2002 Alfa Romeo 156 TS Sportwagon 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland
Okay car, 1.9 JTD preferred if as reliable as mine has been
Thermostat stuck open (a new replacement was faulty).
Hated it from day one, but it has grown on me in the 12 months of owning it.
Have been worried again from day one about it breaking. I bought it as a car that I had used now and again got written off, and this was nearest to me with the spec I wanted.
After 12 months, I have been surprised by its reliability.
My recent cars prior were a Fiat Marea 2.4 diesel estate (had for 6 years), a Subaru Impreza Turbo estate (MY2000), and a 1.5 dci Renault Megane.
The Fiat 2.4 estate was a brilliant car; Fiats in my experience tend to be better put together, and the Fiat drove better than this 156; nippier and nice to drive.
This 156 does nothing for me in terms of driving; it is the first car I have had without a turbo for over 12 years. It certainly doesn't make me want to drive fast, and I have always been a bit of a speed freak.
I was really disappointed when I bought it and drove it away; foot down and no torque and no power, feels better after 12 months, but initially disappointing.
The interior is about the best thing about it.
Charcoal leather seats look good and feel good; good on a run across France.
MPG wise, I probably get 29-32. Last time I checked, it was 32mpg.
Uses a bit of oil and water, so need to check weekly.
I don't think I would have another, but Alfas do tend to look better than most in their price range.
If I did get another, I'd look at the JTD.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 9th June, 2010
That's an interesting review. The twin spark engine does lack a bit of grunt under 3000 rpm, after which it really opens up nicely. I suspect that you would much prefer the 2.5 V6, which has torque all the way through the range. It is a beautiful engine. If you can get your hands on a 156 GTA (they also made sports wagon versions) I think you would be pleasantly surprised. Myself, I love the twin spark in a standard 156. :)