Hello from the surprisingly hot and sunny north! Tried seaching info about Alfas and this forum popped in my eyes from the search results, being a HC forum-a-holic I had to register right away.
So, a quick "me":
As stated, from Finland. Trucking entrepreneur (really just a fancy word for a truck driver AND a paper pusher), HC gearhead, had grease under my fingernails since 8, now 29, own two motorbikes, a `91 Honda CBR 600 F2 that`s been converted to single seater with a fiberglass race tail, and a `02 Triumph Daytona 955i with the double sided rear swing currently under construction to becoming a daily rider/ show bike something in the lines of a cafè-fighter. Have creds to about 8-9 forums, mostly bike/car related, of which one I operate as a moderator. Wife, 1,3 yr old son etc. ON all the other forums I`ve known by the name Mattson, but here it was already taken so had to come up with another...
What comes to cars, I`ve had quite a lot of different ones. just to name a few, several Peugeot 405:s of which one was an MI-16, a 205 Lacostè, a 605 that I never drove one meter, a Golf mk2 (dunno what came into me there) a `97 Passat, after that basically just Volvos. a 2,5D S80 for 7 years and 200tkm, loved it but was nearing 500tkm and a heap of problems, a V50 D5, didn`t like, A focus not a Volvo at all, then a Citroen Xantia that I gave to my wife, bought a Skoda Octavia scout, drove it for three weeks when my five totaled the Xantia so I gave the Scout to her for added security transporting the baby, bought another S80, this time a T6, turned out to be a total lemon and don`t even like driving it anymore.
Finally we get to WTF I`m doing here. Most of my cars, and bikes, have been at least somewhat sporty and models that don`t come by at every single crossroads. I currently still have the T6, but not for long. I posted it for sale and started looking for alternatives. Since the wifey already has a large raised STW why would I need a huge family sedan cause I drive 99% of the time alone. Looked at SLK mercs, even considered a BMW 328i Msport Cabrio cause I want a ragtop but came to my senses when my friend made me an offer you just don`t turn down. He`s willing to take the Volvo from my hands for a fair price in trade for:
a Black 1997 Alfa GTV Spider 2.0 T.Spark. Two seater, electric ragtop, sporty, VERY rare round here and IMO sexy as what! What more can you ask for! Well, maybe an automatic trans as I`m so used to having it but I`d suppose a car like that would be the same as having an automatic motorbike... not a chance...
Really waiting for friday when I get from work and head to my friend`s to pick up the new toy
The funny thing is I`ve pretty much sealed the deal already, and have NEVER driven an Alfa before
I`ve seen the car briefly once about a year ago, but I do trust my friend as we`ve known for as long as I remember, I`ve bought most of my cars from him, and he has built it for himself but got an MX-5 in one trade and liked that better so the Alfa was forgotten in the garage. My win
So, looking for to browsing this forum and hopefully getting to know my latest purchase, and getting help for any future problems. These cars don`t enjoy a trusted reputation here, all but one that I`ve talked to have known straight away to say steer clear from Alfas, yet when I asked how many of them have they owned, only one has. Guess which one... I`m not scared to pick up the spanner but it Is gonna be my daily driver from scorching summer to the frigid -30c winter as well so hoping the rag roog fill hold at least some heat