Hi, I am very new to the alfa scene. I'm 32 years old and all my previous cars were german (MB190E, VWJetta, Audi 90 coupe, VWGti, 2x Audi a4, bmw e36m3, Audi a8, bmw e82 coupe, bmw e92 325i)
Always loved the looks of almost all Alfas but like the majority of people saying "no don't buy an Alfa, you must be stupid to do so!!!" or "you will regret.."
Anyways, it was time to find something practical, a little exciting, goregous to look at both interior and exterior. Had my eye on the b8 Audi a4 avant (both 1.8t and 2.0) very beautiful drives very nice too. Then I came accross a red Alfa Romeo 159ti SW 2.2 selespeed. Very beautiful, but again alot of negative opinion from friends and relatives. Both of these cars are used and 2008, however the Alfa was half the price of the A4 avant so it became obvious. Time to bite the bullet and give Alfa a try! (since everyone who gave negative opinions, actually never owned or driven an Alfa before).
One word describes it for me......."unbelievable!!!"
Who on earth would have thought that a front wheel drive wagon could handle so well!
Interior and exterior design is sexy, solid chasis and to my surprise the 185hp engine was pretty responsive and not too underpowered.
the drive is 10 times more exciting than the a4 (audi are still good cars though).
Well there are some problems, since I got the car for so cheap there are two codes during engine check. One was o2 sensors and other was timing chain.
Fuel consumption was another problem. I tend to have a real heavy foot, and all the cars I drove never comes close to the consumption ratings. I knew these engines are not fuel efficient but 18l/100km is crazy for a 4 cylinder, problem probably?
On 19's the car does seem very bumpy and nevous on uneven roads. What do you guys think of the 18in wheels from the 159 3.2? Do you think it will be slightly better?
Anyways enough talking here are some quick shots, thanks for reading
Last edited by dtm2; 12-09-12 at 03:57.
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You will always get people living in the past where Alfa had bad electrics saying that they are ALL bad...
Nice that you ignored them, as did I, and you bought yourself a little beauty...
As for the fuel consumption, you could get a remap which may help with that, not too sure on the petrol engines exactly what your pros and cons are regarding that though...
The car will ride better on 18" rims - that is why my Q4 is going to run on 18's at the next tyre change.
Unfortunately the Timinng chain issue on the 2.2 JTS is a problem
- do a search on here to see if the cheap fixes work.
Get hold of FiatECUScan and an elm connector to self diagnose from a laptop and change the oil every year (or 12k miles)
Would that map be Autodelta? A representative will be coming to Hong Kong by the end of this month. I have already signed up for a software upgrade. Hope it will help a little on fuel economy, but the most important for me is to get rid of the jerkyness the transmission creates during heavy traffic. Now I just hope that someone in Hong Kong will be willing to swap their 18's for my 19's.
I get about 11.5L/100km with my 2.2 JTS Spider driving moderately on Italian secondary roads. I am not surprised that driving your car with a "heavy foot" when the O2 sensors and perhaps the variable cam timing systems aren't working properly would produce 18l/100km consumption.
Plus don't Brits use a non-standard sized liter and a different length kilometer? .................. just kidding.
Anyway they are factory fitted and I would think removal would mean getting behind the roof lining and then having holes in the roof. Rubber gromets to fill the holes would definitely not look good, plus the chance of leaks!
Thanks for the replies, will be keeping them on then as it seems you guys have better taste than me
By the way, all four wheels have been badly curbed by previous owner. Planning to refinish the wheels, any ideas what colour I should paint it? Anybody have grey or gloss black wheels on their 159? Or any photoshop masters here? for helping a fellow member out!