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An excellent guide.

I read it when I was looking for a GTV. The only problem was that once on the test drive I completely forgot everything! The sound of the exhaust note, the leach-like cornering, I just drove with the windows down. Only after getting it home did I realise the "radio/CD/Speakers" were missing. Small sacrifice. Thankfully the canmbelt and suspension were done a year ago. Very worrying how i completly lost all objectivity once I fired up the engine
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An excellent guide.

Very worrying how i completly lost all objectivity once I fired up the engine
I totally agree! This was the most useful thing I read in all of my internet travels before I bit the bullet on Monday and signed for a 1998 Ph2 TS for twice as much money as I wanted to spend. The guide was so helpful but as I was zipping around the countryside all I could think was "I want I want I want...". Pretty sure I got a great example with tons and tons of history+money spent but the decision was at least 3/4 made with the heart. Can't wait to pick it up on Sunday
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A brilliant giude, I wish it had been available when I bought my GTV!

Could I just add that in my experience it is worth checking that ALL electrical items work, especially the electric mirrors and the heated rear window.

I can't speak for the Spider, but on the GTV the windows are only designed to drop on later cars (2000 and after I think). Earlier versions don't have this feature. Sometimes the door windows won't sit properly on the seals and leaves a gap between the seal and glass. This is an easy fix and not something to put you off buying a car.
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Brilliant giude!!!!

I'm a newbie.. I wish i read this before I bought my '96 gtv last year
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I bought a 50k miles 1998 GTV V6 lusso for £1800 from my brother, so far needs a/c recharge,possible starter motor change, new air blower switch, maybe new alarm system.......does this seem good value???

it has no rust whatsoever, looks stunning ( see my galary )

what do you people think??
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Spiderman, thorough guide.
Specially for me that I'm about to buy a Spider GTV 3.0 V6.
- It's only 13,863[km], black with red momo seats, AC, stereo and electric hood, and it's year 2000. It has mostly sat in a garage.
The hood has a little glitch, that you have to keep pressing the button until the whole process is done.
The seller also said that he had some issues with the inmobilizer so he had to disable it... I'll have to check on that.

The car is selling for U$21,000. I've been asking for advice on pricing... any suggestions guys!
This will be a completely irrational purchase (I test-drove the car, and I'm hooked, I'm trying to be rational but I can't), so I want to make the best of it.

Please help !

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excellent guide...really informative..thanks a lot!
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Thanks for the guide, it is very useful when shopping around for either the GTV or Spider - in the end I found my GTV and with the information and advice provided, I believe I found a good un. Cheers!
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if you are interested in finding out official sales figures in the UK for the 916, look here
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thanks for the advice on here, it really helped me when i purchased a 2000year model, the car is fantastic i love it to bits can not wait for the summer
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Excellent guide, very useful for me right now as I expect to buy a Spider within the next couple of weeks. Will post experiences in a seperate thread, or perhaps ask "stupid" newbie questions!
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really useful guide.. I did read it before I bought my spider but as I've bought a non-runner it's gonna be more of a 'things to check' guide than a buyers guide...
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Very useful in general. Great however,

One AREA which I think could definately do with updating is the whole 'red master key' issue, where people always seem to fall for the smoke and mirrors.

Reality is on all cars with a red key you can walk into Timpsons (myself and others have done this) and for around £25 will supply you a new cloned key of your original. You can even take your own key blank in and they will clone it for you for £10. My g/f's car did not come with a master key and we have had two clones made from the original service key which work perfectly.

The Red/Burgundy master key is NOT essential.
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"One time in your life you should have a daft, impractical 2-seater convertible!

There’s lots of time for driving sensible cars the day you become a "sensible" family man like me...”

Spiderman"


Absolutly love your ending mate! just bought one on that principal!
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Glad i found this before i go and sign my life away on a W/2000 2.0l TS GTV

it looks beautiful mind

quoting waynes world "oh yes, she will be mine!"
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Thanks for that, very informative & helpful
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Hi All
been an Alfa nut for many years and have had several GTV TS and one fabulous gtv v6. All had niggling isues but loved every single one of them.Why did i sell them twins growing up was costing me. Now kids 19 and i have purchased a 97 spider lusso, have no history and one key, i know about all the risks around that however as an example i left home at 06.15hrs today for work came home at 17.00hrs 65mile round trip and had a big smile all day on my face i just love it even with it's problems you tell me a car that hasn't my last company car a VW passat diesel beand new , absolutely dreadful inside reliable naaah!! RAC man new me by my first name and that';s no joke, give the company car back and drive an Alfa.. you only live once enjoy...whch ever model you choose:thumbs
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Great guide, thanks.
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Wow, what a big help this thread has been. i have just joined this forum, and it is so helpful for me who knows nothing about Alfas. Very much appreciate the sound advice.. hope to have an Alfa spider soon!
Thanks!
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agree with all you say, my 1998 1.8 spyder has the scuttle shake, and the air bag light comes on about twice a year,rough roads here in tenerife dont help,but sun shine , open road ,its great.
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Thanks for spending the time to put this guide together. As a first time Alfa owner it has been really useful to read, and has hopefully enabled me to make an informed choice.

Time will tell as I put a deposit down on a '99 2.0 TS on Saturday, and will be picking her up Thursday!
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Great piece. I have just acquired (being delivered by father-in-laws brother) a 96 Spider Lusso. Can't wait to get it, as it has been his pride and joy for 14 years. As a meticulous car enthusiast (no me, the seller) I just can't wait to see it... Yes, bought it blind since from a family member and no Yorkshire man would ever lie. (To his family..)!!
Needing to clear some space on driveway so if anybody needs part of a 2000 166 V6, please PM me.

Now I can enjoy both a 166 V6 and a Spider....

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Many thanks for such a comprehensive guide.
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