1989 Alfa Romeo 164 Review

1989 Alfa Romeo 164 V6 3.0 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 3.0 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired101000 kilometres
Most recent distance113000 kilometres
Previous carFord Sierra

Summary:

Beats a BMW hands down

Faults:

Climate Control was faulty when I bought it. Kept pushing out hot air. Apparently this is a common problem. Needed a new stepper motor which was too expensive to consider.

Cam belt went at 107,000 miles. Required a replacement engine.

The motor for the electric sunroof was wearing out and needed replacing.

Due to expense of parts a medium sized accident made it uneconomical to repair.

General Comments:

A very strong performer with great acceleration and handling.

Very good on long journeys. Comfortable ride and capable cruising speeds.

Beautiful inside and out. Mine was black with matching leather. Great styling by Pininfarina.

The only down side is the cost of repairs. Everything is electric, and everything wears out. Buy one cheap and be prepared to spend a fortune on it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th August, 2002

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 1 review