Alfa Romeo 146 Reviews from Italy

1999 Alfa Romeo 146 1.6 Twin Spark 1.6 gas

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6 gas Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired9000 kilometres
Most recent distance23000 kilometres
Previous carBMW 3 Series

Summary:

An Alfa is a car for a true enthusiast who can look beyond the quirks

Faults:

I bought it used in September 2001 with 9,000 kilometers on the odometer. On delivery it was apparent that the front brake rotors were scored or warped as both sides made a loud grinding noise on brake application. This problem was fixed by a local Alfa shop who's owner is also a big Alfisti. He explained 2nd gear synchronizer is useless on these cars and he was right. To this day, second gear required double clutching prior to engagement. Mostly on downshift, but occasionally on a higher rpm up shift. There was a strange rattle in one of the rear doors, but I learned to live with it.

General Comments:

I've driven BMWs, Mercedes and Porsches all my life. And there is no doubt that they are superior cars. But Alfas have a subjective quality that cannot be quantified. It is the scream of the engine at 7,000 rpm (yes, the 1.6 liter has a 7,000 rpm redline). Or the quirky layout of the interior. My point is, despite the clear technical superiority of the German makes, Alfas have a soul. My girlfriend had a 156 2.4 litre turbodiesel that also has this characteristic.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th October, 2003

1995 Alfa Romeo 146 L 1.6 boxer

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.6 boxer Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired22000 kilometres
Most recent distance30000 kilometres
Previous carVolvo 460 GLE

Summary:

A car with a sportive soul but without excesses

Faults:

In the few months I have had this car I can't tell.

General Comments:

The engine gives very good performance because of a high torque and low gear ratio (3500rpm at 100km/h in V!!), even though becomes noisy over 4000rpm. Extremely sensible, steering, accelerator and brakes allow great driving precision, but need concentration from the driver.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th March, 2000

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 2 reviews