1988 Alfa Romeo Spider Reviews

1988 Alfa Romeo Spider Quadrifoglio 2.0 hemi from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.0 hemi Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired50000 miles
Most recent distance65000 miles
Previous carBuick Century

Summary:

If you love the car, you will look after it, and it will be as reliable as any other

Faults:

Clutch was in need of repair when bought.

Replaced the original rotors with drilled and slotted.

Other than that, regular maintenance is the only thing.

General Comments:

The car is a work of art. A work of art that you can drive to a beach with a cooler in the trunk. Take your best friend and your dog with you.

With the Recaro seats, your rear is happy, and with the top down, the smile on your face just can't be torn off..

Another important factor is the car is simple to work on; very basic..

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th November, 2010

1988 Alfa Romeo Spider from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission Don't Know
Previous carAlfa Romeo Spider

Summary:

If you like leather seats and performance you should buy one too!

Faults:

Since buying this alfa I have sunk $3000 into new brake system, engine mounts and shaft mounts.

She has 62K miles and her engine is strong, with more high end torque than my 1974 Spider.

The exhaust note still needs some tampering with though, as it doesn't even come close to the sounds of the '74's growls and moans.

General Comments:

People always let their eyes linger on these cars. Pinanifarina's ingenious design extends into the Ferraris and Maseratis of the late sixties/early seventies.

There's something about that black rubber spoiler and the rear lights, coupled with the painted side mirrors and original metallic mauve paint job that always gets me.

This car is eye-candy.

The air-conditioning is freezing.

After installing a nice Alpine CD and some high-performance speakers down by the feet, she's ready to party.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 25th September, 2004

1988 Alfa Romeo Spider Graduate 2.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired21000 miles
Most recent distance26000 miles
Previous carMazda MX5

Summary:

Great toy or second vehicle

Faults:

Replacement of fuel pump.

Replaced the top as the original was ripped in a few places, however a local auto upholstery place did a great job on the replacement.

Seats are ripped and require replacement.

General Comments:

As in most, first to second gear is touchy.

The handling isn't fantastic, but is enough to enjoy the curves.

Wider, lower profile tires than the stock ones would help.

There aren't many of these cars around so they do attract quite a bit of attention.

The spiders are a fun car to cruise around in during the summer, good sound, decent handeling, nice sports car feel. Definitely happy with my purchase, but like the older interiors better. This one is a little "plastic" for my liking.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th April, 2004

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 3 reviews