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.