Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Alfa Romeo 159 saloon?
Some 159 owners swear by their cars – others swear at them. Reliability is patchy, with a wide range of issues reported.
The engine's ECU can give up the ghost, particularly on the diesel cars, resulting in a total loss of power and stranded owner. Other electric-gremlins include non-functional cruise control and windscreen wipers.
Brake problems have also been reported, which require replacement parts to fix, as have timing belt issues. Check the inside edges of front tyres for excessive wear – the front tracking may need adjustment.
Alfa Romeo dealers can be one of the biggest drawbacks to owning a 159. Some are helpful and polite when thing go wrong, while others couldn't care less. If you find a good garage, stick with it.