Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Alfa Romeo 145 hatchback?
The good news is that the galvanised bodywork keeps rust to a minimum. But, beware of examples that have a history of intermittent faults – the electrics can be suspect. Avoid cars with electrical gremlins that the seller tells you they just 'put up with'. The interior build quality is poor, too, so you can expect irritating rattles.
Check the car has a good service history, and make sure you're aware of the cambelt change intervals. If you gamble on a car that has little or no service history, you may well end up making frequent trips to the local garage.