AO Platinum Member
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: United Kingdom
Had my 916 Spider 3 years and has never left me stranded, I do have a mechanic on hand, but I only use him for the essential services and changing old worn parts. My car's been so reliable. The stigma comes from the alfa's of the 80's, at least thats what I have been told. I have to keep telling everyone 'my electrics are fine, my softtop is fine, my brakes are fine. I'm glad she uses that much oil, otherwise I'd worry about engine lubrication' its a nasty rumour more than a gospel truth.
Treat her well! I thrash the pants off mine every now and then to blow out the cobwebs, the engines love to be revved, and at 5 grand I have found mine has a ferrari note to it, (but that might be wishful thinking.)
Managed 2800 miles around europe in nine days and she stayed as sweet as anything, I get so annoyed on the reliability issue....just make sure your car is driven, These italian vehicles like to be used. Ducati Ferrari and Alfa all have the same nasty backstory, but use them often and treat them to regular Maintenance and they will all be as reliable as you like.