Alfa Romeo 146 Reviews from Israel

1997 Alfa Romeo 146 ti 2.0 TS 16v

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.0 TS 16v Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired221630 kilometres
Most recent distance226000 kilometres
Previous carAlfa Romeo 33

Summary:

A quick sporty and handling car in a reasonable price

Faults:

Radiator

Oil Pressure Sensor stopped working and was replaced by a new one.

Original stabilizer bushings were replaced by polyurethane bushings (SUPERFLEX).

A/C switch is broken, so I have to use a paper in order to get the a/c working.

General Comments:

Very sharp and quick steering.

Great brakes, no fading even under intensive use.

Lovely design and beautiful sound.

Poor ground clearance, have to be extra careful when driving over speed bumps.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th November, 2008

1996 Alfa Romeo 146 1.6 1.6 8v Boxer

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6 8v Boxer Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired58000 kilometres
Most recent distance63500 kilometres
Previous carDaihatsu Applause

Summary:

Great fun in a beautiful and practical wrapping

Faults:

Coolant pump died, replaced (59000km). Quite expensive due to heavy work time bill, twice the cost of the pump itself (located under the belts and timing mechanisms).

The thermostat seems to be stuck at "open". Will replace ASAP.

The clutch is getting tired, but will probably hold on for this year.

General Comments:

Positive: Great handling and plenty of feedback through the wheel and the seat. Minimum body roll and quick and precise steering mean major fun, although the ride is rather harsh. The engine runs quickly through the RPM range and sounds like heaven. Supportive sets. The car is very roomy and has a sufficient trunk. The looks are great, especially in red.

Negative: Weak brakes that fade quickly; Typical FIAT shifter action; Eats it's share of oil (~1-1.5kg@10000km), and gas (~9-9.5 km/l with a heavy right foot :-) ). A little underpowered, could use another 20-30hp.

Overall: A rewarding car for a demanding driver on a budget. THE solution for a cheap and practical yet still a driver's car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd June, 2003

Average review marks: 6.7 / 10, based on 2 reviews