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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-28-2019, 03:23 PM Thread Starter
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What To Look For In A 4C?

Hey all! New member here looking to get a 2015 4C in the next couple months. Everyone on here is so nice and this form is great! I have a question for all you 4C Gurus and owners. What should I look for when I’m looking at these 4Cs? Anything particular?

I’ve been doing some research and have found some interesting things like the car panel adjustments. Things that I didn’t even know of or cross my mind.

My BMW 6er isn’t too reliable these days so shes got to go! I will be daily driving the 4C as I rented out one for a couple weeks. Fell in love with it!

Thank you in advanced for all the advice

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Well, you always get a pre-purchase inspection... so skipping the obvious, I think the most important options come into play.

I might stand alone here, but leather is simply one thing that transforms the interior, and if you don't get it, it's pretty certain you'll never have it. The race suspension vs standard: That's your call. Some find race too aggressive.

Everything else, such as exhaust, or tires/rims, are subject to your tweaks and alterations over time. People change these up all the time.

I would say that bolt tightening is a service that you want to see done on any 12-month or older car or a car with 12,000 miles on it (about 20000 km). Bolt tightening is about the mounting of structures to the carbon tub and it runs 800 USD.

Search some; drive some and ask more specific questions here. How do you think the 4C you drove felt and what mileage was on it? Let's take that as a baseline.

A 2015 model would have the 'squirreliest' handling of all 4C's, because the suspension was not exactly setup right from factory (but owner could have tweaked it to take out the tramlining and squirelliness).
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I’m looking at the LE with around 3,4,5k miles on it. I have seen one with 25k miles on it too.

The one I drove had a little over 50k miles on it. It’s different from what I’m used to but I loved it. It had a racing exhaust on it which sounded nice.

Thanks for the great feedback. I saw something on here about bolt tighting but wasn’t sure how much that ran it what exactly it was. That’s great to know about.

I’m curious to see how much maintenance is on these compared to the BMWs I’ve had in the past

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Iím curious to see how much maintenance is on these compared to the BMWs Iíve had in the past
Compared to BMW, none. There is maintenance, sure. However there are no 'features' on a 4C like there is on any BMW. The only parts that have power are the windows, mirrors, and brakes.

I've had a few BMWs, and currently have a 96 8 series... talk about maintenance. The 4C is more like my Fiat 500 Abarth, maintain the fluids and you're good!

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What to look for, what to look for???

Four tires, two keys, one engine. Good to go!

Test drive the car - take it on uneven pavement to figure out if it needs an alignment. Take it up to highway speeds and cruise at 2,500RPM or so, to see if there is an exhaust drone in the cabin (common - it's some sort of harmonic which you either live with or change the exhaust to correct). You say that you want to daily the car, so these things might affect your commute and make it more liveable.

At 50,000Mi, the car is on it's 2nd or 3rd set of rear tires and probably it's second set of fronts. If not, expect to change them. Air con is supposed to be run monthly to lubricate the system - check that it works. At 3-5,000 miles, there should be some life in all the tires. If it's a 2016 or 17 with that mileage, have the battery tested.

LE's had the Parrot radio. I think they had a radio. It should have all of the updates to make it somewhat more useful than it otherwise is. It's purpose is to fill a hole in the dash. If you want something more, expect to put a better head unit in. There are people who want a nice radio in their 4C. The rest of us really don't use it. Your call. As a daily, I assume you will want a reliable bluetooth feature and maybe some apps (Waze), which does not describe the Parrot. The Alpine that came later is not much better. If you care.

Get the key for the stupid storage pouch between the seats. It is worthless, but if you buy one from Alfa you need to leave your left nut with them in exchange. Also, be sure to get the removal key for the radio, as I suspect you may want to remove it.

The car should come with a funnel kit and compressor / tire slime.

Otherwise, note that the paint typically sucks - so expect swirls. With 50 miles, maybe not, but if someone looked at the car from across the room, there will be resulting paint imperfections. Consider a paint correction (if required) and as much paint protection film as you can afford.

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There is really no difference from the 2015 to current production other than minor trip....but engine, trans, performance is identical. The issue Philster noted on 2015 was that some didn't have a good factory alignment....but that was pretty much addressed and fixed with a simple wheel alignment. The biggest issue was the very first cars that were sold in Europe had to be recalled and a program called Pit Stop was done to correct suspension issues. The cars sold in US were after that so they were all taken care of before they got here. I have a 2015 LE that I bought in Feb. 2016....my factory alignment was spot on. I would not avoid any US car. they are all fine as long as the suspension alignment is verified. Some note that the car may be a bit darty....that can be somewhat cured with the alignment and making sure that you don't overfill the tires when cold (keep 29R/26F #s). The car is more agressive than your normal dull cars so some have put in some more caster with some spacers sold by ALFA Works...also called Jamies blocks. I have a 2015 LE with a good alignment and it was fine dead stock but even better (less nervous) with a change from the stock P Zero ties to Michelin Super Sports. The stock P Zero tires are just OK.....I would change them out when you wear them out to something better.....lots written about that on the Forum. Better tires also eliminate that darting the PZeros tend to emphasize.

Frankly any 4Cs sold here in the US will be great....I would base your decision on mileage, car condition, proof of service work. Since most of us don't put a lot of miles on our cars, low mileage examples are plentiful. You can find out what options were available but generally many of the cars sold in the US were loaded up so the dealers could make the most money. Leather dash/door cards were upscale, also a package that included theft alarm, air conditioner, etc.would denote a loaded car. As far as the radio head unit....came with either Parrot or Alpine....both were just OK and much better after market if you are into that....but the car doesn't need a sound system....it makes its own symphony when driving. The 2015's also had a limited run of 500 cars here in the US called the Launch Edition. That had all the options plus a few trim items unique to that model....it MAY be something to make it more desirable. LEs seem to get higher prices than standard SE model.

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There is really no difference from the 2015 to current production other than minor trip....but engine, trans, performance is identical. The issue Philster noted on 2015 was that some didn't have a good factory alignment....but that was pretty much addressed and fixed with a simple wheel alignment. The biggest issue was the very first cars that were sold in Europe had to be recalled and a program called Pit Stop was done to correct suspension issues. The cars sold in US were after that so they were all taken care of before they got here. I have a 2015 LE that I bought in Feb. 2016....my factory alignment was spot on. I would not avoid any US car. they are all fine as long as the suspension alignment is verified. Some note that the car may be a bit darty....that can be somewhat cured with the alignment and making sure that you don't overfill the tires when cold (keep 29R/26F #s). The car is more agressive than your normal dull cars so some have put in some more caster with some spacers sold by ALFA Works...also called Jamies blocks. I have a 2015 LE with a good alignment and it was fine dead stock but even better (less nervous) with a change from the stock P Zero ties to Michelin Super Sports. The stock P Zero tires are just OK.....I would change them out when you wear them out to something better.....lots written about that on the Forum. Better tires also eliminate that darting the PZeros tend to emphasize.

Frankly any 4Cs sold here in the US will be great....I would base your decision on mileage, car condition, proof of service work. Since most of us don't put a lot of miles on our cars, low mileage examples are plentiful. You can find out what options were available but generally many of the cars sold in the US were loaded up so the dealers could make the most money. Leather dash/door cards were upscale, also a package that included theft alarm, air conditioner, etc.would denote a loaded car. As far as the radio head unit....came with either Parrot or Alpine....both were just OK and much better after market if you are into that....but the car doesn't need a sound system....it makes its own symphony when driving. The 2015's also had a limited run of 500 cars here in the US called the Launch Edition. That had all the options plus a few trim items unique to that model....it MAY be something to make it more desirable. LEs seem to get higher prices than standard SE model.
Personally I would never buy a US 4C, they put the steering wheel on the wrong side.
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Compared to BMW, none. There is maintenance, sure. However there are no 'features' on a 4C like there is on any BMW. The only parts that have power are the windows, mirrors, and brakes.



I've had a few BMWs, and currently have a 96 8 series... talk about maintenance. The 4C is more like my Fiat 500 Abarth, maintain the fluids and you're good!
Wow you have an 8 series pics please it's one of my dream Cars. My old man had 850 csl in black look like a shark lol

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Personally I would never buy a US 4C, they put the steering wheel on the wrong side.
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Wow you have an 8 series pics please it's one of my dream Cars. My old man had 850 csl in black look like a shark lol
Mine's a '96 850ci, not quite as cool as a csi, but I like it. I've had it for over 10 years now. It's been a great car.
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