2000 Alfa Romeo 156 Veloce 2.0 from UK and Ireland
Rubbish on wheels
Air bag waning light constantly on, dealer unable to fix after 2 yrs.
Fuel gauge intermitem, level went from half full to completly empty in minutes.
Interior extremely poor, springs came through the seats after 2.5 years, dealer said it was unusual, but still wanted to charge me £1,000 to replace them.
Best handling car I've ever owned, but very poor quality and worse dealer I've known in 30yrs of motoring.
The service manager advised me to "buy a BMW if you want quality" so I did.
Don't be tempted to buy on looks. These cars and the dealers are not in the same class as BMW or even Ford.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 29th April, 2005
29th Aug 2013, 19:25
I don't know what the reference to BMW as a quality vehicle is about in these posts. Yes they are very well built, but having had friends who own the German machine, I've heard similar reports of niggling failures, and in some cases ongoing faults which have become absolutely crippling. These extend to new cars as well.
VWs are similar too, and I'm told have atrocious reliability. As such, I'll stick to the charisma of my 156, and hope that it will treat me as nicely as I treat it. On a footnote, I wonder perhaps whether the Selespeed problems are caused by ham-fisted drivers who just don't 'get them'.
A 159 might be a logical successor - better build and the like, but a bigger girl, and that generic GM-sourced motor may lack some sparkle methinks.
In spite of my ramblings I wouldn't say no if someone were to drop a 3 series coupe in my driveway one day...