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Hello all.

I'm new here and have never owned an Alfa before.

I am very interested in getting a 1.6 diesel version of the Mito I have seen advertised locally. It's a 2009 with 50k on it.

The car looks amazing and the spec looks really impressive.

My only reservation is due to the reputation on Alfas and the reliability. I know things can change quickly but I'm just wondering if you guys would consider them to be any less reliable that other similar cars?

I see on carbuyer website that the Alfa Romeo Mito came 145th out of 150 cars based on reliability? What's your opinion of this and why this result has come about.

It also mentions Alfa in general as being rated 23rd out of 32 makes for reliability.

Do you as Alfa owners have any opinions on this? Or reassurance that they actually as reliable as any car?

Thank you.

Sorry if this is negative. I want to be an Alfa driver but reliability is important to me.
 

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I have had my 1.3 diesel Mito for just under three years now, 56K miles over that period and only had one engine sensor fail.

I've replaced tyres, wiper blades, brake pads and discs....that's it :) I find it to be a very reliable car :)
 

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Look at the spread of percentages on the survey. I am sure you will find there is little difference between the top ten and the bottom ten. All modern manufacturers have similar build methods and use similar components from the same specialist suppliers (Bosch for example) so why should one make be a lot more unreliable than any other.

Do not be misled by forums such as these. They exist to help like minded people sort out problems so, of course, you will find they list just about every fault you can imagine. However these will occur in a very small proportion of the total number of any particular model built.

I learnt to drive in the 1960's when Vauxhalls had a terrible reputation for rusting. I think they have lost it by now. At least the company cars I had between 1979 and 1996 were all Vauxhalls and none had a rust problem. The point is Alfa's poor reputation goes back twenty years or more and has long been left behind except by the man in the pub or your best mate neither of which have ever driven one let alone owned one. If they had they would be singing a totally different tale.

Test drive your choice just as you would any car and decide on how you react to the specific vehicle and ignore rumours and false stories there are too many of them about in all aspects of the media.
 

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Have a look at the Honest John website, it gives common faults for each make and model of car.

The MiTo and Giulietta have been very reliable compared to other European makes, although the attitudes of some of the dealers still leaves a bit to be desired...


Also which Manufacturers came in below Alfa in the carbuyer survey?

Would you feel at ease buying from those?

Most people would assume that a manufacturer like VW or Mercedes make cars which are more reliable than Alfas. But that isn't always the case.
 

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If you have a good local specialist, then they'll help you out when the beast needs a tinker.. but the 1.6 donkey is pretty robust. It'll need parts as often as any other mass-produced car.. even the "premium" German brands. One advantage of MiTo is that it's basically a Fiat Punto with a bigger tadger.. so shared parts will be cheaper than you might expect.:rotate:


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"My only reservation is due to the reputation on Alfas and the reliability"

How sad that still follows around such brilliant cars.
 
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"My only reservation is due to the reputation on Alfas and the reliability"

How sad that still follows around such brilliant cars.
Jeremy Clarkson is partly to balme for this for constatly saying how great Alfas are, but then saying they always break down.


I have never broken down in an Alfa, and I have had 15 of them over the last 19 years.

I have had a few niggles, as well as issues caused by previous owners neglect but that is the same for any marque.

The least Reliable Marques I have driven were Rover (Mainly the 800) and VW (Mk4 Golf V5) also worth of a mention was my particularly troublesome Nissan 200SX, but I know the car had been thrashed to within an inch of its life.
 

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Jeremy Clarkson is partly to balme for this for constatly saying how great Alfas are, but then saying they always break down.


I have never broken down in an Alfa, and I have had 15 of them over the last 19 years.

I have had a few niggles, as well as issues caused by previous owners neglect but that is the same for any marque.

The least Reliable Marques I have driven were Rover (Mainly the 800) and VW (Mk4 Golf V5) also worth of a mention was my particularly troublesome Nissan 200SX, but I know the car had been thrashed to within an inch of its life.
Aye.. Clarkson. :irked: However I think he does just about get away with it by making Alfas (even a broken down one) sound cool.. :D

I've had a few breakdowns... a fuel pipe perished/split at 130,000... TDC sensor failed at 150,000 miles.. Fuel pump internal pipe detached at 181,000... I know.. it's shocking! :D

My 145 suffered the worst - a (non-original part) water pump bearings failed after the pump had done just 54,000 miles and that trashed the engine. I'm annoyed about that one .. it was making some random noises and running a little hot for 2 weeks before it failed.. but I was particularly busy/life and didn't have time to have a look. Otherwise I would have seen that the cam-belt was chafing against the cover.. (it eventually came off) :depressed:

Ralf S.

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