Thinking of purchasing.
By - Rain_Murcielago
I've got a 2012 Abarth, 80k+ mi, daily driver, regular maintenance, no mods, no mechanical issues. Only issues I've ever had were a battery that died prematurely in the cold, a loss of boost when I went from sea level to really high temps/altitude, and some minor rattles in the driver window when it's down and cowling below the steering wheel. Check the oil every fill up, buy nice tires (from Discount Tire with their insurance if you are in the US, I bought one set of Michelin Pilot Sport A/S in 2014, and pretty much gotten a new set every other year for $20 a tire from punctures). Pops and bangs can be achieved with the sport button and some experience. The only similar car that could get me out of my Abarth is the GR Yaris, and that's not coming to the US.
I have used mine as a highway commuter for the past 5 years and have some observations. Every day with the Abarth is a joy. From the moment walking up to the rascal to tearing out of my neighborhood and onto the highway.
It has never left me stranded and doesn’t mind cruising at 70-80-90. However. You will buy tires every year, it’s tiny gas tank will run out during the week, if you are in a cold area buy ALL weather tires, spark plugs every 30k and check your oil in between changes.
What to look for in a used car? Find the guy that kept up on the maintenance and wanted it perfect. This car has been difficult to keep top top. There’s always some small thing to attend to like the door handle, steering intermediate shaft knock, sticking shifter. They’re all fine, it will drive but not perfect.
I only know the stock exhaust which will do a pop occasionally, but I’m sure you could easily mod your car to do more
I dailied a 2013 135bhp 500 for 3 years before moving on to my current Competizione
I fitted a spring valved Monza backbox and had some satisfying crackles, way more than the eclectic valved Monza on my current one does
Maintenance wise, I had the belts and water pump replaced in line with Abarth recommendation for my model, as well as the usual tyres and brake bits.
I had front strut tops and rear upper shock bushings replaced as they were worn with age. I sold it just before needing to replace the rear wheel bearings and front lower control arms.
Apparently they're the common bits on the series 3 that go with age and usage
Do you daily the Competizione? If so how do you find it? Also do you have any options which you think are essential? 7 inch over 5 inch screen for example.
I've been working from home since I bought it, but it's my only car so when I do have to go out it gets used whatever the conditions.
Short version is I absolutely love it. I've had it since September and don't think I've got out yet without a smile or looking back at it after parking.
Torque and power for days, satisfying feel on the gearbox, and super sharp brakes. I'm a sucker for bucket seats so the Sabelts do that really well and are really comfy. The Monza gives a really nice tone and is plenty loud enough to turn heads, especially in sport mode.
I got mine 2nd hand, and the only extra it had was the aluminium fuel and oil cap and the red stripe/mirror/caliper pack from memory.
Given the choice I'd have gone for red seat belts to match the stripe and mirrors, and I'd have liked the white dash and seat backs but I don't know if that was even an option (mine is a white car and dark grey dash) and possibly the Supersport alloys but the standard Competizione ones still look good
Mine has the 5 inch screen, which does ok for me as I prefer Google maps over any built in sat nav (no update fees) and use Spotify for music, so hardly look at the stereo, but the 7 inch would have been nice to make the dash look a bit cleaner with fewer buttons
I'm waiting for the warranty period to expire before I refit the BOV I took off the old one before selling and maybe look at a rear seat delete
Thanks for the answer. I’m trying to convince myself to get a lesser model but I also love the Sabelt seats and the Monza. I just don’t like the leather seats on the Turismo otherwise I’d be tempted by that model. Test drove the Comp today and I couldn’t stop smiling. Gonna go used also, how many miles did yours have when you bought it and what year was it? I definitely want the face lift version.
Mid-2018 with about 12,500 miles. Cost about 10k plus trade in of my 2013 in the end
I had been considered remapping my old one to 180 but knew it still wouldn't have the seats, brake and suspension upgrades to match the power which would have meant shelling out even more cash and still having a 7 year old car
I started looking to replace my old one when the cost of pending jobs was a few months loan payment on a newer one but I wanted to go straight to a Competizione for the whole package so didn't look lower in the end
There are some nice looking Turisimos out there but like you I don't like leather seats. You can always buy Sabelts to swap in either new or 2nd hand I guess if it comes down to cost. Not sure if the Turisimo has the Brembos and uprated Konis the Comp has so depends on your budget and desired spec
If you’d like to use a original exhaust I recommend a Record Monza, otherwise a Bombardone 2.0.
Record Monza it’s an official abarth exhaust, nice sound but not the loudest. Bombardone is cheaper and louder. I don’t know where are you from but here in Italy if you want to have flames too, you have to skat the exhaust (remove the catalyst).
I'm in the US, and have got a 2013 Abarth that has a little over 100k miles. While it has been reasonably reliable, there have been some known issues that one should be on the lookout for if buying used (and out of warranty).
One of those issues is the rear-main seal (where engine and transmission connect) which is known to eventually leak. Unfortunately if it's caught too late, it will have doused your clutch & pressure plates in oil to the point it wouldn't be reusable and you would require new set of those.
Another issue are the wheel bearings, and surprisingly the rear ones rather than the front ones. If you're good at replacing things, replace them immediately. If not, the dealership can but at a cost of almost $3k (parts and labor).
For the front wheels, you want to look into wheel bearings as well but more importantly, the drive axles, which are an expensive repair. Not often a cause for concern though I think my case may have been due to mods.
Another one that's common with turbocharged cars is that it does burn oil and the oil used sometimes is harder to get though now I've seen it more at local AutoZone and Walmarts.
Speaking of mods, this car is very mod-friendly and the vendors in the US are few; main players being Eurocompulsion and 500Madness. There are Facebook groups for parts trading as well as just connecting with the community globally.