I have been looking for over a year for a specific 946 spider to use everyday in the summer.
Found it in February, 2.2, under 70k, Full service history, Monaco blue with blue hood and blue and orange interior.
Only ever failed past MOT's on light bulbs and tyres, so immediately contacted Evens Halshaw and paid a deposit.
The day before I was going to pick it up, they said don't come as the hood has stopped working and they had sent the car to the main Alfa dealers for repair, but when it's fixed, they we will give me 6 months warranty free for the inconvenience.
Following week, they were very apologetic but a part had to be ordered from Italy so it would not be fixed till April (4 weeks).
Contacted them Monday to get the car and they said it could not be fixed and there were other problems, so they are going to refund my deposit and put the car in an auction.
So with this information I contacted the Alfa dealer who stated to me that they had bodged the hood so it worked sometimes and there were also many other fault with the car, eg low fuel pressure, fuel gauge not working, cruse control not working and other problems. With the hood they estimate around 5K to fix all the problems.
The car has now been placed on BCA auctions with hood working but it unusually states 'no warranty' in details.
Question, should I purchase it at the auction and get all the problems fixed?
Stay well away from it and just wait another 18 months in hope that another car will turn up?
Or abandon all hope and dignity and get a French or German convertible for the summer?