2000 Alfa Romeo 156 JTD 2.4 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland
A flawed beauty
Immobilizer failed after 2 months. Car was off the road for 3 weeks as keys had to be returned to Italy for a new 'keybox' to be made.
Rear wheel bearings had to be replaced after 6000 miles.
Due to very uneven tyre wear the tracking has had to be adjusted 3 times since new.
The bolt on the tracking rod seized after 30000 miles.
Faulty ABS sensor replaced after 31000 miles.
The rear brake hose (N/S) failed causing the brakes to seize. Both hoses and pads had to be replaced after 32000 miles.
The car is a delight to drive. The engine is quick and responsive.
Superb fuel economy on long motorway journeys - very thirsty on short trips.
Best looking saloon on the roads - bar none!
Handles extremely well. Great fun to throw around corners on country roads.
If only the reliability and build quality were better Alfa would have a world beater on its' hands.
Owning an Alfa is like parenting a difficult child - you love it despite its' faults.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 10th September, 2002
16th Sep 2002, 07:23
Agree with you about 156 Jtd, I have left review (3 September) On 3rd set of front tyres (Not cheapies!!) have had tracking done a lot... Alfa insist they are not aware of a problem and will not contribute a penny!! Come on Alfas play the game...It's a real pity as I love the car, but you must not let your heart rule your head... Its gotta go!! Alfa aftersales Dire!! No wonder Fiat auto are losing shed loads of money??
11th Sep 2004, 05:21
Good looking? It's as beautiful as a whelk sucking a lemon. The styling's GHASTLY!