Re: Considering a 2000 model Spider TS
thanks for advice
I emailed the seller saying there was a good chance the cam belt needed replacing; also the tyres weren't roadworthy
then offered him 2 grand less than what we agreed I'd pay if a mechanical inspection found no significant issues
this was somewhat cheeky, as car was already cheap, and, really, the car seemed OK (but only just OK; had minor scratches, etc, and seemed to be indications that it was slightly neglected). However, the car's a long way away (in another state), and I'd want to truck it back to my city (was going to fly over and drive it back, but is about a 2 day drive back, and didn't want to risk it. Also, of course, the tyres were not up to scratch)
I knew he probably wouldn't accept, but really didn't want to take a risk with the car, and didn't want the hassles of trucking it over, getting it fixed up, etc, unless I could get a total bargain.
So, as I expected, he didn't accept, and told me the items I was concerned about were just normal wear and tear, and the car was being offered cheap anyway. I don't really accept it as fair comment that unroadworthy tyres and a probable urgent cambelt replacement are 'normal wear and tear' - more like signs of not maintaining the thing properly.
anyway, I'll shutup now. That's that. Oh, and I don't have much idea how much it would be to replace cambelt/variator in Oz, beyond the fact that it would be costly....