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Alfa Romeo Spider Convertible running costs and reliability

1996 - 2004 (change model)
Running costs rating: 3 out of 53.0

Written by David Ross Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019

Miles per pound (mpp)

Reliable fuel consumption data for comparison purposes is not available for this model.
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Fuel economy

A more stringent standard for fuel economy (WLTP) was introduced from September 2017, and this model was not required to undergo that test. Its fuel economy measured under the previous test system was 21 - 30 mpg. However these figures are less likely to be achievable in real world driving and so should never be compared to another car's mpg which was measured under the newer, more realistic WLTP system.
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Alfa’s dealer network is small, but a network of specialists will work with enthusiasm and skill at lower cost. The Spider doesn’t depreciate as quickly as the GTV but it’s more expensive to insure and fuel costs will be equally as high.

The Spider performs badly on the eco front. With an average of 251g/km CO2 across the range, its emissions are quite high for a sports convertible. It’s worth noting that the line-up does not feature any diesel models, which typically produce less carbon dioxide than petrol engines with similar power outputs. The range is quite thirsty too, averaging 28mpg.

The main problems tend to be niggles more than major faults, with electric glitches common. It’s a mechanically sound car but you can minimise the risk by ensuring you stick religiously to the servicing and check the oil level. As the roof is manual there’s less to go wrong with it.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax £325 - £395
Insurance group 33 - 39
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