2003 Alfa Romeo 156 Reviews - Page 3 of 6

2003 Alfa Romeo 156 Twin Spark Veloce 1.6 Veloce from UK and Ireland

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.6 Veloce Manual
Previous carPeugeot 406

Summary:

Italian panache and racing performance

Faults:

Headlight bulb fused.

Suspension was steering the car away. Changed both sides top suspension arms. Now better.

General Comments:

After owning a Peugeot, this one is real transformer.

Although only a 1.6, one should never underestimate the Alfa Race bred reputation. Very impressive performance; they are real sports cars on normal roads.

Like that growling noise/sound when in lower gears.

Enjoy driving around roundabouts.

The car is really punchy even at the top end. You can imagine if I can challenge a racing motorbike on the highway.

No major problems so far, as only owned last few months.

Above all, it looks gorgeous with the dials lit and with curves all over.

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

Review Date: 31st May, 2007

2003 Alfa Romeo 156 sportwagon 2.0 JTS from Australia and New Zealand

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.0 JTS Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired50 kilometres
Most recent distance56000 kilometres
Previous carSubaru Impreza

Summary:

The best car I've owned

Faults:

Would not change gear. This was apparently a loose connection which the dealer said could have been instigated during the previous service.

General Comments:

A real pleasure to drive. By far the best vehicle I've driven.

Love the selespeed which I use mainly in city mode which I override where necessary. It is very good at judging how you want to drive the car at any given time. I could not buy another car without the "paddles" on the steering wheel to change gear.

The car has been very reliable and I have nothing to be fixed at each service. Unlike other so-called reliable cars I've owned. Just what is in the book. Alfas (if mine is any indication) are very reliable and all the bad stories about them are myths.

And then of course there is that beautiful body.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd September, 2006

2003 Alfa Romeo 156 GTA 3.2 V6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3.2 V6 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired21000 miles
Most recent distance22500 miles
Previous carFiat Punto

Summary:

Awesome engine, performance and looks

Faults:

The trip computer is miscalculating the distance, though the speedo is reading correctly. A new speedo is on order.

The airbag light occasionally would come on. Local Alfa dealer diagnosed and rewired part of the rear airbag system.

General Comments:

I love this car!

First off the Italian car reliability issue is a myth. I know owners of German cars that have had major problems, and in one case will not own another car from one particular German marque it was so problematic. The difference is Audi/BMW/VW/Merc have the service side sorted, that is where alfa have lacked.

The result being a major problem on a German car gets sorted quickly and efficiently, whereas a minor niggle on an Alfa can become a long drawn out process thanks to some poor dealers and a lack of quick support from the manufacturer.

Having said that, I cannot fault my local Alfa dealer, my car is a UK spec RHD car, but of German origin, so it has 2 years as opposed to 3 years warranty. The specialist I bought the car from is sorting out a 3rd year, but I found the above 2 problems after buying and owning the car for a month, and got them looked at before the 2 years were up.

The car has 250bhp, and that is sent through the front wheels. I will admit that I wish Alfa had made this one rear wheel drive, but the car handles the power exceptionally well. Torque steer is only brought on if you are being very stupid. After all, the car is doing very well in the European Touring Cars!

The car has a fantastic V6 engine, that sounds glorious and goes like stink. Easily reaching license losing speeds, it will go 0-62mph in 6.3sec and 0-100mph in 15 seconds!!! The torque is amazing, it is just as happy to potter around town and will go in 6th gear happily at 30mph. A result of this, is that a sensible drive can produce about 30mpg average if you wish.

The car is also very comfortable. Some say the ride is a bit hard, but my 95 year old Grandmother commented on the comfort, helped by very supportive leather seats.

Standard equipment is very good. Leather, Bose stereo, lots of airbags, electric windows/mirrors and dual zone climate control are all included.

It could be roomier, but it is not really a family car. I have had 5 people in the car happily though.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th August, 2005

Average review marks: 8.4 / 10, based on 14 reviews