1997 Alfa Romeo 146 Ti 2.0 TS
Provides endless driving entertainment
Nothing major, other than engine mounts (forgivable) at 175,000km, a few minor electrical gremlins (rare), and a totally worn through interior, especially the seats.
Engine has been almost 100% reliable so far, and the only major components that have been changed are the variator and the water pump; the latter out of an abundance of caution, more than anything else.
Oil changes are 5000km (full synthetic) and belts every 30,000km.
Other service items to note are shock absorbers & front lower suspension arms.
Despite having a hard life of almost 193,000 km, the car has been surprising reliable. Other than having cracked a sump last year (my stupid fault), nothing major needed replacing.
Dealer service and especially the spare parts situation in Malaysia sucks big time, so unless you are prepared to play intelligent with 3rd party repairs and service, it's a vehicle I would avoid for the obvious reasons.
The recent addition of a pair of C&B camshafts and a Squadra chip adds another 200% to the fun factor of this car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 25th April, 2012