R.I.P Allan Simonsen
AO Silver Member
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: United Kingdom
I cant help noticing that with Alfa, the model itself may have something to do with reliability, or more likely, the type of driver each model attracts.
166's don't tend to get the abuse a sports car like the GTV does, and this is reflected by 166's seeming to fare very well, where the GTV seems to be more troublesome. the 156 is great new, but it takes a competent DIY mechanic, or someone willing to service it (especialy the belts) to remain reliable.
Sadly the 156 seems to be one of the cheapest alfas, so there are many that attract non enthusiast owners, who drive it for a year, do nothing and sell it on, with a higher maintenance car like the 156 this is simply storing up the problems.
Lower maintenance cars like golfs and avensis don't seem to mind this, but its not a good plan on an alfa, same would be true of an old jaguar.
There is nothing fundamentally wrong with the cars at all, they just need proper maintenance.
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