1997 Alfa Romeo 146 Reviews - Page 2 of 2

1997 Alfa Romeo 146 TS 1.6 Twin Spark (16v) from Taiwan

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.6 Twin Spark (16v) Manual
Performance marks 10 / 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)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance132789 kilometres
Previous carAlfa Romeo GT

Summary:

This is the ideal sporting family car

Faults:

The car has been incredibly reliable for me, and has given little trouble.

When the car was almost new, there was a broken wire under the seat which caused the rear electric window from operating.

The timing belt broke at about 68,000 Km. That was really my fault for not changing it sooner. The owner's handbook listed the service interval as 70,000 Km. I think they were being a little optimistic!!! I was lucky it only bent 2 valves. I now change it every 40,000 Km or sooner. I really wish they used a chain like they always used to!

There was one other nagging intermittent ignition fault where the car would cut in and out with no warning. It would always get me home, but this went on for weeks until it was finally solved. It turned out to be a camshaft position sensor. The part said Bosch-Made in Germany. So much for the Italian electrics jokes!

General Comments:

This car is not my first Alfa, that being a 1966 Sprint GT, but it was my first new car.

It is a true driver's car and has been fantastic all around. The handling is beautifully balanced, and the harder you push it the more it shines. It is perfect on the twisty Taiwanese mountain roads, where you need to be ready for almost anything.

The engine is a real soprano. It loves high revs. There's plenty of willingness throughout the rev range, but it feels almost supernaturally smooth at the top.

The best way to describe it is that it feels like a complete car. Where the engine and chassis were made to work in harmony. The best compliment I can give it is that it is a REAL Alfa.

I do have 3 children and this is also a practical 5 door family sedan which is surprisingly luxurious (mine has got the factory leather seats).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th May, 2005

1997 Alfa Romeo 146 LUSSO 1.4 TWIN SPARK from Greece

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.4 TWIN SPARK Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Previous carAlfa Romeo 33

Summary:

Perfect italian girlfriend!!!

Faults:

17000km high oil consumption. replace valves rubbers.

60000km replace valve's chronism variable.

69000km replace engine's cracked head.

General Comments:

Excellent brakes.

The suspension need to be replaced for fast driving. after the replacement it handles like it's on rails.

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

Review Date: 21st August, 2003

6th Mar 2005, 03:04

Would like to know from Greece comments on crack head on 1997 Alfa Romeo 146 1.4 twin spark. I also have a cracked head and would like to know where will be a site to order a another one. Please e-mail comments to hectorrivera@terra.es.

1997 Alfa Romeo 146 ti 2.0 TS from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 TS Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired32000 miles
Most recent distance37000 miles
Previous carPeugeot 305

Summary:

Forza Italia

Faults:

Nothing so far.

General Comments:

Fantastic! I love her to bits.

The engine is a gem, as smooth as a turbine with the roar of a lion!

Handling is rewarding, but watch out for lift off oversteer (this can be vicious in the wet).

A small niggle, but as six footer I find that the gear stick is a little too far forward for comfort. The position of the pedals is not great, unless you have small feet. Not fundamental problems.

Fuel consumption is shocking (especially when compared to rivals), but to be honest, who cares when you're having this much fun!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th August, 2001

12th Jan 2003, 13:39

I am owner of a 'ti' too and love the cars to bits (my previous was a 146 boxer engine). I would agree with the pedals being too close, though it doesn't spoil the driving experience. I do have the odd creaking from plastic bits and the drivers side seatbelt does seem to get stuck and a few pulls re-releases it from the ceiling. Its also bad on fuel economy, but hey for that sweet purring roar from the engine I ain't complaining!more reviews on ciao!

1997 Alfa Romeo 146 ti 2.0 twin spark petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 twin spark petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired46000 miles
Most recent distance48000 miles
Previous carCitroen 2CV

Summary:

A chippy little devil

Faults:

Er, didn't start once. The injector light came on, came back 5 minutes later and it started... I was whipping her earlier though!

General Comments:

Looks lovely, get the Alfa Red + polish her loads.

Get her lowered (not much, 20mm), stiffened, K&N'd up, performance exhaust, bigger tires (same wheels) + chipped and you'll have a 0-60 of 7.5 and touch well into the 140's. Debadge her too! Keep it clean, simple and true to Alfa!

Loads of fun, handling a dream, the exhaust and airfilter really do help a lot, more revs to play with etc. Get one, cheap to buy, insurance 14... etc.

Racing cam next ;-)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th June, 2001

1997 Alfa Romeo 146 2.0 ti from Sweden

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission 2.0 ti
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10

Faults:

It's fairly new so nothing has gone wrong - yet.

General Comments:

Spare parts are too expensive!

It's a lovely car to drive!!

I love my Alfa Romeo I really do!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th February, 1999

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 8 reviews