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Yes, Highway is an easy 5L/100KM and combined I've been at a solid 6,8L/100KM for over 2 years now :D
Interesting, my Picasso, 150HDI EGS, gets exactly the same milage!
We looked at a C5 wagon, same model and colour as yours except it was an auto with leather, and the wife loved it. Sadly I was leasing a Grand Voyager at the time and too get out of it was prohibitive.

As for wheels, these might fit:
 

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Yeah I guess that the old concerns that with more horsepower comes poorer mileage is not true anymore. I can imagine yours has a more usuable powerband thus making it easier for the engine to do it's business despite your car being a bit heavier (I guess?)

Those wheels look great but if I'm gonna go for real alloys, my favourite Citroen OEM wheels would be the Resolfen.

For now, I have some pictures of the car with the new hubcaps :D:D





 

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Everytime I look at the front of the car, I think that it doesn't look well belanced. Perhaps that by adding a lip to the front bumper will balance the car out nicely. I've been searching online a bit and found 3 options that I would concider. The lip would be painted the same colour black as the rest of the "bodykit" to blend in nicely.

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Option 3




I would love to hear from you guys which one looks best, and ofcourse I'm open to other suggestions as wel :thumbup:
 

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So, a little update. On Friday I put some money down on an Italian Casanova to keep the ol' French lady some company.
It's a 2003 Fiat Stilo Abarth Selespeed, my 2nd Stilo Abarth and 3rd Stilo overall.

The car looks very clean and has been maintained like it should by the previous owner.



Some quick specs:

2.4 I5 20V
170 hp
220 Nm torque
5 speed Selespeed electrohydraulic manual transmission
1265 kg kerb weight
0-100 km/h 8,5 seconds
Topspeed 215 km/h

My dad will give at thorough inspection on Thursday and if all pans out he will snag it up for me. The car is in the Netherlands but hopefully I'll some time in April to fly in and pick it up.

A small P-chop I made of what's in store for this car:



I guess you guys are not too familiar with this model, so if there are any questions, please ask!

<img src="http://www.vwvortex.com/Anthony/Smilies/embeer.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Beer" class="inlineimg" />
 

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Hmmm, I've never heard of that car. Is that transmission a paddle type shift? Sounds like what Ferrari and Maserati used in the early 2000's in their F1 transmission.
 

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Hmmm, I've never heard of that car. Is that transmission a paddle type shift? Sounds like what Ferrari and Maserati used in the early 2000's in their F1 transmission.
That's correct. It has the flappy pedal gears and Fiat marketed it as a F1 style transmission back in the day.
There was even a commercial featuring Schumacher and Barrichello
 

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Yes I ended up loading the car on a flatbed the next monday morning to take it to a garage. It was the main pipe that transports the LDS oil from the front of the car to the rear shocks that managed to crack. The new pipe was only €60 but the labor and 4 liters of new LDS made it a pricey repair. She's been holding up great ever since and drives even better than before!

 

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Yes I ended up loading the car on a flatbed the next monday morning to take it to a garage. It was the main pipe that transports the LDS oil from the front of the car to the rear shocks that managed to crack. The new pipe was only €60 but the labor and 4 liters of new LDS made it a pricey repair. She's been holding up great ever since and drives even better than before!

Glad to hear that everythings ok again, I was a bit afraid to be honest. Suspension issues on a Citroen can often mean the end of the car. :(
 

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Yes I was also prepared for the worst. If the leak would've come from the hydraulic pump or if the leak was sprung at multiple places it would've probably been game over.
I set the limit at €1500 for the repair, anything over that would've not been sensible but thankfully it was less than half of that :thumbup:
 

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So, I set up a meeting between my dad and the seller of the Stilo and today I got the phonecall that the deal has been made. My dad took a friend who worked as a mechanic and they were both very impressed with how clean the Stilo was and how well it drove so he bought it. The seller had a bunch of other buyers lined up already so I was happy that I put some money down on it last week, and that I was actually the first!

I'm flying in on the 3rd of April and will drive it back via Germany, Denmark and Sweden somewhere later that week. I can't wait!
 

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Small update: Ordered a set of lowering springs for the Stilo along with a debadged grill. Nothing too radical, it looks exactly like the original grill but without the Fiat emblem.

Now I started thinking about what to do with the rear lights. The have some clear glass around them that was probably a very cool look back in 2001 but nowadays it just screams cheap Altezza tuner lights.

Perhaps I should try some of that tinting film for (rear)lights.


This is what it looks like now




A little chop of what I had in mind



What do you guys think? Yay or Neigh?
 

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I agree that I don't want to cause any dangerous situations with tinting the lights, but there has to be a solution to enhance the looks of these rear lights.
I see plenty of other cars that have all red OEM taillights, like the 5 door Stilo. I guess that with orange bulbs you can still get the turn signal to be amber-ish.



BTW I found out today that the lowering springs that I ordered are not available, so I found another set. These are from Apex, and I'm not sure what to think about this brand. It's a well known name but I've heard they are not the best quality. Anybody here has some experience with them? They should lower the car by around 30mm all-round.
 

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So.. it's been a bit quiet in here. That's because the French las has been sold. She was just sitting in the garage and since we don't need 2 cars it was time for her to find a new home.

But on the other hand, the Stilo has been performing great. Oil consumption is OK, they tend to drink a liter every 4-5000 km or so and that's exactly where I'm at.
The car is just so nice to drive, I've managed to rack up 10.000 km's already. Just a shame I have to feed it 98, because for some reason all the 95 gas in Finland has 10% Ethanol in it. Stilo doesn't like that.

I still haven't bothered with fitting the lowering springs. It's going in for a small service next week, perhaps I'll ask the guys at the shop to fit them.
I have however managed to get the rear windows tinted (85% iirc) and replaced the original grille (it had cracked) with a badgeless one.
It looks pretty neat, and when the lowering springs are on I reckon I'm going to be quite content with how it looks.

Now, the other day I saw a 500 Abarth in nearly the same color, and I got some inspiration. Did some quick photoshop, and was curious to hear what you guys think about it.

(also lowered it a tad too much in this pic, just for ****s n giggles)
 

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Disregard everything I said about the graphic, I must have had a brainfart. The red doesn't work. Perhaps I'll try with grey. Or just leave it stock, whatever.
I've had some issues with the aircon, it would only blow out hot air from one side, no matter what temperature I selected on the climate control.
Turned out, the motor that controlled the warm/cold mixture flap had broken off the sprocket on that flap. Took the motor off and adjusted the flap manually so it's now set to blow cold air (it's like 35-40 degrees Celcius in the sun) But have to come up with a way to fix this before winter comes. Any ideas how to fix this issue? Obviously all the mechanics are under the dashboard so it's a pain in the sack to reach it.
 

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Disregard everything I said about the graphic, I must have had a brainfart. The red doesn't work. Perhaps I'll try with grey. Or just leave it stock, whatever.
Why? I think it looks great on the Abarth 500.

Personally I think the thought of wrapping or do some kind of graphic is always fun but in the end you'd either be disappointed with the result or it'd bore you within a month.

Congratulations on the Stilo by the way!
Sure is a rare sight up here.
 
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