2002 Alfa Romeo 156 Reviews - Page 6 of 7

2002 Alfa Romeo 156 2.0 JTS S.W. 2.0 from Poland

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired30 kilometres
Most recent distance21000 kilometres
Previous carAlfa Romeo 145

Summary:

Pleasure on long rides

Faults:

Dealer installed alarm did not control the windows properly.

Electric window motor died.

Plastic covers inside the trunk keep falling off.

General Comments:

This car delivers very comfortable ride - quite silent with suspension well mathing Polish bumpy roads. Bumps on a corner does not influence handling. I do not use low profile tires.

It is much softer than my previous Alfa, yet it handles very well.

Engine delivers plenty of torque in a very wide range of revs, so the car does not feel very sporty - engine works effortlessly. But surprisingly other cars are left far begind.

Overtaking lorries on single lane roads is a pleasure - quick acceleration and precise steering.

The only problem is fuel consumption - over 10l/100km on the road.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th September, 2003

2002 Alfa Romeo 156 Veloce 2.0JTS from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0JTS Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Distance when acquired8000 miles
Most recent distance30000 miles
Previous carRenault Laguna

Summary:

A stylish, high performance piece of poor quality junk

Faults:

Dealer recall due to faulty level sensors.

Wind screen wiper failure.

Key failure preventing entry to vehicle.

Alarm fault - ongoing as dealers have tried 3 times to repair.

Ignition coil failure resulting in breakdown. Alfa unable to supply part for 5 weeks, but eventually took a part from a showroom model.

Engine management problems on 5 occasion each requiring a dealer visit.

Car off road for 19 days in 9 months!!

Alfa customer relations are almost impossible to get hold of and do not even give an address or contact number on their reply! They are ignoring all of my correspondence.

General Comments:

The Alfa 156 is fantastic to drive. Regrettably if you are seduced by its beauty and performance you like me are a fool. These attributes are irrelevant when your car lives on a dealers ramp rather than the road where it should be.

Be warned about the ability and interest of Alfa and their dealers when the inevitable quality problems arise.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 27th August, 2003

2002 Alfa Romeo 156 Sportwagon 2.0 JTS from Poland

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 JTS Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired16 kilometres
Most recent distance11200 kilometres
Previous carAlfa Romeo 145

Summary:

I look forward any opportunity to drive it far

Faults:

Sometimes radio thinks that the changer is installed and on/off is needed to force to make it read CD's drom dash unit.

Covers of rear lights located inside rear doors fall off - they seem to be couple millimeters too small for the job.

So - nothing major.

General Comments:

After 5 years with previous Alfa I was expecting something different - harder, the car is much more silent and comfortable, then I expected - and I like it.

When accelerating I have a feeling that the car is slow - no sound, no influence on steering, only other cars are left behind surprisingly far away...

I wish I was 10 cm shorter - ergonomics are perfect for my girlfriend (172), and not so for me (188).

The steering, suspension and engine are very good. Shifting got much better after 10000 KM - it was a bit mushy in the beginning.

Suspension and tires (205/60/15) are excellent on bad Polish roads (on bumpy curves it is better than any other car I know), in Austria or Germany I would opt for bigger wheels and harder suspension.

The car is small (or rather tight) - it is rather premium class compact than D class station wagon.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th June, 2003

2002 Alfa Romeo 156 JTS 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired4 miles
Most recent distance4 miles
Previous carMercedes-Benz E-Class

Summary:

Looks and performance for a great price!

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

As well as this cars beautiful looks, it handles well in all road conditions.

Performance is strong in 1st through to third gear (nearly 100mph at 7000rpm in 3rd). It does, however, require "winding up" to achieve near to the 140mph top speed, and does feel a little light at these speeds, but not too twitchy though.

The beautiful red leather interior highlights well the metallic black exterior finish.

The driving position does feel a little odd (especially if your 6'1") however, after a while you get used to the position and the car is comfortable to drive on long motorway trips. Indeed it cruises well in excess of the UK 70mph limit!

I do slightly worry though that the all electronic climate control system may not last the course knowing Italian electronics!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th December, 2002

7th Jan 2004, 07:37

I thought I would just add my comments to my review as I have now owned this car for over a year.

To date no failures and I still enjoy driving this car - and very hard and fast too at times!. In terms of performance and acceleration my 2 litre JTS engine will keep up with my friends 2.8 litre, 6 cyl 4-motion VW Golf which is rated with more than 40bhp more than my Alfa!

Only odd thing is that the fuel gauge sometimes has a mind of its own when you get down to a third of a tank. Oh well it is Italian anyway!

Regarding Alfa main service dealers my local dealer could be better especially when they leave sloppy oil spills over the engine cover. However, they did composites me with giving the car a free valet clean - which they should do when I spent the best part of £20,000 with them buying the car!

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 23 reviews