1999 Alfa Romeo 166 3.0 V6 24v


Italian Princess that needs to be spoiled all the time


CV joint on the intermediate shaft gone after 1 week; $300.

Differential leak for gearbox drive shaft 3 weeks after purchasing. New gearbox required at the cost of over $5000.

Engine idler arm after 2 weeks ($150).

ECS system screen flickers when turning headlights on/off.

General Comments:

The most comfortable car I have driven and sat in, you can never hear the road. Luxury at its best.

My fault, I should have had some more money saved. Alfas are known for issues. My next car will be an Alfa once I have some emergency money saved.

I had to trade it in to get another car, but I will be back; once you drive an Alfa, you always want one regardless.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd October, 2011

22nd Apr 2012, 19:57

Update from above review.

After the intermediate shaft CV joint was changed, the slight noise and rattle on the shaft didn't go away. Inspected by an Alfa mechanic, and it turns out the internal bearing for the CV shaft inside the gearbox was gone.

Had to be sent off to ZF Australia for 6k job. I never sent it, since I bought the car for that much. I traded it in to a dealer for a Saab.

Yes, I wanna have an Alfa again; just wasn't my luck with this one, only done 142k.

2002 Alfa Romeo 166 3.2 V6


Excellent tourer, great engine and fantastic design inside and out


Two electric motors in the climate control system have developed intermittent faults that cause a malfunction warning on the console display, it also means that the A/C will not respond to changes to the settings and will basically do what it wants (heat/cool - change the airflow directions) until the ignition is turned off and turned back on again. I have had the motors on order with my Alfa dealer for 4 months, but they have not arrived yet - it will be a $1000 repair when they do arrive.

In winter there is a whiff of coolant when the heater is operated - apparently this is a common fault in the heater hoses, which if left unchecked, will result in coolant dripping into the console display behind the dash, ruining the electronics for the radio/sat nav/climate control...

When traveling on rough roads, the radio will sometimes change stations to the next preset.

Drivers seat belt has severe wear on the edge where it slides inside the door pillar.

General Comments:

Overall I am very impressed with my 166, I searched all over Australia to find one in the colour combination I wanted and with a sunroof, and eventually bought one in Sydney and drove it back to Perth (about 3700 klms). The car performed well apart from the A/C faults.

The gearbox is a vast improvement on the selespeed of my old Alfa 156 - if you use the tiptronic function, it is possible to beat the traffic to the next red light, but fuel consumption suffers as a result. The automatic is smooth and very relaxed; perfect for city traffic conditions.

The V6 engine is the real jewel in the 166 crown - it revs freely and has a great bellow when you give the throttle a good push - the exhaust note is very addictive, and the economy of the V6 is better than most cars in the class.

Storage in the cabin is a bit limited for bulky items, and there are no cupholders. Overall the quality of the interior plastics and leather is excellent, with no wear at all after 6 years of use.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th October, 2009

1999 Alfa Romeo 166 3.0 24v V6


My first Italian love affair


A/C defunct. Apparently this is a known weakness of Siemens equipped A/Cs in BMWs, M-B, Alfas and some of the newer Fords etc.

Car is a Japanese import so still coming to grips with the ICU. Will need to attend to the cam belt and water pump soon.

General Comments:

Only just got the beast and love it. Great engine, exhaust note, steers well for a large and heavy FWD. Well assembled, no squeaks or rattles even at this age and mileage. There is a lot of fun to be had in this car but already I am wincing at the woeful fuel economy.

And given its size and general rating as the 'big' Alfa, there isn't a whole lot of space in the back. The Cefiro was definitely the better car to be a passenger in.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd December, 2008

16th Jan 2011, 22:46

Well, a year ago there was the $4500 cambelt service (yes $4500 incl. tensioner, new seals, water pump and titanium spark plugs). And now the heater has leaked fluid over some solenoids and the transmission computer, and the damn thing has locked in Park. I haven't got the bill for that yet, but either way, it is going to be sold.

Next time I want to experience the joy of driving an Alfa, I will borrow one.

17th Jan 2011, 15:22

Got the bill at over $3000 for what is essentially a design flaw. This thing has now cost me pretty much the purchase price in R&M over the last two years, and as such has to be regarded as a bad buy, and should be avoided.

A shame because I have loved Alfas since I was a small boy, and my first is going to be my last.

8th Jul 2011, 05:13

I think I might have just bought this car... LOL! :-)

166 from Japan, first registered November 2008, one owner since then, previous heater leak... Well if it's not the same car, the experience certainly sounds familiar.

Wonder if the air conditioning works now? Hehe