1994 Alfa Romeo 155 Reviews

1994 Alfa Romeo 155 V6 2.5 V6 from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.5 V6 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired114835 kilometres
Most recent distance115120 kilometres
Previous carAudi 90

Summary:

What's more costly - an Alfa, or a crack addiction?

Faults:

Strong smell of petrol led to two separate fuel hose leaks being found and repaired.

Suspected engine mount failure turned out to be just some loose bolts on the top, left hand side engine brace.

Various little electrical gremlins, i.e. sunroof tilting up and down by itself, wipers suffering from Parkinsons, but miraculously everything else works!

Gear knob loose, can be lifted off gearstick freely.

Flat spot in engine somewhere between 2000 and 3000rpm.

The driver's electric window decides about halfway up it's upwards journey to break free from the shackles of straightness and tilt itself towards the front of the car. Hasn't jumped out - yet.

General Comments:

The Alfa is like a beautiful woman - gorgeous and amazingly fun, but expensive tastes, unpredictable mood swings, and you've got to make sure her lubricant is nice and warm before you nail her =)

Bought this car just one week ago with full dealer service history. Very tidy all round.

The engine is just a masterpiece, and resents being subjected to urban stop-start motoring. I'm expecting my first speeding ticket in years any day now. It's impossible to stick with the speed limit without that snarling V6 just goading you to plant your shoe into the carpet with every gearchange.

Engine sound is unreal. There are plenty of V6 engines around, but none of them sound as dramatic, as eager, or as sexy as the Alfa.

Ride is harsh, but somewhat expected, considering the spirit of the car and the tune of the suspension.

Steering is wonderfully accurate with a satisfyingly meaty feel.

Driving position was uncomfortable at first, but now feels cosseting and supportive.

This is the only front-wheel drive car that I've ever managed to "cross up" on a tight corner - opposite-lock correcting and all! I had to check under the back to see if there was a diff! Don't ask me how that works, but I'm curious to experiment further...

Overall this car makes you feel like a hero every time you drive it. The delight of shifting at full noise from 3rd to 4th to 5th will stay with me until my last day. Innocuous to the uneducated, but fatally addictive to those of us who drive them.

It has plenty of niggly little problems. If they occured on my BMW or Audi I'd be quite annoyed, but in this car I just have to laugh. The Italians may not get the electrics right, or the build quality right, or the reliability right - but when it comes to delivering a raw, pure, soulful driving experience, nobody touches them.

No doubt in a couple of weeks I'll be having one of my kidneys removed to pay for the next round of repairs, but I'll die a happy man - so can't really call that a loss.

As long as servicing and repair costs don't get too out of hand (yeah I know, I'm asking a lot), I'm looking forward to a beautiful relationship with this car.

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

Review Date: 16th August, 2006

1994 Alfa Romeo 155 Formula 1.8 Twin Spark from Estonia

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.8 Twin Spark Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Distance when acquired135000 kilometres
Most recent distance146000 kilometres

Summary:

Very sexy - but expensive to repair!!!

Faults:

1. Many problems with indicators inside the car. No need to replace, but makes it sometimes uncomfortable.

2. Changed some parts in the rear suspension. Costs a lot when You compare the repairing costs with the price of the vehicle.

3. A/C not working. Happens often with Alfa's of that period.

4. All the repairing were hard and took a lot of money and time. Many original parts must be bought through the Alfa Romeo service clubs.. expensive (for instance a little cooling part which is ca 20 dollars for the same year BMW or AUDI cost me 70. And many other details are also like that)

5. Service stuff can't often see the problem. It is very complicated to find the flaw and fix it properly.

General Comments:

The main advantage is the design. The looks are great - very attractive. People sometimes think that a 1994 vehicle is brand new. I always smile while sitting in it or hanging around for some reason. BMW and MB of the same year look dull and boring when parked next to the red 155. Formula variant offers a factory-made spoiler - it is better than those tuning-rubbish ones...

The interior is also nice. The seats are comfortable, all the buttons etc are classy. It is better to buy a 155 with the darker interior - looks more solid... It is plenty of room both in the front and back of the car.

If You don't have too much money to buy a rare, exclusive, beautiful and well-built car, then buy Alfa Romeo 155 - it has all those things apart from the quality...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st July, 2005

2nd Aug 2005, 02:35

It seems that the guy bought the Alfa on its looks. So what? At least he's honest and I find his review quite nice just for that: he knows the kind of car he bought and the reason for buying it!

24th Feb 2009, 03:22

Yep, I'm agreed on that, it's not about showing off, he knows what he'd choose. The 155, in my opinion, is mystical, unique, exotic, a league on its own. All you have to do is to take a closer look, especially the wide body version. Perhaps a red Merc or red BMW is more in-sync with the intention; showing off.

Average review marks: 6.7 / 10, based on 8 reviews