Re: Help out a Wannabe Alfa Owner
Thanks for the help so far guys.
The purpose of this particular thread was more the insurance/gas costs of owning an alfa but since you brought it up, here were my thoughts on what models to consider.
I am most interested in a spider.
I am pretty sure I want an older model. For one, I think they may be more available over here. Most of my searching is on craigslist where there are always 1-3 cars in the quoted age range available in my region. It is very rare to see a later model alfa on the site. For this reason, I am less familiar with those models and don't know if I like them or not. It may be a good idea to get a newer car if I can get one that I like.
Now the next idea I have may go against everything alot the members on this site believe in but I am more intersted in car that is not in pristine condition. I know that if I get a shiny, new looking car I'll always be worried sick about it and I'll go crazy when something happens to it. I am not that interested in a car thats been fully restored for this reason and the fact that these probably cost more.
Another point that you all may think I'm crazy or stupid for is that I plan on doing the maintenance myself. That's why I might keep the other car. The reason this might be crazy or stupid is that I have very limited automotive experience but plan to learn on the car. Because it might not be my primary car, it will be ok if it won't run while I am learning how to fix something. I do have a close friend that is a mechanic but he goes to school some distance away and is only around during time off.
As excited as I am about driving an alfa romeo, I am not going to rush into this nor buy the first one I see. Thanks again and more advice would be greatly appreciated!!!
P.S. again my better judgement is telling me the topic of this thread will become reasons not to buy an alfa right now.