1993 Alfa Romeo 164 Reviews - Page 2 of 2

1993 Alfa Romeo 164 V6 Turbo 2.0 from Croatia

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired32000 kilometres
Most recent distance76000 kilometres
Previous carAlfa Romeo 33

Summary:

Pininfarina masterpiece

Faults:

Oil for the steering leaked.

Front tyres are wearing quickly.

General Comments:

This is the best car for value.

It has glorious V6, turbo aspirated. The engine has a great 210 hp.

Great for long distance driving. Comfortable seats, great automatic. Climatization, full options.

Fuel consumption is good on the open road. 7-10l/100km and in the urban is 13-18L/100km.

Great performance - 240 km/h. 7.6s (0-100 km/h), great design by Pininfarina.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th August, 2001

1993 Alfa Romeo 164 Cloverleaf 3.0 V6 12V from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 3.0 V6 12V Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired53000 miles
Most recent distance62000 miles
Previous carAudi Coupe

Summary:

Fantastic car, but getting expensive to run

Faults:

Eats tyres, probably its 230 BHP through the front wheels.

Electrics variable, as you would expect.

Battery sometimes flat, even after a new one.

Insurance, oil changes, tyres etc. mean you need to spend. Parts not cheap.

General Comments:

Great to drive. Very fast and feels so effortless in every gear.

Sounds beautiful.

Adjustable suspension works well - not just a gimmick.

Interior with optional Recaros very comfortable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th May, 2001

13th May 2001, 17:11

What do you think are the best tires?I've got a Q4 with awd and it still eats front tires.

I'm thinking of getting some Toyo Proxes.

Great cars though and alfa digest is very helpful.

1993 Alfa Romeo 164 3.0 auto from Singapore

Year of manufacture1993
Engine and transmission 3.0 auto
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10

Faults:

Initially some cold start problems, cheaply sorted out. Then oil pressure sensor stopped work, sagging roofliner and wear and tear items like front shocks etc had to be replaced. Repair costs seem reasonable, but previous cars did not spoil me in this respect. No breakdown so far.

Electric driver seat does not move forward or backward, but I don't want anyone else to drive it anyway.

Some grinding noise when braking, and what I think is some knocking in the brakes under acceleration. Initially the ABS fail light came on occasionally, but now not anymore (maybe because the car gets more vigorous exercise). Sounds like a lot of trouble, but actually all minor things.

General Comments:

Bought one owner car 1/2 year ago with 51k, and added another 21k in the meantime. A beautiful car, with eager performance, excellent handling, a real pleasure to drive.

Boot a little bit small. In fact, nearly all electrics work fine, and I look forward every morning to see the lights come on and the engine fall into its nice melodious bark. Performance, though not mindblowing, is very satisfactory and it seems to outperform about 99% of other cars on the road. Due to some prejudice, I never thought I would buy an Alfa (rusting, dodgy electrics and more), but after driving it I had to have it - such a nice compromise of practicality, performance and enjoyment. Open the bonnet and look at the engine - who could resist?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th November, 1999

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 6 reviews