1999 Alfa Romeo 156 2.0 TS 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland
Great performer at bargain price
Driver's seatbelt too sensitive.
Engine occasionally idles unevenly when cold - mainly with air-con in use.
A few small rattles in dash.
The best looking saloon this side of £50,000.
Acceleration very impressive when the engine comes on cam at around 3000 rpm.
Engine is probably the smoothest, most powerful and characterful 4 pot around.
Handling is very sharp - excellent turn-in, with virtually no roll, although the ride is quite firm.
Seats are very comfortable on a long trip - mine are in red Momo leather.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 3rd February, 2004
5th Aug 2003, 02:34
Don't worry too much, make sure the car is serviced regularly, attend to even the most minor problem rapidly.
I agree with the jerky gear changes when cold, careful use of the throttle will minimize this problem.
I have had mine since 2000, loved every minute of its 2 litre'grunt'.
Just enjoy the Italian magic, my other car is not a Ferrari!
Will I buy another one? You bet!