Alfa Romeo 155 Reviews from South Africa

1997 Alfa Romeo 155 2.0 16v

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 2.0 16v Manual
Most recent distance190000 kilometres

Summary:

Perfect

Faults:

Speedo recently died, but in the process of fixing it.

Nothing else.

General Comments:

The best, most amazing car. It's my first car, but I've always been an Alfa nut.

It feels like nothing on the road today, and just makes everyone look. It looks great with 18" black rims with low profile tyres and racing suspension added, from the previous owner. Because of this, corners are easy and exactly how you want them; never missing the apex, and once you learn how to use that engine, keeping the revs above 4000, you will hit 200 whenever your foot desires.

Funnily enough, I've clocked over 230 Kmh, whereas my friends can barely touch the limit of 210.

The seats hold comfortably, and even on bad roads, it doesn't make my spine fly out.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th June, 2013

1996 Alfa Romeo 155 TS Super 2.0 16v

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.0 16v Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired70000 kilometres
Most recent distance97000 kilometres
Previous carLancia Beta

Faults:

Intermittent break in power (as if switch engine off and then on again, <1 sec). Very rarely happens though.

Engine has knocking noise as if hydraulic lifter/tappet failure (like VW 1.8 when started from cold, only doesn't go away). Under acceleration +/- 1750 rpm noise goes away. As soon as you lift off accelerator at any speed noise returns. Very loud and troublesome. Hydraulic lifters been replaced at tremendous cost to no avail. Any experiences please share bouts@mweb.co.za . Getting desperate.

General Comments:

Awesome vehicle. Hard suspension for slow driving. Drive it spirited though and you will be rewarded with a big rush. Excellent road holding. Relaxed high speed cruiser (5500 rpm = 200 km/h ?) Cannot remember for sure... kept eyes glued to the swerving road. Excellent braking. Good fuel economy for a car this size.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th February, 2000

14th Jul 2001, 14:40

Yeah, if the noise you describe makes it sound like a diesel car, simple one mate, the cam variator needs replacing, also do the belt and tensioner at the same time. Have read other comments advising this at 36k, must say that sounds a tad early on late 155 valve, 50k should be OK, but on some Fiat/Alfa's, probably right at 36k, and 24k without question on Integrale's! Over a year since you posted the query, sorry have only just read, hope you didn't get a belt failure.

Average review marks: 6.0 / 10, based on 2 reviews