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So I bothered to add up the Q4 2010 numbers, and it shows 1,589 166s left licensed in the UK. I couldn't be bothered to add up the SORN numbers.

As you'll note from the quarterly progression, even just looking at 2010, numbers are dropping very quickly.
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If the more popular models keep dropping at the rate they are in the 2010 table. There will be none left in 6 years.
Unfortunately I think the next few years will see them disappear even quicker due their age and rising fuel costs.
Most have reached an age, as mine has that requires a significant outlay of cash just to keep them on the road.
Every day a couple seem to die on here
Luckily there are some very dedicated 166 owners on here that will never let them disappear for good.
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not many 164's left....i guess it's the same with all cars and big cars suffer a lot more as they get older.
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So more V6 166s (1053) than Twin Sparks (707) in 2010 - how odd

We lost 184 V6s last year and 113 twinnies which I reckon is a 15% death rate 09 vs 10.

Numbers not my strongpoint but come on boys check those cambelts out today!!!
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It's a pretty shocking rate - I suspect they die for a variety of reasons, especially as a good high mileage TS from, say, 1999, is worth about £1k at most.
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The price we will pay for our 166's is less attributed to what they are worth and more down to what we will not have to pay after we've bought them second hand.
Mine is a 1999 V6 and would not take less than £2000 for it. This is only because I've spent over £3500 in the last year and all the usual 166 problems are now sorted. I'm expecting at least a year or two of trouble free motoring, but would have to think twice about repairing it if a large expense unexpectedly came along. I really like my car but I'm not in love with it. Hopefully it will behave and keep me logging into alfaowner for a long while yet. I've owned exclusively alfas for the last 13 years but once the 166 goes i don't think I'll get another one and none of the later alfa's pushes my buttons I'm afraid.
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Well you can use this website to work out your chances of finding another rare (or not so rare) Alfa, or indeed any other car in the UK.

There is, for example, 1 Afla 6 left on the road by the looks of it. And 3 SORN.
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Just checked the Motor Insurance Database and my old 166 isn't registered
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Just checked the Motor Insurance Database and my old 166 isn't registered
ooo how do you do that. love to see if my old 164 is still about. Doubt it though
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ooo how do you do that. love to see if my old 164 is still about. Doubt it though
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My old 164 looks deceased also
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you can check on the DVLA site to see if it's maybe SORNED

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Cool site, thanks! 19 of my model, or so it claims.
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Just picked mine up from its 72k Cam belt service today.

With water pump,aux tensioner,drop link and a new radiator the bill was just shy of 1k,seems a bit crazy when this is probably the value of the car,but i couldnt bring myself to get rid of it!

I have had it 4 years,and my previous 3 cars i have replaced at this length of ownership(not alfas).

I did think about a 159 but in the end the 166 won!

Its a shame to see the numbers dropping,but with people maybe trying to save on servicing the old cam belts will probably claim a lot more.

Reading some of the threads it seems that the other components like the water pump,and aux belt tensioner are responsible for a number cam belt failures also,so it would seem sensible to consider changing these sooner rather than later when you have the cam belt changed.

As mentioned,watch those cam belts and keep the 166 flag flying
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There seem to be 18 164 24v autos left, but in 2 categories, 143 and 148. Does anyone know the difference between them?
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Likewise, there are two categories of 164 Lusso - 0125 and 0110, presumably both 12 valves?
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Haha iv got a £1500 bill to settle with alfamania! New belt, tensioners idlers, pump, gaskets, heads got skimmed and so on, bout 850 on parts alone! The car is worth about what I paid for the work I reckon, don't particularly love alfas, I do like my 166 but not in love with it! But I felt some kind of loyalty to the motor, i do enjoy driving it and the sound of the v6 turns me on! And thinking of it, what other car could I have got for 1500 of the Sam calibre? Except another 166 which wasn't on! Having said that, I doubt il ever own another Alfa!
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Looking again, you can work out which ones are the facelift models...not sure why I didn't notice before.

The data shows that 187 facelifts were sold, 90% of which are still on the road.

I reckon 102 are TwinSparks, 32 3.0 autos and 34 3.2 V6s.
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I make it 259 164s licenced....makes mine pretty rare - though it is actually SORNed at the moent while I sort the clutch hydraulics....
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I have a 10/11 year old 3.0l 166, 70ish thousand on the clock, blet done at 60K, handbrake cable replaced, etc. how many of these are there left, I'm guessing I wouldn't get anything for it as a trade in so my intent is to keep it running until the annual running cost (4000 miles per year) becomes greater than the monthly HP payements on a replacement car (3000 pounds per year plus running costs).
No rust, fantastically comfortable, driveable car yet we are all being told to replace our gas guzzlers (20 to 30 mpg dependent on driving style) with little tin boxes that the manufacturers would have us believe do 60mpg. NO THANKS, I'll keep the old !166 ta very much - anyone able to tell me how many 166s are left - mine is an Italian import.
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Just checked the insurance database and all of my previous 4 166s' are currently
insured(y reg t/s,02 2.5,53 Super,05 f/l t/s),so a good survival rate there.
Sadly am no longer a 166 owner,have been driving a Saab 9-5 for the past couple of
years,done 150k. mls now but no problems,so not a bad replacement for the 166s'.
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I certainly plan to keep my 166 till it dies. Cambelt change due next year but Northants Alfa Romeo, Higham Ferrers, Northants seem to offer a good deal pricewise. Probably have to replace the exhaust system next as last few services highlighted rust. My only regret? Getting a twink instead of the V6........ Still, less than 60k on the clock for a 51 Reg so plenty of life left in it I hope.
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