Clock doesn't work.
Misses sometimes when it's cold.
Heater works erratically - oh no, I was telling my mate the other day how good it is...
It's a '97, so dates back into the last century, but oh boy what a car. Very sharp handling, and it feels really tight still. That quick rack means you can feed it through obstacles and corners with a quick flick of the wrist, meaning it is just terribly responsive, having an almost telepathic-like feel in its ease of use.
Day to day, the car is quite happy pottering about at low revs. It's got nothing below 2000 RPM, but I tend to short shift to save gas. However, get some clear road ahead of you, and you cannot resist the temptation to nail it, whereupon it's impossible not to smile as the speed gathers, and the engine spins most happily to the redline. 7000 may as well be 4000 in the ease with which it spins. We all know the engine is the heart of any Alfa, and this 16v gem is no exception. It emits a nice rorty bark, and progresses onto a turbine falsetto wail that shows it means business. Power delivery is almost motorcycle-like in that the more it revs, the more it gives.
I don't know. I've heard that all Alfas are liabilities, which is why I opted for the 155 over a 156; that, and its very distinct looks and large useful boot, and the fact that these can be had for peanuts. The driving position is a bit funny - MPV/Tipo like, though not too bad, and far better than that of my 33, which I sold on for very similar monies to the 155.
So. Overall I am pleased with this car. It's more hot hatch/go cart than staid 4 door sedan, and most importantly, it embodies all the elements of a true Alfa. No wait a minute - that's wrong. It seems quite reliable...
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st June, 2012