1988 Alfa Romeo 75 Reviews - Page 2 of 2

1988 Alfa Romeo 75 2.0 TS 2.0 Twin Spark from Netherlands

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 Twin Spark Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired180000 kilometres
Most recent distance256000 kilometres
Previous carAlfa Romeo 33

Summary:

A speedy beauty

Faults:

The fuel tank was badly corroded at 200.000 km.

The flexible parts blew from the trans axle at 230.000 giving it a sound like a thunder when revving up to more than 4.000.

Alfa Romeo Control and warning system gave an occasional light show usually meaning every thing's just fine.

General Comments:

The car is relatively light and has 150 hp giving it the push of a rocket, but only at more than 4.500 rpm.

Road behavior is extremely good due to nice construction of trans axle (expensive for maintenance), with the right tires it sticks like glue to the road.

Exceptionally good looking car with old fashioned mean look (I admit this counts mainly for TS and V6 versions), it doesn't need these ridiculous "angry-eyebrows" you see these days for some cars (somehow mostly German brands)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th June, 2003

1988 Alfa Romeo 75 1.8 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired50000 miles
Most recent distance54300 miles
Previous carAlfa Romeo 33

Summary:

Every home should have one!

Faults:

Nothing has really gone wrong with this car as yet. All I have done is general servicing and balancing the twin 40's.

There is a small amount of play in the steering rack and a new one is quite expensive. I am having trouble finding a second hand one as most have power steering. Except mine!

General Comments:

The car is great fun to drive and handles as you would expect from Alfa. The 1800cc engine produces around 120bhp which is not too bad for a car of this age. Mind you, I used to have a V6 and that was quick!

I get around 35 mpg on a run, but that drops to around 26 - 28 on small and twisty roads. May have something to do with my driving though.

Considering the size and weight of the car, the acceleration is fairly good, but it really shines coming out of bends as you can get the power down earlier than some lesser cars due to the fantastic grip.

A brilliant car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th April, 2003

14th Apr 2003, 11:45

My father used to have a 1.8 like yours back in the 80's.

Fantastic engine, sound and typical rwd (=tail happy) handling... He did 40000 trouble-free kms, before passing it to another Alfa enthusiast. The day it was sold was one of the saddest days of my (petrol head) life, especially as the BMW 318 (E36) which succeeded it, had neither the sound nor the reliability (that's right- reliability) of the 75. Needless to say, we see it around every now and then, passing by and letting off that glorious soundtrack... Maybe one day I'll have it back, to join the 156 and 147 in the garage: just to go for a spin and recall what a car is all about.

14th Apr 2003, 14:10

Why would you not buy another car from Alfa Romeo?

1988 Alfa Romeo 75 Twin Spark 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10

Faults:

Nothing with me so far - I've had it about 8 months and thrashed from cold every morning, never missed a beat once.

Previous owner did put a petrol tank on it.

Handling is very poor, handles better with aftermarket sports kit - Spax or something like that.

General Comments:

Nice looking cars bar the crap handling.

The engine you could never kill, I haven't had to put oil in the engine for 6 months!

Pity the secondhand value wasn't a bit better.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 10th November, 1998

19th Dec 2000, 01:52

Surprised at "poor handling". Perhaps undiagnosed suspension problem such as bushes gone in Watt's linkage.

7th Jan 2009, 05:27

Thrashed from cold every morning??? Not a good idea with Alfas, let alone any car.

1988 Alfa Romeo 75 Twin Spark Veloce 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10

Faults:

110,000 miles on clock at present.

Working backwards:

Front bumper re-fitted/repaired after minor shunt ~ 75 pounds.

Head-rebuild - slightly bent valve replaced - valves re-ground - head cleaned. This cured an annoying 'ticking' in the engine.

Exhaust mainfold bolts replaced due to "grounding" of exhaust against speed bump ? 480 pounds.

Front lower ball-joint replaced ~ 100K - 80 pounds.

Front disks and pads replaced with Tarox equivalents. Front brakes on a 75 are notoriously bad ~ 300 pounds 100K.

Rear discs and pads replaced ~200 pounds 95K.

Leads to engine plugs replaced.

Hole in boot fixed.

Rear-shocks replaced with Konis ~ 100K 80 pounds.

85K:

Car handed into Alfa Garage after hitting a bollard in car park. Not worth repairing but not a write off.

Following items replaced:

Front bumper 92 style ~ 400 pounds

Front bonnet.

Front Radiator ~ 80 pounds ?

Water pump, oil pump.

Cam-shaft replaced - tappets and VVT adjusted.

Sun-roof replaced.

Shocks - front and rear replaced.

Respray to remove rust around boot area.

Clutch slave cylinder replaced.

Front - cracked one of two exhausts replaced, mid section of exhaust replaced.

Petrol tank (leaking) replaced.

Fault management system replaced.

Tacho adjusted to compensate for reading 500 rpm higher than it should.

General Comments:

Can't fit anything much bigger than 195/50 15" as tyres.

Braking appaling - replacement/upgrade on a car of this power is a must.

Rear Wheel drive takes getting used to break away is difficult to detect.

Body roll a little excessive though age could account for that.

Exhaust note a little boommy - not as nice as 33 or V6.

Engine tractability superb.

Gearchange bad - rebuild is a de-facto must on high milage Alfas ~ 500 pounds.

Electrics prone to act-up especially fault management system.

Starts first time - every time - handling apart from roll superb.

Positioning of radio / electric window controls ridiculous. Windows prone to seizing up.

Electric Ariel just seized up.

You have to be crazy or there just has to be something special about it to buy one but the flip side is you will find owners that have spent thousands on them and for the performance and 80's looks there's not much better performance for cost about.

I paid 2.8K for it 1 yr ago. Have probably spent 2K+ on it and will probably spend another 1K. I've put 20K up on it in a year - intend to keep it as re-sale value is probably not much more than 1K. On the other hand there should be a good 40-50K left in the car. Runs on unleaded too.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th June, 1998

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 6 reviews