2001 Alfa Romeo 156 Reviews - Page 4 of 13

2001 Alfa Romeo 156 2.5 v6 veloce 2.5 V6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.5 V6 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired69000 miles
Most recent distance71000 miles
Previous carFiat Seicento

Summary:

Wolf in wolf's clothing

Faults:

Just the brake light bulb (fingers crossed).

General Comments:

This car is very quick as a B.M.W 330 and a Nissan 200ZX found out, when they lost the traffic light grand pris.

The handling is a lot better than most car mags say it is, it's like it's on rails till it gets wet that is.

My car has only done 1,500 miles on the new engine and has just started to loosen up a bit. but I've still got 145 mph out of her so far, keep running out of road.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th November, 2004

23rd Aug 2007, 10:28

As much as I love the Alfa 156, I don't think my previous V6 would have kept up with my current Nissan 200sx at the traffic light grand prix..

The noise the Alfa makes is far better though..

2001 Alfa Romeo 156 from Australia and New Zealand

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission Semi-Automatic
Previous carAlfa Romeo 156

Faults:

3 of the 4 master bearing went and engine has to be replaced.

General Comments:

I was advised by Alfa that they will not replace the engine. I was told that the car at some point was low on oil. I have also done some research and discovered that I am not the only one to have had this problem. If you have had similiar problems, please email me ltberks@yahoo.com.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 5th November, 2004

5th Nov 2004, 05:01

The twin spark engines can effectively consume up to 600 ml of oil per 1000km. That depends upon the way you drive (higher rpms - higher consumption) The (well- respected in Europe) "Autobild" magazine had a long term test 147 2.0 TS which consumed 19 ltrs of oil in 100000 kms. As always, check your oil level every 1000-2000 kms.

2001 Alfa Romeo 156 SW 1.9 JTD from Netherlands

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.9 JTD Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance155000 kilometres
Previous carRenault Laguna

Summary:

A super driving machine

Faults:

Since the very beginning of this driving machine, bulbs burned through all the time.

After a year or so the well-known beeps and trembles occurred more and more.

There were no Alfa-related problems as electrical/electronic disease or something like that.

The only strange problems that occurred where disabled chair cushions and side walls, that has to be repaired for 2 times already.

As I already wrote it is a super driving machine with very little fuel (Diesel) consumption and (till now with 155000 km) still fast and reliable.

General Comments:

If this car wasn't so expensive in lease I would drive e new version as my new car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th July, 2004

2001 Alfa Romeo 156 Selespeed 2.0 twin spark from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 twin spark Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired31000 miles
Most recent distance32000 miles
Previous carNissan Almera

Summary:

Stylish car with grown up image for those who do not want to be in a 3 series

Faults:

Selespeed light occasionally illuminates when car is 1st started. Goes out once the car has been driven 50 yards.

Battery died at 3 years and 3 weeks old.

General Comments:

Looks stunning with the shape and concealed rear handles making it a sexy family saloon car with the look of a 2 door coupe.

Handling is very good, with better road holding than my previous car which was a Nissan Almera GTi. The down side being a rough ride over anything, but perfect roads. Also find quite a lot of road noise makes it into the cabin, but if I was worried about that I would have bought an Audi.

Interior still looks like new, with the only squeak coming from the seat belt holder touching the leather seat.

Performance from the 2 litre twinspark is fairly good. K&N air filter has added a real growl to the engine, and once she hits 5700 rpm takes on a completely different note, almost VTEC like. fuel economy is worse than expected with 25-27 mpg being the norm. Maybe somthing to do with the sound of the engine when you have got the pedal buried in the carpet.

The selespeed gearbox is good fun to play with. The fast changes above 5000 rpm are a bit harsh, but only those that do not appreciate sports car performance will complain. First couple of changes from cold can be a bit jerky, but once warm they can be as smooth as an auto box. Just a bit of a shame that it forces a change at around 6800 rpm. Would be nice to squeeze that last 200 rpm (or maybe a bit more) out of her.

Reliability issues do worry me, especially having read the reviews on this site. The previous owner handed me bills for over £4000. This included new gearbox at 18000 miles, new top end on the engine at 28,000 miles as a result of broken cambelt, and a variety of other odd bits at the 30,000 mile service. I just hope the 1st owner troubles have been sorted now.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 4th April, 2004

Average review marks: 6.7 / 10, based on 45 reviews