Always a bit wary of stuff like using hacksaws! My new car (99 silver 156 V6 30K) doesn't (touch fake wood) have anything wrong with it. Not a rattle! Due to this forum the salesman thought I was a maniac. I knew absolutely everything to check when buying!
In the end the buying guide for the Spider was not needed. If however I return to the UK I will buy one for sure. For what I paid for the V6 here I could have a very tidy UK Spider indeed. Prices are crackers here!