2009 Alfa Romeo 159 JTD 1.9 litre turbo diesel from Australia and New Zealand
Puts a smile on my face every day
A minor oil leak occurred after three years, but was fixed at the regular service interval and has not happened again.
I absolutely love driving this car. It brings a smile to my face just looking at the Italian styling, and it's engaging to drive.
The diesel is slower off the mark than petrol versions up to about 30 km/h, but then the turbo cuts in and it becomes sprightly.
The best thing is getting over 750 kilometers to the tank (admittedly a large 70 litres), and with country driving it has achieved over 900 kilometres. Very frugal.
The driver's seat is extremely comfortable, especially over large distances.
I was led to expect many quality issues with the Alfa, but I am glad to say I have disappointed my critics (especially the wife!). It is as reliable as the many Japanese cars I've owned, but way more beautiful to look at and responsive to drive.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 24th August, 2014
11th Dec 2014, 11:19
We owned a 156 2004. We too did expect to break down everyday, but to be honest it was as reliable as a Corolla. Apart from service it was a great car, but our only complaint was the turning circle - but such a beautiful car to look at and drive. The 159 is truly a very good looking car.