Thanks for the comments... This has been the 4th Alfa for me too. I've owned two 156's and a GTV before... I still have the last 156.. I can't sell it (don't want to)... My wife uses it now everyday... they get on well!! :)
I hope to one day buy an S4... now that would complete the family..
Hello Irish Alfa person.
I had nightmares with my two 156s, but am sufficiently taken with the 159 to dare going back to the marque, preferably when the 1.8 turbo petrol arrives.
So, I must ask, how is your 159 holding up?
I have a 159 Lusso Sportwagon and love it to bits, much more individual than BMW or Audi. My second Alfa, and if they keep producing such great cars, I will have more in the future.
Hello, Alfa Irish person here responding to an earlier comment.. :)
The 159 Ti is holding up quite well actually, thanks for asking... can't say the same for the depreciation value!... looks like I'm in it for the long haul...
It's Nov 2009 now, and I've owned the car for over 1.75 years now... I can honestly say I never get tired of walking up to her in the car park and getting in, which, I know it's an emotive thing. All cars have the potential to transport you from location A to B etc.. but if you can find a car that gets the proverbial juices flowing and excite when you get in, that is worth every penny you pay for her in my opinion.
On a practical note, she is going back to the garage for two more warranty issues this week. (1) Air con pump sounds like a bearing is gone and (2) a heated side mirror is still not de-misting. Hmmmm Alfa reliability? Maybe, or a supplier issue? Either way these need to be fixed, but not a show stopper!
The one gripe I would have with Alfa is the 2.2 petrol (185BHP) engine is about to be replaced with a 1.85 (200BHP) turbo petrol on the model line-up… I hope us naturally aspirated people won’t be left behind! :).. Looks like I’ll have to invest in the supercharge kit from Autodelta when the warranty is up on the car… After all, when the 1.85 comes out, the 2.2 will take another hit in depreciation etc. I guess that’s that same with all manufactures etc..
In short I’m personally extremely happy with this car.. it does cost lots for the four 19” tyres (Pirelli P Zero Neros) once a year, the fuel consumption is around 22MPG.. and other things will probably break when the warranty is up…. but show me a European manufacturer now that is clean from defects and reliability issues!
I still own my older 156 by the way… she is 9 years old now and all she needs is oil/filters/belts/pads and @ 154k miles she stills purrs and does NOT drink a single drop of oil! Emissions are still good too (and passing the National Car Test). When this car finally dies, she will be upgraded to a 1.9 petrol 159.
Reading all your comments, and I too am an Alfa owner from Sydney Australia. I used to be a B.M.W. man for a long time till I drove my first 156 in 2001. Loved it and never had a problem with it.
Got my 159 1.9 JTDM 2 years ago, also with no problems. Now waiting for my new 159 2.4 JYDM Ti next week and getting very excited.
I tested the audi A-4 1.8 t. Nice car, very well built, but does not come close to the driving experience of the Alfa. Just so happy with this car, and would recommend it all the time.
From down under.
Well I can only concur with everything said here - why on earth would anybody chose an A4 / 3 Series / Mondeo over the sumptuous 159ti is simply beyond me... still, while they do I'll be a very happy man as it keeps my 159ti as exclusive as it is. I love cruising past people driving dull German appliances who deep down want to own an Alfa, but listen too much to the biased media.
Check out the stunning interior on the 159ti (Natural leather is gorgeous) and tell me you'd rather go German... well you might like wearing lederhosens; me, I prefer my crafted Italian Armani suit ;-)
My parents bought a 159 diesel at the start of the year, and love it to bits. It's more of their nice event car, but have had no issues with it, and I get to drive it a bit. It's surprising how much go it's got for a turbo diesel. Great cars.
They really seem like great cars. They are supposed to come back to the US in 2012. I can't wait.
You should upgrade to the 3.2 TI - a couple of years old - a bargain now in Ireland like everything else decent. No power issues then!
Hi... I'm the original poster here on the 2007 2.2 Ti. I posted here back in 2008, and I still own my 159 and still get a kick out of pressing the START button each day... honestly.
My wife also got a 159 1.9JTDm Lusso 2 years later (she was going for a 520, but then...).
Both cars are now 6/7 years old and kept near perfect. No major issues to date that I have not been able to fix/repair in my garage (now they are out of warranty).
I would love to buy a newer (or just new) car from Alfa Romeo, but there are no large saloons available right now. I've been tempted twice to just go and buy a Jaguar XF until the new Giulia comes along... but in the end I've kept my Ti... What to do... What to do...
I still enjoy driving them just for the sake of driving them.
The leather interiors have held up very well. I've only 56k miles, but my wife's car now has 135k miles. We've two kids and they fit just fine in the back too! Boot space is fine for buggies, shopping and tools! Of course the trick is to not allow kids to eat or drink in the car! Ha ha...