1985 Alfa Romeo 33 Quadrifoglio Verde 1.5 twin carb boxer from Australia and New Zealand
It is a great little car for its era, and would be a perfect starter car for anyone new on the road
I have only owned the car for 2 months now, and the only thing that has gone wrong with it is the alternator failing. So to be fair to say you can only expect that to happen on such an old car.
Other minor problems are:
Tiny amount of rust on the front of the bonnet.
The car seems to chew through a bit of oil (and petrol)
A couple of dash lights (power window controls) have failed.
Passenger side window motor is giving up slowly.
Missing original air filter upon purchase of the car.
Radiator had been replaced prior to my ownership.
This is definitely a beautiful little car, as they say passion on a budget. It's very nippy around the corners, holds to the road well, and although it handles well, the body roll is atrocious, and it has brand new shocks all round.
The motor sounds excellent and goes well for a 1.5. The exhaust is still a little too quiet for my liking, so a sports muffler will be going on to amplify that beautiful Alfa sound.
The interior is personally my favorite aspect of the car, the styling is simply amazing, the seats are quite comfortable. The only downside to it is its foot-well; the pedals are way too close together, it does take a little while to get used to. I do like the right foot rest for highway trips; resting your foot on it whilst maintaining a stable speed on the accelerator is almost like cruise control.
The exterior design is OK, but could have been better. The standard 14 inch alloys and the Alfasud's chassis are a plus.
As for safety, the Alfa 33 was rated average for any collision, and extremely above average safety when colliding with other cars.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 30th April, 2008
3rd May 2008, 16:29
Hope you have fun with your 33, I loved mine, drove through Europe in it etc but! If you haven't, you need to find a good mechanic asap so you can keep it going! And before you think the local Alfa/fiat garage is going to do you proud (assuming you can find one interested), just check if they've actually ever done any work on a boxer engine (and a 16v) at that. I kid you not!