Monday, August 7, 2017

No Muffler Required: 2013 Fiat 500 Abarth

Sound is the sense that can really make a person gravitate to a car.  The Fiat 500 Abarth has one of the best sounding stock exhaust notes found at near any price point (it will literally stop you in your tracks the first time you hear these cars start up).  The flat bottom steering wheel, supportive seats, interesting gauge cluster, and turbo 1.4 Multi-air engine all do a great job in making you forget the cheaper details of the car.  Depreciation has not been kind to the 500 resale prices, but this to to our benefit as these cars can be now be had for surprisingly short money.  Find this 2013 Fiat 500 Abarth for sale in Naugatuck, CT for $5,999 via craigslist.

The Abarth has 82,000 miles on the odometer and has been dealer serviced.  The seller claims the car needs nothing other than a new owner.  They mention the outstanding sound system and leather seating.  The ad is short on many details, but does reference new tires and recent brake work.

The leather seats and 17" wheels signify this is a higher trim level car.  This is the cheapest clean title Abarth that I have come across in plenty of CL searching.  One of the ways you can increase the limited cargo capacity of these cars is to delete the rear seats entirely and put a carpeted panel in their place.

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Cory is waiting on the Dent Eraser to work his magic on his 1995 Mercedes C36 AMG


  1. So, the dude gets in through the PS door before firing it up but the pics depict LHD. Camera reversed?? All that aside, the exhaust music from these...lascivious. One pulled aside me on Alligator Alley once and I rolled my windows down to hear it when, right on cue, the driver dropped a gear and punched it. Oh. My. Bonus play: he was at the same gas station that I pulled into about 20 minutes later so I got to hear it fire up. Close your eyes and you can see the open-mouthed crowd lining the narrow street in the villa as that tiny, high strung scamp of a machine rips its way through the Targa. Small, but all attitude.

    1. I'm a idiot. Completely different car and source of video. I will palm may own face now.

  2. Please check the condition of the rockers under the plastic side skirting.

    I spent a month in New England helping my mother look for a new used car to replace the '02 A4 I gave them & the '12 Prius my brother totaled). She said the 500 looked nice to her and despite my protestations, she & I decided to go look at a few.

    Perhaps due to the small sample size and price-range (insurance paid out $6k on the Prius) my results will be a bit skewed... but the 4 we looked at all had soft rocker panels and in one case, completely rusted through. All of these were sub-100k miles, too, and the rust-through was in-warranty but claim denied due to 'abuse'. Apparently daily driving in New England winters constitutes 'abuse' but I digress... watch out for New England Fiats.

  3. I have a 2016 abarth automatic in pearl yellow. It is the most fun DD you can have for the money. Handles great, obviously sounds great, and pulls hard when you nail it. In sport mode it is a completely different car than when in normal mode. It changes engine mapping, max boost, and more importantly is a gear lower than normal, making it always on boost. It also changes the shift mapping. The auto tranny is so good (rev-matched downshift etc) I don't regret in any way getting it. Commuting in NYC is terrible and it allows you to have your cake and eat it too. It is not refined, it is loud, and rough around the edges. But it makes a Mini Cooper S seem boring, everyone asks me about it, and it is fun every time I step into the car and fire it up. I got it because 4 of my friends who have exotic cars (one has 50 Lancia, Alfa and Ferraro) drive one of these as their daily, so I figured there must be something to it. There is. It is more than the sum of its parts.

    And if you think I don't know what I am talking about, my other cars include a 911 and a 2002Tii among others.

    1. Glad you listed your other cars.

      If you'd said they were an AMC Gremlin and a Firebird with a screaming chicken on the hood, I'da thunk most any other car would seem pretty great, by comparison...

      Stan (who loves all cars... just some more than others...)

  4. Bolt on some Bridgestone RE-71Rs and this would be such a great autocross car.
    Looks like a ton of fun for the price. Most likely way more fun to drive that many 50K + sports cars.


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