1994 Alfa Romeo 145 16v 1.7 from UK and Ireland
Looks great but a dodgy car
Intermittent stalling - computer warning lights coming on now and again saying that something was up with the injection unit.
This car had the unnerving habit of stalling at any given speed and without any seeming pattern of factors. I only had it three months, it was in to the dealer at least three times and each time they plugged it into their computer and declared it fixed. After three months the dealer agreed I could swap it for something else. I swapped it for a Honda Accord and have never looked back.
It was an absolutely beautiful car to look at. Beautiful engine note from the boxer engine.
Performance was disappointing. 130 horse power but not at the wheels.
Bit of a lemon this car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 24th October, 2000
The Alfa 145 is just a bad car. The computer is badly made, old technologies and poor programming. It mostly goes defective in a few years (3 times in my small district already, including me). The garage computer that they need to plug yours into is not better because they're are unable to tell why this car is always stalling at any moment.
For those looking for it (as you will need it), you can find it right under the floor at the passenger side under the dashboard.
The 4 exhaust pipes, built low under the engine, 18 cm from the ground, always get broken.
Spare yourself a lot of trouble and money.
Alfa 145 Cloverleaf. (registered Sept 2000). I've had this car from new, and have covered 39,000 miles in 2 years without any significant problem. The only 'trouble' I've had is a a misted up indicator, squeaky gear linkage, and the electric sunroof that needed adjusting so that it would slide open. All these were easily solved by the dealer.
Bad points on the car are: trim rattles,hard ride, fairly heavy fuel consumption, poor turning circle & body panels prone to parking 'dinks'.
Good points are: excellent handling & performance, versatile interior space, great to look at, & you feel part of an exclusive club. This is the best car I've ever owned.