better half, the roof down and the boot (trunk) full!

Ahead of us a 9-day circumnavigation of the North Island of New Zealand, and no accommodation pre-booked.

Roughly 1,400km if all goes well (2-man tent and sleeping bags, in case it doesn't)
Very nice. The thought of doing that occurred to me when we visited (too briefly) your wonderful country three years ago. Our North Island stops included (of course) Auckland, Bay of Islands, and Rotorua. Some nice driving on the South Island as well. Cheers!
 
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