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Hi im considering buying an alfa 156 jtd mjet. Ive done some research and found that its the same engine used in the saab 150 bhp Tid and the vauxhall astra 150 bhp cdti and the 200bhp 888 diesel. Apparantly the handling is good and they are good looking cars.
The only thing im a bit concerned about is the fact everyone keeps telling me about reliability probs with the Alfa`s... is this true or is just the old models that had the probs.
 
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Do these same people also tell you that
the world is flat? :lol:

My last car was a 2.0TS 147 and although she
did have the odd problem, the engine never
gave the slightest problem in 5 years.

During the same period I saw Mercs, Audis
and BMW company cars go in for all sorts
of issues, including turbos, electrics, fuel leaks
etc.

Notto say AR are better than other brands for reliability,
just that other brands aren't all they're made out to be.
(Esp Mercs!)

Anyway, Welcome to AO!

I'm sure this forum is better than the other "marques". ;)
 

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I get asked everyday at work whether my car has broken down yet or not.

Almost three months of trouble free driving so far (more than I expected to be honest).

Reliability is such an emotive subject and it is impossible to get a definitive statement on whether modern Alfas as 'reliable' or not because eveyone's experiences can be so varied.

However, I think a lot of the continued bad press is linked as much to the appauling dealer support than directly to the performance of the cars. Also, look at Mercedes. You only need someone like Clarkson harping on about build quality and the mud sticks for years!

Used Car Magazine recently did a feature on the 147 in which they basically summed up by saying that really there was no reason why Alfas shouldn't be as reliable as the next car, but they do need looking after. Skimp on servicing at your peril (and don't forget to change the cambelt!).

My plan was to walk into the Alfa ownership experience with my eyes open. I researched the costs & likely faults etc and weighed all the potentially negative factors against the perceived benefits. Heart ruled head to a certain extent but even it she breaks down tomorrow, I am glad I took the plunge cos I absolutely love owning an Alfa. It's brilliant.

I think a bit of unreliability adds to the charm and character of the brand. Reliability goes hand in hand with sterile, efficient, characterless, teutonic BMWs and Audis. I always wanted an Audi, but not anymore.
 

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What are the main probs if they arrise??? electrical or mechanical.
I know the 16v diesel lump is meant to be good unit with only a few minor faults like air flow meter failures, is the 6 speed box thats used in the 04 onwards alfas the same as the gm/saab 6 speed box ??
Lol im already looking a the Angel remaps and prob going to go for a high bhp map with lower mpg as i dont pay for diesel (courtesy of o2)
 
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