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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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27 reader reviews for Alfa Romeo 159 Saloon.
  • 2.4 JTDm 200 Turismo 4dr

    Nick Hadjirallis , OXON . Date: 03/01/2014
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      30

    My car

    I despair at WhatCar's consistent harsh criticism of Alfa Romeo and its sycophantic promotion of German cars. I've had my 2006 159 for over three years and I still look forward to driving it every day. This is because Alfa Romeo know how capture the imagination of the driver by balancing the introduction of new technology to increase performance like the JTS engine and also remembering its impressive racing history by naming and styling their cars after successful racing models. Alfa Romeo style its cars so they look and sound like a car that car lovers aspire to own. I love the sound of the 2.2 JTS engine when it revs at the 4000 and above RPM levels. It sounds like an Italian car should sound, confident, proud and aggressive. I wish WhatCar would stop testing and promoting the diesel Alfa's. The essence of the Alfa ownership experience will always be in owning a petrol car, if you want a diesel buy some other generic car. The handling is sharp,responsive and stable and the car is practical enough for use on family trips. The interior of the 159 Lusso has well thought out Italian style which puts the German cars to shame. The one thing I do agreed on with WhatCar is the Alfa styling is beautiful and stands out in a sea of generic and boring German and Japanese rivals. I've owned a BMW and an Audi and neither of those cars makes me feel the way I do when I drive an Alfa Romeo. My experience with German cars is they aren't anymore reliable or cheap to run than Alfas.

  • 2.4 JTDm 200 Turismo 4dr

    Alex Bielinski Date: 11/05/2011
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      23

    My car

    For those of you who remember the ‘Fast Show’, as Swiss Tony may say “The Alfa Romeo 159 is like making love to a beautiful woman”, a beautiful woman with VD maybe. It looks stunning and its great to drive at first but soon afterwards the problems start. And most likely continue like a bad rash.

    Despite several friends and colleagues warning me about unreliability I purchased an Alfa 159 2.4JTDm (latest 210bhp engine) in April 2010. I had the remainder of the manufacturers warranty to ensure any problem would be dealt with. How wrong I was. If you are thinking buying an Alfa Romeo 159, don't because if anything goes wrong its a nightmare, consider the fact that any major part has to be shipped from Italy. That takes a minimum of 5 working days. My story is a catalogue of errors and the most incredible saga of unreliability in a car manufacturer.

    My car is on its 5th new engine, replaced 4 times in the past year. I have broken down 8 times in an Alfa Romeo within 12 months. 5 times in my own car and 3 times in the garages courtesy vehicles. Considering the car has been in the garage for approximately 8 months out of the past 12 it is still not working properly. All the UK garages are franchises so Alfa Romoeo themselves do not corporately own anything which makes resolving a problem incredibly difficult. There is limited characters in this review so I couldnt even begin to explain the problems but would urge you not to buy one of these cars.

  • 1.9 JTDm 16v 4dr

    David Worthington , CHESHIRE . Date: 12/01/2009
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      40

    My car

    My 159 has now covered 80,000 miles on an 06 plate. This is my first Alfa, having had Merc C's and E's for past 10 years. Suprisingly and against a lot of my friends doom and gloom stories, I love it! Build quality inside is not too good with plasctic covers coming off easily, but when that engine gets going its like a typhoon! My only criticism is not for the car but for the dealer I go to in Cheshire. They are inflexible, non communicative and very difficult to deal with. Do all Alfa dealerships carry no spares?? Brake pads and disc's have been changed, but only after a return visit as they carry no spares of these allegedly! £26.00 to replace a side bulb??? Come on Alfa, get your act together or I may be paying a visit to Audi and BMW in May!!

  • 1.9 JTDm 16v Lusso 4dr

    Paul Konig , Berkshire . Date: 31/12/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      43

    My car

    I've always fancied an Alfa but never been in a position to buy a young enough one for it to make sense. This was compounded by the fact that my neighbour had a 156 which tended to have a few niggling faults.

    I've owned my 159 for 6months now and had very few issues with it. Obviously it is a beautiful car, inside and out. Sitting in traffic on the M4/M25 every morning it far outshines the BMW, Audi and Mercedes brigade.

    It is great to drive, although the engine is not as flexible as it might be, making the car feel 'heavy' if you try to accelerate hard in the wrong gear. Fuel economy is reasonable - 47mpg crusing at a steady 70mph on the motorway, 35 taking the country route.

    I'd buy another one, and recommend one to friends. I couldn't give a particular reason as to why, I just would. great to look at, great to drive, excellent talking point...and hopefulyl not as expensive to own in the long run as Alfas of old!

Alfa Romeo 159 Saloon

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