1984 Alfa Romeo Spider Review
Beautiful Convertible — I have really enjoyed owning this car since I bought it new in 1984. The drive out price was $17,200 so in 2012 dollars it was a $35,000 car. It's a well built car and IF you fix whatever goes wrong at once then you'll avoid a domino effect of other knock on problems. It has 170,000 miles on it and I still drive it weekly, it was a daily driver for over 18 years and I honestly think that is why it is still around. I have put some money into it over the years and the invention of Al Gore's internet was a blessing after Alfa pulled out of the US in 1994. Nowdays you can get 85% of the parts you need...getting a mechanic who is competent to work on it is much more challenging. Honestly, it's a difficult car to work on, not because of complexity but because everything has to be moved or taken off to get to the tight spaces in the engine compartment. I still marvel at its classic sports car looks, they just don't make them like this anymore. It's a REAL classic.
Primary Use: Commuting to work
Pros: Very good looking car, fun to drive with the top down, fairly reliable and gets 33-35 MPG on the highway. Comfortable ride for a roadster.
Cons: Very hard to find a qualified mechanic to work on it, parts can be sometimes hard to get or find and are not cheap.
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