1997 Alfa Romeo 156 T Spark 16V 2.0 four
Sporty and fun
On delivery one of the window lifters was inoperative.
The ABS sensors went inoperative after two days.
The steering hydraulic lines split several times.
The rear brakes seized.
The front upper wishbone bushes became noisy after a few weeks. Wishbones were replaced under warranty.
My 156 was the very first car of this type delivered to a private customer in our country. The car was marked as a hand built prototype by label in its engine room. Therefore there were a few quality issues to be expected.
The car has proven reliable once the teething troubles were sorted.
The car is tremendous fun to drive. Very agile, made the right noises and offered good comfort.
The running costs are high. This is mainly because Alfa Romeo spare parts are extremely expensive. The fuel consumption is tolerable when its performance is taken into consideration.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 22nd July, 2013