1984 Alfa Romeo Alfasud Sprint / Sprint Reviews - Page 2 of 2

1984 Alfa Romeo Alfasud Sprint / Sprint 1.5 petrol from Malta

Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.5 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired24300 miles
Most recent distance28450 miles

Summary:

The name says its all. Sporty and stylish

Faults:

The main problem is rust. After a few months that I bought the car, rust started appearing round the front wipers, left front mud gard as well as on the rear left mud guard.

The driver seat started to tear a bit, but nothing serious.

The biggest problem of them all are the bumpers. About four months ago I had them sprayed due to cracking in various places. I spent about 100 pounds to have them sprayed. The cracks are starting to reappear.

When I come to put the engine into second gear, sometimes the gear lever slips. The problem is only on second gear.

The glove compartment is constantly rattling.

The back left window does not go down.

The plastic has become extremely rigid and easy to break. This is a problem because certain parts are very hard to find.

Once in a while some electrics in the lights (or fuses) decides to go, which is a real problem if you are driving in the evening.

The physics of the brakes is not very good, and I would prefer not to use it in the rain.

General Comments:

Over all I love this car.

Its quite fast and reliable (it has not stopped in the middle of the road till now).

Petrol consumption in another thing. It tends to be a bit of a problem being a student.

The thing that I love most about the car is how rare it is in my country. I live in Malta, were the population is of about 350,000. There are only four like my model still on the road.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th May, 2002

1984 Alfa Romeo Alfasud Sprint / Sprint 1.5 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership1989
Most recent year of ownership1990
Engine and transmission 1.5 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired55000 miles
Most recent distance65000 miles

Summary:

Great performance and looks spoiled by very poor build quality

Faults:

Needed a new clutch.

Needed welding on inner front wings for MOT.

Intermittent operation of electrical items such as wipers.

Driver's seat bolster became badly frayed.

Flimsy plastic inner door handles broke.

General Comments:

The car's looks were very appealing. Mine was black with green accents in Green Cloverleaf guise. The black and green theme was repeated inside with vivid green carpet and green cloverleaf pattern on seats.

The car performed extremely well and was very responsive to the throttle, with a lovely burble from it's flat four engine. The gear change was a bit rubbery though. There was also quite a bit of torque steer felt through the steering wheel.

The worst aspect of the car was fairly apalling build quality, but the sills, inner wings, outer wings all rusting badly. A typical old Alfa I suppose.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th February, 2002

Average review marks: 5.8 / 10, based on 4 reviews