1986 Alfa Romeo Spider User Reviews

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    Slow And Steady Wins The Race, If It Can Stay In One Piece. — It's basically all summed up above. Overall though? Best /favorite car I have ever owned. Loads upon loads upon years of fun. It keeps going, nothing can kill this car. It has overheated, leaked gallons of oil, engine has been flooded, throttle linkage smashed in a pothole... It always starts running as good as new. I love it. This car is always loads of fun to drive with the top down in the rain and slide around a bit, you get all the looks at stoplights, nobody knows what it is. If you find one and want a toy. Buy a Spider!

    Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

    Pros: Awesome Italian roadster.  Beautiful lines, beautiful styling.  Pininfarino designed the original slantback Spider and Alfa retained most of his styling throughout the life of the Spider.  This is a series 3 Graduate trim level.  

    The handling is top notch...  ... if everything is working perfectly.  It can slide through corners and come out with awesome grip.  The 50/50 weight ratio was very unique at the time.  It is so light that sometimes you feel like you're on a bike.

    Cons: No power, whatsoever.  Any car loses HP over time, usually at about the rate of 1 per year.  So after 27 years my car, which started with 120HP, is now run with the power of 93 horses...  Not very much no matter how light your car is.  So it's not a fast car in a straight line.  I've been beaten by a Prius...

    Some thing is always broken.  Even when you think that nothing is broken, something is broken.  Right now my clutch main hose is leaking and needs to be replaced, my doorhandles and window cranks won't stay on.  There's a nice sized gash in the rear plastic window.  It grinds into 2nd, 3rd, and 4th.  No gearbox will be necessarily soon. The list goes on.  Parts are expensive and hard to get.  I'll often order a part only to have my money refunded because it is sold out.

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    Fun Ride At A Very Reasonable Price. — It's more fun to drive a slow car fast than a fast car slow! this is a perfect case in point. Handling is great yet the ride is smooth. This is one of those cars you can work on yourself without getting into real, costly trouble. Nearly all parts are readily available at reasonable cost.

    Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

    Pros: Very nice little car. Fun to drive, easy to maintain and very affordable!

    Cons: Cars of this age don't have many of the safety features of later cars.

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    Our Alpha — Let's see, it's fuin to drive, espcially with the top down. I have a love/hate relationship with the fact it is only 2 seats. I hate that the parts are so expensive. It drives and handles really well. It is hard for Karl to fit in it comforably ( like all of our present cars) but a prefect fit for me. It's also super cute and everyone looks at it when you drive it ( again not sure if this is a plus)

    Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

    Pros: fun to drive, classic that won't lose value

    Cons: expensive parts, not a family car

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    <3 — all alfa romeo's are works of art although on a hot day i'd be nice to have air conditioning D: just remember you look awesome and no one knows your extreamly hot all they can see is you in a little soprts car with the wind in your hair driving down the road

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: beauty, grace, class, elegance

    Cons: no one knows how to repair it in america

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    I'm In Love — I am a little bias. It is a beautiful, reliable little car that turns heads. My son's are in love with it as well. Great cruiser and reminds me of Italy.

    Pros: everything about it

    Cons: the problem isn't the car, the problem is that I live in Montreal

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    You Will Get A Lot Of Onlookers When You Drive It. — Because it is a convertible, there is a lot of flex in the body and squeaks and rattles. No where near the solidity of a hard top but that is expected. Great car for a leisurely cruise downtown.

    Pros: People notice you.

    Cons: Convertible squeks and rattles

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    Stylish Little Italian — This is a very fun car to drive around town in. It's swanky good looks gets a lot of attention. I love almost anything designed by Pininfarina, this car being one of them. It handles well, and gets good gas mileage.

    Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

    Pros: Super stylish.

    Cons: Could use a touch more punch!

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    Reviews From Other Years

    1993 Alfa Romeo Spider Reviews

    A Perfect Car For Speed-lovers Who Are High On Cash! By Zaid

    The 1993 Alfa Romeo is a powerful yet beautiful car which is the dream of any car lover.It may be old but it can get any man crazy about it!It is quite expensive to maintain so you should be rich to h... Read More

    Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce...cuore Sportivo!!! By Michael

    Top down alfresco...throaty Alfa powerplant...sea breeze tossling her blonde hair...cliffs and blue water below...California sky above...chirp from the Pirelli's going from 3rd to 4th...double clutch ... Read More

    1991 Alfa Romeo Spider Reviews

    An Italian Masterpiece By Kent

    It is not within the capacity of the English language to sufficiently express my feelings for this car. And unfortunately, I don't speak Italian. There are many cars that are faster and more technica... Read More

    All Time Classic By Seven

    Very nice shape and the last real spider with rear wheel drive. Engine is weak and handling and braking is more like a boat than a car but it's an abolute cutie! Read More

    1990 Alfa Romeo Spider Reviews

    Don't Tell Me About Vroom, Vroom. By davedillon

    My second Spider. I love these cars even if they don't always love me back. Our relationship is complicated, but deep. My wife talks about getting a Miata. I don't think she understands me or being... Read More

    Alfa Romeo Spider Quadrifoglio By Julian

    Most enjoyable ride in a car. Very quick, can take any corner at any speed, and the most beautiful lines. The most fun and classic. Alfa Romeo is the most passionate car manufacturers and holds a hi... Read More

    1989 Alfa Romeo Spider Reviews

    I Love This Car By Matiz_752

    unique and fun to drive. Does not move on snow or ice. This is not a safe car, it's a fun car. I feel safe and in control because I enjoy shifting and manuevering. Not a family car, a little roadster Read More

    This Car Is For Fun And That Is What It Delivers By Stephanie

    Overall, I would do it all again. This car is known for its second gear grind (they all have it) Although this fine feature can now be easily repaired which is my next step. Parts are easy to come by.... Read More

    1987 Alfa Romeo Spider Reviews

    Top Notch If You Know What You're Doing By Tim

    The Alfa Romeo is a delicate breed with a prestigious history. The Quadrifoglio Spider is a terrific show car. Performance is fair, given it is not intended to be raced, yet enjoyed. Not a daily drive... Read More

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