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Just read the very last 2 lines... it's sold.

FFS. Take the ad. down.

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I do like these Spiders, but i'd have to have the V6.

Personally i'd be after a classic shape Spider though.

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V6 is horribly thirsty - ie. fuel consumption in the mid-teens at Autobahn speeds. I can't justify that kind of thirst - especially as I'm buying something that will be used for European touring.

The other thing is that they're very nose heavy - so the TS is a better track day car.

As for classic spiders - Yes, I'd love one, but I don't love the rot you get with S1-3 cars - and can't afford a nice S4. If I had S4 money, I'd be buying a 944 Cab.

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Well, I've uncovered a sensible mileage, phase 2 facelift, Zoë Yellow spider in a local indie showroom.

Going to have a look on Wednesday afternoon...

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What could *possibly* go wrong?

How long have you got..? :P

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Wednesday as in today?

Good luck!

I am a total cab convert, and whilst not really (at all) sporty cars (more GT), they are just fun to have the roof off on a decent day.

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Well, that was a shed.

No evidence of a cambelt change in the last 5 years, roof didn't work (hydraulic failure), knackered wheel bearing, and a nice new set of 'Primewell' tyres. On an Alfa Spider, ffs.

Actually not sure I want one now, as it was very much like driving a 155 and the seat position was far too high.

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Sounds like a completely normal Alfa :P

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Yes indeed, sounds like a keeper!

Grab it whilst you can!

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I'm in a bit of a dilemma now.

I can see how a good Spider would be a nice car - so it could be worth going a bit older / higher miles but buying from a specialist who has re-bushed everything, done the belts and clutch before sale.

Or I could look at something like a Mk2 MX5 10th Anniversary. 6 speed box, and Torsen LSD.

Or... a BMW Z3. But finding a straight and tidy 6 potter for sensible money isn't easy - and it's very hard to tell the difference between the 8v and 16v 4 pot cars unless you have it in front of you. (Autotrader and eBay don't seem to get the details right very often)

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Z3 would be good fun to drive, and significantly more reliable, even a 4 pot.

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Reliable and Z3, two words that don't belong in the same sentence!

BMW changed the name to Z4 for a reason, they were shîte, poorly built by slaves out of shonky parts.

The Alfa would run rings around a Z3 in terms of reliability.

I still say spunk some cash and get a classic spider, you can't take it with you, and you've got no kids to make sure the government don't take it all off you and shove you in a shîtty pîss stinking council run care home when you go senile either!

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I don't have the liquid assets to buy a classic spider. It's all tied up where I can't touch it.

So I'm looking to limit myself to £2.5k in reality. Which won't get you a Classic spider.

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BMW changed the name to Z4 for a reason, they were shîte, poorly built by slaves out of shonky parts.

Dead right!! Avoid!!

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Z3s are utter shïte - they really are.

Buy an MX-5. Best two seater sports car around. Very tuneable - suspension, brakes and engine and not expensive to maintain. Go forever and cheap to maintain and fix +++

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Z3s are utter shïte - they really are.

Buy an MX-5. Best two seater sports car around. Very tuneable - suspension, brakes and engine and not expensive to maintain. Go forever and cheap to maintain and fix +++

I have an MX5. It's asthmatic and rot prone.

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Yes, it's a Mk1.

Mk2s rot even more, and Mk2.5s are utterly shocking - the front chassis rails just disappear overnight.

There's a 10th anniversary edition near me - low miles, looks tidy - but he wants £2.5k for it, when dealers ask £2k. But I also don't want to drive 100 miles to look at a car, as I just know dealer MX5s are likely to be more rotten than they tell you.

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Buy a newer MX5. :P

Must admit I'm in a similar state of mind. Quite fancy a little cheap as chips roadster that may or may not be eligible for 18-30 2014, heart says Barchetta (or Capuccino!) head says MX5.

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When you eventually get round to buying one, take it to Matt at TrackToys - he's got a reputation for his work amount the MX5 race community and he's bloody good at what he does. Based in the Midlands.

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Yeah, MX5 is where the sensible money goes - £2.5k buys an early Mk2.5 or a 10th anniversary Mk2. Which look very attractive.

But then, mine was rot free when I bought it... now 2 years later, the arches are bubbling.

So I do wonder if I'll be looking at the same kind of thing in 2 years - can't be bothered with fixing rot, so looking for something else again.

Or, I just bite the bullet and get mine sorted. But it also needs a new roof. And it doesn't have an LSD. Whereas, if I were buying another, that's one thing I would look for.

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