Living the dream,
driving an Alfa
Join Date: May 2009
Location: United Kingdom
I have only just got rid of my 159ti 2.4 after 2 years and 27k, and have to say I would rate it at 9/10.
All of the positives as above apply, looks, driving dynamics, interior, quality, the amount of kit fitted etc.
Negatives are pretty much the same as others quoted, high 20's for mpg around town, an average of 32 - 33 for long haul motorway trips and my daily commute. 1 snag, it needed a new EGR, all done and sorted by my local dealer no probs. It's very much a car built for high speeds and long journeys, and that is where it excels. I have driven the 1.9 also which is more nimble around town and has most of what you need most of the time but, it misses out on that final 20% of handling and power when you get on the open road. It's as well screwed together as most other cars out there. My friend has a 1 yo A4 1.9 diesel which gives better mpg, but has less power and is slower. He preferred to drive my Alfa though, said it felt special.
Not sure I understand those who criticise the 2.2 versions for poor mpg, why buy a petrol car that weighs that much and expect diesel economy from it?????
As for bad handling, try looking at the suspension before you buy, its lowered, its sporty and has limited articulation, so if you drive down back roads and spend all your time on poor surfaces crashing into and out of potholes, then you purchased the wrong type of vehicle for your lifestyle. You should have gone for a 4x4 or a normally sprung BMW bland series or a Merc blah class maybe. Drive a 159ti on normal roads spiritedly and it will put a smile on your face, it's got character, it's different and you are no longer one of the herd, you stand out.
Ex 164QV, 145QV, 156 2.0TS Modifica, 159Ti, Maserati Ghibli GT.....sob, I want it back mummy
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