What Car? says

2 out of 5 stars

For It's a beautiful soft-top car, which is stylish but affordable, and potentially a future classic

Against It shakes, rattles and rolls. Plus, it's not very reliable, and there are rust problems

Verdict The Spider looks fantastic, but it's not great to drive and it's expensive to run

Go for… 2.0 Lusso

Avoid… 3.0 V6 Lusso

Alfa Romeo Spider Open
  • 1. Cambelt changes are needed every 36k miles or three years, more frequently than the 72,000 miles/six years Alfa says
  • 2. Check older Spiders carefully, as they may be rusty
  • 3. The hood must be in good shape because it will cost a fortune to replace
  • 4. The boot is small, and the rear seats are really only good for children or luggage
  • 5. The cabin looks cheap and most examples will probably rattle
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