Alfa Romeo Spider (96 - 04)
The Spider is a stunning looking soft-top convertible which drives and sounds great. It’s quite rare on Irish roads nowadays so if you’re looking for something different then it could be an excellent choice. There are two engines; the 2.0 litre TS which pushes out 150bhp and the 3.0 litre V6.
In 2003 there were some changes to the front bumper, a newly designed grille and badge and new engines. The 2.0 litre 150bhp was replaced by a JTS direct-injection engine giving it 165bhp and the 3.0 V6 was replaced by the 3.2 V6.
Look out for
• Take care of the hood as they are expensive to replace
• Ask when the timing belt was last changed; should be done every 36k
• Check that the car is being looked after and has a service history
What we like
• Has a stylish drop-down hood
• Beautiful looking car; could possibly be a future classic
• Refined and comfortable interior
• The Spider handles really well
What we don't like
• Older models susceptible to rust
• Limited space in the boot and rear seats.
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