Superb value and great motoring fun!
Not much went wrong with the car in my ownership over 6 years; just the usual maintenance.
Replaced slave cylinder at 200,000km.
Replaced clutch and timing belt at 200,000km.
Re-gassed the A/C at 240,000km.
Well when I first bought this car in 2006. I was in love with it. I actually wrote a review on this site when I first bought it. 6 years later I still love this car - the best I owned, and it was such a shame to part with it. I thought it would be nice to write up a follow up review, having owned the car for quite some time. I only sold this car, as I wanted something newer and more comfortable.
Performance wise it's one of the best older hatches you'll find; extremely torquey and responsive motor, puts the 147 twin spark to shame, and the E30 318is is not even close, believe me! I owned one of them too!
The 33 is a delight to own and drive; it handles well, sounds superb, and was an extremely reliable and fun car to own. Of course you need to service them; regular oil changes and timing belt every 3 years. The car never let me down, the electrics are the only main fault in the car, and whilst it all 'works', it could be better; sometimes the speedo would drop out or the lights wouldn't work; give the fuse box a smack, and it's all OK again!
If you're after a hot hatch with performance on a budget, the 33 will never disappoint you. It's superb value for money, and it's hard to find anything like it! Most people who put Alfa down never own them. Take your advice from a passionate owner - if you can put up with the minor Alfa quirks, a 33 will reward you 10 times over.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 3rd August, 2012