1996 Alfa Romeo 155 Reviews

1996 Alfa Romeo 155 TS 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.0 Don't Know
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Previous carOpel Astra

Summary:

If everybody in the world drove a 155, the world would be a happier place

Faults:

Passenger wing mirror alloy split - fixed with metal glue.

General Comments:

Absolutely love it. First, don't go to dealerships for servicing any Alfa, go to specialists.

Lots of stuff to do to it when I bought it, but now that it's done she is humming.

The whole experience is great. I love the lines of the body and the exhaust note is fantastic, it growls and growls for more revs.

This car was built to be driven, and driven hard and fast. Steering is very direct, although the turning circle is poor. That and the suspension are my only faults with the car, the slightest bump in the road is heard and felt. Otherwise she is a performance car bargain.

However I would advise only enthusiasts buy one because you will spend some time under it, so if you don't mind getting your hands dirty, go for it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th June, 2009

1996 Alfa Romeo 155 2.0 TS 16v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.0 TS 16v Don't Know
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 acquired25000 miles
Most recent distance125000 miles
Previous carAlfa Romeo 33

Summary:

Brilliant drive for the discerning driver. A poor mans Ferrari

Faults:

Nothing Major. Radiator burst. Had a cracked spark plug. Paint work started to fade so had it resprayed.

General Comments:

Joy to drive! Lot of road noise due to low profile tyres (205x45x16"). Ride very hard on Irish country roads. Very useful for quick and safe overtaking. Very few left in this country. Couple of things that get on my nerves are the wipers, boot release switch in the glove compartment and very expensive parts. In fantastic nick at 125,000miles although I really do look after it and am very mechanically sympathetic, it rarely passes 3000 rpm. When I bought it in 1999 all my mates said it was a bad move as it would always break down, cost a fortune to run and depreciate badly. OK it did depreciate pretty badly, but all my mates have had a lot more trouble with their motors including some of the so called better and more reliable makes. Has passed our car test in Ireland 3 times without problems and the emissions have always been very low. Was strongly considering selling and buying a Porsche 944 but enjoy driving the 155 so much have put it off.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th November, 2006

4th Aug 2010, 01:25

You know what? Recently I considered selling my 155 year 96, wide-body 8v 2.0, deep blue metallic... it was all because of this mismanaged bloody card; a credit card. I even put my car up for sale, while at the same time looking up for another cheap car which equaled the amount left after paying for the credit card... I have not settled with the credit card, and three guys already called to ask about my car, I told them.. it is already sold. Why? There's no other I could replace my 155 with; cheap, yet hassle free, pretty fast, natural haunting rumbling engine's note, a once-in-a-while head turner, as it is a rare species on the road here. It is impossible to part with it.. and I hope, not even that bloody credit card would tear us apart.

1996 Alfa Romeo 155 Trofeo S 1.8 Twin Spark from Belgium

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.8 Twin Spark Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 2 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired62000 kilometres
Most recent distance82000 kilometres

Summary:

A unique car doesn't need to be expensive

Faults:

Not much for an Alfa of that age:

The engine hood sometimes refuses to open.

The boot release switch (from the glove box) works now and then (now it doesn't).

Rubber seals passenger side don't always keep the water out (or noise for that matter). I once left my car in the rain and came back to find the passenger seat completely drenched.

The gearbox lever needed some grease as it started to make strange sounds.

Handbrake gets stuck easily during cold nights (under 0 deg C)

Generally a lot of squeaks coming from everywhere in the cabin...

General Comments:

Overall very satisfied. The car is cheap to buy for what it is, it's different than the majority of buyers, and still looks good for an 8 year old vehicle.

Performance is excellent: engine at its best past 3,000 rpm (and sounds better after that), car set up is ideal for fast corners. Never got in the situation where I had to correct my trajectory in a fast bend, the opposite actually: felt I could give some extra throttle!

Noise at speed (120km/h and above) is terrible! Better get a good sound system to cover that up...

Quite uncomfortable over.. well, over anything actually, but makes up with handling.

Brakes are strong, although got them changes recently (disc's + pads) and are now terribly loud (garage forgot to grease the disc's).

Basically, although a 4 door, this car is no family car. Buy it to enjoy yourself, not to drive the wife and kids around... they won't appreciate the stiff suspension and engine noise. Pedals are stiff, but you get used to it.

Petrol consumption is very high, in town or highway: Under 10 l/100km is an achievement, although the average is more like 12-13 l/100km.

Apart from that, this is a great car to drive: it looks different than the rest (BMW's, Audi's etc.), sounds special (Twin Spark), and gets you there at really decent speed.

I never regretted buying it, and would recommend it strongly if you're passionate about what you drive. This car definitely puts a smile on your face, even on the Monday morning drive to work!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th November, 2004

4th Aug 2010, 01:32

Smile on the face is absolutely right! Mine is a 155, w/body with 8v 2.0.. She's almost 14 years now, but the ride is still very much at heart.

Average review marks: 5.8 / 10, based on 10 reviews