I previously had a 156 2.4 JDM. This had great flexibility from as low as 1000rpm. The 159 engine is very different and needs a lot more use of gears to keep it going below 2500rpm. I am also disappointed with the harsh engine noise when accelerating; no comparison with the old T Spark petrol engines! This is my fifth Alfa so I am a devotee regardless of the comments. Syling is great, the interior is always a good place to be and, thank goodness, now that Alfa have sorted their dealerships, customer service is excellent. If Alfa could inject a bit more zip into the 159 and reduce its weight it would be a real winner.
This is my first Alfa and I am wondering why it has taken so long. Having been through the usual 3 and 5 series BMW's, C-class merc's, A4's etc. the Alfa beats the rest of them by a distance. The drive is superb, very solid and precise - exactly what is needed for a driving car. I have had it for about 6 weeks and done 5,000 miles and not a single moment of the fabled Alfa unreliability has surfaced.
Fuel economy is a little lower than exected; I get around 34 in town and up to 41 for motorways. I have heard comments about the lack of storage space in the car and boot. This is true, but walking up to the car and looking at the front view makes up for such a lot (I deliberatly park it so I walk to the front, it is that good!). The boot holds a set of clubs, but not comfortably.
Overall, everyone should buy an Alfa - the 159 is a superb drivers car. It is also interesting to see the amount of respect from other drivers when in the Alfa.
i love this car... i have now done over 20000 miles and the 2.2 really is an absolute a pleasure to drive. what i don't understand is that reviewers state the bmw 3 series and the audi a4 are of better build quality than the 159. are you serious? i had a 2006 bmw 3 series before trading for an alfa... the 159 is much better car especially when it comes to price . the 159 feels better, drives better, looks better. what more could i ask for. test drive this car it won't disappoint. my dealer has been an absolute gem to deal with. no problems whatsoever. and for that its a five star all the way... p.s my dads now trading the landrover for a 2.4 diesel brera.
On a very simple level the fact that just thinking about the fact I now own the 159 brings a smile to my face. I can't see it wearing off. Having just spent 3 years with a brilliant but ultimately soulless Golf GTI DSG it reminds that owning a car isn't just about a great engine. The Alfa is style plus performance and quality.
Back to reality and the 3.2 feels quick but not electric, it's a sharp drive for a big car and it seems pretty well screwed together. I'm trying not to think about fuel consumption and preferring to wind down the window and listen to the V6 :-)
I can't remember doing that too often in the 328 I owned a few years back. Try one - you won't be disapointed.
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