2000 Alfa Romeo 156 2.5 V6 24v 2.5 V6 24v from Netherlands
Stunning looks, fast en magnificent soundtrack.
Very little. Once the air-intake sensor had a loose contact such that the engine jumped into an "emergency program" (not so funny on the German Autobahn though being limited to 2000revs). Was fixed by the dealer after a computer readout in 15 minutes.
Very happy with this car. Stunning looks, fantastic soundtrack and pretty quick.
Compared to my previous car, an Audi A3 1.8turbo, the build quality is equal if not better. After 3 years, covering over 120K kilometers the car does not produce any rattles or cracking sounds (unlike my audi). It is like new.
Performance is very good especially above 5000revs. The engine only produces 222Nm torque max, which is not a lot. You need to drive on power, not on torque. So, make sure you are in the right gear. I spend a lot of kilometers on the German Autobahn at high speed, fuel consumption is about 14.5 liter per 100kilomters. Oil usage is 1 liter per 8000 kilometers constant. This is very good for an Alfa V6.
You are almost king on the Autobahn, a BMW330i is not able to overtake you :-) a "non-S Porsche Boxter" will have a hard time loosing you :-) ) expect to see some suprised faces.
A negative aspect is the high turning circle. Probably due to the 6-speed gearbox. Not handy in a narrow parking garage though.
It has "babe magnet" potential, if you interested in that kind of thing.
I will most definitly buy an Alfa again. Very very good car!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st December, 2003
8th Jan 2006, 15:11
The poor turning circle is nothing to do with the gearbox as all recent Alfa's suffer from this. It is caused by a combination of the quick rack power steering and the front suspension geometry. Although the long wheelbase also has an effect. Other than that glad you enjoyed the car, I had one the same and loved it although I sold it to buy a 6 speed 3 litre GTV which was better still.
20th May 2007, 09:13
Hi, just wondering if you still have the car? I'm looking at buying one second hand, but it has done 150K km which is a concern. wondering how yours is holding up...