Italian cars have become known as “unreliable” over the years, with memes all over the internet about how cars from the European country can easily break down and cost a fortune to repair. Given the notoriety that predates its name, many enthusiasts choose to stay on the lookout for Italian cars, wanting to avoid bankruptcy on repairs and service costs, especially given that they come at staggering prices.
However, it’s not as bad as it seems, and Italian automakers often come up with cars that haven’t complained at all after they roll off the assembly line. When it comes to supercars, the Italians do it better, but their cars always come with an unmentioned question mark as to whether or not they’ll keep running. While major brands like Maserati, Lancia and Alfa Romeo have cars in their portfolios that are best avoided, here are the most reliable Italian cars produced for the market.
8 1986-89 Ferrari 328
While Ferrari have certainly had it all together when it comes to the reliability of their modern-day cars, the ’80s have had more than their fair share of problematic runaway horses, even some of the worst. However, the Ferrari 328 was an exception among many.
The 328’s life cycle may have been short-lived, but it was a perfectly reliable ride the whole time. It came to replace the 308, and it vastly improved upon all the transmission, suspension and engine problems its siblings were rife with at the time. Even today, the well-maintained Ferrari 328 models run strong with little to no problems. It all translates to the 328 being one of the most reliable Ferraris ever.
7 2012 Maserati GranTurismo
When it comes to Maserati, it has always been known for making really fast and luxurious cars, but not for the sake of reliable cars. Although the brand still lags today in the reliability index ratings, the Maserati GranTurismo is a great exception.
The GranTurismo is a worthy contender for the iconic Porsche 911 and has been head-to-head with the German, the GranTurismo has made great use of the Ferrari-built V8 that it houses under its hood, renowned for being a reliable power unit.
6 2014 Alfa Romeo 4C
Unveiled in 2013 at the Geneva Motor Show, the Alfa Romeo 4C has a 1.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 240 horsepower along with 258 pound-feet of torque. The 4C’s most striking feature was its 1,900-pound weight, remarkable speed and efficiency, which was 42 mpg.
Known as the affordable supercar, the 4C is establishing itself as a daily driver as well as a certified track gamer, and many happy customers have put several thousand miles on the odometer without complaint.
5 2011 Lamborghini Gallardo
The Lamborghini Gallardo has always stood out on the bedroom walls of every car and desktop enthusiast growing up, and has cemented its name into history as a performance-minded machine that’s also durable. After the Volkswagen Group acquired Lamborghini, modern Lambos are known to be quite reliable.
The Murcielago even reported 258,000 miles on the odometer, and the Gallardo is built to be a more daily driver than the Murcielago, and therefore a bit more reliable. Reviewers and customers have often praised the hassle-free car ownership experience, and no one can go wrong with these classic Gallardo curves.
4 2016-19 Fiat 124 Spyder
While it’s hard to think that anything with Fiat’s running gear could be categorized as highly reliable, the 124 Spider surprisingly holds up over time. Fiat dominates the Italian auto industry because it does not focus on supercars and is instead world famous for its everyday slick cars. Until then, the brand doesn’t have any bragging rights in terms of reliability, but the Fiat 124 Spider proves itself an exception because it’s where the Japanese came in.
Built on the same platform as the Mazda MX-5 Miata, the Fiat 124 Spider is a solid blend of Italian flair with Japanese foundations, and the platform, along with its Japanese counterpart Miata, is known to be extremely reliable and affordable to maintain.
3 2006 Ferrari F430
Ferrari built and marketed the F340 as a much more enjoyable car, with an emphasis on everyday driving, which was a section where most Ferraris in the past did not perform well. Based on the very capable Ferrari 360 Modena, this two-seater was a car of great engineering achievement.
Designed to be able to handle everyday driving brilliantly, the Ferrari F430 was a solid car that didn’t suffer from the constant problems its siblings were used to. Ferrari notably avoided the need for a belt-fastening service on the F430 simply by replacing the camel belts with timing chains, and the result was a dependable Italian supercar that you can run on the track and also take to the mall.
2 2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia
Alfa Romeo has, over the years, been gradually improving its poor reputation for bad cars by producing cars with better reliability that they had in the past. In this vein, the Alfa Romeo Giulia came out strong and announced its arrival as a stable and dependable car.
Even the 2020 WhatCar reliability survey put Guilia above other giant names in the industry such as the Audi A4 and Mercedes C-Class. Although there were some complaints, they were fairly minor, and were dealt with quickly, resulting in decent customer satisfaction. With a completely new platform, all previous Guilia problems are also expected to be gone.
1 Lamborghini Urus
Lamborghini’s Urus is without a doubt one of the best, if not the best, SUVs in the industry. It retained the Italian maker’s trademark style, while remaining surprisingly fast, with the ability to hit the 60 mph mark from zero in just 3.2 seconds.
The Urus is virtually flawless, and despite its hefty price tag, it’s still one of the most affordable Lamborghinis. Even more impressive, however, is the fact that the Lamborghini Urus has very few recalls, which is a testament to the car’s reliability and dependable engineering.