Two weeks ago, I owned a FIAT 500, Alfa 166, my yellow Twinspark Spider, and my Uno Turbo. I drove the 500 most of the time.
Then I bought a FIAT Stilo
Obviously I really needed it - $4000 - it was such a bargain! Really tidy condition, bright blue. It's going to be my everyday car - once I've repainted the wheels and got new tyres. I like how smooth and comfortable it is, and the 2.4L engine isn't lacking for power.
I've since sold my 166 (for slightly more than I bought it for) and my FIAT 500 (for slightly less than I bought it for) - just in the last two weeks. These two added up to $36,500.
I always wanted a V6 engine in my Spider - no particularly good reason why, but it was the best part of the 166 - and now it looks like I'm about to be the proud owner of a black V6 Spider, a 2002 phase-2 version. I would have preferred yellow, but black does look quite striking. I think I'd better keep it fairly secret as my local friends will NOT approve
they will think I'm spending all the money I've just gained from selling two cars, which isn't strictly true.
It's going to be fun, though - I'll take the 500 up to its new owners in Auckland, then get a bus or a taxi over to where the black Spider lives, and if I'm happy with it, transfer the money on the spot, and drive away
what a stunning end to this week, I hope. I have a lot of other work to do first - not much free time. There's Christmas shopping to be done, too.
The plan is of course to sell my yellow Spider early next year, in the height of summer. Overall this little transaction will not really cost much money at all, as the V6 Spider is worth about 40% more than my yellow Spider.
I'll end up with the Stilo (5-cylinder Abarth version), the V6 Spider, and the Uno (which currently lives away from here in a rented shed space, but I'll be able to get it back once I only have the two others).
Anyway - I'm already forming a mental checklist of what to check on the 2002 V6 Spider, which has done 81,500km (50,652 miles) and has just had cambelt/tensioner/idlers replaced - has a full service history from the main (supplying) dealer. Asking price is $18500 (£9390).
- black paintwork and clear coat condition (I'm told there are no resprayed areas, but one bumper scuff)
- hood condition, particularly tautness of the rear window (always a problem on my yellow Spider)
- wheels (I hope no kerb damage)
- alarm and remote locking (I hope this was standard on the V6 Spider in NZ, helps with insurance)
- exhaust system (probably original) - near needing replacement?
- clutch (light and effective - I think the V6 clutch is lighter than the TS?)
- rear wheel bearings (roaring sounds)
- suspension (knocks and clunks)
- cooling system for cleanliness
- engine oil for cleanliness
Expecting near perfection - it's only ten years old
Thanks for sharing in my excited ramblings.