Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Belgium - Hoogstraten
Re: Has the 159 been a failure or is too early to tell?
If anyone is given the position to choose between a gorgeous looking Alfa 159 or a well sorted out and over-engineered BMW 3 series... what will it be?
Look at company cars. The BMW 318d (with options) is like 4000 euro more expensive than the Alfa 159 1.9JTDm (120hp), and it will cost exactly the same when you lease it! The BMW is quicker, more agile, better build, it has the better driving position (lower), it's rear wheel drive. It a shocker to say, but it looks like the BMW is more an Alfa than what Alfa has to offer these days.
Don't get me wrong, I actually don't like BMW's. But since i have test driven both cars extensively, I have to admit that the BMW is just the better car and I wish it wasn't! So, this is my problem, and I'm not alone in this position. The 156 simply was way cheaper than a 3-series. If I could have the 1.9JTDm 16v at the same price as the 8v, then we'll talk again Alfa.
For now, it looks like I'm going for the beemer... and my heart is bleeding. The 159 is indeed a million times better looking.
Last edited by logic; 25-07-06 at 20:54.