Written on: 17/05/2010
My first 156 was 99 TS 2.0 with stock parts still fitted. It was awesome and that experience led me to purchase newer 156 2.0 JTS 2003 station wagon model. JTS sounds IMHO more rad and it does accelerate faster 0-100km/h in 8.2s while TS 2.0 does it in 8.6s according to official handbook specs. Now after owning BMW 520i, I am back to Alfa Romeo 156 1998, 2.0TS with Novitec adjustable fitted. I did little bit of tuning on this after purchasing and it's the best driving enjoyable car ever I... (read more)
Written on: 28/04/2010
I bought my Alfa Italian male car for £1000 beginning of the year and i Love it, i have had all german cars before the performance is so different, Its smooth and very comfortable, Its only been the past week He's had a problem where oil has been getting into the spark plugs, But He will be sorted today. having a good service and being checked over. Alfas Love attention being on road and off if you look after it, It will then look after you. (read more)
Written on: 16/03/2010
I've only had this car for about 4 months and, it being my frist Alfa, I was not aware of how much oil it likes to drink. My previous diesel BMW didn't need any oil added between its extensive service intervals.
Anyway, as a result of my neglect bourne through ingnorance, my Alfa's engine now rattles like a tractor, apparently as a result of the Variator failing due to lack of oil. It's going in to the workshop tomorrow to have this replaced along with the cam belts (may as well get this... (read more)
Written on: 03/02/2010
so many horror stories, this is my first alfa and i have been pleasantly
surprised at how easy to live with it has been.
service costs are much the same as my previous German cars.
but this car get under your skin very quickly.
will definitely buy another. (read more)
Written on: 28/10/2009
i bought the alfa 156 2.0 twin spark sportswagon on monday 26th oct , sounds brilliant, goes well its just had the cambelt changed the clock has 144k on it and thats fine i dont do alot of travelling anyway but i have full service history with it bought it private so fingers crossed everything goes well , i will have it serviced as normal every so often if i look after it i hope it will look after me but overall im very happy with it and wouldnt change back to a BMW now. (read more)
Written on: 11/10/2009
This is the first alfa i have owend due to ther past reputation as, shall we say atractors of rust & not being to reliable. Anyway pleased to say purchased of ebay for £1200 & apart from oil & filter & areplacement rad, had no problems even drove to satu mare in romania in may this year. I know sounds crazy but she never missed a beat. All in all chuffed to bits,will stick with alfa from now on. P.S. she,s 156 ts 2.0 . (read more)
Written on: 05/07/2009 by msanchez628 (1 review written)
I have an Alfa Romeo 156 TS Selespeed 2002. Great performance. Fast. Secure. (read more)
Written on: 27/10/2008 by dews (1 review written)
Great Italian designed car considering everything you get from it.
I'f you are like me, and service the car yourself, giving it the love and care it truly deserves, you will not be disappointed.
If you nurse an Alfa, it will reward you. (read more)
Written on: 17/02/2008
Modern Alfas are able to compete in terms of perforance and quality, with most other comparable marques. Certainly, there is little risk of them rusting to bits like the cars of old, which were not built for our variable climate. Perhaps I am less than objective, but I still think they represent good value for money, given their pedigree and cachet. (read more)
Written on: 25/09/2007 by Rick Hough (1 review written)
The Alfa Romeo 156 was amazing value or money at £1700 (April 2007) and has been very reliable, probably because it has been properly serviced and covered only 65k miles. The car is well put together and nothing like older Alfas I've owned. Everything works perfectly, not so much as a blown bulb.
Interior comfort is good and the car is comfy for medium range journeys - I take my Citroen C5 if I'm driving to Bordeaux, the Alfa for a 100 mile sprint around North Wales. Even though she's an... (read more)
Written on: 07/09/2007 by engjhuyt (1 review written)
On the whole I've loved owning this car however some pointers for potential buyers
a) I bought the car with 23K on it with service history
b) It's always had main dealer servicing at recommended intervals (min £300 - max £2500 [this excluding heater matrix below])
c) It has had additional works at main dealer as required
d) I've tipped in the litre of Selenia per month that it likes to drink
In this time it has consumed
2003) 1 off 'Heater matrix' - I sent it in with none functioning air... (read more)
Written on: 17/05/2006 by shakinsven
I love my Alfa Romeo 156, it turns heads which is more than my Renault Laguna did. Cheap second hand price for a quality high performance car. (read more)
Written on: 30/01/2006 by 48414841 (1 review written)
I have had 3 Alfa Romeo's, a 145 1.8 TS,a 156 2.0 ts and now on a 156 1.8 TS. I agree with other reviews about customer services at dealerships. If you worry about the cost of running one do not bother to buy one. (read more)
Written on: 31/12/2005 by hoisttocrew (2 reviews written)
I owned a 156 2.0 TS Veloce from new for nearly four years, and from start to finish it was an amazing car. I'm guessing that anyone reading this already knows that it's a great car to drive - the only questions people have over Alfas are reliability/build quality. So...The only mechanical fault it ever developed was one of the rear electric windows sticking closed, when the car was nearly three years old, but this was fixed under warranty. I went overseas for seven weeks in mid-winter,... (read more)
Written on: 11/09/2005 by ikalonji
I just bought a Alfa Romeo 156. Silver 1999 with only 16,400 genuine miles on clock. My previous car was a Rover 216 so you can imagine the buzz I'm getting from driving this! The Rover did me proud though. (read more)
Written on: 03/09/2005 by serioussam (1 review written)
I bought my Alfa Romeo 1561999 2.0 TS 2 years ago with 57k on it from probably the best Arnold Clark Alfa Branch in Scotland [Perth]. I've just sold it to replace it with a 156 GTA. I should get it in 4 days 3hours and 12 minutes approx, not that I'm counting or anything. I've done a lot of miles in it in a short space of time [108k now] and have had very little problems with the car. However about 4 months ago it had an MOT and failed it. The work cost me £1200! The guy looking after me in... (read more)
Written on: 15/03/2005 by korkytcat (1 review written)
The Alfa Romeo 156 2.0 Twin Spark sports car is everything I expected it to be and more, I have owned all types of cars from ford to BMW, and they can't touch this car for drivability, the immense downside is the dealers... the previous owner payed an Alfa Specialist to repair an exhaust mounting bracket, and they fixed it back to the exhaust with 2 x Inlet manifold hose clips!!, then did a service and while replacing the air filter element sheared one of the three bolts holding the assy... (read more)
Written on: 22/02/2005 by neil12 (7 reviews written)
This Alfa Romeo 156 2.0 Twin Spark is a beautifull car. Great to drive, a real thouroughbred. All cars have their faults and if you read a list of other makes you'll find them.
However, in saying that I have personally had no problem in two years of ownership. One thing though, don't try jumpstarting th car as it may damage the electrics and if you change the battery you may need the computer re-set to switch off the airbag light.
One area of concern is how well it holds it's value. It's... (read more)
Written on: 18/10/2004 by rperry75 (1 review written)
I bought my Alfa Romeo 156 2.0 Twin Spark sports car 2 and a half years ago with 11,000 on the clock. It now has 55,000 miles up and it hasn't missed a beat. Aside from a set of tyres the most drastic thing has been a set of spark plugs. It does everything I want it to and is much more fun than my previous Golf GTI and BMW 3 series before that. Forza Alfa! (read more)
Written on: 16/09/2004 by Simon Tomkins (1 review written)
It's a shame such a great looking car like the Alfa Romeo 156 2.0 Twin Spark is constantly let down by poor servicing and build quality.
Alfa will only compete with their German rivals once they get their act together - looks like a long hard road.
With residuals low a used 3 year model with FSH would make a great buy. (read more)
Written on: 10/09/2004 by sarbk
I bought my Alfa Romeo 156 2.0 Twin Spark W-reg 2000 sports car from a private seller. it had only travelled 55,000miles with full alfa service history. But @ 60k the cam belt snapped (12000 miles before it needed changing) causing so much damage it needed a new engine @ a cost of £3200.00 from a main dealer.
I called Alfa customer services and I have to admit they where excellent! They offered to pay half the costs for the engine, and I got another £400 in vochers. so i paid £1200.00 for a... (read more)
Written on: 07/09/2004 by simes69 (5 reviews written)
I have owned this Alfa Romeo 156 2.0 Twin Spark sports car for 4 years and loved every minute of driving it. The car is equally at home pootling around town, or howling down twisty country roads on the wrong side of the speed limit.
When hustling the car, the suspension squats down and hugs the road, the steering is quick and precise, and as the needle climbs rapidly above 3500rpm, the engine snarls it's enjoyment.
On the downside, the relationship with my local dealer has been less than... (read more)
Written on: 07/02/2004 by edgington (1 review written)
The Alfa 156 2.0 twin spark GTA is a special engineering version of the 156 saloon upon which the European Touring Cars that race is based. You can tell as soon as you move off in first gear. The accelleration is fantastic, no torque steer, plenty of grip. The change through all six gears is perfect, far better than an M3 I had. The ride is firm but not as bone shaking as the M3. The steering at only 1.75 turns lock to lock is better than a 1980's Porsche I owned until it fell apart due to... (read more)
Written on: 07/01/2004 by marzipan (2 reviews written)
I Purchased my Alfa 156 2.0 twin spark new as a parallel import for £15k almost 3 years ago, my 156 has worked for its living, having now covered 45k with nothing serious to report. Cambelt and tensioners needed replacing as a precaution at 40k as there was no tension left. Only uses 3/4 ltr of oil between services. I took the front of the dash apart and remonted the CD player after getting fed up with it rattling. Nothing has dropped off otherwise and the car is a joy to drive hard,... (read more)
Written on: 05/01/2004 by darrenptalbot (1 review written)
Why does a 4 year old Alfa 156 2.0 twin spark break down in a terminal manner such as this?
I have had Audi's, BMW's, Land Rovers and various other cars in the past. I have never had a problem like this in 14 years! (read more)
Written on: 17/09/2003 by foytheboy (1 review written)
I have owned my Alfa 156 2.0 TS Veloce for a year having bought it used. No problems so far except for bits of trim working loose. Drivers front and one rear air vent has broken off and the switch for front nearside window loose. However, the last owner did have the front wishbones replaced. Car handles well and looks great in comparison to the mundane offerings from other manufacturers of saloons in similar size. (read more)
Written on: 24/06/2002 by pintofheavy.
Had my Alfa 156 2.0 twin spark 3 yrs ......no major faults...left/h dipped headlight only electrical fault ....dodgy wire...fuse box cover came off and kept falling off till i put a couple of screws in...handles beautifully....never going back to the beemer ..leather interior rounds off a fantasic car. (read more)
Written on: 31/05/2002 by Alfie.
The Alfa Romeo 156 2.0 twin spark is a beautiful car spoiled by poor build quality and debatable reliability. As an owner of Audis ranging from full blown quattros to a modern V6, Alfa can only dream of matching their reliability and build quality so yet again the style grace and beauty of another Italian car fails to deliver.
Would you attempt to drive one across Europe without breakdown cover? (read more)
Written on: 23/04/2002 by DJ.
After 5 months and 13k, my Alfa 156 2.0 litre Twin Spark was off the road for 8 weeks with a faulty gearbox. Then 10 days after being returned the power steering failed as the dealers had damaged it replacing the gearbox. No apologies from Alfa, they were unable to supply a temporary replacement 156 even after 8 weeks, and on the second failure, they were unwilling to deliver me a hire car, initially stated my car would be at least another 2 weeks as they had so many others to repair, and... (read more)
Written on: 09/04/2002 by redbull.
The Alfa 156 2.0 ts suffers from wish bones. My Alfa needs the wish bones changing after only 2 years of owning it. Apparently it is a manufacturing defect, since the original replacment is very cheap.
D.Muscat (read more)
Written on: 04/10/2001 by Romano G.
I believe that the original review rather unfairly dismisses the 156 2.0 TS as little more than an average car. On the contrary, I've had one for 4 years now and quite frankly I love it! Aside from its great looks and style that leave most other cars in the shade (inc. the Audi TT and Peugeot 506), the alfa 156 has incredible handling, performance and a 2 litre engine - all of which are amongst the best in its class. Since Alfa have recently slashed their UK car-prices, it is needless to say... (read more)
Written on: 25/10/2000 by Paul.
The car I tried has trhe electrics hanging out of the steering column because of some *minor* fault. The engine was OK but not impressive. The ride quality was very poor. I expect to feel the road but not every little bump. (read more)
As rated by real users