1996 Alfa Romeo 145 Reviews

1996 Alfa Romeo 145 Cloverleaf 2.0 TS from UK and Ireland

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.0 TS Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired118000 miles
Most recent distance120500 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

Pocket rocket, but pricey to run

Faults:

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

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 Twinspark Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired19000 miles
Most recent distance55000 miles

Summary:

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

Faults:

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

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.4 Boxer Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired208000 kilometres
Most recent distance214000 kilometres
Previous carRover - Austin 200

Summary:

Good looking car, nice to drive

Faults:

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

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 16v Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired99500 kilometres
Most recent distance107000 kilometres
Previous carMazda MX5

Summary:

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

Faults:

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

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 Twin Spark Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired17600 miles
Most recent distance23600 miles
Previous carVauxhall Cavalier

Summary:

Secondhand, a performance bargain

Faults:

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

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired24000 miles
Most recent distance36000 miles
Previous carBMW 320i

Summary:

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

Faults:

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

Year of manufacture1996
Engine and transmission 1.7 Boxer petrol
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10

Faults:

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

Year of manufacture1996
Engine and transmission 2.0 16v twin spark petrol
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10

Faults:

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

denzilhart@netscape.net

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

Review Date: 24th January, 1999

Average review marks: 6.5 / 10, based on 8 reviews