12th Aug 2001, 08:29

You must have got a Friday afternooner 'cos I've got a 2000 156 and I love it.

Are you seriously comparing the "dull but worthy" driving experience of the Cavalier with the brilliant engine and handling of the 156???

21st Aug 2001, 09:26

Simply what can you expect from a Cavalier driver. I own a 1.8 156 and throughly enjoy it no problems whatsoever.

21st Sep 2001, 10:05

Good for you, I've had a bad experience with an Alfa, and a good one with a Cavalier. So it's common sense to go with the car that you have had a good experience with. I'm not doubting that your car isn't any good, I'm just saying that mine caused me a lot of grief. Have fun with your Alfa, and I'll have fun with my Cavalier.

24th Sep 2001, 03:09

Bought a 2.0TS over two years ago and I love it! Still gives you this exciting feeling when you start it in the morning.

Owned a Volvo and Volkswagen before. Those are for getting from A to B. The Alfa is for those who really enjoy driving. ;-)

2nd Oct 2001, 05:20

Well this says it all. The car was so crap but he/she give it a 7 for reliability. Maybe it wasn't that bad after all.

2nd Oct 2001, 13:37

If anyone would like to swap their 156 for my old Vauxhall, I'd be delighted to hear from them!

10th Dec 2001, 13:38

I have posted a less than flattering review of my W plate 156 2.0 TS, which has been easily the least reliable car I've owned (including a 200,000 mile C plate Cavalier mk2!)

However, there is no way I'd swap it back for another Cavalier. Yes, Cavs are reliable, yes the injected ones are fairly quick, and yes they're well built. But why trade one of the most soulful cars you can buy for one of the most soulless?

Having said that, Cavalier reliability with 156 "everything else" would make a helluva car.

8th Jan 2004, 08:02

Does sound like you picked up a bad 156 there! I have owned Alfa's for the past 5 years - currently have a 2002 156 2.0 JTS and the thought of giving that up to drive a Cav' (even though they aren't a bad car, but very dull) is unimaginable!

18th Oct 2004, 18:00

I think there are arguments for both sides, I have an 1999 156 and I love it, it's cost me about three grand over the last year or so and I should probably get rid, but I just can't bring myself to do so. Not the most reliable, but I'm keeping it (idiot I know) Anyway does anyone know how many miles these beasts go up to?

28th May 2009, 17:51

"The worst car ever imaginable"

Mmm... it has got to be the Vauxhall Vectra. The first one was bland, miserable to drive and unreliable, the second one was ugly, miserable to drive and unreliable. Can't think of a worst imaginable car than a Vectra.

12th Jul 2009, 15:18

I can think of worst cars imaginable than an Alfa Romeo 156 or a Vauxhall Vectra.

Communist cars from the old Soviet block, Ladas, Yugos, Chinese cars, Nissan Serena, Morris Marina and etc.