Alfa Romeo 166 Reviews from Australia and New Zealand - Page 2 of 2

1999 Alfa Romeo 166 Lusso 3.0V6

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 3.0V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired40000 kilometres
Most recent distance80000 kilometres
Previous carAlfa Romeo GTV

Summary:

Fantastic

Faults:

Tyres wear rapidly at the back.

General Comments:

I have owned and driven new Toyota's, Hondas, Ford's, BMW's, Fiat's, and VW's, but this is a truly great car. When they first came out I thought the front-end styling was a little strange, but now it makes sense. From the rear it has a great stance. They still look great, this one will be a classic.

The interior is very stylish comfortable and robust. Its lasted well in the three years I've had it. Italians know how to make stylish furniture. I have the beige leather, so things look nice and light. People comment on how luxurious it is. The stereo is great.

It drives like a grown up 164, which is ideal: far more solid and refined, but still sporty. You can cruise very confortably in it, or when the road gets more interesting, really have a fun drive. It ain't a GTV, but that's another story.

The sportronic gearbox takes a bit of getting used to. In normal mode it changes quite early from first to second, which is quite smooth around town, but not that fast. Anytime you want a more sporty response, nudge the lever over to the left and it is in sport mode, where it holds onto the gears for longer. I find sport mode good for windy more demanding roads if I get a bit of space. For a cool trick, change it into first and floor it. it goes to the redline in first and second. By then you have to slow down because you are exceeeding the speed limit. It sounds glorious, best sound this side of a Ferrari.

People are funny about Alfas. It seems you either love them or hate them. People still ask me if breaks down all the time. Puh-Leeze. I've run a variety of Alfas for 16 years. They are better than the VWs I had at the same time. Just because your father had an Alfasud once and it dissolved in a rain shower. Its reliable, comfortable and fun. If you truly love cars, you would love this. If you care about what other people think, buy that BMW.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th August, 2006

1999 Alfa Romeo 166 3.0 V6 24v 166kW

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 3.0 V6 24v 166kW Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired12000 kilometres
Most recent distance50000 kilometres
Previous carHonda Prelude

Summary:

Comfortable and stylish, but fails to excite

Faults:

Brake Cable ruptured. The car has sports lowering and I scraped it on the driveway.

General Comments:

The car has a fair top speed, but slightly weak acceleration.

It has to be the most comfortable car I have ever owned.

Alfa has indeed changed since the days of the 70s.

The car purrs sweetly and runs smoothly.

The 8cm LCD screen looks impressive and the sat-navigation is a fantastic feature.

Alfa needs to up the power and performance on the car so it can compete with the top range Saab's and Beemers.

Fantastic to drive with great brakes.

This car is the single greatest vehicle I have ever owned.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th November, 2002

10th Dec 2005, 12:48

I recently purchased a 166 that also had a lowered 'sport' front end, and scraped mine too. It was also bumpy to drive and had worn out a CV joint and wishbone, so I immediately had the stock springs fitted and worn out suspension bits replaced. It drives like a completely different car now. Fantastic! The work cost 600 pounds, but it was the best 600 quid I ever spent. It helped that I had only paid 2,800 for the car to begin with. Best car I've ever driven. Used 166's are incredible value for money, and unique-I still haven't seen another one in the few weeks I've had mine.

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 5 reviews