1988 Alfa Romeo 164 Reviews

1988 Alfa Romeo 164 V6 Lusso 3.0 V6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 3.0 V6 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired124000 miles
Most recent distance150000 miles
Previous carAlfa Romeo 164 V6 Lusso


I love it but only as long as I have access to cheap spares


Gearbox front bearing at 124000.

Timing belt (precautionary at 124000)

Front tyres (Bridgestone Expedia) at 128000.

Oil pressure sender at 130,000.

Rear suspension bushes at 138,000.

More front tyres (Firestone Firehawk) at 147000.

General Comments:

This is a car one buys for its engine. It's utterly glorious and has only failed to start once (and I think that was me flooding it).

It rides like a skateboard which is fun on country roads but gets up my nose a bit on long runs.

My wife thinks the clutch is too heavy (she's right).

I paid £800 for it and have spent £511.96 to date including everything except fuel.

I do all my own servicing and have a scrap car for spares. Genuine dealer parts are extortionate and unfortunately, there are few pattern parts available.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th March, 2001

11th Feb 2002, 18:30

Why bother with pattern parts? There are several suppliers of imported genuine parts at half (or less) the cost of Fiat UK's outrageous prices!

1988 Alfa Romeo 164 Lusso 3.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
Engine and transmission 3.0 petrol
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10


Very little work to suspension bushes at about 30,000 and again later but I cannot recall any major problems.

General Comments:

Terrific car, and the running costs above relate to the horrendous servicing costs that were rarely less than £500 even for a minor service.

Against this I travelled weekly to Glasgow for 9 months and it ALWAYS returned 31 - 34 MPG! No one would believe that I cruised the thing at 80 - 90 most of the way.

Very chuckable for a large car and if anyone out there has a low mileage example in good condition I'd have it in a shot.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd December, 1998

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 2 reviews