Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: United Kingdom
County: South Yorkshire
Had it serviced for the first time under my ownership. Predictably on top of the usual filter and oil/fluid changes some other issues have now been sorted given its mileage in relation to its age.
Long story short being very low mileage for its age many bits were stiff, some of which (spark plugs) hadn't ever been changed until now. From what I can tell despite being a 2008, it didn't get its first owner and actually moving until a few years after, so that's basically a long time stood there, and no doubt between when it first moved and now there have most likely been fairly long and inconsistent periods too. I do understand however that stuff like this occurs when buying lower mileage and was prepared that some work in progress will be needed. It is worth it though, especially in the long run. Also its quite enjoyable, watching and overseeing it improve and becoming what you want, almost like watching a film franchise storyline develop.
As a whole though, not too bad. I also had a BMC air filter installed, I know it is a bit hit and miss with people regarding issues with MAF sensors/puddles but let's see how it goes. Hopefully won't be so bad in my case as I don't use my Spider as my daily driver and tend to only drive it when the weather is better anyway. Driving home the car did feel a lot better just in general. Once again Gareth at Northern Alfa really knows his stuff and price was very good. He also dropped me off round Tickhill as usual in a Brera this time, which means at the moment along with owning a Spider I have at least been driven about a bit in a Brera and also a 159 (I got a lift back to the train station in one from the place I purchased the Spider from), so I've been across the whole 159 platform somewhat! Sound stupid but I'm pretty happy with that as I feel the 159 design/era sentimentally reached out to me the most, even though I was only 15 when it came out. Watching Top Gear all the time back then most likely helped too!
Next thing on the list is the subframes and inner wheels, getting them reoiled.
Last edited by Jean_Luc Picard; 21-11-15 at 21:12.