2006 Alfa Romeo 159 JTS 2.2 petrol


The most beautiful and reliable automobile at a bargain price


Nothing at all.

General Comments:

I was wary about buying this car, especially after reading all the forum horror stories.

I am so happy I did!

It. Has. Not. Missed. A. Beat.

In 44,000km!!! And it's still on its original chain.

I drive it on the freeway mostly so I believe that has a lot to do with the car's reliability. I travel a 600km round trip almost weekly and rarely do short hops.

It came with a full service history, and after researching the car, I discovered that it hadn't had its chain replaced, but I was prepared to spend money if something went wrong. Because I bought it cheaply, I was happy to take a risk as it is the most beautiful car I have ever owned. Oops, I did own an 1974 Alfa Romeo 2000 Spider which was a joy to drive, but the rust problem was painful.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd March, 2017

4th Mar 2017, 10:42

In my opinion, along with the Mazda 1500/1800, the most beautiful sedan ever made. You got one with very few kilometres, as manual models of all cars tend to have higher mileage. Have always wanted one of those and I am completely envious! I have also been wary of Alfa reliability. Although it's only one owner, I once chatted to a man who had a 147 and he had zero issues. Happy motoring!!!

2012 Alfa Romeo 159 Ti 1.7 turbo petrol


Nice to drive but unreliable


This was my second Alfa 159 (the previous one was a 2007 model 2.2 JTS).

After less than two years, the air con stopped working and it took the dealer THREE AND A HALF MONTHS to get it working again.

I filed a claim with the Motor Vehicle Disputes Tribunal for the unreasonable time it took to affect the repair.

The MVDT concluded that the vehicle "failed to comply with the guarantee of acceptable quality in the Consumers Guarantee Act".

It also concluded that it didn't involve a "failure of substantial character" and so refused to award me any compensation. I don't agree with that decision. To me, having a car without air con in the middle of summer is a failure of substantial character.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th December, 2015

2009 Alfa Romeo 159 JTD 1.9 litre turbo diesel


Puts a smile on my face every day


A minor oil leak occurred after three years, but was fixed at the regular service interval and has not happened again.

General Comments:

I absolutely love driving this car. It brings a smile to my face just looking at the Italian styling, and it's engaging to drive.

The diesel is slower off the mark than petrol versions up to about 30 km/h, but then the turbo cuts in and it becomes sprightly.

The best thing is getting over 750 kilometers to the tank (admittedly a large 70 litres), and with country driving it has achieved over 900 kilometres. Very frugal.

The driver's seat is extremely comfortable, especially over large distances.

I was led to expect many quality issues with the Alfa, but I am glad to say I have disappointed my critics (especially the wife!). It is as reliable as the many Japanese cars I've owned, but way more beautiful to look at and responsive to drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th August, 2014

11th Dec 2014, 11:19

We owned a 156 2004. We too did expect to break down everyday, but to be honest it was as reliable as a Corolla. Apart from service it was a great car, but our only complaint was the turning circle - but such a beautiful car to look at and drive. The 159 is truly a very good looking car.