1999 Alfa Romeo 156 Selespeed from Australia and New Zealand - Comments

30th Aug 2003, 12:20

I have a 156, 1.8, Sport Pak 1. I haven't had any problems with it, well, not really, and have had it for 2 years. There are just two small things I'm not too happy with;

1. The front side light bulb is a nightmare to change when it goes. My local mechanic managed to get it out after a bit of a struggle.

2. For some reason, my car has developed a squeak like a rusty old spring mattress from somewhere around the front wheel areas. I have had numerous mechanics look it over and none can find its source. Has anyone else had a similar problem and found the solution?

But those two items aside, I absolutely love it and look forward to driving it for many more years to come. What a classy looking car. The Italians really know style.

4th Sep 2003, 13:58

Mine sweeks from the front too and I have no idea why, but it seems to do it less when warmed up it seems to come from the front offside. also the front tyre has worn from the inside quite badly prehaps the tracking is out?

23rd Mar 2004, 09:39

I drive Alfa since 1994, 155 1.7 TS, 146 TI (that one for 6 years without a problem!) now since July 2003 a Selespeed... bought the car second hand from first owner, lots of things were replaced on the car, complete ECU, actuator, you name it! so in fact I got a complete tested car. I love it!!! fitted 17in wheels, an air intake mod and sport filter. If the sele does what the 146TI did, I will be more than delighted! will keep it for at least 6 years.

22nd Mar 2006, 04:15

My Selespeed also sounds like a mattress in the morning, but after 5 minutes it's gone, I think it's due to just cold steel, but that's it, it was slipping into neutral, but got it recalibrated and it's fine, only slips when cold, but the car is stunning everyone loves it with its' red leather on silver. I love getting in everyday, real head turner just love it! Carl.

15th Nov 2007, 05:46

I bought a silver 1999 156 2.0 Twin Spark 16v with Sport 2 pack, wood trim and wheel and Momo leather (blue) in June of this year (07).

I paid GBP1700 for this 8 year old car and the car has one owner from new, full Alfa service history and had covered 60k miles.

I have replaced the radiator and battery (original items) but apart from that nothing needed attention over 3k miles and six months.

My fuel economy is around 34mpg and that's a daily commute of 40 miles round trip including 20 miles of country lanes at speed (5:30 a.m. is a good time to drive).

Overall I'm impressed. I've owned 60 cars in 25 years, this one's the best value performance car so far (and my second Alfa, the first being a 'Sud many years ago).

It punches above it's weight if you keep the car on cam despite a lack of low rev torque. Do not be misled by the 0 - 60 brigade, these cars are much more about performance in gear, not shredding boy racer types at traffic lights.

Keep it fizzing around 5000 to 7000 rpm and it easily keeps up with more exotic stuff as the handling is pin sharps and brakes fade free with plenty of feel.

Build quality is also good and nothing is broken, frayed or otherwise showing excess age, a first for Alfa!

You must keep an eye on oil levels (although mine doesn't show any sign of using oil between changes yet) and have that cam belt changed at 36k or 3 year intervals.

I also recommend that you carefully clean and lubricate the bonnet catch every six months or when it looks gritty as this is a known weak point on the 156.

My intention is to run this another six months then try a diesel Sportwagon - used of course, I would hate to have my wallet shoulder the depreciation on these Italian stunners!

17th Nov 2007, 06:09

Hey guys! I just have a quick question about the maintenance costs on these Alphas, as they clearly require regular servicing and timing belts. I was looking into getting one as it is in my purchase price, but as a university student I can't afford massive maintenance costs, though I definitely want something different. How much does the cost of servicing and getting parts replaced on these compare to local or Japanese cars? Cheers guys would be appreciated, (I live in Australia by the way).

28th Jul 2008, 07:06

Hi guys. I have just bought my 4th 156 1.8 TS. She is the 8th month of 2000.

My questions are do you have to let the engine run when checking the oil level, like you would do with 911 porker?

Also she is quite underpowered when I give her the boot, but when I ease my foot back, she picks up. It's as though she's choking. Airflow meter? Air filter? Thanks in advance for any help.

1st Feb 2010, 12:54

Hello all,

I am in the military newly stationed in Italy. I need to get a car. There is a 1999 Alfa Romeo 156 Selespeed for sale and I'm wondering if it's worth it! The seller is selling the car for $5,000, is this a good buy? I would appreciate all feedback.

Thanks, Dave.

30th Mar 2010, 11:47

Yes, do it. How many miles.

And what military?

16th May 2010, 10:48

For the user with the car going faster; if you come off the throttle a bit, you need to change the MAF. I did and it solved that problem for me, but make sure you get a legit (Bosch) as the cheap ones on eBay are crap!!

Hope this helps.

1st Dec 2012, 03:25

Try a silicone spray on all your rubber dampers on your front suspension.

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