Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: United Kingdom
Ferrari Life Posts: 3,928
The wait's over - Archie's new Italian daily driver
The regulars will know that I have been looking for a daily driver, roadster for the summer. I've tried out most affordable roadsters in the last few weeks, TT's, Z3, Z4, MX5, S2000, MG's, but none of them had that special feeling that I was looking for, and had been missing since I sold my Ferrari.
TBH, nothing can replace that feeling, but I was less than impressed by what the Germans and Japanese could offer. However, I can't afford to get back into the seat of a Ferrari until next year, so I will have to settle for something else. I have beeing umming and aahing about Alfa Spiders for years, and have heard it said many times that every true Italian car fan should own an Alfa at sometime in their life.
I had considered buying one of the new Alfa's (mainly for the 3 year warranty), but I have been hit very hard by depreciation on my inability to keep brand new cars for more than 6 months before I get bored with them. Therefore, a new Alfa is a very foolish financial move, especially when I am saving up for another Ferrari.
In the end, I knew that the only car that would do as my summer driver would be an Alfa Spider. I've been searching the used car sites for the last couple of weeks and finally decided on a Nov 2001 registered 2.0 TS in Alfa red with dark grey leather, it's done 37000 miles, had 2 owners, a full service history, including all belts changed 18 months ago, a new clutch 6 months ago, new front brake pads and discs, new window motors, and it was only half of the budget I had available. The paintwork isn't perfect, there is a small scratch on the passenger side and a couple of dings on either side drivers doors where other inconsiderate drivers have opened their doors in car parks, but other than that the paintwork is perfect, and I can get the scratch and dings fixed for £200/£300.
Yes, this car has had lots of work done and should be a warning to steer clear and buy a German car, but the TT's and Z's just don't do it for me. If I'd bought an Alfa that hadn't had any work done, it would probably need all of the above in the next 6 months anyway.
If I keep this car for a year, it falls apart and I have to sell it for scrap, I will lose no more in a year than I have lost every year in the last 10 years buying brand new German cars. My biggest loss was £12K in 10 months on a 3.0 V6 Audi cabriolet in 2005. The quickest loss was £5K in 4 weeks on a Mazda MX5 in 2005.
I'm picking it up on Friday or Saturday, and will no doubt keep a log on here of all the things that go wrong with it. I guess I need to join the AA or an alternative recovery service.
Foolish or a wise move? Only time will tell.