Used Alfa Romeo Spider 1996 - 2004 review

Category: Sports car

Section: Advice for buyers

Alfa Romeo Spider (96 - 04)
  • Alfa Romeo Spider (96 - 04)
  • Alfa Romeo Spider (96 - 04)

Advice for buyers

What should I look for in a used Alfa Romeo Spider sports?

A full service history is a must because neglect can cause oil to clog the 2.0-litre engine. Cambelt changes are needed every 36,000 miles or three years, although Alfa Romeo says it's only necessary every 72,000 miles/six years. If neglected, the belt can slip or snap. Rear suspension bushes wear and, if the resultant clonking is ignored, this can damage the linkage and arms, tripling repair costs.

Look out for faulty or damaged hoods: the electric opening system must be A1. Also check the alloy wheels, as they can become porous, so that tyres lose pressure. And, if you'r elooking at a 1990s' car, check it has a red-topped master key in addition to the blue-topped one. Without it, duplicates cannot be made, and replacing it is expensive.