1989 Alfa Romeo 75 Reviews

1989 Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo America 1.8 petrol turbo from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.8 petrol turbo Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired140300 kilometres
Most recent distance145600 kilometres
Previous carAlfa Romeo Alfasud Sprint / Sprint

Summary:

Great rear wheel drive fun!

Faults:

When I bought the car it had 2nd gear synchromesh wear.

At 140400 kilometres the fuel pump failed.

At 145000 kilometres the valves needed regrinding. (it had been stood for a few years previous)

That's all (so far)

General Comments:

Can be a bit thirsty.

Pretty quick for a 16 year old car.

I find it very comfortable and relaxing to drive on journeys.

Although it is left hand drive, it is a delight to drive.

The only bad point really - heavy steering when parking (no PAS)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th October, 2005

1989 Alfa Romeo 75 2.0 T.D 2.0 T.D. from Croatia

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 T.D. Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired200000 kilometres
Most recent distance255000 kilometres
Previous carBMW 2002

Summary:

Maintained 75 2.0 TD is probably best-buy due to their low market price

Faults:

Water pump at 235,000km.

Driver seat got stuck, so had to get a new one.

Lots of problems with "cardan" joints, I changed 3 joints in a year.

Servo pump not working, oil leaks all over the place.

Plastic inside (dashboard) makes a lot of weird sometimes annoying sound for people that are not used to the car.

Trunk lock got suck.

R window got stuck.

Oil sensor broke.

General Comments:

I really enjoy driving this car. I got it for a cheap price, lots of kilometers, but it was well maintained.

I found it very comfortable; I had a chance to go to Wienna few time with it and I enjoyed it a lot better than the ride I took with 146 (one time I went with 146, 1.4 boxer)

Although it is a diesel it has no real "Alfa" sound, but it is nice to hear turbo charger whistling when you go over 2500 rpm. nice acceleration too!

Cheap to maintain, lots of used parts from Italy :-)

Great on gas-mileage!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd March, 2004

1989 Alfa Romeo 75 Cloverleaf 2.5 V6 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.5 V6 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired174000 kilometres
Most recent distance180000 kilometres
Previous carNissan Bluebird

Summary:

This car has to be driven, handles superbly

Faults:

The electric aerial stopped working.

The back seats are a bit faded at the headrest.

Had to replace a steering rack.

General Comments:

This car simply has the best handling, it is just so much fun to drive.

Most likely only for people who really want to drive the car because that's what it likes.

Looks great.

Sounds like a Ferrari and I'm not joking.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st January, 2001

11th Apr 2001, 14:31

Congratulations, I don't know if you've had an alfa before, I am what you would call an alfisti and I have a 75. It's always nice to meet someone who appreciates such fantastic and underrated car.

31st Jul 2001, 01:49

I own a one owner 75 Cloverleaf with 12000 ks on the clock. I bought it at auction here in New Zealand for 3000 dollars. Because most of the cars bought into the country are Japanese imports, cars are very cheap here. Hence the price has dropped the used European market as well. I now own three Alfas. The 75, an 87 Cloverleaf Sprint, and a 84 Sud. New Zealand is a European car buyers paradise.

1st Aug 2001, 00:50

I have to agree with your comments. Last year I went to New Zealand for a 3 month holiday. It was more economical to purchase a 87 Cloverleaf Alfa Sprint for 1500 dollars than it was to hire a car for the same period, plus I sold it for the same price a week before I left.

The car was a two owner with 80000 ks on the clock. The condition of the car was immaculate. It drove and looked like it was 5 years old. I would have loved to take it back to Australia with me, but the freight was nearly double the cost of the car.

Bob, Melbourne, Australia.

1989 Alfa Romeo 75 Twin Spark 2.0 litre from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 litre Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired160000 kilometres
Most recent distance196000 kilometres
Previous carFord Laser 1.6 - horrible

Summary:

A practical vehicle, but still a real driver's car

Faults:

Donuts (maintenance item on this car).

Clutch.

Brake discs replaced.

Injectors cleaned (+20% output!)

General Comments:

Lovely car to drive - burble at idle becomes howl at 5500 - 6000 rpm doing 100km/hr in 2nd, ideally beside a high concrete wall to reflect the glorious sound, and around a tight bend to feel the cornering ability. Twin Spark ignition ensures economy with performance.

A/C actually works (unusual for an Alfa), 4 door (can keep the car through fatherhood), looks are good if quirky, and above all, different.

De Dion suspension, inboard rear brakes, rear gearbox, sodium filled valves, variable intake valve timing interesting techy bits.

Criticisms of ergonomics in period reviews are overblown: the U shaped handbrake is fine, the overhead windows likewise. My car has dealer fitted racks to allow the seat to go back further.

Probably not an ideal city car, 1st gear is high and the change from 1st to 2nd isn't lightning fast, but I cope.

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

Review Date: 19th December, 2000

4th Jun 2010, 14:28

A/C works? I have owned 3 Alfa 75 and two Alfa 33 (in Australia) and never had working air, so you have hit the jackpot there!

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 7 reviews