Alfa Romeo 146 Reviews from Netherlands

1998 Alfa Romeo 146 TS L 1.6 petrol

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired158000 kilometres
Most recent distance166000 kilometres

Summary:

Delightful little car

Faults:

Rear window heater button wouldn't remain in the "on" position.

Slight "cough" when starting in cold weather.

General Comments:

I only recently got my driver's license, and therefore didn't really have enough driving experience for me to allow myself to purchase an expensive vehicle. But I did want some sort of air conditioning.

So I looked around a bit and - given the high depreciation - late 90s Alfas (146, 156) were actually within my budget. While I was looking at Mondeos! After trying the 156 first, I decided it was too much "dad's car" for my tastes, and settled on the tastefully black 146 I now own.

And it's an absolute DREAM! Its excellent cornering (w/ 205 tyres at least) invites you to dive into corners at ludicrous speeds, while at the same time on the motorway you hardly have anything to do because it is so well balanced.

A negative point I want to stress is that at this age the rate of fuel consumption is pretty severe, averaging at about 10 litres per 100km (23mpg). For a car of its size, that's not too good.

But what you may lose financially, you gain in sheer driving pleasure. This car really seems designed to make people appreciate motoring, and if you're a starting driver like myself it is a very good choice indeed.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th November, 2005

1996 Alfa Romeo 146 2.0 TI 2.0 petrol

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired800 kilometres
Most recent distance80000 kilometres
Previous carAlfa Romeo 155

Summary:

A lightning rod!

Faults:

6000 KM Toothed Beltspanner exploded, ruined valves, pistons.

New shocks at 50.000 km

Cracked front window (2 times)

Busted Oil sump (due to crazy Dutch habit of putting speed bumps everywhere).

General Comments:

Great car, very underrated, runs circles around GTI-s and Beamers.

Many times I go into a roundabout with a beamer/GTI on my bumper and leave the roundabout very lonesome.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th September, 2002

1995 Alfa Romeo 146 1.6 boxer petrol

Year of manufacture1995
Engine and transmission 1.6 boxer petrol
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10

Faults:

New car: After 4,000 new engine (problems with all connections, especially oil leakages), broken ventilator, general low quality.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th January, 1999

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 3 reviews