1998 Alfa Romeo 156 Lusso 2.5 V6 from UK and Ireland
Radiator replaced by dealer at time of purchase.
Noisy belt pulley replaced during routine service.
Aircon compressor replaced under warranty.
Usual consumables like tyres, exhaust etc.
Not a new design, but looks as fresh now as the day it was launched.
The 2.5 V6 sounds just amazing, and I often leave the stereo off just to listen to it rev. The extra weight of the V6 means this one is a bit nose heavy when you enter a corner at speed, but you soon get used to it.
This is my 3rd Alfa, and as per my previous GTV & 155, it gives me hassle free, reliable, fun motoring. I defy anyone to drive this car and not break into a smile, it just goes and sounds like no other four door saloon, and it even makes the morning commute (almost) a joy.
To anyone who is worried about Alfa reliability, I say take the plunge - even the Top Gear guys say you aren't a proper petrolhead till you've had an Alfa. Your Fords/Honda/Vauxhalls etc will never look the same again.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 20th May, 2011