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Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
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Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
September 10, 2009 1:43am

While admiring the new Fiat 500 at Ikano, one gentleman told us this: "I bought my old Fiat 500 from my uncle for RM12,000.00. My uncle untung banyak ..... Smile I am still keeping the car.....". A die-hard fan of Fiat 500. Having said that, I still prefer the old Fiat 500. Thumbs Up! Smile!
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,818
September 10, 2009 2:47am

hello Orange, the car to die for at the moment (endorsed at least three times by Jeremy Clarkson) is the new Fiat 500 Abarth which should reach our shores early next year even though plenty of left hand drive models are already zipping around Europe. The 500 Abarth is really hot stuff that will burn tyres. As you know, Abarth is the tuning arm of Fiat and any Fiat with the scorpion sign will shake off its impotency. As some of you might have read here, I had a 1956 Fiat 500 which I bought in 1993 .... the model as shown in pic above, except for the doors. I loved the sunroof which was merely a piece of canvas which you rolled back. I had the entire car done up with original parts which I found in Malacca, Ipoh, Penang and Taiping. The little Cinquecento (Italian for 500) could scare a couple of badly maintained Protons. It could scare me too because one of the doors would fly open whenever I took a sharp corner at speed and I could never guess which door ...... sometimes it was the right and sometimes the left. It was great fun guessing and it sure sharpened my reflexes. As you know the older Fiat 500s came with the "suicide doors" which opened from the front side and the doors are aptly named indeed. Forza Fiat!
Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
September 10, 2009 3:16am

Kayes, if I remember correctly the old Fiat 500 came with four doors. This new Fiat 500 has 3 doors. The size of this new Fiat 500 is bigger. I still prefer the old shape. The new Fiat comes with dual transmitions - auto and manual. It's available in Malaysia now. The price is about RM13x,xxx.00. Can't remember the exact price.
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,818
September 11, 2009 6:38am

hello Orange, there were no 4-door Fiat 500s. All were 2-door starting from the Fiat 500's predecessor, the Fiat Topolino. And yes, the new Fiat 500 is about RM130k while the new Fiat 500 Abarth is speculated to be about RM170k. I have set my sights on the Abarth and am now plotting to use an excavator to cart away some ATM machines Smile
Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
September 11, 2009 7:57am

Do let me know when you have carted away the ATM machines, Kayes. I am very good at mathematics - only on SUBTRACTION. Smile Let's make it two. I am happy with the new Fiat 500 - even it's just for a short stint! Smile!


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Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
September 11, 2009 9:01am

About two months ago, I was very surprised and happy to see new RM50 notes when I withdrew money from ATM. Happy because I love the smell of new notes. Not only new notes, love the smell of freshly cut grass and newly printed books. Of course, the best of all is the smell of new notes. Smile The RM5 notes do not smell as good. Wonder why..... Smile!
Retired Falcon

Registered: August 2008
Posts: 1,168
September 13, 2009 2:07am

Hi Orange, you're right. The new notes do smell nice and feel nice too. Only problem is we have to be extra careful when using these new notes to pay for something. You might end up giving an extra 50 bucks for nothing as they are new and tend to stick together..
Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
September 13, 2009 8:30am

Hi Joe, you are right about those new notes. While waiting for my Form Five results I worked as a coffee-house cashier in one of the five-stars hotel in Bukit Bintang. All cashers hated most is those new notes esp. around Chinese New Year where many notes are out. I crumbled those new notes as soon as I received them to avoid getting less than what I was supposed to get when gaji came. My parents didn't allow me to work in hotel and I quit after one month.



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