Bored.. buying a 595 comp

Bored.. buying a 595 comp

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hiccup

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14 posts

9 months

Tuesday 13th July
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Become increasingly bored recently of having nothing to track and managed to talk myself out of something more expensive while I wait for an Emira to fill the 3rd space in the garage.

Looking at a 595 comp with 70-80k miles - 8/9k.... has Sabel seats, Monza exhaust and a little more power than standard Abarth 500..

A question for you.... as all I can seem to find when I look for 595 comp details is what MPG the car does which I really don't care about. What should I look for on a car for this purpose or does it really not matter? e.g. mileage, history, already modified etc etc .




nickfrog

15,009 posts

186 months

Tuesday 13th July
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Sorry no idea but on a that budget have you looked at Clio Mk3 RS 200? And I am not just saying this because I just bought one, but because it is brilliant and is a known quantity on track.

hiccup

Original Poster:

14 posts

9 months

Tuesday 13th July
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nickfrog said:
Sorry no idea but on a that budget have you looked at Clio Mk3 RS 200? And I am not just saying this because I just bought one, but because it is brilliant and is a known quantity on track.
Thanks. Not wedded to the Abarth so open. Will have a look

Throttlebody

843 posts

23 months

Tuesday 13th July
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The 595 is a bit too MPV like for the track without serious mods. It’s OK but with your budget think Mk7 Fiesta ST. Cheap to get 220 bhp, light, easy and cheap to run and mod and a much better driver and track car. Just read the reviews. 2.0 Mk3 Clio’s can be unreliable with soft gearboxes and no cheap power mods available.

nickfrog

15,009 posts

186 months

Tuesday 13th July
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hiccup said:
Thanks. Not wedded to the Abarth so open. Will have a look
Good man. Their main attraction for me besides the sharpness of turn in and legendary handling is the NA engine that also happens to be bullet proof and no turbo to get in the way.

The syncros for 3rd and 4th can go wrong. Or not at all. Basically if they don't crunch after 40k miles then tend to be fine. If not it's a £900 unpgrade that fixes them for good. Many cars have had it done.

Networkgeek

79 posts

2 months

Wednesday 14th July
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nickfrog said:
Sorry no idea but on a that budget have you looked at Clio Mk3 RS 200? And I am not just saying this because I just bought one, but because it is brilliant and is a known quantity on track.
I've also just bought an RS200 cup for track days and I believe the Clio will require a lot more attention to road speed, RPM and maintaining momentum than a 595 Comp will do. This is simply down to the nature of the Clio being N/A, you need to keep the revs above 5k and this is especially noticeable when exiting corners. Whereas, the 595 Comp will have the low down torque to pull you out from a bend.

You'll have a great time in either car, but there's a reason so many Clio MK3s are track cars.

rampageturke

1,256 posts

131 months

Wednesday 14th July
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hiccup said:
A question for you.... as all I can seem to find when I look for 595 comp details is what MPG the car does which I really don't care about. What should I look for on a car for this purpose or does it really not matter? e.g. mileage, history, already modified etc etc .
Some 595 comps have quaife diffs as it was an option. the seat position with the sabelts is quite high up, some people complain about that. At least on my 595 comp, the rear brakes had a tendency to stick and grind, to some lesser extent, the front brembos also. THe monza exhaust sounds good, but the pressure operated valve was made from chinesium and very often seizes shut and can be difficult to get free. You can get under and should be able to open it by hand (it's just spring closed on all but the latest models), you can also just wire them open. There were 2 iterations of the Monza exhaust, one is painted steel and one is stainless steel. Abarth wheels are really quite heavy, with the exception of the Supersport wheels

A note on the sabelts also, they aren't made for use with a harness.

Honestly I did not have any significant mechanical issues in my 4 years owning one from new, but i didn't rack up that many miles. The owners club on facebook was decent when I was there, so might be worth joining.

Also the fiesta ST (mk7) is pretty much proven at this point to be the better can in most metrics, but you don't get them in yellow innit


Edited by rampageturke on Wednesday 14th July 13:00