Alfa 159 Brakes Better Than Those On A 2001 Honda Civic
A couple of weeks ago I was down in Melbourne, bowling along the Eastern Freeway on a Friday night. Traffic was reasonably heavy but everyone was doing the speed limit (100 km/h).
Suddenly there was a forest of brake lights in front of me. I never worked out what caused it, but everyone was braking very hard.
I hit the Alfa's brakes harder than I have ever done. The various electronic systems kicked in and we stopped very quickly indeed, perfectly straight, with no tyre squeal at all.
Alas the car behind, a 2001 Honda Civic, had none of the electronic assistance and I only had time to think "I hope the bloke behind..." when BANG! he hit me, in a huge black cloud of burning rubber. He was very shaken up as he told me that he was up on his two right-hand side wheels at the time of the impact, and he thought that had he not hit me he would probably have rolled.
So I now have a somewhat crumpled left rear quarter panel. The Honda, on the other hand, looked like a write-off to me. Not only was there substantial panel damage but his RH front wheel was at a 45-degree angle. I was able to drive the Alfa away and after a couple of days driving gingerly around Melbourne, I did the 700km trip back to Canberra without incident.
I have now had a quote from a panel beater and the matter is in the hands of the insurers. Although in reality there was very little the other driver could have done to avoid the accident, I am expecting him to be legally at fault as I was completely stationary when he went in to the back of me.
The panel beater is the one recommended by the Canberra Alfa dealer and when I gave him the old "you should have seen the other guy" story he said he wasn't surprised at all. While thus far he has only had to repair a couple of 159s, he said that in his experience it was one of the strongest cars around. I'll bear witness to that.
Alfa Romeo 159 2.4 JTD in Pinot Grigio