Alfa Romeo 159 Review from Netherlands

2008 Alfa Romeo 159 JTDm turbo diesel 16v

Year of manufacture2008
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission turbo diesel 16v Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired30000 kilometres
Most recent distance89000 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Passat

Summary:

A great alternative for he who eats miles

Faults:

Actually only the soot filter has gone wrong, and unfortunately the dealer fitted a smaller capacity unit 3 times in a row.

General Comments:

A FIAT in a designers dress, good value for money (I am Dutch). Reliability issues are nonexistent, and neither is the awesome Alfa Romeo feared corrosion.

It is actually a better driver's car then its predecessor, a 130 HP Passat TDI from 2001 (also chipped).

The steering, roadholding and brakes give a better feel, and the seats are going from hell to heaven compared to the Volkswagen's.

Although the Passat is roomier in the back, the boot is bigger; I see this as a small sports saloon.

Engine got a much needed new chip to improve performance and get better fuel economy.

Spares and service are both cheaper than the VW dealers used to charge me

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd December, 2011

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 1 review