Re: Spider LE Question
For what its worth ! I had a 3.0 Z4, it was a superb car, but poor ride and lots of them around. I looked at the TT, didnt like the arrogance of the dealer, or the tuetonic blandness of the interior and ride.
The seats on my 07 spider are superb, having recently driven 1,500 miles from Valencia to Newcastle, in 21 hrs non stop, I was amazed at the comfort, ride and durability.
MPG can be apalling, low teens when pressing hard across Europe, (100 MPH +). Funnily though when I passed through 20k miles, my consumption has improved dramatically ! I now average over 30MPG when before it was 23MPG. (No change in my driving style) I've seen threads on here where people summise there is some ECU recalibration....who knows...but consumption now is just fine.
I personally like the visibility pack, I do alot of miles and its good to have wipers that come on when it rains, followed by the lights when it gets bad, dark or in tunnels.
More to the point, I do think it is wrong that the MY08 has deleted this standard feature, I can understand it on the LE as the extra kit is worthwhile, but not on the standard car. Alfa is a premium brand and should have a premium spec, regardless of whether you use it or not.
I've had a raft of stupid little ancillery problems aggrovated by an appaling dealer, but the car has done 23,000 miles without a cough. Always starts (its kept outside), mid range performance is good, and it has the style and presence that is not matched my any other vehicle on the roads today (In my opinion...)
I've had the good fortune to own and drive some of the finest cars money can buy, Jaguar, Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, Mercedes, BMW annd Audi, and as an all round package I have to say the little 2.2 Spider is up there with them all. (I test drove the 2.2, 3.2 and 2.4 before I bought and I feel the 2.2 is the best match for the Spider).
Anyway, if everyone agreed on what they want from a car, there would only be ONE car, thank God we dont and there is a great array of makes and models to fit all tastes. !! (Debate !)