Used buyer's guide: Alfa Romeo Spider
Don’t be put off by Alfa’s reputation, the Spider makes a fine buy
Most V6s we found had a manual box, which is no bad thing, but they’re more costly; prices range from £13,000 to £19,000. The more common 2.2 JTS costs up to about £18,000 (for a low-mileage 10-plate), while the newest diesels fetch £1,000 more. You’ll be doing well to find an auto; virtually all of these cars have a manual gearbox.You’ll need at least £9,000 to buy this generation of the Spider; that secures a 50,000-mile 07-plate 2.2 JTS. For £1,500 more you can get an early diesel, while you’ll need to spend from £11,000 for a 3.2-litre V6 auto.
|Model||Insurance group||Fuel economy||CO2 emissions||Annual road tax|
|3.2 JTS Q4||37||24mpg||273g/km||£475|
Whatever engine is fitted, the Spider must be serviced every 21,000 miles or two years, although cars used for short trips and urban driving should be checked annually. Models with a diesel particulate filter (DPF) may also need more frequent maintenance; a dash display will say if it’s required. Servicing costs for four-cylinder Spiders range from £385 to £583; on the V6 it’s £394-£796.
Petrol models are chain-driven, but the cambelt on diesel Spiders needs replacing every four years or 84,000 miles (for £400). Also required are fresh brake fluid every two years (£54) and coolant (£115), although there’s no set renewal schedule for the latter.
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