1999 Alfa Romeo 156 Reviews - Page 4 of 14

1999 Alfa Romeo 156 Selespeed 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired42000 miles
Most recent distance71000 miles
Previous carMercedes-Benz E-Class

Summary:

You pay for your pleasure

Faults:

I had the car about a week and the fuel flap would not open, I carry a screw driver in the car to open it. The spring clasp will cost about 15 euro, but a new flap which will require painting will cost 100euro in total.

After 8 months the selespeed actuator light started appearing and the car would not engage gear. The local dealer said this was due to a leak in the unit, they replaced the lost fluid and this worked for 2 months, and then it started again in heavy traffic in dublin.

I had to replace the actuator unit at a cost of 1200 euro and 500 for fitting. It seemingly took 2 units before it worked.

The Radio/CD gets very hot to touch the LCD screen.

General Comments:

The car is Fun, fun, fun to drive.

It has everything I wanted in a car.

My advice to anyone is to buy second hand with the highest spec you can get and run it into the ground-as you will lose thousands trying to trade in.

I saw a 1998 1.8 with 50K miles going for 4 grand.

Absolutely will not hold there value.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th June, 2004

4th Jul 2005, 17:30

I got a 156 1.8 on a W and its great. Not very fast, squeaks and rattles, but I've got the manual gear box. Better than the 320i BMW I had.

1999 Alfa Romeo 156 2.5 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.5 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired90000 miles
Most recent distance93000 miles
Previous carSAAB 9-5

Summary:

A guaranteed smile maker

Faults:

So far (touch wood) nothing major.

However seemingly not wishing to appear without character the car has developed an intermittent self fixing bulb failure on the brake light.

General Comments:

I took the Alfa plunge with no little trepidation. Previous cars have included BMW 325's, Honda Accord type R & most recently, a Saab 9-5.

My brother had owned a 155 v6 and the build quality was exactly what was expected of this car, but the engine just made it all okay. So to prove myself a true "petrolhead" I took the plunge.

I tracked down a Sportpack 3 version (with Momo leather, carbon dash, lower stiffer suspension) for very little cash.

I had checked the performance against the Accord and on paper all seemed almost equal, but the verdicts generally indicated the handling was an area that needed improvement.

The performance, well for the money there's not much around that will match it in the family saloon market, or indeed, hot hatches.

However figures aren't the whole picture. Its how this car gets there that makes me happy. The flexibility of the engine never fails to astound me, but its when pushed that it lets you have the full benefit of the v6 howl. No matter what length the journey I always arrive smiling, slow moving traffic is either dispensed with or gives me a chance to cruise along in what should be an unthinkably high gear. Faster roads and traffic allow full involvment with this great car.

The handling has yet to cause me concern. Whilst not having figures to prove this, I am taking bends at similar speeds to when I owned the Type R. It has not yet hinted at understeer or failed to put its power down onto the road.

Inside the Momo leather is superb, and contrary to most reports, rattle and noise free, truly a pleasant environment.

Looks, well we're used to it now, but it still looks good, as proved by the fact the latest version is only slightly modified.

Running costs, dealer surprisingly competitive, proving similar to a non franchised specialist. Only fuel usage causes real money thoughts, but I saved so much buying it cheaply that it will work out roughly the same as running a much less involving car.

In short, this car has plenty of get up and go, with a soundtrack to make you wonder why all cars don't sound this good.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th February, 2004

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