1996 Alfa Romeo 146 Reviews - Page 2 of 3

1996 Alfa Romeo 146 2.0 ti from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.5 / 10
Distance when acquired53000 miles
Most recent distance58000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

Celica eater!

Faults:

Nothing at all.

General Comments:

Absolutely fantastic!

Only had the Alfa for 6 months, when it sadly met it's end in a minor accident. This, of course, was no fault of my own or the Alfa's.

The 146ti is a remarkable car for the money. I parted with just a few thousand of good old English pounds for an amazingly quick and agile, sporty Italian. The 2.0 twinspark engine sounds like a true Italian sports car. It's very quick!! even the latest Toyota Celica fell prey to the ti's surprising performance.

I will buy another one!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th October, 2003

1996 Alfa Romeo 146 1.6 1.6 8v Boxer from Israel

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6 8v Boxer Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired58000 kilometres
Most recent distance63500 kilometres
Previous carDaihatsu Applause

Summary:

Great fun in a beautiful and practical wrapping

Faults:

Coolant pump died, replaced (59000km). Quite expensive due to heavy work time bill, twice the cost of the pump itself (located under the belts and timing mechanisms).

The thermostat seems to be stuck at "open". Will replace ASAP.

The clutch is getting tired, but will probably hold on for this year.

General Comments:

Positive: Great handling and plenty of feedback through the wheel and the seat. Minimum body roll and quick and precise steering mean major fun, although the ride is rather harsh. The engine runs quickly through the RPM range and sounds like heaven. Supportive sets. The car is very roomy and has a sufficient trunk. The looks are great, especially in red.

Negative: Weak brakes that fade quickly; Typical FIAT shifter action; Eats it's share of oil (~1-1.5kg@10000km), and gas (~9-9.5 km/l with a heavy right foot :-) ). A little underpowered, could use another 20-30hp.

Overall: A rewarding car for a demanding driver on a budget. THE solution for a cheap and practical yet still a driver's car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd June, 2003

1996 Alfa Romeo 146 16v 1.7 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.7 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 miles
Most recent distance80000 miles
Previous carFord Sierra

Summary:

Built by Monkeys on a friday afternoon

Faults:

Intermittent Fuel Injection Problem, proving very difficult to find. Resulted in new set of Spark Plugs.

Internal Fan Heater Failed.

Rear Electric Windows Failed.

Electric Sunroof Failed.

Power Steering failed.

General Comments:

I really want to love this car. The engine sounds great. Unfortunately the problems outweight the performance. Try speaking to any mechanic about Alfa reliability.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd June, 2003

1996 Alfa Romeo 146 ti 2 litre from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2 litre Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired5100 miles
Most recent distance61500 miles
Previous carVauxhall Astra

Summary:

A reliable, well-designed, performance saloon

Faults:

Wipers are a little temperamental.

Cam variator has been very noisy of late.

Heater control has become detached, therefore blowing cold air at all times.

Slight water ingress through rear hatch, although source cannot be identified. This collects behind the trim and spills out onto rear seat when cornering.

General Comments:

This car is shod with Pirelli 195/55 VR15 and still has standard suspension components. I find the suspension a little soft for performance driving.

The brakes are very efficient and effective and the steering crisp and sharp.

The interior is classic Italian smart design.

The 2.0 litre twin spark is a little cammy, thus requiring work with the gears to get the most of the performance. However, it is still a lovely engine (see above though re: Cam Variator).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th November, 2002

17th Dec 2005, 12:16

Hi mate, sounds as if you Variator has stuck in the high speed position, hence the Rattle and the Cammy engine. get a new one and get all the other belts done at the same time, and look forward too many more miles of happy motoring. Alfa shop shoud be able to do you a good deal on all the bits, I think it cost my dad £250 for them, then the labour to fit. All in all about £400. But it's worth it..

1996 Alfa Romeo 146 2.0 TI 2.0 petrol from Netherlands

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired800 kilometres
Most recent distance80000 kilometres
Previous carAlfa Romeo 155

Summary:

A lightning rod!

Faults:

6000 KM Toothed Beltspanner exploded, ruined valves, pistons.

New shocks at 50.000 km

Cracked front window (2 times)

Busted Oil sump (due to crazy Dutch habit of putting speed bumps everywhere).

General Comments:

Great car, very underrated, runs circles around GTI-s and Beamers.

Many times I go into a roundabout with a beamer/GTI on my bumper and leave the roundabout very lonesome.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th September, 2002

1996 Alfa Romeo 146 i.e 1.6 Boxer from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.6 Boxer Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired55000 miles
Most recent distance66000 miles
Previous carSAAB 900

Summary:

A sensible sports car

Faults:

I had a minor problem with the windscreen wipers; The plastic arms are fragile and came apart as I was driving (in the rain, typically!!)

No other problems to report.

General Comments:

Excellent handling and cornering ability. Good turn in and driver feedback; you always know what the chassis is doing through the seat of your pants!

The brakes could be better and don't seem to work to well from cold, 1st thing in the morning.

The ride is not brilliant, but acceptable for a sports model I guess.

The engine sounds fantastic, but is not as powerful as it sounds! It runs out of steam at higher RPM.

Cabin is roomy and the boot is reasonable for a small car.

Seats are comfortable, but I find the pedals to be a bit close and have to drive with my knees bent all the time; this makes them ache after about 100 miles.

Everyone who has ridden in the car has been impressed with it (even committed "Alfa-phobics") and always think it cost a lot more than it did.

Fuel consumption is average and insurance is slightly high for a car of this class, but other running costs have been low so far.

Overall I love this car - I am a happy owner!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th August, 2002

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 12 reviews