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Fiat 124 abart vs ford mustang?

Ok, So the wife promised me, that If I lost weight (I am quite a bit over weight, needed to lose ~65lbs) I would be given her blessing to buy a sports car, and she would not get mad.

I've lost 15lbs so far in less than two weeks and well on my way to my goal. but I'm torn. I've never owned a mustang, but always loved the way they look, and the current ones make me weak in the knees. BUT I've fallen for the fiat 124 spider as well. My dad has one, and it is beyond fun to drive. The two are very different beasts, My price would put me in either an Abart 124, or a v6/ecoboost mustang, (or a lightly used mustang GT, since a base GT is just out of my price range).

if you had the opportunity, what would you spend your money on?

I am leaning heavily to the fiat. It would be a garage queen, and I probably would keep it a very long time. The mustang would become a daily driver, and I think I would get done with it after a year or two, but I've wanted one for forever.

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if you had the opportunity, what would you spend your money on?
I would take the Mustang.

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The Fiat is a little pocket rocket. Fast, sporty, handsome. Not uncomfortable to drive. Easy to park. And I'm all about having something different. And everyone roots for the underdog.
I'd take the Fiat. And this comes from a hot rodder.


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I would pass on the ecoboost
Just doesnt give you the thrill one wants from a mustang
As for fiat
Havent driven new ones but some old ones are an absolute blast to drive
My vote goes for the fiat
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does safety interest you?

Mustang is no way near as safe as the Fiat....or any other car to be honest
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The Fiat is a little pocket rocket. Fast, sporty, handsome. Not uncomfortable to drive. Easy to park. And I'm all about having something different. And everyone roots for the underdog.
I'd take the Fiat. And this comes from a hot rodder.
I'm quite familiar with the fiat, here is a picture of my dad's:


It is SO much fun to drive, the abarth has 10 more HP, and a factory LSD... should be a ton of fun to drive around and something not everybody has and that quad exhaust sounds so good. Which is why I've owned a lot of the cars I have, just to be different than the rest. (I mean seriously, who's owned 5 saabs, besides me of course).

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I would pass on the ecoboost
Just doesnt give you the thrill one wants from a mustang
As for fiat
Havent driven new ones but some old ones are an absolute blast to drive
My vote goes for the fiat
Like I said, a mustang is more practical and more powerful, the fiat is what I am leaning towards in a big way...

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does safety interest you?

Mustang is no way near as safe as the Fiat....or any other car to be honest
even a 2015-2017 mustang?

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I might lean toward the Fiat. I'm all for buy-American, etc., but there is something about choosing unique. Mustangs are a dime a dozen (figuratively speaking); you'd be the only one around with the Fiat. A friend of mine had a Spider back in the day it was a really nice handling car. It clung to the road like velcro. Of course at the time I was used to early '60s cars rescued on the way to the junkyard.
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Ignatz is right that Mustangs are a dime a dozen, everybody in the sportscar world either owns one or knows somebody that does. I saw two late-model GT 5.0 examples just today, in Michigan. Even saw something I've pretty much never seen, and didn't exactly expect to in Michigan, especially February....two Gallardo's and a Bentley Continental. But, back to topic. I'm not exactly a Ford guy, but even I wouldn't be opposed to having an older-model(probably like turn of the century or roughly 1965) Mustang as a tertiary vehicle someday. Plus, Fiat is busy ruining Jeep. Why would I buy stuff from them?

That being said, it's just my take on the situation. Your call on what you buy.

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Fiat is busy ruining Jeep.
Trying real hard not to get off topic . . . Yes, Fiat is ruining Jeep by trying to turn Jeep into something it isn't, nor was it intended to be: a Fiat.

That said, a Fiat is a car, in this case a sports car, in its own right. It is what it is, and it just might be a fun car, if only judging by the styling and a little ancient car history on my part. On the other hand, Jeep should be a rugged, durable, do-it-all utility vehicle. Fiat is turning Jeep into a sissy-mobile, or at least doing that to the Patriot/Compass.

If they did to the Spyder what they're doing to the Patriot, it would have a roof rack, AWD, and tow hooks! Would be pretty silly, wouldn't it? About as silly as the new Compass!
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This would be my choice. If not that then the Fiat

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This would be my choice. If not that then the Fiat



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I don't like the miatas looks. And the fiat is more comfortable I find (both seats and ride comfort)


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I don't like the miatas looks. And the fiat is more comfortable I find (both seats and ride comfort)


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Another bonus is that at least 20 clowns will fit in the Fiat.


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I owned a 70's something Fiat 124 and I think Fiat did a good job with the new car's appearance. I've driven several different makes with turbocharged engines and I don't like the way they seem to fall flat when you release the clutch and wait for the boost to build. In addition most require premium gas (the Miata does too) which negates some of the claimed fuel economy advantage. I'd buy the V6 Mustang. Six speed, regular gas, convertible if you want.

Of course my opinion only applies to a car with a manual transmission. An automatic does a good job of covering the shortcomings of a turbocharged engine. But an automatic changes a sports car into just a sporty car. Camaros and
Mustangs were always viewed as sporty cars, but at least they weren't made fun of if they had a manual transmission. Previously Corvettes were always in that in-between world where it was too big to be a sports car, but certainly more sporty than the other American products. Still, an automatic Corvette will get no respect. Might as well own a scooter.

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