1996 Alfa Romeo 145 Cloverleaf 2.0 TS from UK and Ireland


Pocket rocket, but pricey to run


Worn variator; still pulls like an ox tho.

Bottom arms worn.

Exhaust gasket replaced 3 times due to lack of exhaust brackets.

Gear box a bit notchy.

Clutch release bearing whining.

General Comments:

Brilliant car to own. Was a bit hesitant to get one, but the looks and sound of the car just begged me to.

Just have to keep an eye on the oil level and maintain her well. Doesn't take a genius to do that. Never let me down as of yet, daily drive for work.

Bit pricey on fuel, but if drove sensibly through a full tank can return somewhere above 350miles if very sensible. If "hammered" everywhere you may be lucky to get just about 200 miles to a full tank.

Loverly car to own... sure I won't be saying that if it fails on me, as parts are expensive. For one exhaust gasket, it had to be specially ordered and wait for a week, and cost £10.40 for one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th June, 2008

1996 Alfa Romeo 145 Cloverleaf 2.0 Twinspark from UK and Ireland


These are cheap as chips for the level of trim and performance levels, if you like the looks!


Knock Sensor and Lambda sensor replaced at 4 years

Gearbox now a little notchy.

Rear washer hasn't been much cop since I bought it in 1999. Lack of pressure I think.

Passenger window now slow to open - motor is likely dying a slow death.

Windscreen wiper rack badly worn and in need of replacement at 7 years old.

General Comments:

The car has a lovely sounding engine. The engine is probably its best feature overall, with a respectable top speed and reasonable torque throughout the gearing range.

Precise steering, although on very windy roads or at speed you will notice body roll and understeer. However, this isn't uncommon among FWD cars and I wouldn't class it as a major failing.

The quality of the interior trim is pretty good. I've never had any major problems with rattles, scuttle-shake and the like. However, being 6 foot 2 inches, I don't find the seats very comfortable over long journeys (3 hours plus). I suspect shorter drivers wouldn't suffer this problem.

Quirky looks which won't appeal to everyone. That said, it has a lovely back end.

Main things to look at if considering a second hand Cloverleaf would be:

* Leaking oil

* Notchy gears

* Play in steering wheel

* Electrical faults - particularly windows

* High idling speed at start-up.

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

Review Date: 18th June, 2003

1996 Alfa Romeo 145 1.4 Boxer from Netherlands


Good looking car, nice to drive


Front brakes had to be replaced at 212000.

General Comments:

Althought bought at a bargain with a high mileage, this car had no serious problems yet.

The car looks nice and has a nice engine roar. However, despite the awesome noises of the boxer engine performance is a little disappointing.

Handling is very nice, both at low speeds and at highways.

This car runs at liquid gas (LPG), and uses a lot of this fuel (1 liter for every 8-10 kilometers) while not driving erratically... With LPG priced at 30 cents a liter it doesn't make a hole in my pocket, but it is a nuisance to go to the petrol station every single day of serious driving.

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

Review Date: 22nd June, 2002

1996 Alfa Romeo 145 Quadrifoglio 2.0 16v from Croatia


It's a Quadrifoglio - what more should I say?


So far so good.

The 100.000 km inspection was extremely expensive (250 EUR just for spark plugs, total cost including rear shocks - over EUR 800 + labor).

The front suspension is very sensitive to bad roads.

General Comments:

Awesome brakes (standard with Ferodo pads).

Very good handling.

Engine: even better than the flat-out performance is the unique Alfa sound effect!

Marvelously picked gear ratios.

Absolute top of the line design, even today!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th October, 2001

1996 Alfa Romeo 145 Cloverleaf 2.0 Twin Spark from UK and Ireland


Secondhand, a performance bargain


Paint (Alfa Red) faded badly and I had to have a full re-spray.

Squeaky brakes (even the drilled and vented replacements now fitted!)

General Comments:

Amazingly capable little pocket rocket!

A great little everyday car, if a bit 'jerky' at low speeds and a bit thirsty all the time...

...however, a joy to drive quickly and where better than on a race track? Well balanced handling, stunning brakes (although I have fitted kevlar pads) and sounds wonderful at high revs.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st March, 2001

1996 Alfa Romeo 145 Cloverleaf 2.0 from UK and Ireland


Great fun to drive, quick, good handler, looks good, poor quality


Sunroof doesn't close flush. Alfa refused to change it, because it isn't covered by the 2nd and 3rd year warranty.

Vibration from the exhaust box, at around 2,000 rpm, again, which Alfa wouldn't change.

The mirrors and panels above the rear windows are a darker red than the rest of the car.

General Comments:

Vredestein tyres were new at 24,000, and the fronts are almost finished at 36,000.

Alfa Romeo servicing wherever you go, at least in the London area is awful. If you have a German car the service side isn't too important. But with an Alfa, good service is vital!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th April, 2000

1996 Alfa Romeo 145 1.7 Boxer petrol from UK and Ireland


One week after getting it the stereo packed up.

Cylinder head at 78,000, fuse box, sunroof tray, lambda probe, throttle sensor, idle regulator, numerous headlight bulbs.

General Comments:

Fantastic to drive but build quality annoying. Performance could be better but the boxer sounds great!

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

Review Date: 7th February, 1999

1996 Alfa Romeo 145 Cloverleaf 2.0 16v twin spark petrol from UK and Ireland


Bought July 1997 - 1,100 miles.

New front brake pads - 13,000 miles, tracking reset.

New rear shock absorbers - 20,000 miles.

New front tyres - 20,000 miles.

Currently 21,000 miles - brake pad warning light starting to come on again.

General Comments:

Has anyone put some decent suspension on a Cloverleaf? Email details please


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

Review Date: 24th January, 1999