1987 Alfa Romeo Alfasud Sprint / Sprint Green Cloverleaf from Australia and New Zealand
A beautiful, if demanding mistress
The list goes; head gasket failure on both banks of the boxer, rev counter failed, rear windows wouldn't open, rear window de-fogger failed, eyeball vents would shoot out of the dash on second fan speed, hatch pull failed, speedometer cable, plus too many niggles to list. Heck, even the dipstick had to be replaced as the top came off. That should give you an idea!
This was the car that was like the little girl with the curl. She was horrid in summer, with issues like vapour lock in the fuel lines & no ventilation to speak of. In winter she would leak... But show her a couple of bends & she was the most wonderful creature ever built by man. The sound of the engine, especially the exhaust crackle on the over-run never failed to rouse the spirit. Despite the problems I had, I always felt the car was on my side & didn't really want to let me down. I have never tinkered with a car so much, polishing this & tightening that; these things will do that to you. I made the mistake of using it as an everyday car. If you get one, do it justice & keep it for the weekends & you'll love it. Plus if you're selling one in good condition, I'd like to know!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 13th May, 2005
14th Sep 2005, 21:06
I couldn't have said it better myself. Yes, I too, mad the mistake of driving it as an everyday car. So, now it is being prepared for low level club driving. That way, it doesn't matter if the rear windows won't open, the fans only come on when they want too and the down-change exhaust snap crackles and popping won't wake the neighbors.