Alfa Romeo Spider (2007 – 2011) Review

Alfa Romeo Spider (2007 – 2011) At A Glance


+Beautifully designed, elegant and classy. V6 sounds great. Decent amount of room in the cabin for a roadster.

-Subject to some recalls. None of the engines really sparkles. Awkward driving position for tall people. Suspect weight distribution and ESP led to a recall.

Insurance Groups are between 27–35
On average it achieves 90% of the official MPG figure

Third roadster test of the week and at least Alfa Romeo managed to arrange some sunshine.

Brighton wasn't sunny for the Audi TT Roadster, Jerez wasn't sunny for the Peugeot 207CC. But Morocco was for the Alfa. It was so good I'm sorry to tell you we forgot to try it with the top up

Happily the choice of engines was also right: the 3.2V6 Q4, and the 2.2 four-cylinder front-drive. (I'd already done the 2.4 Multijet in the tintop Brera coupe)

It's breathtakingly beautiful to look at, of course. Somehow better balanced and less front-heavy looking than the Brera Coupe.

Alfa Romeo Spider 2007 Road Test

Real MPG average for a Alfa Romeo Spider (2007 – 2011)


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18–40 mpg

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Should I keep my Alfa Spider or sell it on?

"My regularly serviced 2010 Alfa Romeo 2.2 JTS Spider Independant Italia was purchased as a one-year-old car with nearly 20,000 miles on the clock. It has now completed 93,000 miles. With new front nearside suspension and rear brake disc and pads for its recent MoT, I was informed that its first new clutch would be needed in the next year or two, at a cost of £1300. As there were only 450 made at the end of the Spider run, and as I am very attached to the looks and performance, should I keep the car or move on?"
It's summer. So either sell it now or keep it to enjoy and if you want to sell it do that next spring because it will be worth buttons over the winter. I think it's important to keep this car with Alfa specialists who know the quirks rather than go for the cheapest quotes from someone like Mr Clutch. There can be a problem with the ESP over-reacting. I presume it's had a timing belt, tensioner, waterpump and aux belt. If it hasn't, you're on borrowed time.
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Convertible roof problems - what are my rights?

"I have bought a 2007 Alfa Romeo Spider for £8000. Today, after driving for the first day with the roof down, I got the following message : "Temporary roof failure" and the roof would not close fully. It has since closed but has repeated the same error twice more. The franchised dealer I bought it from is an hour's drive away, whereas we have an Alfa dealership two minutes down the road from us here. What are my rights here? Am I within them to have the car repaired at the Alfa dealer nearest to me and then have the invoice sent through to the seller?" See of the dealer will let you take it to your more local Alfa dealer and pay for the repair. But you have to ask him. He may prefer to take the car back and give you your money back.
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Autoprotect Warranty

"I have recently had a problem with the convertible roof of my Alfa Spider which has now been repaired by Mangoletsi Alfa Romeo Dealership in Knutsford (who I would recommend for their customer service). They replaced two flap motors at a cost of £363.77 which I paid. When I originally bought the car in August 2014 the mileage was 14,076 and after checking when the next service was due on the car computer this was confirmed as being at 36,000 miles. I purchased an autoprotect warranty at the same time, I had the car serviced at 35,300 miles as instructed by the computer dashboard. Autoprotect will not cover my claim as they say the car should have been serviced at 18,000 miles, how would I know this as this had not been explained or have I received any paperwork regarding their terms and conditions. According to them the warranty is no invalid, I feel that they should settle my claim or refund me the cost of their policy at £300. "
Every car needs a service with oil and filter change at least every 12 months or every 10,000 miles whichever comes first. If the dealer did not tell you this the dealer has failed you. If I was the warranty insurer I would have made the same decision it did. It's patently ridiculous to expect a car to go from 14,076 miles to 35,300 miles without a service.
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What do you think of the Alfa Romeo Spider?

"I am looking at a metallic silver 2008 58-plate Alfa Romeo Spider 2.4JTDM 210, in standard spec with 30,000 miles. They are asking £11,995. Is that too much from a dealer?"
It's a fair price and a pretty looking car. A 2008/58 should be okay but beware of earlier examples. There is a lot of weight forward of the front wheels and not enough at the back which can, in some circumstances, confuse the ESP. I had a very nasty 115mph ‘tank slapper’ in one in Morocco and the cars were recalled in July 2007 to rectify “possible loss of vehicle control.” (27/07/2007 R/2007/092 ALFA ROMEO 159, BRERA & SPIDER possible loss of vehicle control. Chassis numbers: ZAR93900005000002 to ZAR93900005014818. Build dates 01/11/2005 to 28/02/2007)
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