2000 Alfa Romeo 156 TS Veloce 1.8 from UK and Ireland
Fantastic (if you get a good one!)
Sticking/squealing back brakes.
Fuse box cover falls off (like everyone else's!)
Air con switch unreliable.
Fuel gauge unreliable.
First the good stuff... I love the way it looks and love the way it drives - still attracts attention.
Beautifully styled interior.
Surprisingly comfortable on long journeys although super-sharp handling can be wearisome on motorways.
Engine sounds fantastic, gearbox is excellent and corners like it's on rails.
I look forward to driving it every day.
Uses a lot of fuel for a 1747cc engine.
Watch out for excessive tyre wear on the inner side of the fronts.
Feeble ventilation and air-con and have you ever seen a car with a more useless sun visor?
Seems relatively poorly equipped compared with cars of similar price.
Servicing is expensive and dealer service is ropey.
Paintwork seems soft and easily marked.
Depreciation is a killer!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th January, 2002
"Depreciation is a killer" - another Alfa trait! And the only way that it would be possible for me to buy one, as I can't afford a new one. A post 2000 156, with full service history (and no problems!), is my aim for 2004. Apologies to all those who bought new, and who bought 'lemons'!