1992 Alfa Romeo 164 Lusso 3.0 V6 from UK and Ireland
Buy black, kill BMWs for a fraction of the cost
The gearbox needed replacing after being badly serviced at the main dealer. They replaced it free of charge.
Two bits of the dash fell off.
Never ever use main dealers (see above). I did some investigating and the mechanics have been trained for Fiats!!!
I don't think stripping a Fiat Panda is going to help when working on a 230bhp V6 with multiple balancer shafts.
For good servicing join the nearest Alfa owners club and they know the best people. I ended up getting mine serviced by a man that would come to my home or work, and do all servicing required at a quarter of the price of the main dealer. When the oil alone is about £50, you realise how bad the dealers are.
For best performance, get the limiter reset to 7500rpm, stiffen up the rear suspension settings, and change the brake bias to between 50/50 and 40/60.
0-60mph comes up in about 6 seconds and no torque steer. Anyway you have to be a bad driver to bring on torque steer and it was the motoring journalists which complained the most.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 17th August, 2001
5th Feb 2011, 06:19
This review was very helpful. I just bought --- sight unseen --- a 1991 A - R 164 (automatic) and have yet to take delivery. To the best of my knowledge, furthermore, I have never ever, so much as one time, even seen an example of one these cars!
Here is hoping!
Yet --- that said --- there is not a prouder owner anywhere in the Lower Forty-Eight. Mine has LESS THAN 60K original miles. 'Needs only, I think and have reason to believe, a new timing belt. But I am girding myself, for more than that.