Hooniverse Couldawouldashoulda Weekend – For the Price of a Chevy Aveo You Could Have This Alfa!

Welcome to the Hooniverse Couldawouldashoulda Weekend Edition; I’m your host, UDMan. This should be a fun weekend of postings in which I pose to you, our faithful Hooniverse readers and fans, a simple premise. Like this posting for example; Let’s say that you have just enough money to purchase a brand new car, one that will get you from point “A” to point “B”, maybe to your job, or to attend class, or maybe on a date. You have (or can finance) around $14,300, and that will buy you a Chevrolet Aveo 5 1LT with a Premium 6 speaker audio system, Air Conditioning, Floor Mats, and not much else. Driving excitement is not in the cards, nor is arresting looks apparently. Well, for the same $14,300, you could be tooling around in a 1987 Alfa Romeo Spider Quadrifoglio with only 9,859 miles on the odometer. Which would you choose?

Let’s start out with the Aveo….. on second thought, let’s not. The Aveo is a nice, small, unobtrusive appliance, which is neither particularly roomy, nor a champion at the fuel pump. It has a warranty, and it will get you where you need to go. Unfortunately, you would rather be dead that get caught driving it.

On the other hand, here is an actual red hot Italian Car that could almost be new. Who needs Air Conditioning when the top goes down. Listen to that Alfa 2 Liter Engine as you run through the five speed transmission, while being hugged by the form fitting gray Italian Leather seats. According to the listing:

The car is in absolute perfect mint condition inside and out and will surpass expectations of even the most discerning enthusiast. This car starts every time and runs smoothly throughout the powerband thanks to the bulletproof Bosch electronic injection system. The transmission shifts with ease without any grinding and the clutch pedal is firm and responsive. The suspension and steering are tight and firm with no squeaking, shaking, or rattling of any kind. All of the interior components work including the power windows, radio, air conditioning, gauges and lighting. The exterior shows very little wear, all trim pieces are intact and have no oxidization. The canvas top still retracts and removes as it should, and is really the only thing on the car that shows any sign of wear. All finishes are like new without any fading on the dash, seats, buttons, steering wheel, or shift knob. Fantastic grey leather seats with red stitching are still supple and comfortable, the carpet looks brand new without stains of any kind. Four brand new ‘Pirelli P6 195/60R-15 four season plus’ tires provide a forgiving ride on uneven roadways and offer assuring stability on wet or dry pavement. Also included in the sale is the original black removable hard top in immaculate condition. This car has not been toyed with and has had mature drivers only.

So, what will it be? The Chevy Aveo that is determined to bore you to death, or the hot Alfa Spider with two tops, and enough Brio to get your heart racing every time you set into her, even if you are just going to your office? See the Alfa Listing here.

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  1. Abe Avatar

    You are assuming that the Alfa will make it all the way to the office without breaking down.
    If you are the boss at the office:
    If you are a worker bee at the office:

    1. tonyola Avatar

      That's a pretty big assumption.

    2. Alff Avatar

      In my office – Boss: Porsche Worker Bee (me): Alfa

  2. tonyola Avatar

    You guys aren't making it easy. The Aveo is an bottom of the barrel appliance – nothing more. It has all the passion and soul of a Salad Shooter. It's easy to dismiss except for one thing: it will get you to your destination. That ability can't be taken for granted in the Alfa. Low mileage is almost meaningless. They're potential trouble whether there's 100 or 100,000 miles on the odometer. It also begs the question as to why a charismatic sports car was driven so little. In addition, this Alfa is a series 3, which is the least attractive (black rubber bits) and least desirable. The series on either side are better looking.
    Can I vote for none of the above? There are a zillion better ways to spend $14,300.

    1. Sales Geek Avatar
      Sales Geek

      Well, you're half right. It does have the heart and soul of a salad shooter. Whether it will get you to your destination is another thing. Drive one of this tin cans on a crowded interstate sometime and once you're done cleaning up the seat from the sheer fright caused by the Aveo's inept handling, crappy brakes and apparent fear of large trucks (Aveos tend to change lanes by themselves when you're passed by an 18-wheeler) get back to me. This is a car that neither inspires nor deserves confidence. If all you do is drive ten miles a week to get groceries on the local two-lane, then fine. But anything more adventurous or for use as a daily driver on crowded four-lane calls for a far better automobile.

  3. hebiew Avatar

    Alfas can be beautiful cars, beauty being a subjective thing. The '87 Spider is an Italian equivalent of an Aveo, it has no more soul than the chevy. Now if you could get a'69 Alfa Duetto 1750 in comparable condition for that price THEN you got soul (and a smokin deal!) Personally I'd find a good driver (BMW e30) to make your own, and keep 10 grand.

  4. Jimmy7 Avatar

    For another $1200, <img src="http://www.businessweek.com/autos/autobeat/archives/fiat_500.jpg&quot; width="600">

  5. fede6882 Avatar

    even with all that plastic, the alfa looks really good. it might (will?) break down, and it's not the most desirable spider, but it's still way ahead of that aveo thing (and when it leaves you at the side of the road, you can look at the beautiful twin cam)

  6. CptSevere Avatar

    I love the Alfa, I mean who wouldn't. I saw a very nice looking Alfa roadster parked on the street yesterday, and it looked great, especially after a '79 MGB rolled past it. Yeah, I'd take the Alfa over the Aveo, in a heartbeat. However, I wouldn't rely on it as a daily driver, I already have a truck that I can use for that.

  7. Van Sarockin Avatar
    Van Sarockin

    It's a valid but heavy handed point you're making. But you also get a lot more for your money if you buy a two year old Buick, as compared to a new one. I'm sure there aren't too many folks that wake up dreaming about the new Aveo. But plenty of people need what it offers. Aside from being sweet sex on wheels, the Alfa offers drafty leaks, room for two people and nothing else, and borderline reliability. Bottom line, the Alfa is a bad choice for delivering pizza, for visiting your social worker/parole officer, or impressing the in-laws with your thrift. Good thing we won't need any of that where I'm going.

  8. Joe Dunlap Avatar
    Joe Dunlap

    Since when is Bosch L-Jetronic fuel injection considered "bulletproof?"

    1. TurboBrick Avatar

      Would you rather have SPICA then?

    2. Alff Avatar

      I've had L-Jet cars for a combined total of 23 years. Never had a failure, and maintenance consisted of replacing rubber seals and fuel lines.

      1. FuzzyPlushroom Avatar

        LH-Jetronic has been great in my two Volvos. One computer refuses to diagnose itself and throws CELs on occasion, but the car's no less drivable for it. Some of the other Bosch bits, however, aren't quite up to par.

  9. Alff Avatar

    I love my '84 Spider daily driver but for $14K I wouldn't buy either of these. Even after replacing most mechanical components, I have little more than half that in mine.

    1. Jim-Bob Avatar

      Plus, after driving it for a year or two, this one would lose all of the value it has from being low mileage. If you have to scratch the Afla itch I agree that you are better off with a less expensive example if you plan to make it more than garage art.

  10. Bret Avatar

    That Alfa is a bit over priced. I'd look a little harder and find a '91+ Spider. I don't know where the reliability fears come from, these later Alfas are similarly reliable to their Euro contemporaries.

    1. tonyola Avatar

      If by European contemporaries, you mean Fiat, Lancia, Rover, Peugeot, Citroen, and the like, you've just answered your own question. 🙂

      1. Bret Avatar

        Ha! Yes, but my sense of reliability should probably not be trusted. I choose to endurance racing a $500 Peugeot.

      2. Bret Avatar

        Ha! Yes, but my sense of reliability should probably not be trusted. I choose to endurance racing a $500 Peugeot.

        1. ZomBee Racer Avatar

          I trust ya!
          Now, if you were to show up wearing a gorilla suit that would be a different story….

          1. Bret Avatar

            Wait a tick… I'll have to break out the Mime costume.
            Are you coming up to Oregon Raceway Park in a couple weeks?

          2. ZomBee Racer Avatar

            Indeed! I take off in a few days, trying to give myself some travel buffer-time in case something goes awry. It's a long drive in a crap-can. With a funny trailer. 🙂
            You going to be there?

  11. Jim-Bob Avatar

    The Aveo is the absolute worst car you can buy in the US today. For the same money you could also get the Toyota Yaris and enjoy better fuel economy, the best reliability of any new car sold at any price and an interior where pieces won't fall off and hit you in the head during your test drive. So, I wouldn't want an Aveo.
    However, I wouldn't want a 25 year old Alfa with all it's original rubber parts as a daily driver either. It may be a very pretty little car that makes all the right noises if it is working properly. That is a very big if though. More than likely it will fall to pieces within 20k miles as all of those hoses, seals and gaskets rapidly lose their fluids under the strain of daily driving. Plus, that car will lose value rapidly as you pile on the miles and will probably be worth less than the Aveo after 2 years of driving.
    For a daily driver I guess that is a slight edge to the Aveo if for no other reason than it might be more reliable than a leaking, shorting 25 year old Alfa when subjected to daily use. Plus it also has a warranty-something you will wish you had in that Alfa. However, there are plenty of other choices for that money which are better than either of these two and I would buy one of those instead.

  12. ZomBee Racer Avatar

    If you know how to work on your own cars, then owning any older vehicle should not be a huge problem. I'd love to rock that Alfa.
    Then again I drive cars that can be fixed with a screwdriver and a rock, so I might be a bit optimistic.

  13. muthalovin Avatar

    You know how laid you would get for driving the Alfa? Hellalaid.
    Outside of that, neither appeal to me. The Alfa is, as the kids say, SICK BRAGH, but maintenance would be a headache. The Aveo is a fucking piece of shit car. So, I choose, like the better commenters before me, neither.

    1. McQueen Avatar

      That's why I would choose newer tractor and give the old Massey a break

  14. M600 Avatar

    I don't care if it breaks down, costs a fortune in parts or incinerates me and my loved ones: the alfa is the only correct answer. Ive been in a couple Aveos, and never has more contempt for driver and passengers been shown by an auto maker.