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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.
  • 1.9 JTDm 16v Lusso 4dr

    Mike Wallace , East Yorkshire . Date: 08/01/2008
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    So far after 23k miles in 9 months, nothing has fallen off or gone wrong ( it seems a shame to have to start with this comment but everyone seems to think that an Alfa will go wrong). All I have topped up is the windscreen washer bottle and some oil after 6000 miles. The oil consumption seems to have settled down. To date it is the best car I have owned.It looks great and the interior is so much nicer than the competition. All who have been inside have come away impressed and can't believe it is the diesel version, as it is so quiet on the move. At standstill there is a bit more rattle than my previous Honda Accord but not much in it. Performance is much more peaky however and limited to a narrow rev range. Find your self in the wrong gear and it doesn't move fast.It feels a heavy car and this can blunt the performace but smooths the bumps even on 17 inch wheels. My only gripe is the lack of dealers. So far i have no compalints. The front Bridgstone tyres didn't last too long and have been replaced at 20k miles. I know someone with the 18 inch alloys and their fronts are due to be replaced at 13k! The Bridgstones obviously don't last long. Let's hope the new Michelins last longer. You don't see many 159's on the road, which makes driving one even more special. Hopefully all will be well for another 2 years.

  • 1.9 JTDm 16v Lusso 4dr

    Tom Gutteridge , Surrey . Date: 04/01/2008
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Having been persuaded by a colleague to try an Alfa Romeo I bought a second hand 156 JTDM and loved it. When the 159 came out I was totally smitten by its looks and, encouraged by excellent reports from Messrs Clarkson and the Daily Telegraphs Honest John bought a 1.9JTDM Lusso in metallic black with beige leather trim. Being an Alfa it’s sadly had some faults, most noticeably a vibration in 3rd gear and a humming noise from the dash. But both these problems were fixed by the dealer, Bishops in Guildford, who are just as good as any Audi / Mercedes dealer I’ve dealt with in the past. The car itself is really well equipped and even today I’m still discovering nice touches and thoughtful features.

    The car is fantastic to drive, not the most powerful for sure, but as a package I think unbeatable for the price and those looks! Though not new any more it never fails to surprise me how many people will come over and say what a great looking car it is and how they wish they could have an Alfa.

  • 1.9 JTDm 16v Lusso 4dr

    steve hall , west yorkshire . Date: 19/11/2007
    • 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

    My car

    just had the car now 6 weeks and think it is excellent . ran Audi A4 until my dealer told me the new A4 was on 5 month delivery. I so glad he did .the build quality is good but just lacks a little something, but the leather is beautiful.its a nice car to drive and very good fun when you push it, turn off the traction control and it gives you just slight under at the limit. And as the same as so many other readers people just love the looks of this car. thanks Audi !!!!!

  • 2.4 JTDm 200 Lusso 4dr

    Joe Incutti Date: 17/11/2007
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have had my Alfa 159 for nearly a year now. I have suffered from a rattling sunroof, a faulty alarm, a defective Bose Sub-Woofer, a jumpy CD Changer and a rattling glove box. But...WHO CARES...This car is fantastic! It's an absolute joy to drive. Every time I drive past a BMW, Audi or Mercedes, I feel sooo smug knowing that I am driving the coolest, sportiest car £25k can buy. Even the interior is pretty good, maybe not BMW standard, but it looks a damn sight better thats for sure, with the dashboard sporty and angled towards you like it should be. Well done Alfa! I get mine serviced at Mangoletsi in Knutsford, they are superb - as good as any BMW dealer, and I've known a few.

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