1993 Alfa Romeo 164 TS Lusso 2.0 Twinspark from UK and Ireland
Fast, beautiful, stupidly cheap; perfect
As you probably already know tyres can wear quickly if you like to drive hard, but the rewards are worth it!
The sunroof seemed dodgy, but I think the switch itself is a little tired and seems to work if I fiddle about with it.
The exhaust is quite costly, particularly for the silly chrome-backed one. (I feel guilty for thinking it looks really cool and spending extra money on it!)
Some of the suspension parts, particularly the some of the bolts seem oddly corroded, more like on an old Landrover than a relatively new car, so eventually will have to be removed. For the moment they seem structurally sound though.
The headlights are quite expensive to replace when they get cracked, but they past the MOT so I'm not too concerned.
Basically, a fantastic, fun, stylish and roomy car. One of my friends has a VTEC prelude which returns similar petrol usage and is much faster, but frankly a car that can carry fives up and do 120 with ease is pretty special.
My facelifted black Lusso is comfortable and spacious inside, but without the electric seats that seem to cause problems.
Handling is a bit tricky and I have scared myself doing silly things in the past, but I love the thing and don't want to smash it up so now cruise quickly and smoothly, which seems to suit the character of the car and my wallet.
This isn't a sports car, but a very well engineered GT that happens to have four doors.
The engine note is fantastic, with no apparent issues either from the powerplant or the gearbox, aside from the usual stiffness as its done 15k a year for ten years.
My car has been looked after scrupulously and it shows in the lack of niggling problems.
And that brings me to my favourite points of the car, looks and cost.
The Alfa is a classic shape, completely yet subtly outclassing much newer, faster cars around it. It's a really nice feeling to walk out in the mornings and see that beautiful red line across the back and the simple line that connects brake lights to headlights.
As you can tell, I love the thing, almost more than my old Opel Monza 3.0S which is much faster, but hardly ever works!
This, and the fact that it cost a not unusual £280 make this a five star buy in my opinion; try one out, you'll love it!
Now I'm just saving for a QV!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 3rd October, 2005