Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Fiat Lux: 2013 Fiat 500 Abarth

Ever read popular car magazines anticipating the day when the featured new cars will depreciate to meet your budget?  If so, here is a performance-optioned specimen in near-new condition making an early visit to your price range.  Find this 15,000 mile 2013 Fiat 500 Abarth for sale in Omaha, NE for $12,250 via craigslist.

With an ask of nearly half the price of the sticker, you are getting a lot of car for the money.  Is this Fiat done depreciating?  No, but if you plan on holding on to it for a while your transportation expenses ought to pretty darn reasonable.  Remember, you can get 30 mpg if you stay out of the boost.  Who am I kidding?  You won't stay out of the boost.

There are myriad performance reviews available to tell you about how this car drives.  In a nutshell, the Abarth corners like a cat on a shag carpet.  It is probably best suited to an urban environment where its reflexes can be exploited.  0-60 in just under 7 seconds seems to be about the norm from most reviews, but it is plenty fast for something this small.  It is also known to have one of the most enjoyable exhaust notes of any car available.

If you are not put off by the size and shape of this car, odds are you find it endlessly amusing.  Long-term owners have found gripes with fit and finish as well as ergonomics.  For those of you looking for a nearly new enthusiast's car on a shoestring budget, this example is tough to beat.

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