1995 Alfa Romeo 145 Reviews - Page 2 of 3

1995 Alfa Romeo 145 e.i. 1.6 Boxer from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.6 Boxer Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired78000 miles
Most recent distance79500 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

Fast and fun

Faults:

I had the car three days and the differential in the gear box exploded, shearing the drive shaft and knackering the clutch. When I took it to my local dealer I was only to find out that this would cost me £1700 because I also needed a new radiator. GUTTED!!!

General Comments:

Once I finally got my car back, it has been such a nice easy drive and I love it. The driving position is very comfortable and I even like the interior.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th December, 2001

1995 Alfa Romeo 145 Boxer 1.4 from Netherlands

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired83000 kilometres
Most recent distance95000 kilometres

Summary:

Mean and hungry machine

Faults:

At about 90.000 kilometres, the car-horn suddenly didn't work anymore. I found out about that, when I tried to warn a kid crossing the streets when he had a red light! I don't think anything else has gone wrong with it. At least not since I've had it.

General Comments:

It's a very nice car to see and also a very nice car to drive. I've modified the car (that's something you don't see everyday driving around here in The Netherlands). I lowered it 35 mm, mounted a front spoiler, green induction kit, a Sebring exhaust, supersprint cat-replacement, mounted 16" BSA racing alloys, and sideskirts. The car came without fog lights, so I also mounted those on the car myself. Every time I see my car, I'm very glad I bought it.

Though the modifying parts don't come cheap, I achieved my goal to transform it to a mean looking and petrol hungry machine!!

If anybody might read this, I would like to get in touch with other people who also modified their 145s. If you like to send me some pictures I would surely appreciate that. Mail to Yankeeplane@hotmail.com!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th September, 2001

1995 Alfa Romeo 145 I.E. 1.4 from Netherlands

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired158000 kilometres
Most recent distance190400 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Golf

Summary:

It's an Italian piece of work!!

Faults:

The start-blocking system stopped functioning, so sometimes it wasn't possible to drive with the car. I've been to a garage, but they couldn't help me because I've had lost the code and didn't want to spent over $800 - (!). The solution was very simple when a guy looked at it and removed all blocking points. (costs about $100,-)

The right front blinker started malfunctioning, this suddenly stopped after 3 weeks.

The horn keeps refusing now and then.

General Comments:

It's a great car to drive.

The car is very nice to see.

It's a car with low maintenance costs, as long as you do the maintenance yourself (unless you start styling the car, like I did, then it will start to cost money anyway).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 17th July, 2001

1995 Alfa Romeo 145 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired50000 miles
Most recent distance55000 miles
Previous carCitroen Xantia

Summary:

Flawed but enjoyable

Faults:

The big end bearing went soon after I got the car. It took 8 months for Alfa Romeo to deliver the replacement engine, this despite them giving a delivery date almost every month during this time.

Recently the key snapped in the ignition and one month on I am still waiting for the parts to arrive (am now on my 3rd delivery date from the dealership).

General Comments:

When working this is a wonderful car to drive. Nippy, responsive and if driven sensibly reasonably economical. The engine sounds great and its unusual looks get it noticed.

The windscreen wipers are not very good, juddering in operation and hard to get replacement blades.

The electrics are unreliable and as mentioned above parts are very difficult to obtain.

A great car to drive, but not one to own if you are going to rely on it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 14th January, 2001

24th Sep 2004, 13:12

I loved the look of this car when I bought it, but that's all I got to do, look at it. Nightmare. As soon as I drove it off the forecourt the dash lit up with every kind of error light. 4 months at the Alfa dealer did not sort this out, they even flew 2 blokes in from Milan to take a look! Apparantley it has flawed 'throttle pots'??? 4k later I decided to reject the car, Alfa were great, although I did end up driving away in a Vectra. Not as headturning, but it goes.

Average review marks: 5.8 / 10, based on 10 reviews