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Postby tharden » Tue Jun 30, 2009 10:11 am

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Postby sjmst2 » Tue Jun 30, 2009 11:47 am

Great find, thanks!
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First owner

Postby tharden » Tue Jun 30, 2009 3:04 pm

I looked at your profile: First, only owner of your fine wheels, no mods. no $ spent... HOW do you do it! Love to see some more photos of your babe.
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Postby HTCHEVY2 » Tue Jun 30, 2009 11:48 pm

What did you think of Andy Reid's comments on the FIAT being much harder to work on? My Dad has a 77 Mgb and my friend had a 71 MG Midget and neither is half the car a Spider is and the engineering on their cars is horrible. I always end up scratching my head wondering, "why did they do that)? It makes you wonder how much he knows about FIATs. It was also interesting when I saw the comparson in Classic Motorsports and all the drivers of the classic cars tested drove each others cars and the Spider was by far the favorite, yet they rarely feature FIAT's in the magazine. I guess I am biased, but at least we can still afford to buy them.
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Postby Denise » Wed Jul 01, 2009 6:13 am

I often wonder the same thing, Trey. It doesn't make sense our cars are worth less than an MGB since they are twice the car....and as far as reliability is concerned, I know other sports cars during that era aren't knocking down any doors. I'm about tired of hearing how unreliable Fiats are. People would think otherwise if they owned a TR7!
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Postby KevinB » Wed Jul 01, 2009 7:16 am

Denise wrote:People would think otherwise if they owned a TR7!


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Re: First owner

Postby sjmst2 » Wed Jul 01, 2009 8:52 am

tharden wrote:I looked at your profile: First, only owner of your fine wheels, no mods. no $ spent... HOW do you do it! Love to see some more photos of your babe.


No $$ spent? LOL, you know THAT is an oversight.
Thanks, though, I am the original owner and will have it 'till the end!

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Postby tharden » Wed Jul 01, 2009 9:23 am

Nice! :badgrin: What is your milage up to now? I bought mine from a single owner 3 years ago at 97k miles. I've added 15k to it. It is a looker, getting compliments absolutely every time I take her out. But, I she is moody, and I have been sitting on the road a few times.....

Given a choice between a MGB or Fiat spider: FIAT absolutely.
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Postby 1,6 HF » Wed Jul 01, 2009 10:11 am

Denise wrote:I often wonder the same thing, Trey. It doesn't make sense our cars are worth less than an MGB since they are twice the car....and as far as reliability is concerned, I know other sports cars during that era aren't knocking down any doors. I'm about tired of hearing how unreliable Fiats are. People would think otherwise if they owned a TR7!


Very true, but it's not about reality--it's all about perception and stereotype. And that's too often been about "furrin" cars made by people who "speaka Eenglisha" funny in places that embrace life and food and style too much to produce serious engineers. As opposed to England, where they speak English a little less funny, and where they just seem more like us. And where the engineers produced "serious" sports cars with Lucas 6V positive-earth electrics...
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Postby sjmst2 » Wed Jul 01, 2009 10:55 am

tharden wrote:Nice! :badgrin: What is your milage up to now? I bought mine from a single owner 3 years ago at 97k miles. I've added 15k to it. It is a looker, getting compliments absolutely every time I take her out. But, I she is moody, and I have been sitting on the road a few times.....

Given a choice between a MGB or Fiat spider: FIAT absolutely.


For sure. Have to look, I forget, :oops: like 75,000 miles?
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Postby Kevin1 » Wed Jul 01, 2009 2:55 pm

I am resigned to the fact that we will always be fighting an uphill battle against the poor view that most in the classic sports car community hold against Fiats. But that's ok, since I like driving them. They are hard to beat when it comes to bang-for-the-buck value.
Even the naysayers have to admit they are prettier and more capable than their British garden tractors - er, I mean, MG's and Triumphs. :oops:
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