1999 Alfa Romeo 156 2.0 Selespeed from Malaysia
It's a bargain given its performance, but need to improve on reliability and spare part availability
Too jerky at low speed and this is especially annoying in city crawl. Had problem with gearbox once as it would not shift into 3, 4 and 5 gear. Repaired the gearbox once and it's OK ever since. Lapse time in shifting between gears a little too long as compared to manual. I had a minor accident when a car before me unconsciously backed up on me. I could not reverse the car fast enough to avoid the impact because the lapse time from "N" to "R" was just 3 seconds too long. Availability of spare parts is a huge disappointment. The selespeed buttons on the steering wheel do not engage the gear sometimes because they started to wear off after couple of years. Still have not found the replacement for the speed buttons after 5 months of inquiry as dealers have no stocks. Windscreen wipers are too noisy. Fuel gauge malfunctions occasionally.
Good performance car. Good handling on the road and at taking corner. Nice and sporty looking car around.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 30th May, 2003