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#1 aevansgatech OFFLINE  

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Posted December 06, 2014 - 06:06 PM

You guys (and gals) have been a great community for me as a newbie to the world of tractors. 

 

I'm a young (fairly) man finding my way in the world and this year has been incredibly important in shaping what my future looks like. I married my beautiful wife, packed up my things and moved to the Detroit area for a solid job in automotive engineering, and purchased my first home, car, and YT! Wow, what a year!

 

Two of my beauties:

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As I draw on the community's experience and hopefully get the chance to meet some of you fine folks, I'll do what I can to give back a slice of life in Michigan. 

 

First, American cars. American cars everywhere! I don't know the numbers but I'd say the metro Detroit area has 75% American made cars on the road.. So naturally I bought an Italian! Sure it's small... Sure it's 'cute'.. Sure it's not the favorite car of passengers 3 and 4  :thumbs:  But boy is it sweet.. Turbocharged with 20lbs of boost, an exhaust note that will turn your white shorts brown, and the handling of a sprightly young whippersnapper. 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Posted December 06, 2014 - 08:07 PM

I take it that you got the Abarth 500?

Sweet little ride. I enjoyed my test drive in one but too small for me...

I'm in the minority here of not buying any new or newer American cars. Only imports for me for now on.

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Posted December 06, 2014 - 08:09 PM

I like your fleet--Them new Fiats are neat little cars and the power them little 4 bangers put out is unreal,my son has a Madza Speed3 and when the turbo spools up you better be ready to grab the next gear--263 hp in a lite little car.

Glad you got a new one----The ones from years back not so good.Fiat used to mean Fix It Again Tony

 

Oh yeah and I like your Ford GT



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Posted December 06, 2014 - 08:16 PM

My good buddy manages a Fiat dealership, he keeps trying to get me to buy one.

His wife drive one of the first ones at their dealership. 


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Posted December 06, 2014 - 08:21 PM

Great little set of machines there.  Nowadays they are related and under the same company umbrella.  If I was young and didn't have kids I would so have one of those.  I think they are neat little rides.


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Posted December 06, 2014 - 08:42 PM

Wifes uncle has one. He had a ton of issues with it been back to the dealer many times. Mostly electronic problems lights not working dash issues. He likes driving it though

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Posted December 06, 2014 - 10:16 PM

I take it that you got the Abarth 500?

 

Abarth is the only way to go!

 

I like your fleet--Them new Fiats are neat little cars and the power them little 4 bangers put out is unreal,my son has a Madza Speed3 and when the turbo spools up you better be ready to grab the next gear--263 hp in a lite little car.

Glad you got a new one----The ones from years back not so good.Fiat used to mean Fix It Again Tony

 

Oh yeah and I like your Ford GT

 

Bill, I agree the speed3 is one of the best hatches on the market. Insane power and a practical package

 

 

My good buddy manages a Fiat dealership, he keeps trying to get me to buy one.

His wife drive one of the first ones at their dealership. 

 

Get on that test drive TAHOE!

 

Great little set of machines there.  Nowadays they are related and under the same company umbrella.  If I was young and didn't have kids I would so have one of those.  I think they are neat little rides.

 

Thanks Cub. I'm glad to see Fiat and Alfa Romeo back in the states. Of the Big 3, Chrysler has by far been the least interesting company for the past few decades. Personally, I think the new FIAT offerings and the newest generation of Chryslers (200, 300) are a big step in the right direction.

 

I think Ford's progress is also noteworthy. We can go back to 2008 when the economy struggled as a whole and Ford kept it going using their own money. That's an achievement in itself. Then you've got a design revival that is second to none in the industry. The latest generation Focus, Edge, Explorer look exceptional in my opinion. Add that to the new EcoBoost range of engines and the Aluminum F-150 experiment, I'd say Ford has the most promising outlook for the next several years.

 

GMs quality issues scare me!


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Posted December 10, 2014 - 08:59 AM

Woke up to a chilly 28 degree day here in MI and a few snowflakes coming down.

 

Haven't needed the tractor in a couple weeks. Where's the snow?!?!?! :worshippy1:



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Posted December 10, 2014 - 09:18 AM

Woke up to a chilly 28 degree day here in MI and a few snowflakes coming down.

 

Haven't needed the tractor in a couple weeks. Where's the snow?!?!?! :worshippy1:

 

You have your tractor ready..thats why no snow.

 

We discussed this at work last week.

 

One guy bought a snow blower, One guy bought a plow for his Dodge Ram 1 ton, I put the plow on the 4 wheeler, and bought a 4x4 truck.

 

It won't snow now.


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Posted December 10, 2014 - 09:51 AM

 

 

 

 

Get on that test drive TAHOE!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yeah, sure...NOT!!!!

 

I have my eye on a new-used car and it has about 300 more HP than that little turd does :thumbs:  :D



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Posted December 10, 2014 - 10:02 AM

Yeah, sure...NOT!!!!

 

I have my eye on a new-used car and it has about 300 more HP than that little turd does :thumbs:  :D

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This?  Miata with an LS1?


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Posted December 10, 2014 - 10:45 AM

Alright stay in the FCA family and get a Jeep SRT!!



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Posted December 10, 2014 - 12:11 PM

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This?  Miata with an LS1?

 

No way, ......but your on the right track, it does have an LS2 6.0L

 

Alright stay in the FCA family and get a Jeep SRT!!

 

After owning the Jeep Liberty.... I highly doubt it. May consider a Warngler for the wife, but that's were it ends for Chrysler junk. Fiat owned or not.



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Posted January 04, 2015 - 08:21 PM

We got our first taste of ice, snow, and winter here in the Detroit area today, and I got my first taste of disappointment from the tractor.

 

I had been starting it once a week just for good measure and not having too much trouble with it. Unfortunately, I was gone last week so it has been sitting for a couple weeks and now it won't start.

 

A click (starter solenoid I presume), maybe a single turn of the engine, and that's all I get. Battery has at least some juice because I can key on and run the headlights.

 

It'll really be a bummer if I can't get her going again. Thoughts?

 

Here's what I'm still wondering:

1. Could hooking it up to my car as a jumper still help? The battery isn't completely dead, but maybe it's not at full strength?

 

2. If I hear a click, could the starter itself still be bad?

 

3. Is there a way to disengage the transmission on a hydro for easier starting? I see a lever below the seat, but am not convinced it's actually disengaging the trans

 

 

 

 



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Posted January 04, 2015 - 09:17 PM

Most likely a low battery or bad connection. Hook the jumpers to it. It won't hurt anything. You can even hook them direct to the starter and eliminate the rest of the system.


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