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Posted by Robert (UK) on October 31, 2000 at 02:11:34:

In Reply to: Z3 VS ALFA 3.0 (1987) posted by Manny on October 29, 2000 at 12:45:05:

I bought my 97 Alfa Spider 3 years ago (against the advice of many on this board - I did have a deposit on a Z3 (which I never got back :-( )) and apart from a leaking power steering seal when about 2 months old (entire rack replaced under warranty) it gave me no trouble whatsoever in 50K miles, a lot of which I was thrashing it to the redline or working in Munich and going flat out down the autobahns at 130 - 140mph. Anyone that tells me that any of the modern ones are unreliable is living in the past. I contrast this with the tails of woe I've been reading several pages up the board (posted by CYT) and the complaints of Z3 quality on the UK Z3 forum. I WILL be buying the new Spider in 2003.

I could also live in the past and quote 70s and 80s BMWs which I now see driving around most of which are in a terrible state for rust, smoking exhausts, dodgy electrics etc etc. However it wouldn't be a valid comparison with a new one.

Don't get me wrong; I am not knocking the Z or anything, but I think that most of you guys won't have seen a modern Alfa since they pulled out of the US (in the 80s?). I suggest a peek at (especially at the new 147) as they have what must possibly be the nicest looking line of (affordable by mortals) cars in production today. And don't forget the exhaust note :-)

Disadvantages: the dealers still suck! And can get a bit cheesed off with folks coming up and telling you about how they go rusty and break down because someone who owned one in 1977 told them so!



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