An update on my earlier entry dated 20/11/06
The car has just had its 18,000 mile service. I have not been required to top up the engine oil during this time,the only top up required was the windscreen washer fluid!
The ten months of ownership have been 100% trouble free and the car continues to impress. The 159 is a high quality product that drives well, looks fantastic and maintains individuality.
Well done Alfa.
This car is beautifully styled, and different to the usual BMW 3 Series/Mercedes C-Class and Audi A4 - the 159 is very comfortable and does not have the bone-shaking ride of certain Alfas I have previously driven. It is also very easy to drive.
The 2.4-litre diesel engine is very quiet and smooth, and has the typical growling warble at high revs. Mid-range and high-range performance is phenomenal, but lower speed perfomance is surprisingly sluggish. According to the trip computer, I got 32mpg on my mixed town and country test drive.
The 159 is very well screwed together - like a late 1990s VW. The switchgear even looks similiar to that found in a VW MkIV Golf derivative. I really hope that Alfa Romeo has got the build quality and reliability issues right with this car - if so, they are really onto a winner...
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