Alfa Romeo Spider (2007 – 2011) Review

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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.

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

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

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22–40 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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