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Jalpa Maintenance?

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Ok I'm still saving and still researching more info on these cars. Still to this day I'm wanting to find a Jalpa, restore it and make it mine. New condition or used it's what I want to do.

Anyway, to get to the point (and spare you paragraphs of rambling on about random things) I was wondering as far as money input - How much do you (speaking from an owner's perspective) spend per year on maintenance on these cars.... Now given some people like to work on the car themself and do it themselves on some things, others will pay to have it all done without the hassle. I plan on doing some or most of the work myself, I like tinkering with things and spend almost all of my free time working on my 2 lovely projects right now. But either way, there is always the cost of parts... so how much am I looking for things like parts, problems, etc. I would simply just like some input from some owners if you have any time. Also, are there any oddities in these cars that make daily driving a pain? I know that I've found website listing off specific problems with specific cars (not the Jalpa as an example, actually I haven't found one yet) but as an example some cars make an odd sound when you shift (only to find out that's just how the throwout bearing is made, etc..) or a light doesn't come on (specific wiring in specific years.... bad fuses in specific years....) things to watch out for basically. Is there anything listed that you can think of? I just want to be prepared if or when I do find one and have the chance to begin restoring one of these cars.

Thanks for your time for reading and responding,
Derek.
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Most Jalpas are in good running condition. The question is whether you want to replace the older leather, fix the little this, and the little that, put a new stereo in it, etc.

But when it comes down to it... it is all based on each car. My new Jalpa only has 11,000 miles on it and the engine and trans feels like it is brand new. Howeer, I am spending a lot on little things. New leather, new stereo, new paint, pre oiler, new exhaust, etc. Most of things were not needed to keep the car running, but will be nice to have.

As for average upkeep. If you know how to tune a carb and change the oil you can save a lot of money. Use a color tune spark plug if you are learning to tune and watch the pros do it once or twice before you try it. There are also many parts from fiat, Alfa, and other cheaper Italian car companies that you can use instead of the Lamborghini OEM part at 5 to 10 X the price. example. distributor cap from lamborghini over $100 from auto zone $12 to 15 dollars rotor over $50 from lambo. Auto zone $7.95
 

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Just remember little things add up. Leather, stereo, A/c, heat, carpet, etc. I have spent much more than I hoped to on the little things! :rolleyes:
 
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