2007 Alfa Romeo 159 JTS Sportwagon 2.2 petrol
One for Alfa fans or lovers of beauty
Clutch needed replacing at 170k, as it was getting harder to change gear. Expected given the mileage. Expensive to replace - almost double a Japanese car cost.
Cracked plastic hose connector at the rear of the engine caused coolant to leak. Caused large plumes of steam from the bonnet. No damage done as it was caught immediately. Was cheap to fix.
Good torque and acceleration compared to my previous car.
Great on the open road; feels more solid and planted, compared to my old car. Well specced.
Auto wipers are rubbish. Either don't wipe enough or too much.
Crap turning circle in town. A bit thirsty, but not as much as I was expecting.
Interior not as spacious as a Mazda 6, but better looking and more comfortable.
Servicing costs are higher than Japanese cars.
Had a full service history, so the main issues with this model had been encountered already by previous owners, i.e. stretched cam chain and steering rack.
A bit of a love/hate relationship with this car. Have now sold it, but wish I hadn't.
Might consider a Brera or another manual wagon if I can find one.
Love the look of this car. Is a head turner for such an old car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 9th May, 2018