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General Information

Year
2004
Make
Fiat
Model
Stilo Abarth 2.4 20V
Color
Nero
History
Been in the family for at least 8 years. Bought it from a family member who could not really afford the rather high maintenance costs and I liked the Stilo for its high torque engine.

The car has been in alternating between continuous use and storage and I have been wanting on and off to restore it to its former glory but due to the complexity of the Selespeed gearbox I am forever in limbo: Spend even more money on the car or not, knowing that if the Selespeed gives up the ghost one day it'll become an instant money pit.

Stilos are worth absolutely nothing, even if they carry the much coveted Abarth badge, so you can never even recoup 0.01% of the money invested in this car. Sadly it's still the unwanted nephew in the Abarth family although it has its merits.
2004 Fiat Stilo Abarth 2.4 20V (Nero)

Modifications

Drivetrain
Engine is in perfect nick for + 200K KMS and a chip/remap is on the wish list.
Interior
No mods as of yet: hard enough to keep the interior in shape. Seats are incredibly ugly to look at and they offer zero support: They'll be the first to go out if I decide the car has a future
Exterior
Tiny ducktail (yes!) to complement the roof/tailgate spoiler is in the development phase: first mock-up almost ready.
Audio
Original double-din audio with integrated sat-nav - very impressive for its time but the control buttons wear badly: "tactile" plastic becomes sticky.
Suspension
Rear: replaced with Monroes in original specs.
Front: OEM and unhappy with them: LH-side spring tends to move in the lower cup, pinching the ASR sensor cable.

Mintex brake pads.
Wheel and Tire
OEM First-Gen Stilo wheels 16in. (silver paint peeled off now - respray or polishing programmes) - Pirelli Cinturato 205/55/R16: nice!

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