1985 Alfa Romeo Alfasud Sprint / Sprint 1.5 QV 1.5 from Australia and New Zealand
Blown head gasket.
Needed new radiator.
Needed new clutch.
Rear wiper not working.
Interior light not working.
Glove box lid broke.
Car has had more than the average number of major problems, given its still low mileage. But it's common knowledge that that's the deal with Alfas (at least older ones like mine). If you love the wonderful character, and the fact that the car is so much fun to drive, it's a wonder governments everywhere have not outlawed it, then you won't mind.
Generally mine is very reliable.
Car is FUN, FUN, FUN.
Wonderfully sharp steering, zippy, terrific engine/exhaust note.
It could use a bit more power, and I've thought about dropping an injected 1.8 Alfa 33 engine into it (I understand it drops in quite nicely)
The car still looks great, but the Sprint is basically a nicer-looking three door Alfasud. And there have been slight packaging compromises to get the nicer looking shape.
It's pretty poorly equipped: no air-con, no power windows, standard two speaker radio/cassette is pretty ordinary. Right-hand only rear view mirror. Basically, the car has no luxury items at all.
However, if you're looking for driving fun per dollar spent, this is probably the best car in the world.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 17th December, 2004