1990 Alfa Romeo 33 IE 1.7 16v from Australia and New Zealand


Best performing 1.7 ever made


Alternator and Battery had to be changed.

New Brake discs and Pads

Spark Plugs at 100,000

Radiator and water pump changed

Suspension of the whole car which put a big hole in my wallet.

Fuel injectors had to be cleaned.

General Comments:

If you are willing to spend on an old car to make it quick, it' this one you must have.

I have bad luck with mine and it's costing a bit!

But I love the car! It's quick, looks great and has a distinct sound.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th July, 2002

1990 Alfa Romeo 33 Limousine 1.7 ie from Germany


If you're less 1.8m tall, you will fit in. It is a car for fans of the latest Alfas, without FIAT!


Fuel tank leaked.

Brakes too weak.

Floor oxidation.

Good seats, for people < 1.8m.

Same for the pedals, very narrow, don't drive with moon-boots.

Take care of electrical devices.

Drive carefully with a cold engine!!!

General Comments:

Fast, small, reliable car.

If you had one, you will be infected with the Alfa virus.

The typical Boxer-Sound is great.

No oxidation, except the one mentioned previously.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th November, 2001

1990 Alfa Romeo 33 IE 1.7 from UK and Ireland


If you own a garage and like something different... get one!


Where to start!?

New clutch (twice)

New brake pads every 4000 miles.

New water pump.

Thermostat blew apart at 40000 miles.

Petrol tank split and leaked onto exhaust pipe.

New wheel bearings after 10000 miles.

Door handle fell off.

Speedo/mileometer faulty, stopped recording miles at 80k, except when you were sitting in traffic where it would wind up to 180mph and spin on many miles.

Boot rusted.

General Comments:

Get it lowered and stick on some alloys that won't corrode so much as the standards!

I put a stainless steel straight thru exhaust on mine, added an extra 5-7bhp.

Get it rolling road tuned and invest wisely in spark plugs! I had 140mph out of mine after this...

Upgrade the brake discs, pads wear out V quickly on the model I had, probably due to having drums on the back!

Basically this car was my pride and joy, I saved up to buy it and then it bankrupted me by being in the garage every month!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th June, 2001

19th Jul 2001, 11:57

My dad had a 33 1.7ie and the engine was FANTASTIC, it was the fastest car he has driven!! The engine ROARED!!! He got 0-60 in 7.9secs and 140mph without tuning it, if you give me your e-mail address I will tell you how to do it which would take yours 10mph + faster!! Quite a lot started going wrong with his as-well but managed to give it back just in time (company car).

30th Aug 2005, 11:37

I also own a 33IE. You're right, it is quick and a joy to drive. Let me know how your dad achieved that 0 - 60 time. My email address is nnamdiugo@hotmail.com.


1990 Alfa Romeo 33 Green Cloverleaf 1.7 16v from UK and Ireland


Bella Italia


Looking at the service history:

Worn cams.

Leaking rear shocks.

Suspension Bushes.

Under my ownership:

Distributer cap.

Gear lever snapped at plastic bush.

General Comments:

Great car.

Spectacular performance for a 1.7, corners like it's on rails.

Sensitive to tyres (don't use GoodYear NCT3s if you want to stop in the wet!).

Galvanised so won't rust.

Dealer service incredibly poor. Find a good specialist.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd August, 2000

23rd Sep 2016, 12:49

Yes... Very tyre sensitive. Swapping from Japanese stuff to Continentals totally transformed the car. Everything was better... Quieter, better ride, handling and road holding in another league.

1990 Alfa Romeo 33 S 1.3 petrol from UK and Ireland


Rear wheel bearing and front brake pads. Clutch will need replacing soon but the car is 9 years old.

In reality, nothing but service items.

General Comments:

Little LHD car I bought while working abroad. Cheap to buy and run, and goes very well for a 1.3. Manages to give 39mpg on the motorway at 80~90, although it only manages about 25mpg around town.

Unlike UK models of this age, it has no power steering and is fitted with carbs.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st March, 1999