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Old 05-24-2008, 07:37 PM
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Hello! I have a 83 Harley tour glide posted for sale on another site. I guy with a 88 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce convertible replied asking about a possible trade. My bikes worth about 8000.00. His car has 90,000 miles on it and he said it is in prestine condition. I am interested in gettting a convertible for daily driver and road trips. Are these cars easy to maintain? All parts available and reasonably priced? Anything I should watch for on this model? Thanks!
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Old 05-24-2008, 10:37 PM
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what part of the country do you live in?

will it be driven in snow?

these are great cars but like any vehicle especially alfas that are 25 years old, it will require a lot more maintenance.

parts are easily accessible.

i would only have an alfa specialist work on the car, not a generic european mechanic.

this board is great for troubleshooting especially if you like to do the work yourself.

ask him if he has all the service records.
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Hello! I have a 83 Harley tour glide posted for sale on another site. I guy with a 88 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce convertible replied asking about a possible trade. My bikes worth about 8000.00. His car has 90,000 miles on it and he said it is in prestine condition. I am interested in gettting a convertible for daily driver and road trips. Are these cars easy to maintain? All parts available and reasonably priced? Anything I should watch for on this model? Thanks!
Rust has been an issue with all Alfa's. Check the rocker panels and under the carpet beneath the pedals and the same area on the passenger side. Water can pool there and make rust holes. Parts are easy to come by and much of them are reasonable. But, expect to pay a small premium. Almost none of it is Alfa Factory stuff anymore. A few choice items must be had as used.

Here are 2 big USA places that sell Alfa parts (there are more...):
Welcome to International Auto Parts
Centerline Alfa Romeo Parts (888) 750-ALFA
Study the parts available carefully. That's how dreams start...

Mileage is not the issue, per say. But how was it maintained? Have an Alfa mechanic take a look at it first. They know what needs attention and what is weak. Most things can be worked on by the owner. But they do need attention on a regular basis to keep them reliable. Lot's of Alfabb guys that use them as daily drivers have a back up car, just in case.

I own an older model than the one you are thinking of getting. It has been a blast. It's not as fast as a Motorcycle or even a Mustang, but you won't be able to wipe the smile off your face the first time you drive it.

If the suspension has good springs, shocks and bushings it will feel like it's on rails. Stock handling has some understeer, but it can be altered with some choice parts.

If you are not into the performance thing, it will still look great outside the restaurant or along the Pacific Coast Highway.

They are great cars that need TLC.
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but you won't be able to wipe the smile off your face the first time you drive it
... especially when you realize the air feels just as good as it does on a bike, only you don't have to wear a helmet.......
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I live in Illinois but I don't need to drive it in the snow. If he likes my bike and his car is not rusty or patched up underneath and not needing suspension work I will probably go for it. Then I will change my I.D. to 88 ARSV or something. Thanks for the replies. Rick
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I live in Illinois but I don't need to drive it in the snow. If he likes my bike and his car is not rusty or patched up underneath and not needing suspension work I will probably go for it. Then I will change my I.D. to 88 ARSV or something. Thanks for the replies. Rick
do you have pictures?
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I live in Illinois but I don't need to drive it in the snow. If he likes my bike and his car is not rusty or patched up underneath and not needing suspension work I will probably go for it. Then I will change my I.D. to 88 ARSV or something. Thanks for the replies. Rick
If it's an east coast car expect some rust. That's where the Alfa mechanic comes in. He can evaluate the extent of the red dust.
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To Trade or Not To Trade.....

Sell your bike, then go find a car to buy. Your options will be far greater.
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Sell your bike, then go find a car to buy. Your options will be far greater.
great advice.

this way you can choose another alfa if necessary.
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I don't know if an 88 with 90K is worth what your bike is worth. You can get super nice S3 Spiders with less miles for 5K. I got a very good S3 for $2600, it will need paint in the next few years but is OK for now, my interior is near perfect, engine is strong and it has 116k on the clock. If he is willing to kick in $2500 it may be worth it to you.
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Old 05-26-2008, 06:41 PM
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To trade or not to trade, is that the questiions?

Your HD should bring you at least 7500. With 7500 in hand and a little elbow grease you could can have a really nice Alfa. If you buy the right car it could end up worth a lot more than 7500.
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