Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Lexington, Kentucky USA
Welcome to the Alfa BB and to Alfa ownership, if that's what you choose to do. What attracted you to Alfa Romeo, if I may ask? Among the makes you mentioned, Alfa is without a doubt, the best engineered and potentially the most reliable, IF you target a car that was not modified or neglected by previous owners. Whatever you do, stay away from cars that show signs of "improvements" to the electrics, or other dubious wiring hacks. Except for headlight relay installation, which is a plus if well executed.
I bought my '91 series 4 Spider new, and it has never left me stranded out on the road (except for a tire failure, or maybe a dead battery at one point). I can't say that for a couple of new domestic cars I've owned in the past. A well maintained series 3 Spider should treat you well, as long as you are sure of what you're buying. A pre-purchase inspection by a veteran Alfista on this forum, or an experienced Alfa mechanic, is worth the cost up front. There may be a BB member nearby to this Spider who would be willing to look it over for you, or a good local shop that Knows Alfas.
So you may not want to pull the trigger right away, since there are tons of nice Spiders for sale out there right now. Be picky, and patient, and get yourself the best one you can afford.
Lexington, KY USA