Hello everyone. Just joined. Spider newbie
Hello everyone in here, it seems like a nice forum.
I've already learned a lot, I need to as my wife is about to buy a Spider 2000 2.0, and I will be maintaining it where I can. I maintain several other Vauxhalls, Mazdas and VW diesels, including doing cam belt changes etc, so hoping the Spider will not be TOO different!
It's a black lusso with red interior.
It has 48K MILES. and is in extremely good condition having been garaged all its life, with the addition of 2x car covers, some carpet and a plastic sheet! Its only used occasionally in summer months, and has been shown in local classic car shows.
My wife has been looking at owning an Alfa for a while, been to see several 147's, but to be honest, after looking at this for just two minutes I had made my mind up to buy it. Maybe foolish, but as far as I can make out that's the way it is with Alfa's!
The owner seems like a nice guy (if a bit chopsy) and all aspects of the car make me think it is all genuine and as described.
There is one problem though. The owner states cam belt have been changed as per the service schedule (so I would assume at 36K Miles - I will check service history of course before I part with any money when I go to pick the car up next week!) My wife drove, it and she said it felt underpowered, and I could hear a dieseling noise that since reading on here I now realise is probably a worn variator. (I have read the v good buyers guide for Spiders on here- many thanks to the author!)
Would one of you kind souls be good enough to answer the following questions please?
Q1- would a worn variator result in reduced power?
Q2 - should the variator have been replaced along with the cam belt at 36K or is this dependent on its condition at the time?
Q3 - If it is the variator, can I leave it until the 72K cam belt change? (24K to go) or should I change or repair it (and do the belt while in there of course)
Thanks in advance, Sean - Swansea