Ali,2002 were the first model year of the first time the car was around for like 20 years and it was a brand new set of owners (fiat)...
2003 they worked out most of the bugs, 2004 they worked out a LOT more, and added cup holders.
2003 is also when the actual frame was changed I believe.
I am concern if you mean that is your total budget. You need to have a maintenance reserve budget on the side to keep this car running properly.I've been thinking about buying a 2002 coupe and wonder what I should look out for? I'm thinking 2002 because it fits my budget unless I hear a lot of negatives about them. Did the 2002 body change in 2006?
I love, love, love mineBack when I purchased my '02 Spyder GT I wanted a newer model but the '02 was the only one that I could find that fit my specs: yellow, convertable and manual shift. Maseratiboy has good points but the '02 I have is still a Maserati. It goes like hell, stays glued to the mountain roads that I drive, hasn't cost me anything for drivetrain repair, (had some top and window problems) but I'm happy, happy, happy with mine. I say go for it - neither you nor the car are getting any younger.