1998 Alfa Romeo 146 TS L 1.6 petrol


Delightful little car


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


A lightning rod!


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


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