tucked up in garage
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Surrey England
Re: New to forum and spiders
Hi, and welcome.
Did you get a long enough test drive? The reason for my question is that mine is also a tiny bit notchy until it warms up, then no problems. As most testify they are great cars, I would have a hard time parting with mine.
As to what to look for, make sure all the electrics work. Take a look at the colour of the oil brake fluid etc in other words all the checks you would on any car you buy. Driving impressions, the car should feel light to drive with positive feel to the steering. Brakes should stop the car effectively and feel positive. Listen out for axle whine at certain speeds. Not a major issue but maybe cause for concern. (mine whines a 40 and 72 mph and has done so forever!). There will be a certain amount of scuttle shake especially on our roads but it should not deter from the enjoyment of the car. You may hear a ticking noise form under the bonnet; this is probably the injectors as they are particularly load on these. Take a look in the boot under the spare wheel area. There will probably be some rust. Alfa used the thinnest recycled coke can here! Again not a big issue and it can be patched or replaced. Look at the jacking points and check they are in good condition. There are two on each side. Don’t expect the panel fit to be perfect but also don’t buy if it does not look right. Finally check the condition of the convertible hood. Also take a look on this site under the classic section and have a read of some of the posts.
If you let us know where about you are in the country you might persuade an owner to take a look at the car with you. Good luck!