Just 80 Spiders were still available to buy at the time of writing, and the car won’t be replaced until 2006. Its rarity and desirability have helped it to maintain respectable resale values, although they aren’t as strong as those of some cabrio rivals. To keep other running costs down you’re better off sticking to the 2.0 model. Push the V6 hard and you’ll suffer heavy fuel bills, along with its stiffer insurance costs.
Alfa Romeo Spider Sports quality & reliability
Like GTVs, Spiders have experienced some reliability problems, centring on electric problems and suspension glitches. You do get the odd cabin rattle in brand new examples too. Quality of switchgear and plastics is not up to the standards set by more modern Alfas.
Alfa Romeo Spider Sports safety & security
All cars get twin front airbags, but side ’bags are not offered even as an option. There’s an advanced anti-lock braking system and standard traction control to prevent the driven wheels from slipping. An alarm is standard, but deadlocks, which would help theft protection, are not offered.