Re: High Mileage Spider
Also, have a good look at the owner, look him in the eye when asking questions, he's owned and used the car, does he know where the brake fluid goes? Does he know about the car, or does he say, "err I think so" to questions. If he shows you the car, and can't find things like the bonnet release, don't tell him where it is, ask him why he doesn't know!
I looked at a Spider and the bloke didn't know how to get the bonnet up, let alone check the oil!
Does he start it up and race the motor cold?, look around, is there jump leads etc hanging around the hall way, check him and his house out.
With no MOT you'll be unlikely to drive it, so let it warm up, how long does the fan take to kick in, once warm, check the temp gauge, then with the car running, remove the oil cap.(check inside it for mayonaise)
It'll blow a little mist from the hole, but it should settle down, it shouldn't blow excessively out of here, if it does, it's a worn motor.
Like someone else said, if it was for around the £500 mark, it'll pocket you a few quid if you break it for parts, but if you're handy with the spanners it could be worth putting some effort into it.
I uploaded a manual a little while ago, brakes, wheel bearing, bushes and the like cost peanuts if you have a decent set of spanners.