2000 Alfa Romeo 156 Twin Spark 2.0 from Australia and New Zealand
If only they built it well
Passenger side A pillar trim came off 3 times.
Glove box lid warped.
Internal rubber door seals warped.
Damaged engine. Apparently one of the bearings disintegrated requiring my car to be towed to the service after only 10500 Km. The call-out service person could not believe it.
Exhilarating performance once you get the engine over 3000 RPM, but the build quality is absolutely shocking.
The engine problem is simply unbelievable. I had many cars before and I NEVER experienced an engine failure. Closest I ever got was a cracked harmonic balancer on a VR Commodore (for the Australian audience).
Additionally, the Alfa sales and service is absolutely appalling! Amazingly the Alfa dealership is owned by the same group that runs the SAAB dealership where I bought a used SAAB 9000 CD to replace my Alfa 156, and their service is simply amazing! I never experienced such a good service with anything before.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 17th July, 2001