Alfa Romeo Spider Reviews from Switzerland

1996 Alfa Romeo Spider 3.0 V6 3.0 V6 gasoline

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.0 V6 gasoline Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired77000 kilometres
Most recent distance81650 kilometres

Summary:

Great fun car, in a very Italian way

Faults:

The radiator was pierced by a sharp object while doing 145 mph on the Autobahn in Germany. Unfortunately, within a few minutes all the water leaked out. The engine is unbelievably strong - nothing was damaged, not even the head gaskets. I still had to replace radiator and water pump, though. Tough luck, but not Alfa's fault. Recently the idling has gone very lumpy, probably the air flow meter needs fixing. This is the only fault the car has developed in 6 months.

General Comments:

Fantastic performance from the 210 bhp V6 (slightly tuned with Alfa SZ cams and ECU...). It has lots of torque, at low speeds feels even beefier than my Ferrari F355 and BMW 540!

The engine sounds great and comfort is good on motorway trips. Scuttle shake is very bad on broken/uneven surfaces.

Handling is absolutely superb - I have stiffer springs and top-quality Bridgestone tires, which also helps, but the base chassis is very sharp and the steering is kart-like, very direct. Porsche Boxsters can't shake me off on tight mountain roads!

Build quality is OK, but nothing special. The leather seats are good, but very hard. The roof is excellent - it never leaks at all, even in the worst downpours.

Overall it's a good, fun car that deserves praise - hear that V6 accelerating hard and you will have to love it! You'll easily forgive its little Italian foibles: it's not a piece of perfect Teutonic engineering, but it feels much more "alive" than any German competitors of similar price.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th October, 2003

16th Jan 2004, 03:33

"probably the air flow meter needs fixing."

My wife has had this replaced twice on her 2.0TS in the last two years...

1990 Alfa Romeo Spider 2.0 ie 2.0L.

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0L. Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired42000 kilometres
Previous carAlfa Romeo 33

Summary:

A dream car for alfa lovers

Faults:

A few little things had to be done : one windshield washing spray was broken and had to be changed. The T piece between the 2 sprays had to be changed. The battery was dead (original one 11 years old). There was also a broken piece in relation with the hand brake : it was active on only one wheel.

General Comments:

This car sticks to the road. It turns flat even at high speed, due to the propulsion. The performances could be better : the engine lost a big amount of torque due to the de-pollution laws. Otherwise, very pleasant to drive.

Big trunk for a cabriolet : you can easily use it for holidays and your wife will be pleased to take enough luggage ;-)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th April, 2002

6th Dec 2003, 12:50

Wonderful, I owe the same car and noticed same problems with the windshieldwaschers. I bought a piece of plastic tube at Migros and fixed the stuff myself. I just passed 40000km and the spider (88) looks like new. Want to meet once in spring? I am in the Geneva area on 079 6520605.

Average review marks: 8.5 / 10, based on 2 reviews