1999 Alfa Romeo 156 from Australia and New Zealand

Summary:

Best drivers car I have had for several years

Faults:

Cam belt pulley - became noisy on start up.

Ignition immobiliser - engine wouldn't fire.

Selespeed trans - slipping into neutral, not changing gear.

Airbag light came on - seems it is caused by a loose connection under the seat. Should be hard wired.

General Comments:

Love its looks and driving "feel".

Handles very well, surprisingly well at times.

Love the seating position.

Hate the jumpy driving in 1st or 2nd gear.

Biggest hate is no accessory position for ignition switch, which means cannot have radio on when parked without the ignition being on.

Lights not very good, quite poor in fact.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th April, 2008

1999 Alfa Romeo 156 Twin Spark S1 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Stunning, but costly

Faults:

Petrol consumption is very high (20-25mpg).

Suspension creaks and bangs.

Gear box crunches.

New tires, pads and discs all round.

General Comments:

A stunningly beautiful car that is a pleasure to own and drive.

I absolutely love it, but the mpg and problems are too costly.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th December, 2007

1999 Alfa Romeo 156 2.0 T Spark sport pack 1 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Unreliable, underpowered, but with typical talian flare it looks great I should hate it, but I don't

Faults:

Drivers airbag warning light illuminated and will not cancel even when main dealer attempted to cancel it on several occasions at 70,000 miles

Climate control gave up the ghost at 65,000 miles.

Both rear suspension required replacing at 72,000 miles.

Front near side suspension required replacing at 70,000 miles.

With body work - paint flaking (badly) from front bumper.

Where roof meets windscreen on off side paint bubbling over rust.

Both front brake discs warped at 71,000.

General Comments:

In the 4 years and thirty thousand miles I have the car most things have gone wrong and has been expensive to repair.

Bearing in mind the car is a 2 Litre it lacks power - don't get me wrong it's OK, but when compared against a standard 2.0 mondeo or Vectra it struggles especially considering it has 155BHP.

It has a lot of extras such as climate/all around electric windows/6 CD changer uprated suspension/large alloys and carbon interior as standard on the Sport Pack option, but it just lacks oomph. I had a 2.2Vtec prelude before and looking back I wish I'd never changed it!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 1st May, 2006

1st May 2006, 14:48

I'll never understand Alfa Romeo's philosophy: Building fast LOOKING cars that don't actually go fast. Still though, do they ever look great going slow.

17th Jun 2006, 17:36

Yeah OK, but lets face it, the Alfas have fantastic styling and feel great to drive... I've driven Vectras and Mondeos and I have fallen asleep at the wheel.

23rd Jul 2006, 16:16

Are you sure the car is slow? For a 2 litre the performance is very good I thought.

8th Nov 2006, 12:35

What exactly do you call 'slow'? 0-100 in 8,5 seconds is pretty good, and the top-speed isn't a joke either.

Yeah, sure, a Ferrari is faster. But no way is a Mondeo 2-litre a faster car.

Maybe your car was just damaged, it should run pretty fast.

(*note : speeds in kph, not miles ;) )

18th Jan 2007, 18:05

I totally agree, all show and no go, that sums 156's up, owned a 4th gen vtec Prelude myself and it owns all 156's in both handling and performance, without the headache and cost.

20th Jan 2008, 09:20

If you feel your car is slow, you probably have a problem with it. Compared to other 2 litre cars, performance is very good, although torque is lacking until reaching 3000rpm.

I would suggest your Air mass meter is at fault, and this is made by Bosch; so much for Italian electrics getting the blame!

3rd Aug 2008, 10:36

If you want speed, you should buy the 2.5 V6 or the 3.2 GTA. I have the 2.5 and it owns everything up to a BMW 328.

1999 Alfa Romeo 156 Selespeed 2.0 Twin Spark from Malaysia

Summary:

Get one and you'll be thrilled

Faults:

Starter Issue, but a quick service cured the problem.

Gear Engagement Issue - resolved by rectification to the gearbox housing.

General Comments:

Absolute a smashing car to drive.

Handling is good, but can still be improved with some modifications to the anti roll bars and stiffer suspension.

Air Conditioning is adequate, but wished they would have gone with the 166 design on the center air condition vents for better ventilation.

The design is timeless... very attractive and a head turner eventhough after 8 years in production.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th February, 2006