Alfa Romeo 164 Reviews from Turkey

1994 Alfa Romeo 164 V6 TB Super 2.0 cc. petrol

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.0 cc. petrol Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired154000 kilometres
Most recent distance177000 kilometres
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

If you are not rich and/or don't want to own ordinary BMWs or Mercs and have high standards, get it.

Faults:

Nothing 'that' serious:

-power steering hose punctured, the only time I had to have it towed.

-in first gear, oscillation in RPM can cause transmission to disengage. despite overhauling gearbox twice, problem persists.

-odds and ends regarding sophisticated electronic/electric systems, mirror folding doesn't work etc.

- 2nd cylinder oils the spark plug, adversely affecting firing.

-rugged idling.

General Comments:

So many things to be said, due to so many factors. these cars are problematic mostly because their previous owners let the issues build up, ignoring anything that doesn't force a breakdown on the road. same for maserati as well.

Despite having bought it in a not-so-well-looked-after condition, lacking a complete re-haul of the engine, which is at 177k now, the car is an incredible ride. my turbo pressure had been increased somewhat and I suspect it generates some 220+ hp. as long as you can down-shift quickly, the car propels itself instantaneously, passing on winding and narrow roads, even, takes about 1 sec. handling simply defies laws of physics, imagine playing the first version of 'need for speed', where no matter what you do, the car stays firmly on the road. it simply outclasses anything short of a porsche or serious 4X4's sports cars in this aspect.

Unlike the aforementioned cars, it's either cheaper, better built, looks thrice as good, is more fuel-efficient, more comfortable, more luxurious/hi-tech or all of the above.

I'll either sell this for a newer 166 3.0 or 2.0 turbo, a bargain '95-'97 Maserati Ghibli or Quattreporte, a '95 Jaguar XJR or put serious money into it and keep it for another 2-3 years. There simply aren't better choices in the Turkish car market with respect to my personal preferences.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th September, 2005

1994 Alfa Romeo 164 Super V6 TB 2.0 V6 turbo

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 V6 turbo Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired156000 kilometres
Most recent distance172000 kilometres
Previous carRenault 21

Summary:

Still very dangerous if it is in good condition

Faults:

A/C display doesn't work as all 164 super. I have not seen a working one.

Spark cables must be replaced after 100,000 km.

Not good for urban driving. Very bad flexibility. Certainly not for ladies.

General Comments:

Excellent, excellent, excellent.

Death to all BMW 5 series of all yeara.

Perfect handling with 225x45x17 tires (original is 205x55x16).

It is a highway monster.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th September, 2003

5th Nov 2011, 02:51

Don't do it. You will ruin the beautiful 164 forever.

Semih Sevgör, Ankara.

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 2 reviews