1994 Alfa Romeo 164 Reviews - Page 3 of 3

1994 Alfa Romeo 164 LS 3.0L 24v V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 3.0L 24v V6 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired99500 miles
Most recent distance102000 miles
Previous carPeugeot 405DL

Summary:

The best-built modern Alfa in the US

Faults:

Cam angle sensor went bad at 100K.

Leaky valve cover gaskets when purchased.

Leaking fuel injector rail hose.

Horn relay faulty.

General Comments:

I've only had my 164LS for 2 months now; there have been a few teething problems, but none that have been serious.

Parts and servicing are extremely expensive, yet the car on a whole is extremely solid and drives as new. I fully expect it to last for another 100K miles with no major problems.

Performance is excellent, although ride comfort is not nearly as good as my previous car, a 1989 Peugeot 405DL.

Ultimately, this is one of the most distinctive cars available in the US, and the premium for the LS model is well worth it over the earlier '91 to '93 base, L and S models.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th April, 2001

1994 Alfa Romeo 164 Twin Spark 2.0 twin spark from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.0 twin spark Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired69000 miles
Most recent distance73000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Cavalier

Summary:

Get lucky with a good one and heaven awaits

Faults:

The right indicator has gone wrong 5 times, has been replaced and has spent 2 months in a garage! without success - am I the only one (any suggestions please?), lights have gone twice, electric window has been replaced (twice - same one), clutch replaced, oil warning light faulty, brakes replaced, ...all in 3 months.

General Comments:

I love the Alfa 164 but the electrics are a nightmare and changing a front light bulb is stupidly awkward. Handling is too light for a car this big and with so much power it can be scary on sudden stops.... but it looks gorgeous.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th June, 2000

1994 Alfa Romeo 164 Super 3.0 V6 24v from North America

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 3.0 V6 24v Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired30 miles
Most recent distance63445 miles

Summary:

A lot of car from a proven pedigree

Faults:

Center exhaust rusted out at 40,000mi. Aftermarket replacement still good after over 20,000 miles.

Eats tires with enthusiastic driving.

General Comments:

Well built, solid car. Very comfortable and a great executive car. Dashing looks and distinctive styling make me proud to walk up to one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th March, 2000

8th Feb 2001, 09:20

Here, here!

St.J Harvey

29th Jul 2006, 18:40

I am from Brazil and we have a lot of Alfa Romeos in the streets, but now I am living in Seattle for a year and I only saw 4 of those.

However, it is not a good car at all. My friend used to have one and had to sell for half price of it, because the car kept going back and forth to get it fixed.

1994 Alfa Romeo 164 Twin Spark Lusso 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10

Faults:

Other than normal servicing the car has only had a reverse light switch.

General Comments:

The car now has 135k miles on the clock and still runs fantastically well. Goes, stops and handles more like a sports car than a big saloon.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th January, 2000

1994 Alfa Romeo 164 Super Lusso 3.0 24v petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1994
Engine and transmission 3.0 24v petrol
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10

Faults:

This is my second Alfa 164, which I bought last June having done 44k miles. Since then I've added 20k. The only time it's let me down is when the battery shorted and then the following morning the crank shaft sensor came loose and by touching the alternator caused erratic revs followed by engine cut-out. The AA located this and fixed it on the spot. Apart from this just the usual minor electrical niggles (heated seat doesn't work/sunroof temperamental) and wet weather leaks (I won't be taking it through a car wash again!). I had the cambelt changed last service (very important) and I use Duckhams QX oil.

I recently had two Marangoni Zetas (like Pirelli P6000's) put on the front and am just about to fit a Supersprint tail box, which will look gorgeous.

General Comments:

For a big car it's very agile - you can really chuck it around corners and it's a comfortable cruiser on motorways. The engine looks and sounds beautiful. I average 26.5 mpg, which is pretty good.

It's practical, reliable and great fun!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th February, 1999

Average review marks: 7.4 / 10, based on 11 reviews