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VW might have discontinued those models. There’s still lots VW dealership to take you car in for service. We have 6 of them here. Can’t say that for Fiat dealerships. Same for my smart car. I always park my smart car, where I can find it.
The really nice thing is that for a VW we all have VCDS. Think of it this way, you can access every single system in the car and even modify it. All for a $300. For example, I changed the amount that my rear diff gets power thus it drives much more like a RWD car. Plus changed the ratio for my throttle and reduced the amount of traction control. Tp it off, mae it where the fog lights are on no matter if it's on high or low beam, the behaviour of the rear tail light, the way the sunroof operates and eliminated all nannies on the NAV system (so my wife can mess with it while I drive). Plus for the $250 I spent when I bought it, it's faster than the Abarth and I also have paddleshift extensions .

I'm thinking that it's time to sell the Abarth since Fiat is giving up and there will never be a new model for me to replace it with.
 

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What?! It offers more than most small cars, not to mention it's a great driver. Fiat didn't expect astronomical sales, just a marker for other Italian vehicles.

Porsche is an altogether different animal. Entirely.
You'd think that a $100K niche car would never outsell a $15K car that's supposed to be for the masses.
 

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I’ve had the privilege of owning my Abarth for 7 years now(built & bought brand new in 2012-still going strong almost 60,000 miles later).” The car still brings a grin to my face when I turn the key in the ignition and listen to the exhaust burble and the Garrett turbo spooling up,ready to go. It’s saddening to hear that the 500 is being discontinued here in the States. There a number of factors that come into play here. It addition to cheap fuel and our country’s appetite for SUVs/crossovers and trucks there’s the fact that the car wasn’t marketed right(when’s the last time we saw the 500 being advertised on TV or on the radio). From the start when the 500 was introduced stateside advertising stumbled and that costed one Chrysler executive her job.

Another factor that comes into play is the fact that the car’s design is 12 years old(while cute and “classic” it’s behind the times). Cars here in the US typically are redesigned around the 5 year mark with refreshing in between. It’s like FCA focused more on refreshing other products but left the 500 as is on purpose. For a few years we were anticipating a brand new 500 but nothing came to pass(even the Smart car got redesigned).Things certainly didn’t help when Sergio Marchionne passed away unexpectedly.

Simply put, the wrong people are in charge-and it’s not the first time anything Chrysler related has been down this road-the previous time it almost killed the company(remember the so-called “merger of equals”-some of us prefer not to).

With that said I still will keep my Abarth as long as the product support and spare parts are still available.
 

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I’ve had the privilege of owning my Abarth for 7 years now(built & bought brand new in 2012-still going strong almost 60,000 miles later).” The car still brings a grin to my face when I turn the key in the ignition and listen to the exhaust burble and the Garrett turbo spooling up,ready to go. It’s saddening to hear that the 500 is being discontinued here in the States. There a number of factors that come into play here. It addition to cheap fuel and our country’s appetite for SUVs/crossovers and trucks there’s the fact that the car wasn’t marketed right(when’s the last time we saw the 500 being advertised on TV or on the radio). From the start when the 500 was introduced stateside advertising stumbled and that costed one Chrysler executive her job.

Another factor that comes into play is the fact that the car’s design is 12 years old(while cute and “classic” it’s behind the times). Cars here in the US typically are redesigned around the 5 year mark with refreshing in between. It’s like FCA focused more on refreshing other products but left the 500 as is on purpose. For a few years we were anticipating a brand new 500 but nothing came to pass(even the Smart car got redesigned).Things certainly didn’t help when Sergio Marchionne passed away unexpectedly.

Simply put, the wrong people are in charge-and it’s not the first time anything Chrysler related has been down this road-the previous time it almost killed the company(remember the so-called “merger of equals”-some of us prefer not to).

With that said I still will keep my Abarth as long as the product support and spare parts are still available.
My sentiments exactly. Well written.
 

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I’ve had the privilege of owning my Abarth for 7 years now(built & bought brand new in 2012-still going strong almost 60,000 miles later).” The car still brings a grin to my face when I turn the key in the ignition and listen to the exhaust burble and the Garrett turbo spooling up,ready to go. It’s saddening to hear that the 500 is being discontinued here in the States. There a number of factors that come into play here. It addition to cheap fuel and our country’s appetite for SUVs/crossovers and trucks there’s the fact that the car wasn’t marketed right(when’s the last time we saw the 500 being advertised on TV or on the radio). From the start when the 500 was introduced stateside advertising stumbled and that costed one Chrysler executive her job.

Another factor that comes into play is the fact that the car’s design is 12 years old(while cute and “classic” it’s behind the times). Cars here in the US typically are redesigned around the 5 year mark with refreshing in between. It’s like FCA focused more on refreshing other products but left the 500 as is on purpose. For a few years we were anticipating a brand new 500 but nothing came to pass(even the Smart car got redesigned).Things certainly didn’t help when Sergio Marchionne passed away unexpectedly.

Simply put, the wrong people are in charge-and it’s not the first time anything Chrysler related has been down this road-the previous time it almost killed the company(remember the so-called “merger of equals”-some of us prefer not to).

With that said I still will keep my Abarth as long as the product support and spare parts are still available.
I’ve driven GTIs, GLIs, R32s and a couple Sciroccos. I first drove a FIAT 500 back in 2011. I learned that the 500’s were being dropped and decided to test drive an Abarth. Four months ago I drove a 2017 Abarth with 11k miles. I was blown away, not by speed but by the joy of driving the Abarth. The same Abarth is parked on my driveway and I anticipate many years/miles of great driving. The SUVs are all hatch-backs and the seller SUV’s sell faster than the Behemoth SUVs. Today, you can’t beat a FIAT 500’s rare combination of fun/performance/low-cost of ownership. I’ll keep mine as a DD, it’s my front wheel drive mental therapy machine.
 

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I drive the **** out of my 2012 Fiat 500 Pop With just over 150,000 miles. It looks and drives like a new car. Everything works as it should except the rear hatch and has never left me stranded. I still love driving this car and plan on keeping it for as long as it can be repaired within reason.
 

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I drive the **** out of my 2012 Fiat 500 Pop With just over 150,000 miles. It looks and drives like a new car. Everything works as it should except the rear hatch and has never left me stranded. I still love driving this car and plan on keeping it for as long as it can be repaired within reason.
2012 Fiat Pop going 150,000 MILES - WOW - reinforces my confidence in the lightly used 2017 Fiat Abarth sitting in my driveway. I average 12,500 miles a year so with proper maintenance & crash avoidance, I have 10+ years of great *** driving. Thanks for posting!
 

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I embarrassed to admit that I finally traded in my 2013 Fiat 500 Abarth this past March. 57,000 hilarious, silly, enjoyable, efficient miles on my Abarth later, my wife traded in her 2016 Fiat 500X for a 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Sport, and our Fiat love affair began to fade. Whereas I used to insist on us using my Abarth vs. her 500X for road trips, suddenly I was just fine taking her Alfa.

Then came the pandemic. I'm 70 with morbid COPD. I never expected to live this long, and I NEVER expected I'd think about another car after my Abarth. But one night I had a fevered dream that I wanted to actually buy an Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, the one with the Ferrari-built V-6 with 505 hp. The dream was acknowledging that I'm likely to die before a vaccine is proven useful. So if I'm gonna die long before I use up my 401(k), why shouldn't I go out in flames of fun?

A few moments of Google searching the following morning revealed the actual price for even a used Quadrifoglio! SO, with nothing else to do, I Googled "ordinary" Alfa Romeo Giulias, since my wife already owned the Alfa SUV we honestly "need", and it's true that we do need an SUV. So, sad to say, the best possible deal on a low mileage lease turn-in 2018 Giulia Sport TI was sitting, just waiting for me, and me alone at our local, wonderful dealership.

It was Vesuvio Gray, with dark 5-hole Alfa wheels, red leather interior, sunroof, and bonus winter tires! My Abarth was Grigio Gray, with dark 17" Abarth wheels, red leather interior, sunroof and 16" dedicated winter tires and wheels. I asked my wife, "If I do this trade, do you think anyone will actually notice?" The truth? One of my friends and I stood in front of my new Alfa for 20 minutes, and he DID NOT notice!

Because all Alfa Romeos in the US are automatics, I can once again listen to music, since my old school iPod synchs wonderfully with the Alfa, and my "shifter hand" can now peruse my music library, and I no longer need to listen when to up or down shift. I sold the snow tires to the salesman and already bought new dedicated winter wheels and tires for my Giulia in June. LOL!

So, am I happier? Maybe... Now I need a crane to get into and out of my low-slung Giulia. My Abarth was the perfect height. The Giulia has an annoying right side blind spot due to the shorter four-dour B pillar, which didn't exist in my Abarth. I test drove a Fiat 124 Abarth when they first came out, just to please my dealer, but I didn't even fit inside, and the trunk wouldn't even hold a day's worth of groceries. And WINTER in Minnesota. Nope. My Abarth was like a mountain goat with winter tires, and with no back seat, it could swallow tons of stuff!

I do take pride in one very specific thing: my Alfa Romeo ain't no damned Acura, BMW, Chevy, Honda, Hyundai, Infinity, Kia, Lexus, Mercedes, Toyota gray four-door sedan with dark alloy wheels (tinted windows or not)! It's a goddammed gorgeous Italian Alfa Romeo, you tools! (There's no more rear seat legroom in my Giulia than there is an a Fiat 500, but who sits in the back, anyway? If we need to seat more than two, we take my wife's Stelvio.)

The fact is, my and my wife's Alfa Romeos are more refined than we'd logically choose, but the prices our dealer offered us were too good to pass up, and our dealer has already and always treated us like royalty. If we could have a more than two-car garage situation, I'd have never traded my Abarth. But I'd also have kept my 2003 Honda Element, too! Maybe some more...(my wife slaps me back to reality).

If I were younger than 60, I'd have kept my Abarth for life. But the pandemic has literally changed everything. I can make my Alfa ride like my Abarth (harsh), but I can't make it sound so sweet/obnoxious without an aftermarket exhaust, and I'm not sure I need all that extra loud since I'm listening to music again after seven years without it!

It's arguably unfair that my wife and I have the financial flexibility to buy two Alfa Romeos to replace our two Fiats, since most Fiat buyers aren't in our shoes. I do apologize for that, but at least we've earned it. But I will forever miss my sweet little Abarth. I heard it sold right off the dealer's lot in two or three days, to some young hooner, who intends to modify the **** out of it. So my Abarth will likely die a shameful death. I hope the jerk appreciates it while it lasts. I'm glad I don't know who actually bought it. But I know what it sold for, and he got a bargain, let me tell you!
 
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