New Alfa 159....some words of caution
Yes the Alfa 159 is a lovely car and great to drive...but dont hang onto it for too long.
I have had my 1.9JTDm Sportwagon since May 2008 and in that time I have put 130,000 miles on the clock...most of my driving has been on the motorway. It has been properly serviced and the oil changed every service ,,it has even been changed between 18,000 mile services.
But here is the down side ...the gear box went at 92,000 miles.. at a 102,000 miles the DPF clogged up and put it in limp mode ...the DPF was cleaned out and now at 130,000 miles the Turbo needs replacing ...I understand that some diesels can go on well beyond 130k miles without these kind of problems. But then these cars arent Alfas ...this is my 4th Alfa Romeo ... What makes these issues harder to bear is the poor service you get from Alfa dealers at such exorbitant prices.
When the gearbox went my local dealership wanted £2600 plus vat to change it now that the Turbo needs replacing the same dealership has charged me 200 quid for 3 hrs of diagnostics that took over a week to perform to find that the Turbo needed replacing ...to replace the Turbo they want 1400 quid plus vat ..as £240 is the labour charge for 3 hours to fit it then they want £1160 plus vat for a reconditioned Turbo which they have to order in .You can get a new one for for a lot less.
I got the gearbox replaced by an independent Alfa specialist for 1800 quid all in he also fitted a new clutch ...at present the Turbo is being replaced by the same specialist with a NEW Turbo for £810 all in
I know dealers have fancy showrooms but still 1400 plus vat for a reconditioned Turbo is nothing short of a mugging
By all means buy a 159 but change it at around 60,000 miles... ...if you can buy it and not lease it so much the better...unfortunately for me I leased mine with a balloon ,not through Alfa finance, but due to the mileage I put on it in a short time the balloon was a lot more than the car was worth ...if you do lease it then dont put a heavy mileage on it .Find an independent Alfa specialist to carry out your service and any repairs ...I have found that they know just as much if not more about Alfas than the dealers and that they work on your car until the problem is solved ..not like dealers who will spend 20 minutes here break off do something else and come back the next day and so on....also they are much more affordable so that offsets the fact that they are sometimes not local. .
I like the Alfa marque ...this is my 4th ...but unfortunately they still break down when other marques dont ...the attitude of the dealers is poor and Alfa UK is not much better.
I have got to the point that I think, unfortunately, one of the German marques will have better longevity for use as a day to day car ..I will find myself an older true Alfa ...like a 75 or the Alfasud GTV put it in the garage and just bring it out at weekends...at least they are rearwheel drive and with an Alfa petrol engine