2001 Alfa Romeo 156 1.8ts from UK and Ireland
A great drive, but would I buy another? Doubt it very much
From new, the fuse box cover continually fell off, and when on the fastest speed, the windscreen wipers regularly create a loud bang. Having read previous reviews of this car I was prepared for minor irritations like this. However at 13,000 the car would not stay in 3rd gear. The local dealer was unable to even look at the problem for 7 days, so off it went to Hilton's in Worcester. Five and a half weeks (!!) later, and 3 attempts to repair and refit the gearbox, the problem still isn't resolved. In all my years of driving, even including £150 wrecks, I have never had a car off the road for such an outrageous length of time, oh, and the dealers are unable to supply me with another Alfa!!
The general build quality appears to be good and the car is very enjoyable to drive. Before the gearbox problem, I thought the reliability and dealer issues had been exagerated. As I have discovered, unfortunately they definitely have not. At just 6 months old, the car has now been off the road for five and half weeks and counting!!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 26th January, 2002
30th Jan 2002, 04:58
Have had similar (although worse) experiences with my 156, so you have my sympathies. Forgot about the replacement car thing though - having spent 20 grand on a car, I didn't appreciate being told I couldn't have an Alfa as a replacement while mine was off the road for 7 weeks waiting on a new engine from Italy. I don't really enjoy driving 200 miles to a business meeting in a Fiat Punto. Bet you don't have to drive a MINI (must remember capital letters) if your BMW is off the road!
9th Feb 2002, 09:32
An addition to this sad story, the car is STILL off the road after seven weeks!! Will I break the 2 month barrier, I have now forgotten I own a Alfa 156, it's less stressful.
24th Mar 2004, 06:14
Alfas are designed to burn oil!!