1998 Alfa Romeo 146 1.6 Twin Spark 120HP
Fast, precise, smile giving car
Burned rear inside light. Due to Polish roads small, but regular problems with suspension. Cold engine sounds like diesel, but that due to the nature of Twin Spark valve system (on low rpm doesn't get enough oil, this affects some of TS engines).
Precise, fast car. The very first serial car I've ever driven which feels so much as racing/tuned car. Handling is just great, so is the reaction on accelerator and precise, strong brakes.
Just keep the engine floored.
On long journeys - honey. Especially seats are well formed. Car has no problem keeping up on highways with much stronger rivals.
And finally: this car has a soul, charm and magic in it. You smile while driving. This is indeed Alfa Romeo with cuore sportivo!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 14th May, 2005
15th May 2005, 02:10
The diesel sound comes from the camshaft phase variator. It seems that the variator appreciates regular oil changes at 10000 kms (instead of 20000 kms as per Alfa's recommendations). Having the variator changed should lead to slightly better fuel consumption and, more importantly, better pick up from low revs.