1999 Alfa Romeo 156 Reviews - Page 2 of 14

1999 Alfa Romeo 156 2.5 V6 from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.5 V6 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.7 / 10
Distance when acquired91000 kilometres
Most recent distance92000 kilometres

Summary:

If only it was as reliable as it SHOULD BE

Faults:

Erratic revving a week ago perhaps due to air filter being faulty?

Injection system malfunction light intermittently on.

Rear left electric window failed.

General Comments:

I have only had this car for 2 weeks and already I pray I haven't bought a lemon.. Something tells me I have. It doesn't enjoy city driving, but eats the road up in the country which is amazingly fun. It goes to the garage tomorrow to have the problems addressed... I sure will miss my romeo (and my dollars?)

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

Review Date: 25th December, 2005

28th Dec 2005, 05:54

Re the idling and injection light: Look for a faulty lambda sensor or a Mass Airflow Sensor (MAF)

1999 Alfa Romeo 156 Sport 1.8 TS from Portugal

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.8 TS Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance248000 kilometres
Previous carAlfa Romeo 155

Summary:

It's one of a kind!!

Faults:

The only problem was my fault.

The car had the oil warning light on, and still I drove for 300 Km at top speed because of the hurry. Result: a new engine.

General Comments:

It's a real Alfa!

The handling is perfect, whether it's a motorway or a mountain road.

The performance, amazing for a 1.8 litre engine. Embarrassed most Mercedes, BMW's, VW's and Audi's.

Because it was the sport version and Alfa Red, it was a head-turner wherever I went.

I can't seem to remember any complain about this car.

Recommend it to anyone!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th November, 2005

1999 Alfa Romeo 156 V6 24v from UK and Ireland

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission V6 24v Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired125000 miles
Most recent distance128000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

Powerful and enjoyable to drive, a lovely car

Faults:

Leaking power steering hose.

Leaking water hose.

Noisy aircon.

Weak paintwork.

General Comments:

When I was searching for a new car I decided to go for something with a little more charisma than my previous boring old Ford. As soon as I saw pics of the Alfa 156 I knew that was the one I wanted.

It's a lovely looking car and the reviews were good.

The second hand prices were cheap and so after searching the internet for things to look for when purchasing, I decided to push the boat out and go for the V6 variant. I read that so long as it had been well serviced and had the cam belts changed recently, I should be OK with a high mileage car.

I picked up one with well over 100,000 miles on the clock, but with new belts etc only 15k ago. It also had the alfa sportspack which included leather seats, bigger wheels, etc. I think that the sport pack models are the ones to go for. The interior is fantastic and the wheels and side skirts do suit the car very well.

The engine is just a dream. It goes like stink, makes a Ferrari type noise (I'm not even joking!) and doesn't use any oil. I've heard some of the v6's can use a little oil with no problems, but I'm glad I seem to have found one that doesn't.

So far the only problems have been leaking hoses and a slightly noisy aircon unit. I'm nitpicking really with the aircon as it does work, if not quite as effective as it could be. The paint work does seem to be a little weak on stone chips and such like marking quite easily too.

Overall, I love the car. It's quite thirsty, but it drives like a dream. If you can get a well looked after model with loads of history, I'd recommend one. If you're looking for a super drivers car that stands out from the crowd, look no further.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th April, 2005

1999 Alfa Romeo 156 Veloce 1.6 T Spark from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.6 T Spark Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired27000 miles
Most recent distance29000 miles
Previous carFord Ka

Summary:

Bargain second hand purchase if you take your time and get the right one

Faults:

Tracking was out by a fraction..

General Comments:

Very happy. Great car for the money. Best looking saloon on the road. Only a 1.6 veloce, due to previous offences meaning insurance is a killer. Gives me a smile on my face each time I get into it. Looked at similar sports saloons (BMW3, Lexus IS200) and you pay a lot more money for less of a car. Everyone should own an Alfa at some point in there life and couldn't recommend this one higher.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th April, 2005

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 52 reviews