1986 Alfa Romeo Alfasud Sprint / Sprint Reviews

1986 Alfa Romeo Alfasud Sprint / Sprint cloverleaf 1.5 from Finland

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.5 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 kilometres
Most recent distance200000 kilometres

Summary:

A high performance bargain and one of a kind

Faults:

The electrical system is awful; lights come on/ off every now and then.

Brake pressure valve rusts.

Oil consumption is considerable.

Water pump broke.

General Comments:

Car handles like it's on rails.

The performance isn't bad also, but motor could be little more powerful.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th October, 2003

1986 Alfa Romeo Alfasud Sprint / Sprint Veloce 1.5 QV 1.5 Boxer from Norway

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1989
Most recent year of ownership1996
Engine and transmission 1.5 Boxer Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired12000 kilometres
Most recent distance370000 kilometres
Previous carFord Sierra

Summary:

As good as it looks

Faults:

Water-pump replaced at 250.000km.

Lots of electrical problems.

Lots of rust on bodywork. I almost lost the fuel-tank once because of rusted straps.

Inner door plastic handles replaced several times. (the plastic gets crisp at low temperatures, -20 Celsius and below)

Ball-bearings on rear wheels replaced at 250.000km.

Gearbox broke down at 340.000km.

General Comments:

The car was delivered to the scrapyard at 340.000km with a broken gearbox and serious rustproblems.

The engine was very good, never had to tune carburetors or ignition, never replaced the clutch either.

A fantastic car to drive, performance really impressing for such a small engine.

A really good winter-car, front-wheel drive and good weight distribution, makes it perform very well on icy roads. Has a good heater too. Record of starting the engine at low temperature are -38 degrees Celsius.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th February, 2003

1986 Alfa Romeo Alfasud Sprint / Sprint Green Cloverleaf 1.5 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership1996
Engine and transmission 1.5 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance110000 miles
Previous carAlfa Romeo Alfasud

Summary:

Wrap it in cotton wool

Faults:

Rust everywhere. Everything else was perfect.

General Comments:

Brilliant, brilliant car. Lovely to drive and very charismatic.

Glorious sound from twin-carb boxer. Recommend Ansa exhaust manifold to improve torque, although this reduced the crisp exhaust rasp on my car.

Much loved car, but the rust broke my heart...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st August, 2000

29th Nov 2000, 16:29

Read your comments - been there, done that. I could not have put it better myself.

I'm hoping now, 10 years later, to find a good one (it must be good to have lasted this long).

1986 Alfa Romeo Alfasud Sprint / Sprint Cloverleaf 1.5 petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.5 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired95000 kilometres
Most recent distance125000 kilometres
Previous carFord Escort

Faults:

A little bit of re-occurring rust creeping onto the right rear guard.

Usual electrical quirks such as the fog lights often not working.

General Comments:

The Sprint is a relatively cheap car to obtain, yet it out performs most cars of comparable price. The Sprint is an enjoyable car to drive at speed and can comfortably leave 70% of cars on the road in its wake if pushed.

It is ideally an open road cruiser, as its heavy steering and cramped cockpit are frustrating for town/city driving.

A great first classic to own, and an exciting introduction to the Alfa Romeo marque.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd July, 2000

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 4 reviews