Used Alfa Romeo 156 1997 - 2006 review

Category: Executive car

Section: Ownership cost

1997 - 2006 review
Alfa Romeo 156 (97 - 06)
  • Alfa Romeo 156 (97 - 06)
  • Alfa Romeo 156 (97 - 06)
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Ownership cost

What used Alfa Romeo 156 saloon will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a Alfa Romeo 156 saloon?

The Alfa Romeo 156 is very cheap to buy secondhand because the trade and buyers are worried that it might fall apart whenever you sneeze. It won't – the 156 is far sturdier than its reputation suggests – but prices need to be low to tempt people to 'take a chance'.

Once you've taken the plunge, any loss in value shouldn't be a big concern, unless you've paid over the odds. The first owner will have born the brunt of the car's depreciation from new.

The two V6 models will drink a gallon of petrol every 20-25 miles, but the other petrols should be good for low- to mid-30s. The 1.9-litre diesels should return more than 45mpg and the 2.4 JTD just over 40mpg.

Insurance is just above average, but service costs can be steep – higher than for a BMW 3 Series and even slightly more than a Mercedes C-Class.