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Barchetta #1599929
05/05/2017 09:31
05/05/2017 09:31
Joined: Oct 2010
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London, UK
Serg1 Offline OP
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Looking to buy one for summer motoring (if we get any) Has anyone had any experience of owning one?

Re: Barchetta [Re: Serg1] #1599932
05/05/2017 11:10
05/05/2017 11:10
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Yep, I've had 2.

First one (Yellow with black leather) was written off after a few months, but was fun for that short bit!!

Second one (Black without leather) was straight after, and that was lovely for a few years. Only issues I had was a sticky back caliper, and the broken bonnet cable.

LHD not really an issue apart from toll booths and car park ticket barriers.

Chopped mine for the Coop.




Re: Barchetta [Re: Serg1] #1599934
05/05/2017 11:36
05/05/2017 11:36
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Kent
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Prices rising sharply. Some lovely one's at Brooklands there was a Special Edition Silver one for sale for around £5K

Last edited by Submariner; 05/05/2017 11:54.
Re: Barchetta [Re: Serg1] #1599957
05/05/2017 15:00
05/05/2017 15:00
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London, UK
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Spoke to a few owners at Brooklands, all made positive comments about owning one and said there wasn't any mechanical issues with them.

Interested in one at Brooklands which is currently up for sale.

It seems another car not built at Fiat.

Noticed they share many parts with a coupe.

Re: Barchetta [Re: Serg1] #1599958
05/05/2017 15:04
05/05/2017 15:04
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Aldershot
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They are built on Punto platforms so lots of commonality there too.


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Re: Barchetta [Re: Serg1] #1599959
05/05/2017 15:10
05/05/2017 15:10

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http://www.fiatforum.com/barchetta/

is probably worth a look.

Re: Barchetta [Re: Serg1] #1599964
05/05/2017 17:00
05/05/2017 17:00
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Bristol, UK
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I've had a few over the years. Biggest issue now, as with the coupe, is rot. Mechanically they're sweet little cars, great engines, cambelt and variator only things to look out for, get a hard top for all weather use as the canvas "always" finds a way to leak into the gulley behind the seats, resulting in a lovely splash as you turn!

Prices still brilliant compared to the mundane MX-5. I saw a riviera black Barchetta locally for 5.5k recently.

And the LCD clock NEVER works!

Re: Barchetta [Re: Serg1] #1599965
05/05/2017 17:01
05/05/2017 17:01
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Clock worked on both of mine!

Lol




Re: Barchetta [Re: oxfordSteve] #1599966
05/05/2017 17:07
05/05/2017 17:07
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Bristol, UK
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You might have bought one of my old ones after I'd fixed it!

Re: Barchetta [Re: Serg1] #1599970
05/05/2017 17:56
05/05/2017 17:56
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Berlin
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Speaking to a couple of continental owners in Norway a couple of years back, both complained of significant floor repairs required, but both were very happy with them.

I have my eye on one myself...


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Re: Barchetta [Re: Serg1] #1599977
05/05/2017 18:56
05/05/2017 18:56
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London, UK
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More I look into this, more I like them.

Barchetta I'm interested in has colour coded hardtop, big plus. Would avoid any without unless it was mint and low milage.

I've be told hardtops are hard to find these days and if one comes up for sale it goes for big bucks.

Re: Barchetta [Re: Serg1] #1599981
05/05/2017 20:46
05/05/2017 20:46
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North Wales
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Never owned one, but drove a couple of customers Barchettas and liked them a lot.

Very nice to drive, felt natural to be on the left and felt very good and solid on the road cool

Re: Barchetta [Re: Serg1] #1599984
05/05/2017 20:57
05/05/2017 20:57
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S. Wales. Way beyond my means
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I always loved the Barchetta. Like the Coupe, the design was special and more stylish than most contemporaries. The only thing that put me off was the LHD. Fiat could have made a killing in the UK if they'd done a right hooker.

Last edited by Gripped; 05/05/2017 20:57.
Re: Barchetta [Re: Serg1] #1600010
06/05/2017 11:30
06/05/2017 11:30
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Southsea
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Southsea
Have you considered importing one? No issues with the steering wheel only the instruments that'd be different.

A Barchetta from Italy is likely to have much less issue with rot since they get less rain and don't grit the roads.

One near Turin and One near Venice

Re: Barchetta [Re: Serg1] #1600017
06/05/2017 16:06
06/05/2017 16:06
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Better to wait for a continental one until I'm living on that side of the road anyway. And besides, these are silver. Red or yellow for a Barchetta, I think.


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Re: Barchetta [Re: Serg1] #1600098
08/05/2017 06:50
08/05/2017 06:50
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Berkshire
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I did see a right hand drive one for sale once.


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Re: Barchetta [Re: Serg1] #1600104
08/05/2017 07:49
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Yes I think DTR did a few RHD conversions on them.
I really wanted one a while ago but just wasn't practical at the time. Would really love an early press-type car - Orange with those steel wheels. Didn't really like the later ones with the 'Cyclops' 3rd brake light. The 1.8 unit is the same unit that went in to our old Stilo. And the same Steering wheel as the Coupe! Nice!

Re: Barchetta [Re: ] #1600841
18/05/2017 22:06
18/05/2017 22:06
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Trish really wanted one of these. We looked at a few but after the scare stories I heard in Norway I took a good look for rust. Most of them we saw were starting to show tin worm issues but it was the LHD that killed the idea. Trish realised it would be impossible with the barriers at work. In the end she chose a TT roadster and has just replace it with another TT roadster!


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Re: Barchetta [Re: Serg1] #1600858
19/05/2017 08:24
19/05/2017 08:24
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London, UK
Serg1 Offline OP
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Viewed an excellent example at a reasonable price, one owner, full service history. It came with all the extras like hard top etc. While test driving the car someone who had viewed it earlier that day rang and offered £500 more than the advertised price. At that point I wasn't will to get into a bidding battle so walked away.

Re: Barchetta [Re: Barmybob] #1600870
19/05/2017 10:13
19/05/2017 10:13
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Originally Posted By Barmybob
...it was the LHD that killed the idea. Trish realised it would be impossible with the barriers at work

The easy solution is to reverse into car parks tongue laugh wink

But that reminds of a time when I gave a lift to an overseas client in my old (LHD) 124 Spider and drive into a multi-storey car park. As he pressed the button to get a ticket for me, he expressed surprise that the machine was on the wrong side. He thought LHD was normal and hadn't realised that we had been driving on the right to get to the car park rolleyes laugh


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Re: Barchetta [Re: Serg1] #1600911
19/05/2017 18:25
19/05/2017 18:25
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West Wales
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I have a LHD cars.

A Hozelock Pond Grabber is the thing to get! A long pole, with a grabby hand.

You can poke car park koisk buttons etc and then grab the ticket!

http://www.hozelock.com/our-products/aquatics/pond-grabber/

Re: Barchetta [Re: Zam] #1600932
19/05/2017 20:47
19/05/2017 20:47
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I'm struggling to work out what made me laugh the most

this
Originally Posted By DaveG
The easy solution is to reverse into car parks tongue laugh wink

or this
Originally Posted By Zam
A Hozelock Pond Grabber is the thing to get!


Mind you, I have always been put off Barchettas by the LHD (but love them otherwise) so the latter post may have swung me.


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