1999 Alfa Romeo 156 velocce 2.0 lt from UK and Ireland
Do not buy an Alfa
Various minor niggles, including boot not closing (£30 to fix) and an overheating radio that cut out - described by Dealer as a safety feature!
Clutch bearing failure at 55000 miles - Alfa refused to fix under warranty (described as wearable part).
Car taken to dealer twice in one week for overheating. No problem found either time and car released back to me. 24 hours later engine suffers massive mechanical failure attributed by dealer to low oil (79000 miles). Dealer and Alfa HQ admit that oil warning light faulty prior to failure, but refuse to accept liability and threaten to withdraw any remaining warranty if I pursue a claim - cost to me £2500 for re-conditioned engine. Alfa refuse to accept warranty claim. Finally advised by Alfa Romeo Customer Services (Slough HQ) to sue them!
The problems I have had with this car have affected my health. It simply is not worth owning an Alfa.
Main-dealerships are patchy at best. Down right dishonest at worst.
After-sales servicing is expensive and shoddy (based on experience of 3 different Alfa main dealers).
Warranty is worthless, even when they admit car has a problem.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 3rd January, 2003
22nd Jan 2004, 08:47
This is not a car you can neglect. You need to check the oil every 2nd visit to the petrol station. Low oil in these engines is death (bit obvious by now).
It is in the handbook and dealers should make people aware of this before they drive away.
Keep them in oil and they'll go for 120,000 miles no problem.
Basically, know what you're getting into. They are great cars if looked after. Think of it as a feisty beauty.