1996 Alfa Romeo 164 Reviews

1996 Alfa Romeo 164 3.0 V6 Super Auto 3.0 V6 24v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 3.0 V6 24v Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired35500 miles
Most recent distance87000 miles
Previous carAlfa Romeo 156

Summary:

A bargain executive car. Good ones few and far between now

Faults:

Rear suspension bushes every 25,000 - 30,000 miles (common occurence on all 164s)

Driver's side electric window motor.

PAS fluid cooling pipe rusted and leaked.

Indicator relay.

Bonnet release cable broke.

Cambelt tension pulley bearing worn.

Auto gear lever detent button broke.

General Comments:

Just sold the 164 after nearly three years of impeccable service.

Notwithstanding the a list of relatively minor faults, the car never failed to get me to destination safely, quickly and in comfort.

Faults were never failures, allowing diagnosis and repairs to made in good time, under the excellent Alfa Mastercare warranty by Northgate Garage, Canterbury.

It is currently fashionable to bad-mouth the quality of Alfa franchised dealers in the UK - much of it undoubtedly justified. It is refreshing to report however that after nearly 10 years with Northgate, I have nothing but praise for their level of service and technical competence. The forthcoming move to a new premises with more service bays etc will reduce service lead times - the only niggle I can level at them.

I look after my Alfas fastidiously. I make sure I have comprehensive warranties for peace of mind. I always spend time finding the right (1 owner, low-mileage) car and it pays dividends at point of resale. For the money, nothing drives like an Alfa, no engine gets close to delivering verve, sound and character in similar measures. It has style and individualism in a world of look-alike Euroboxes and covers any journey with aplomb.

The 164 has been replaced with a 166 3.0 V6 24V Super - model evolution at its best. All the attributes of the 164 in a fresher, more up-to date and better equipped body.

The 164 served me well - I look forward to the same with the 166.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th December, 2002

1996 Alfa Romeo 164 Cloverleaf 3.0 24v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 3.0 24v Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired72000 miles
Most recent distance80000 miles
Previous carAlfa Romeo 164

Summary:

Utterly wonderful

Faults:

Air Con compressor bearing fried taking out the compressor.

Cam angle sensor faulty.

Burst coolant hose.

LCD display dodgy (as most 164 owners will tell you)

General Comments:

Very quick for a heavy car.

Handles better than most cars on the road without a doubt.

Ultra reliable if serviced properly by someone who knows Alfa's.

Parts can be expensive if you buy from main dealer - always research parts on net, you can save 50% for same part.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th April, 2002

1996 Alfa Romeo 164 Super V6 24v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission V6 24v Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired35000 miles
Most recent distance45000 miles
Previous carAlfa Romeo 156 V6

Summary:

The all-time, most underated drivers' car... go get a good one while stocks last!!

Faults:

Indicator relay replaced.

Rear suspension bushes replaced (almost a routine job every 30-40K miles on a 164).

General Comments:

Having enjoyed two 156 V6s immediately prior to owning the 164, I had forgotten just how well balanced the 164 is - even with the heavier V6 up front. It offers much better accommodation and loses little in performance and agility.

I spent a long time looking for the right car and it has paid dividends. Totally dependable, immaculate inside and out, it is standing the test of time very well. Bought when four years old, someone else has borne the brunt of the (heavy) depreciation so it has represented a real bargain too. Where else can you get a fully-loaded, real drivers car, with room for five and luggage for the money?

As 156s etc become an increasingly common sight on our roads (rightly so!), flashing fellow Alfisti has all but died. It is great, once again, to be flashed by fellow 164-ites - clearly as happy with theirs as I am with mine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th February, 2001

12th Aug 2001, 07:58

I'm glad you love yours as much as I do mine, it's funny because I don't think the new 156 is a patch on the 164 either, last great Alfa where the spirit hasn't been ruined for the sake of BMW converts e.g 156 FIAT, think they're OK, but it's getting diluted by the model!

4th Aug 2010, 20:51

My 1996 Alfa Romeo 164 2.0 Turbo is the best bargain car for me in my life! I just bought it for a mere $3,000.00 from a guy who has an extra GTV6. Today's date is August 5th, 2010, and it is in immaculate condition. I've always envied the drivers driving around in this car, and thought I would never find such great deal like today.

In USA they drive it like a Honda, but for me I drive it the way it's designed to be driven... HARD!!! Italian cars are designed to go, go, go! Baby Italian cars and they will break down on you. Take care of the plastics and leather with tremendous amount of lotion care, and it will look like new and not break under the sun.

I have to admit that looking at the history of my car before buying it made me kind of shiver, but the previous owner has done and spent and fixed all the things that will go wrong. Now, I just have to maintain and enjoy the car. Watch people's jaws drop when I drive by and hear my incredible exhaust note... of the car, not mine... hehehe.

GO GET ONE BEFORE THEY DISAPPEAR FOREVER!

Average review marks: 8.3 / 10, based on 4 reviews