Thank you for your feedback , still undecided, heart say get the spider , brains says get something more reliable aaaahhhhhhh and even looking at Honda Civic type R's (championship white version )as I am told they are super reliable.
If I get the spider what do you think the chances are that it will have an issue with the roof ?
Has anyone got a rough average cost to fix , it sounds like it would be very expensive?
If Alfa could just make super reliable cars there's no doubt nothing could touch them within the price bracket.
Nobody can really answer any of these questions. Remember, very few people will post to a forum that their roof is just fine. It's only we with problems who make posts, so keep that in mind. Chances are, you won't have problems, but it's impossible for owners (and even Alfa) to give you a solid number.
When you're considering a used Spider I would encourage you to cycle the roof several times with the engine off, again with the engine on, after leaving it open for a while, leaving it closed for a while, after driving around, and any other condition you can think of during your inspection. Come back and try it on another day, with a full moon, and naked with your hair on fire. You can't be too careful.
As for cost to fix a roof, that's even tougher to answer. A blown fuse or something of that nature should be dirt cheap. But some parts are expensive. The dealer here in Italy told me the hydraulic pump alone costs 1200 Euro plus labor. He changed it at his cost, but it didn't solve the problem. The mechanic worked on the car for more than one full day, and that didn't fix it either. Fortunately, I have not had to pay for any of this and they promise to keep working on solving the problem. But, if I were dipping into my own wallet, it would be rather disappointing.
The top is very complicated and, as far as I can tell, solving these mysterious, intermittent problems is NOT easy. Paying someone by the hour to try to fix a reluctant roof would get frustrating pretty quickly. Negotiating a "no fix, no pay" agreement with the average repair shop is normally impossible, in my experience.
Having said all that, I'm not (yet) disappointed that I bought a used Alfa Spider with a less-than-reliable roof system. I'm still struggling with mine. Nevertheless, it's really a very cool car.
By the way, I sold my nearly-new Honda when I bought the slightly older Alfa. The Honda is, of course, perfect but it has no soul. I much prefer the Alfa, warts and all.