I'm an engineer with a 1997 spider ts and thank heaven I can diy
its been very reliable the 2 years I've owned it lol ....not!
I've only had to do a couple of jobs so far, such as:
New engine, well I rebuilt a second hand engine after the bottom end gave up on the original (my old engine had evidence of cam belt breakage previously, piston crown marks and and a big end damaged ) Its actually a nice engine to work on
New rear dampers after one seized
but I love driving it which makes up for a lot