Is A Used Abarth The Steal Of The Century Or A Complete Waste Of Time?


You won't believe how cheap these are now!

If you're a fan of the Fiat 500 Abarth, but don't have enough money to afford the $22,575 base price, you will be delighted to know that used Abarths have now become ridiculously cheap. A quick search on reveals Fiat 500 Abarth models for as low as $10,000. This is extremely cheap considering that these were 2012 and 2013 models with fairly low miles. Some priced near $10k had some miles on them, but you can find an example with as few as 20,000 miles for less than $13,000. With options, these cars were likely double that when new!

For around $13,000, you can find a 2013 Abarth with 20,000 to 30,000 miles. For that, you will get a 1.4-liter 160 horsepower four-cylinder turbocharged engine. This drivetrain gets great gas mileage with EPA ratings of 28 mpg city and 34 mpg highway. In the real world, you will likely average above 30 mpg. Although this car is economical, it certainly isn't boring. Aside from the Miata and FR-S, the Abarth is one of the most exciting cars on a budget. Like the FR-S, the Fiat can fit four adults (in a pinch), or carry two people plus cargo. Unfortunately, as far as daily driving goes, the Abarth has quite a rough ride and loud interior noise. For everyday usability, the Fiat is closer to the Miata than the FR-S.

Now we get to the $13,000 question; should you buy one? Well, unlike the Miata or the FR-S, the Fiat does not come with legendary Japanese reliability. Although the Fiat is a fairly new car, owners have reported tons of reliability issues ranging from electronic issues to failing engine components. Perhaps the materials that FCA uses to build the car aren't quite up to Japanese, or even American quality. Of course, we have always known that Italian cars are built to drive well, but fall apart. 2013 models will be coming off their four-year, 50,000 mile warranty, so you either need to look for one that is certified, or get ready to have some repair bills. Although the cars are low mileage, there still may be some unexpected issues.

So why would you ever want to waste your money on a seemingly unreliable car? Go test drive one and you'll soon see. With a 0-60 mph time of over 7 seconds, the Abarth isn't exactly the fastest. However, that 1.4-liter engine manages to get amazing gas mileage and sound like a mini Ferrari. If you don't believe us, listen to this!


For $13,000, it would be hard to find such a nice sounding, fuel efficient, and fun to drive vehicle. Let us know, do you think the Fiat 500 Abarth is a bad deal, or a complete steal?


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