916 Spider Twin spark

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Dog Star

16,161 posts

169 months

Tuesday 25th April 2023
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I’m surprised that I’ve not seen a mention of the scuttle shake on the Spider in this thread (not that it’ll bother the OP with that GTV).

I had a Spider TS Lusso bought new in November 1997 and although I loved the car the scuttle shake was very noticeable. Nobody else?

CarlosSainz100

513 posts

121 months

Tuesday 25th April 2023
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Yep. The scuttle shake is pretty bad. Although it's not as bad with 16inch tyres on. I did use to cringe going over some potholes though.

paulmakin

671 posts

142 months

Tuesday 25th April 2023
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That is lovely. I have no more words

xyyman

1,075 posts

226 months

Wednesday 26th April 2023
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That does look good with a great colour combination. smile

I've had a couple of 916 Spiders and there is definitely a fair bit of scuttle shake, especially on the poor roads here in East Sussex. Tried a strut brace and a couple of other devices but they diodn;t make too much difference. On good roads no problem though.

wal 45

668 posts

181 months

Wednesday 26th April 2023
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Dog Star said:
I’m surprised that I’ve not seen a mention of the scuttle shake on the Spider in this thread (not that it’ll bother the OP with that GTV).

I had a Spider TS Lusso bought new in November 1997 and although I loved the car the scuttle shake was very noticeable. Nobody else?
Yes it is still bad in 2023, it's one of the reasons I left mine as standard as physically possible when I restored it (incl. 16" wheels). I've resisted all of the various strut and other braces you can get as I'm sure it'll just end up cracking the body structure somewhere.

I class the scuttle shake as part of the "character" and yet another reason why a V6 in a Spider is a bad idea in my personal view.

wal 45

668 posts

181 months

Wednesday 26th April 2023
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jamesbilluk said:
Went for the GTV with the V6 in the end, fantastic condition.
Very nice and hope you enjoy it, like the colour combination a lot.

jamesbilluk

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3,735 posts

184 months

Wednesday 26th April 2023
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wal 45 said:
Very nice and hope you enjoy it, like the colour combination a lot.
Thank you smile Really like the colour combination as well.

Took it for a good drive this morning, such a lovely thing to be in.

jamesbilluk

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3,735 posts

184 months

Wednesday 26th April 2023
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paulmakin said:
That is lovely. I have no more words
Thank you! Absolutely thrilled with it.

dinkel

26,976 posts

259 months

Monday 22nd May 2023
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2006 147 here, with the Euro4 TS two litre. The GTV and 916 Spider were built until 2005 and have a Euro3 TS or the JTS 2 litre.

Most prefer the Euro3 engine because of the flow and sound. The V6 cars are lovely, but excel on highways and are a bit too much when racing the rural roads. I like to think a GTV/916 is a fine GT cruiser.

Our TS had the oil drinking problem. At 1 litre every 500 kms we had enough and had the engine rebuilt. It's now 1:20.000 kms or better.

Belt/pump change is every 50k kms or so: I should not worry about that.
Don't expect the Spider's top to be waterproof. They are older cars and need storage with a roof...

The GTV/Spider adds 200 kgs to the 147 weight so be careful to race one: you will see its rear.
Also, a sorted 147 2 litre will go like a MFer. Ours run on 17" Toora Tristars (16" Teledails in winter) and Michelin PS5, and grip is insane.
Add the ultra direct rack and every sharp curve or roundabout is your 2nd gear heaven: a TS will tip 7k like a turbine.
There's no way a V6 GTV will catch up as I've noticed at runs. GTV folks ask if our 147 is tweaked. Yeah, it has a wooden steering wheel...

They are the pretty option though: aged well!

dinkel

26,976 posts

259 months

Wednesday 11th October 2023
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Update: as the 147 is basically my wife's car I now need a daily. My garage is prepping a 2002 916 TS Spider and saturday is test drive day.

> What's the current 916 topic to follow here on PH?

Best, Dinks

wal 45

668 posts

181 months

Wednesday 11th October 2023
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dinkel said:
Update: as the 147 is basically my wife's car I now need a daily. My garage is prepping a 2002 916 TS Spider and saturday is test drive day.

> What's the current 916 topic to follow here on PH?

Best, Dinks
To be honest you're better off on one of the Facebook 916 sites, this and Alfa Owner 916 GTV/Spider forum are pretty quiet (as you'd expect given the age of the 916). Plenty of activity over on FB.

dinkel

26,976 posts

259 months

Wednesday 11th October 2023
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I found a lot of Vmax ste on FB: what is OK to follow?

Cheers.

wal 45

668 posts

181 months

Wednesday 11th October 2023
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dinkel said:
I found a lot of Vmax ste on FB: what is OK to follow?

Cheers.
I'd get onto the UK ones, people aren't trying to get 300 BHP out of a Twin Spark, putting them onto 22"" wheels or think they've got a Ferrari.

916GTV/Spider Owners GTV City & Friends of Giuseppe Bussone is a particularly good one run by the main breaker of 916, people on there are more about keeping the cars going and passing on tips. The sister parts shop site is good too if you're after parts. The 916 Owners Club UK is good too, all of these try to weed out the scammers (unlike some of the other ones) so you're fairly safe.



dinkel

26,976 posts

259 months

Thursday 12th October 2023
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Request send, cheers

dinkel

26,976 posts

259 months

Friday 1st December 2023
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Update: bought this 230k kms 916 Spider TS for 3k Euro and it has ran 2500 kms last month: broken valve in a rear tyre was the only peril so far.

What. A. Car.

German import (2002-2016), then driven by another careful loving owner and stored between 2021 until recent.

It needs a huge list of small things. Next week: NOS rear window, radio out and DIN box in (USB for phones) and upgrade to LED.

Michelin Alpins are ste (too hard) and end of March I will choose 215/16 Vreddies on used Alfa rims.
The original Teardrops are 16" and suit the character of this Spider.

Induction noise is not the typical Alfa howl so I need to look at that. It's more Abarth yell and top end is a bit poor. Especially compared to our 2006 147, which is also a twolitre car.

dinkel

26,976 posts

259 months

Saturday 24th February
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My 2002 Twinnie Spider which did about 7k kms since I bought it mid October

dinkel

26,976 posts

259 months

Monday 18th March
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Great day out yesterday: about 37 Alfa Romeo Spider types (105 ao, 916, 939 and 4C) flying through the lovely Dutch Green Heart area:

Nice invitation because last October we bought this 2002 Twinny.


About ten 916 phase 1 & 2 cars joined our Twinny. Here's another black one.


No Duetto but all other members of the iconic 105-series Spider were present. I love one in an orange red hue.

dinkel

26,976 posts

259 months

Tuesday 9th April
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Dutch Octane Magazine Cars & Coffee 06

Scruffy Spider TS, 944 Beetle, Coffee 911 SC, Giulia Nuova and 60s Mini.


GTV perfection: photographer Jeroen Vink keeps his Alfa tidy.


My scruffy Spider on winterwheels and with Sahara sand... Sorry!

So far the car behaved very well: racked up well over 7,000 kms since mid October.

Can't wait to put new summer wheels on. And I think I know which underpinnings to choose.