1987 Alfa Romeo 33 1.5Ti 1.5 from Australia and New Zealand
Cheap and nasty a disappointing child for Alfa
Eats batteries for a living when it sits for 3 or 4 days, leaks water through the tailgate, ad round antenna hole - drips on your lap when its been raining - fixed with a wee dab of silicone. Helluva noisy - suspect baffles in middle muffler. rear parcel shelf keeps collapsing under the weight of the 6x9s that I had installed.
I've always liked the look of the 33. Some nice styling queues. Found myself a fixer upper - tidy body. Not heard running. I've replaced engine and gearbox. Goes OK now but I suspect new engine is past its prime. Easy to start when the battery hasn't gone flat, and some novel features like the Christmas tree dash - with an array of warning lights which don't mean much to me, but maybe will impress the ladies. Handling is OK - quite chuckable and flat through the corners, but tending to understeer early. enough panache to scare passengers, but this may be more due to feeling that something is about to break. Certainly doesn't beg to be driven as my former Alfasud did. General feeling of flimsiness and tiredness in suspension. There you have it then - something a little bit different. Get one if you can live with the niggles that you invariably will get. Look out for rust in the ass end too BTW.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th June, 2006