1988 Alfa Romeo 33 Reviews - Page 2 of 2

1988 Alfa Romeo 33 Ti 1.5 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.5 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired99000 kilometres
Most recent distance115000 kilometres
Previous carFord Cortina

Summary:

Fantastic!

Faults:

The electrics are completely screwed, something goes wrong nearly every month.

Luckily I have small feet as those pedals just aren't designed for work-boots. I have hit the gas a couple of times going for the brake!

General Comments:

Beautiful car, the paint and body are still perfect due to the careful previous owners (thank you).

Handles like it's on rails, hardly any body roll. This precision handling saved me from T-boning some idiot one day, any other car and it would have been all over rover!

I love the sound the engine makes as it sits on 4500rpm chewing through the hills.

I will never own anything else.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th December, 2001

1988 Alfa Romeo 33 Ti 1.5 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.5 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired12600 miles
Most recent distance15000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

A worthy opponent to any sporty four-door, fast and corners like an F1 car!

Faults:

Most recently the gearbox has finally gone; not sure at what mileage as the speedo hasn't worked since we bought the car!

The engine has been on the way out for some time, which isn't surprising as Alfa's are constantly driven at their limit.

Previously the only problem we've had is with the front suspension arms going.

General Comments:

The car has made its mark and as they say 'Once you have owned an Alfa you'll never have another car!' After buying her for £250 and putting her through the MOT she is now worth over a grand, and despite the fact it hasn't proven as reliable as our other car, that head-turning factor you get as you drive through town, the engine humming, is priceless!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd July, 2000

23rd Mar 2001, 21:22

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1988 Alfa Romeo 33 S 1.3 Twin Carbs from Belgium

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1992
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.3 Twin Carbs Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired75000 kilometres
Most recent distance176800 kilometres

Summary:

Great little car, perfect companion on small roads

Faults:

RUST, RUST, holes in the floor, around the front screen, rear screen, doors, wheel arches, trunk floor (All fixed now). Mechanically it has been extremely reliable, only the gearbox broke at 143.000km.

General Comments:

Fun, drives like a kart, makes the noises of a Porsche. I love that boxer sound.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th June, 2000

1988 Alfa Romeo 33 QV 1.7 twin carbs from France

Year of manufacture1988
Engine and transmission 1.7 twin carbs
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10

Faults:

Nothing, just need to have a petrol pipe with you!! :)

General Comments:

Wonderful car!!!!

Big acceleration.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th February, 1999

1988 Alfa Romeo 33 Sportswagon Green Cloverleaf 1.7 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
Engine and transmission 1.7 petrol
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10

Faults:

Petrol leak, traced to a failed seal on the petrol gauge sender unit.

Rear shocks.

Blocked carbs due to dirty fuel.

Rear susension bushes short lived but cheap.

Spring failed.

General Comments:

Great little car that all in cost me 16p a mile over 2 years and 60,000 miles. Sold to a friend who ran it until 127,000 miles with no problems except a rear wheel bearing, and it still did not use any oil at all. Wish I hadn't sold it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th October, 1998

16th Mar 2004, 09:40

Had an 89 Sportwagon 1.7 Green Cloverleaf - sold it for an Omega estate - I too wished I had just kept the money and just used it to keep the Alfa going. After the MOT garages had buggered about with the carbs to get it through an emissions test I always took it to a proper Alfa place to be re-tuned (such as AutoDelta), and when it came back it was a dream to drive. Never had to put a single drop of oil in between changes.

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 8 reviews