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Old 19-05-2019, 20:06   #1
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Alfa Romeo? Good cars?

Hello, just a quick question , has anyone on here owned one. Are they good cars?
Know nothing about them.
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Old 19-05-2019, 21:57   #2
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Proper Petrol Heads, Stunning Looks and drivers cars BUT absolute **** relibility for a daily. I know people in the motor trade who work for them and woudn't buy one. Example couple of years ago - out with my mate who has owned several including Alfa Suds and 33s that in the 80/90s would smoke any other crap car you could afford as a nipper but would fall apart literally. We were on our way to Rally Day up the A34. Alfa 147 GTA goes past us sounding a bit odd. Jokingly said that's gonna break and about 10 mins later it's up the road in a layby broken! You couldn't make it up - lol.
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Bloke at work owns one. Spent more time in his garage in pieces than on the road. Mind, this is a 10+ years old model.

Saw a brand new one in the car park at work, bonnet up, owner on the phone to the AA.

Reliability has not improved in 10 years.
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i wanted a BRERA estate,159, untill i realised it was built on a vauxhall chassis ,so dropped that idea like a stone

SEXY looking car thats for sure bUT i couldnt hack the VAUXHALL underpinnings
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Stunning looking cars but hit and miss reliability, saying that there is a garage near me specialising in Alfas and a customer has 155 that has done over 250k same engine and gear box I do think the quadrafiglio is stunning also
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Kinda depends what you're looking at in terms of year and model - and whether it has been "looked after" (= modified/improved), etc...

Is there a specific query about a specific car or just some general info?
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i wanted a BRERA estate,159, untill i realised it was built on a vauxhall chassis ,so dropped that idea like a stone

SEXY looking car thats for sure bUT i couldnt hack the VAUXHALL underpinnings
So were the Saabs but they weren't that bad.

Loads of the diesels did/do plenty of miles.
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I had a 156 T Spark in red with the big spoiler and pepper pot wheels. Was a lovely car to look at and a very nice place to be as the interior was fantastic. Was a good car to drive and was nippy but like so many Alfa's it had issues. Nothing serious but after time they mounted up to the point where I fell out of love with it and sold it on before something really expensive broke. Generally good cars to drive, look at and be in but they have issues more than most of the competitors.
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Me and missus have a newer guiletta, really nice car to drive. However when it wants to throw it's toys out the pram it's a right caaant. It currently needs a new egr cooler and is throwing a cambus error. Just replaced the aerial as well. All common faults.

My opinion is they are great cars. However there reputation is true.
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God I'm even old enough to remember when my dad used to work for Datsun(Nissan) in the 80s and they brought out a Nissan Cherry Europe because of the import limits (that still exist today but we build hondas in swindon etc as a result). AKA the Alfa Arna. So what you had is Jap styling with Italian electrics and reliability - a real winning combo
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Alfa’s any good

Got a Giulia qv,had it nine months and it’s brilliant no issues so far,did the gtroc.
Day on a runway event on Sunday,did seven top speed runs(timed mile) virtually one after the other,wouldn’t have dared do that in my Evo ,even matched the time of Barry P in his Ferrari 458 @177.something mph
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Got a Giulia qv,had it nine months and it’s brilliant no issues so far,did the gtroc.
Day on a runway event on Sunday,did seven top speed runs(timed mile) virtually one after the other,wouldn’t have dared do that in my Evo ,even matched the time of Barry P in his Ferrari 458 @177.something mph
That's why I asked if there were any specific questions or whether this was a general "Alfa Romeo are unreliable" thread.

Sure, Alfa has had a bit more than it's fair share of reliability issues over the years. But then so has Mercedes Benz, but the bad reputation never stuck to Merc as it continues to do with Alfa...

A few things to note are that:

Generally, Alfa of "old" was a pioneering brand and brought one hell of a lot of pioneering tech and engineering to market.

The 70's cars tended to rust in the UK due to poor rustproofing (total lack of any!). Plus, Alfa is Italian, and we all know that Italian electrics have not been the best in the past.

A good few classic Alfas out there right now have now had a run of decent owners who have ironed out a lot of the technical issues over the years. Check out Alfaholics - One of my dream garage cars is an Alfaholics GTA. Porn.

Finally, the very latest run of cars - the Giulia and the new SUV thingy - are all part and parcel of a total overhaul of Alfa Romeo. New leadership team, Head-hunted top engineers from other top brands, brand new factories and an all new model line up - My firm belief is that the current Alfa Romeo has turned a corner and the future car line up will be every bit as reliable as the next brand. But the bad reputation will endure for a good few years yet. It's the monkey on their back that will be the most difficult task of modern Alfa to rid itself of.

On the Giulia Quadrifoglio - it's the car I wanted all along - and really it still is. The only factors that led me to buy a M3CP instead were:
the fact that there is a dealer 15 minutes away instead of closest 1hr15mins;
the M3 has 5 seats (Giulia Quadrifoglio has 4);
the M3 was on 0% finance at the time I was looking at them.

I'm more than happy with the M3 - it is a total indulgence, but maybe it'll be a Quadrifoglio next?

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To come at this from the other side....

I hear 'Petrol head, 'driver's car' and 'gorgeous' in ref. to Alphas a lot, mostly regurgitated, but I just dont see it, in fact, I see the opposite.... For me, most Alphas are just awful in nearly every way (there are of course a few exceptions)!

Yes they have a couple of okay engines (most, once great, but now old hat and uncompetitive), mostly powering the wrong wheels and suspension made from elastic bands and uncoiled slinkies... I am not sure how Alphas can so broadly be described as 'drivers cars' when the majority are the complete opposite: Slow with terrible handling!

On top of this, I find most look unfinished when you get close. Interactions between crucial components, such as exhaust to bumper often dont gel, or the fact that all of the underside gubbins hangs down so much lower than the rear bumper and so viewable from the car behind. Its like the visual design of each component has been undertaken completely independently (and with basic or 'unusual for the sake of it' in mind) of each other and then 'forced' together as an afterthought. Aesthetically, component synergy is way less coherent than a basic ford.

I strongly dislike most Alphas because of the above 'cheap'/incomplete approach, apparent laziness and complacency, selling cars on their previously gained name prowess.
Yes they are niche, unusual, and they 'do the Alpha thing' (create a bag of ****e mainly), but that does not make them for petrol heads, great looking or driver's cars, despite what sheeple repeat every time they hear the word Alpha.
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