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Question for Spider Experts!!

Hi all,

I'm pretty desperate to get a Spider, i think they're such beautiful cars. i've got two in mind, and i'd like to see what you think.

1/ N (96) Reg, 2.0 Spider, 65k miles 2 owners, new MOT asking price 6995

2/ R (98) Reg, 2.0 16V Lusso ? miles, 7500

I'd appreciate any feedback you have!

Also, I'm going to see them on Saturday, is there anything specific problems with Spiders I should look for? ANY Inspection advice is most welcome.

Hope you can help me, on any of the above!
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Here what I would suggest you look at.
1) Make sure the hood is perfect as it,it very expensive to replace.(3k at dealer price)Make sure that it fits nice and tight otherwise you will have leaks.My car is a Lusso,which has the powered hood.These can be a little erratic.Mine sometimes doesn`t go back up without a helping hand.A standard model Spider,with the manual hood may be a safer option on Spiders of this age.
2)The paintwork on the bonnet is very susceptible to chips,although this is more a cosmetic issue as the bonnet is composite.Might be a bargaining point though.
3)Check the passenger footwell for signs of dampness.If its wet the roof may have leaked,or it maybe the aircon drain is blocked.
4)Check the inside edges of the front tyres for uneven wear.The toe out adjustment may be out and require adjustment.Mine was set wrong at the factory!Only costs 20 for wheel alignment.
5)Ask if the cambelt has been replaced.
6)Check the rear suspension bushes for play.If caught in time not to expensive but if left can cause damage to subframe and 1k to fix.
7)Check very carefuly all electrics and switchgear is operational.
8)Ask the owner how often he checks the oil.Critical that the oil is kept topped up on the TS engine as it does have a tendency to use oil.
9)Run the engine.If it sounds like a diesel,it probably needs new cam variators.Not that expensive to fix but again a useful bargaining point.
10) Most importantly ask to see the service history,receipts,etc.Try to get a feel if they are an enthusiast.The Spider is not unreliable but does need quite a lot of TLC.

If you need any more advice please feel free to send me a PM.
Another useful site is which has a buyers guide. Although it is specific to the V6 GTV some of the same points wil apply.
Good luck with finding the right car.

Regards Pete

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In addition to what Pete correctly advised, I'd also look out for:

knocking sounds on uneven surfaces - a blown shock absorber (or more);

Whistling sound - another sign that the cambelt/variator needs repalcing (should have been done by 60k miles - or earlier if the mileage was mostly urban);


Alarm operates well (if installed);

Temperature (it should warm up to 90 in 5-10 mins, if not thermostat is gone);

All lights (headlamp Bulbs are unique to the Spider and around 20 each);

Interior & boot locks and latches all work.
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Also if you're looking for a black and white

Don't tend to have older cars so much but always have quote a few GTV's + Spiders.. and i can reconmend them as its where i got mine and they seem to know what they are talking about etc..
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er... seem to have lost top half of my message there...

anyway, what i was saying was if you are looking for a decent alfa dealer/specialist in that part of the country i'd reconmend Black and White nr Newbury - website in last post.

I got my gtv from there and they seem to know their stuff and provided pretty good service.
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WOW THANKS guys for such comprehensive replies, REALLY appreciate it!!

All the best

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