2002 Alfa Romeo 156 Veloce 2.0 from UK and Ireland
A great (in all respects) sports executive car that rewards if looked after.
Fantastic engine, sound and performance.
It is absolutely ESSENTIAL to check the oil after each 300 miles approximately since the engine uses a lot (approx 0.5 litre per 500 miles). This is a result of the type of performance and race-derived engine. I have spoken to the dealer and other enthusiasts and this is normal. I think oil starvation is possibly the cause of many reliability issues owners have as it is not normally an issue of many other 'normal cars'. Watch the oil and you will be fine.
The seating position for is still slightly high for 6'2 drivers even after adjustment and the steering wheel obstructs the very top view of the dials. But head doesn't touch the ceiling.
Still a fantastic looking and performing car and I'm very happy with it after initial concerns before buying it due too bad reports.
The dealer I use is an official dealer and from the sounds of it must be the only good one there is in the UK!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 6th April, 2004
21st Apr 2004, 09:23
Totally agree with you - check the oil regularly and you'll be fine. Indeed my 2.0 JTS 156 enjoys the odd litre every 1k or so. Great car though!
13th Feb 2006, 01:39
I think is not normal that engine, almost new, burn oil. If you know what is the way of lubrication in engine, you know what am I talking about.
17th Feb 2006, 01:48
Actually any engineer will tell you that during the beginning of an engine life and until the piston rings (among other things) wear in and "settle", a slight oil consumption may (and I say MAY) be seen. That was particularly true some years ago, when breaking in an engine was absolutely necessary, as opposed to the current situation where it's far less essential (but, nevertheless, I do it everytime)