Own­ing a Spi­der S4

Classic Cars (UK) - - The Big Test -

‘I’ve had it for four years – I’ve got an­other, more mod­ern Spi­der for Euro­pean tour­ing but the S4 is for the UK,’ says owner Peter Moss. ‘I use it a lot – around 2000 miles a year – but it’s very de­pen­dent on the weather. It’s an ab­so­lute joy when it’s bright and sunny. ‘I’ve been sort­ing out 20 years’ worth of faults on it, and it’s get­ting grad­u­ally more re­li­able as a re­sult. The pre­vi­ous owner didn’t use it much – they need to be used reg­u­larly in or­der to re­main re­li­able and I’m mak­ing up for lost TLC. I’ve changed the uni­ver­sal joints, fuel cap, var­i­ous other mi­nor bits and pieces and taken it for Alfa spe­cial­ist ser­vic­ing, and the front bumper was re­sprayed af­ter some car park dam­age. A wa­ter pump will be needed soon – the ther­mo­stat jammed to­day and it started over­heat­ing, so that’s enough of a prompt to get it sorted!’

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