Almost every aspect of a car and driving it will be totally subjective. What one person thinks is a crashy ride, others might consider sporty and responsive. It is all relative. Does a 916 lack modern refinements? Iíve owned my GTV from new and up until I bought my Spider 18 months ago it was my only car and the only car Iíve owned with Ďmod consí like electric windows and central locking so to me seems positively space age to me. Is it impractical? Again, it is all relative. Thereís just me and the wife; thereís enough room for a suitcase in the boot and more storage behind the seats so space has never been an issue.
And the big one; are they expensive to own and run? I paid £750 for mine with a long MoT. I put it in for another MoT just to make sure and it passed with no advisories and a few compliments on the condition. I then took it to Alfashop for a cam belt, water pump, plugs and more compliments on the condition which was almost as much as the initial purchase price. Since then aside from normals servicing and wear & tear (oil, coolant, air filter, gearbox oil, tyres, battery etc) all Iíve spent is £35 on a new thermostat (eBay bargain) and a whole £4.50 on an oil pressure sender. I also replaced the rear window as I cracked the old one putting the hood down when it was too cold. Everything else has been through choice... 17Ē alloys, OEM boot rack, OEM mats, colour matched mirrors, strut brace, new boot badge, quad exhaust, Zender fuel flap and foot rest. Iíve changed the speakers too and replaced the stereo but that was only because I wanted one where the display matched the colour of the dials and the same as Iíve got in the GTV so I donít have to Ďlearní a new set of controls.There are a few niggles that need sorting but nothing major. I recently made the 450 mile round trip to Southern Alfa Day at Beaulieu and it didnít miss a beat, used exactly zero oil, never went above 90 temp wise and managed about 35 mpg. Not bad for a 20 year old car.
Driving a Spider is pure driving pleasure. You simply cannot beat it on a summers day with the hood down. Iíve been out for a 10 minute drive to the shops and got home several hours and hundreds of miles later. Mine sits on the drive or on the road outside my house all year round. Iíve had the odd hood leak but easily remedied with a few simple adjustments. Every year the hood gets a good clean and waterproofing. It gets put away for winter on 31st December and comes out for summer on 1st January.
2001 GTV Twin Spark - Aerokit, teledials, Ragazzon quads, MTEC discs, DS Performance pads
2000 Spider Twin Spark - 17Ē multispokes, colour matched mirrors, OEM luggage rack, Ultra Racing strut brace, Fox quads, Zender fuel flap cover