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HELP; Alfa Romeo Spider as my FIRST car

09-14-2008, 12:09 AM
Hi everyone,

This is a bit of a long post but I'm desperate for help/advice-- any is much appreciated.

My parents came to visit me today and brought with me a surprise present. It is an Alfa Romeo, my mother said it is 32 years old and was designed by Pininfarina. I googled this stuff right now and by some photos and the year I guessed that I have an Alfa Romeo Spider Series II. Is there any way I can confirm this?

So here are the problems:
1. The car is manual transmission, which I don't know how to use. Otherwise I picked up my driver's license about a year ago with only about 18 hours of practice. I've driven only a few times since (less than 10)-- I'm ok but parking and probably overall safety is not so great.
2. I know nothing about car maintenance/upkeep. This is my first car and it seems like a fragile one at that. What exactly to I need to keep tabs on? Where can I learn about caring for this vehicle? Should I expect any particular problems with it?
3. It's a convertible. The "roof" sucks and the rear "window" is an opaque plastic. Where can I find a replacement and how much will it be?

Anything else? I'm really worried as I feel totally unprepared for this ride. Fair enough I probably won't be using it much-- I'm a happy camper with my bike-- but this is stuff I feel like I will need to understand at one point or another. Any advice, help, pointers are really appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

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