Used Alfa Romeo Spider 1996 - 2004 review

Category: Sports car

Section: Our recommendations

1996 - 2004 review
Alfa Romeo Spider (96 - 04)
  • Alfa Romeo Spider (96 - 04)
  • Alfa Romeo Spider (96 - 04)
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Which used Alfa Romeo Spider sports should I buy?

As far as engines go, you can choose between a four-cylinder 150bhp 2.0 and a 3.0 V6 that delivers 218bhp. The smaller engine is more common and will serve you best.

The 3.0 sounds great and is very quick, but has more power than its chassis can handle. The 2.0 is more of a match for the car, and since it is the same engine you'll find in the 156 and many other Alfas, getting spare parts should be no problem.

There are just two trims, Turismo and Lusso. All have twin front airbags, anti-lock brakes, air-con and alloy wheels, and all have manual gearboxes. Lusso models are worth buying for their leather seats.

Plenty of owners imported Spiders from 1999-2002, when they were far cheaper abroad than UK dealer-supplied cars. Make sure any import is as well equipped as a UK model. If it isn't, it will be hard to resell later at its full value.

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