Alfa Romeo 164 Reviews from North America - Page 2 of 3

1991 Alfa Romeo 164 L 3.0 V6

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.0 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired68000 miles
Most recent distance98000 miles

Summary:

Best bang for the buck sports sedan in the world

Faults:

Fuel pump failed, dropped a valve and required a major head rebuild.

Used oil like the Valdez.

Generally the parts were reasonable, but service options were limited.

Timing belt and water pump are a normal repair, and I did one.

Really, for the higher miles, the car was very reliable and never left me beside the road, save one time for the fuel pump failure - started every Midwest winter morning.

General Comments:

I fell in love with this car and bought it sight unseen over Autotrader.com. Probably could have paid less, considering some of the oil gasket leaks and other updates that needed to be done, but I loved, loved, loved driving this car. The power is very under-rated, and the sound from the engine is a pure Italian aria.

The car looks so good from the rear 3/4 view, and it was a very good daily driver. I never got sick of walking up to it and driving it. It always got curious looks, and I thoroughly enjoyed running away from Mercedes and BMW - and even a few Mustangs. It is a real sleeper in a way, and loves highway cruising.

Hated to sell it, but had to because I was doing too much driving and needed a small economy car with a warranty! I miss it, and will probably buy another one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th September, 2006

1990 Alfa Romeo 164 Base 3.0 V6

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 3.0 V6 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired94000 miles
Most recent distance102000 miles
Previous carAlfa Romeo 164

Faults:

This car needed only an alternator replacement, muffler, typical old car part munching.

General Comments:

Oh My God Fast, and this is a base car! HiWay Star.

Excellent ride quality. Surprising mileage on hiway.

Do not buy for a lot of around town driving--poor turning radius. Built 1/90 and still turns heads young and old wherever it goes.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th May, 2006

29th Jun 2006, 16:42

Yeah you right girls love them and those who is inside:)

It's a great machine I also had such a car. Do you know is there in the U. S Alfa 33?

1991 Alfa Romeo 164 LS 6 cylinder

Model year1991
Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 6 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired90000 miles
Most recent distance105000 miles
Previous carJaguar XJS

Summary:

Meeeeennkya!!! Alfa's got it all!

Faults:

Water pump failed at 91,000 miles, 2,000 miles after previous owner had replaced it. Car had been driven less than 1,000 miles in two years before I purchased it.

Replaced valve cover gasket, cam-timing belt and two fuel hoses.

General Comments:

In previous posts, somebody mentioned "This is not a car for women." Indeed, the original owner had purchased it new in 1991 for his wife who hated it's bulk and rarely drove it. When I bought it, it was showroom fresh.

I am a woman, and I thoroughly enjoy the agility and high-speed gusto of this large Alfa sedan. "Off-the-line" performance is somewhat sluggish with the automatic transmission, but when shifted manually, the 164 can blow away a BMW M3 with ease.

The big Alfa hums along effortlessly at 80mph. A mere tap on the gas pedal results in rocket-like acceleration even on an uphill grade.

Fuel economy is an unexpected bonus. Compared to my previous Jaguar XJS, this is an econobox! It averages around 25mpg city even with aggressive driving.

The leather orthopedic seats seem to be custom-made for me. I can drive for hours without a "rest stop".

So far, the previous owner bore the brunt of repairs, and everything works as it should, with just enough sporadic quirkiness to keep me from taking the car's thrill quotient for granted. The downside is, there's only one mechanic in San Diego, CA who's familiar with the 164 Alfa, and he's 30 miles away.

This Alfa has all the luxury and performance features of a BWM, with a sort of spirit and panache all it's own. I forgot to mention the awesome sound system installed by the previous owner!

All I can say is "Wow!" After a succession of high-maintenance cars ending with the XJS (which was to be my last "fling"), I was intent upon replacing my passion for exotic cars with a bland middle-aged security blanket. A "normal" Lexus LS400 or Toyota Camry was my planned replacement for the Jaguar.

Just in time, and at half the price of a used-up Camry, this Alfa came along and put a huge smile on my face. If it goes up in smoke tomorrow, it will have been more than worth it... What a BLAST!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th February, 2005

1st Oct 2005, 23:04

THAT, is what I needed to read. THAT is why you buy an Alfa.

Good stuff, now time to go for a drive.

:)

6th Feb 2007, 13:48

It's me again...2 years and 25K miles later. Still love the car.

I had a transmission shop install a "governor kit" from Erickson Industries (Nat), the U.S. ZF Transmissions distributor. For a cost of $500, the erratic shifting has been cured, and I now have a transmission that shifts better than a new one.

The only remaining aggravating quirk is a re-start problem that the mechanics are trying to trace. I thought to quit while I was ahead, and buy a newer car, but can't find anything that comes close without spending $40K+.

11th Apr 2008, 10:32

Wow I want to marry this woman! Imagine someone who is not afraid of an exotic like this and she knows what she's talking about with all of the maintenance stuff! Good luck with your Alfa, hope it lasts many more years for you!

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 10 reviews