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Brilliant guide. I will print this off tomorrow.
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Can't remember the exact details but check out pkr's April 2012 threads and should give you some insight to retro fitting the drops
Much appreciated!

And here is the illustrated guide from pkr (he deserves capitals really ): http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/motor...ctory-way.html

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I am currently on the lookout for a GTV and this guide has been very useful on what to look for, thanks!
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brilliant thread and so helpful. I'm looking for a spider and already know about the engine issues regarding the variator I did mine on my last 156 (now thinking why I sold the cam locking tools and the home made removing tool)
one question I have is if I go for a manual hood how easy is it to lower and raise it single handed. I have a shoulder injury that may take some time to heal and may never be back to being 100%. my current car a mx5 is a doddle and my show car xr3i cabriolet is a power hood so no problem but the last thing I want to be doing is buying a spider with a manual hood and not be able to use it when I'm one my own. but I'd sooner go for the manual after reading the thread.
thanks in advance for any help.
when I do find the right car i'll post pics etc.
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Manual hood is very easy to put up/down, 30 seconds to do each.
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I'm glad we bought one with a power roof. However I've not had any issues with ours yet so I'm bound to say that
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thanks for the help, i've decided that I'm going to try a find a lusso that fits my price range or wait until into the new year when i'll have more funds. that may well be my best bet thb.
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Really great thread. Only found it after buying my spider but still a handy checklist to read through.
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On the hood front; it's easy to get a power hood up and down manually...just switch the car off, this will release all the tension in the hydraulics

Now that the spider is older, if you are thinking of getting one just factor in the cost of having all the bushes in the suspension changed. The car handles like a dog once they wear.

On the whole though, I've run the spider as my daily driver and as a second car and it's reliable, fun and now a rare sight on UK roads. Nothing will quite prepare you for the wee boy crossing the road who's never seen one before and points to it like its a 200,000 Ferrari!
Had that before now from a few teenage girls
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Had that before now from a few teenage girls

Same here. Parked up, roof down, on Plymouth Hoe on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Sit a few feet away enjoying an ice cream and just listen to the comments. Can there be any car that looks so damn good for such little outlay?
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Same here. Parked up, roof down, on Plymouth Hoe on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Sit a few feet away enjoying an ice cream and just listen to the comments. Can there be any car that looks so damn good for such little outlay?
No I don't think it can be beaten. It is probably, by and far the best car in the world/1 you can have.
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Haha great! That would be nice but I'd need a saw to take my roof off.
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This was a great help - shortly before I headed off to Lancashire 2 weeks ago to buy my gorgeous 2001 lusso 2.0ts spider in silver. A weekend car and living under a quality car cover when not out and about - runs beautifully, but the worrier in me dreads to think what I might discover when I take her in for the first service !. 105k on the clock and looks spotless under the bonnet - so hopeful that she has been well loved in her earlier years.
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No I don't think it can be beaten. It is probably, by and far the best car in the world/ you can have.
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No, no it's not. The valves just went through the pistons. I need to start collecting plastic dogs as a hobby.
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PS The original had photos,but could`t work out/be bothered to put all the photo links in just now.You might get the fully illustrated version later.
Hi - newbie here - any chance of reinstating new links for the photos please as they don't work? I know it's an old post but it's really useful.
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I hear different things about the keys for the PH1. Is the brown key absolutely essential? My son is looking at one at the moment and it has only one key, which isn't brown! Just concerned in case of future needs.....

Any comments?

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dont worry...................... Timpsons were able to cut and clone mine fore around 35 i think,
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