1990 Alfa Romeo 33 Boxer 16V QV 5dr hatch | GoAuto – Our Opinion

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Alfa Romeo 33

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Iffy build heavy-handed styling, bitsy

ANONIMA Lombardo Fabbrica started manufacturing cars in Italy, in 1910.

Nicola joined the firm five later and the name Alfa was born.

The make has always synonymous with high motoring, producing many sports models, winning the Le 24 Hour race four in succession and taking Dr Guiseppe to victory in the first Formula One Championship.

Although taken by the giant government-owned Fiat Alfa has retained a high of character in its post-Fiat models.

The 33 was introduced into Australia in

Powered by a 1490cc, flat cylinder ?boxer? engine (a la but water cooled), the model was upgraded with the announcement of the 1.5 model in 1987 and the 1.7-litre, QV in 1990.

The 33 is a sporting sedan, its performance and giving the high degree of satisfaction for which the marque is

In its 16 QV form, the Alfa 33 is powered by a twin cam, 16-valve, fuel-injected, flat four

The ‘boxer’ design allows a bonnet height and lower of gravity for the front-mounted engine, in improved handling. The transmission is manual, driving the front

Suspension is conventional front-wheel with MacPherson struts at the and beam axle and trailing at the rear.

Attractive alloy wheels are originally fitted with high performance tyres.

The is rack and pinion with sensitive power assistance the brakes are power-assisted discs at the and drums at the rear.

Styling of the 33 QV is Italian with short, bonnet and high boot giving a wedge effect, by the colour coded grille classic Alfa shield and additions to the front (airdam light clusters), body and boot lid spoiler.

Inside, seats give plenty of support and the rear seat are split into two assymetrical that can be folded down or together. Seatbelts are height

Heater and ventilation controls are the type, superseding the sliding of previous models.

The high body line provides boot space.

Standard includes air-conditioning, alloy central locking, power power windows and radio/cassette.

On the the 33QV is a lively performer, the 16-valve, fuel-injected engine impressive torque and giving sports car performance. On its home in Italy the car will top 200km/h but motoring will require a more restraint.

Handling and match the marque’s high

Alfas enjoy a reputation for driver satisfaction but this has not been matched by mechanical

Alfa drivers must get accustomed to the unusual driving of the 33. The pedals are close together and in relation to the steering wheel. used to more orthodox and more comfortable – layouts may be bothered by this at

Alfa Romeo 33

The Alfa 33, being a well design, does not have faults but a few points are worth

It is important that the cam drive is changed at or before the specified of 60,000km or three years. a DOHC 16-valve engine, the consequences of a cam belt failure are unpleasant.

Check for correct function of the syncromesh which can suffer forceful use. Slow operation with the gearbox is not unusual.

Alfas have known to suffer from electrical problems and brake pad can also be heavy if the car is driven – which it invites.

Alfas had a reputation for rusting but this problem seems to been controlled with the 33.

costs are generally in line other continental makes.

It be wise to have a potential checked over by an Alfa or reputable specialist Alfa before finally making a

It is interesting to note the drop in new from 1990 to 1992, a of the market difficulties Alfa and its rivals were experiencing at the

The Alfa 33 16 QV is a delightful sporting with impressive performance its fuel-injected engine.

An impressive of standard equipment and practical design coupled with styling flair make it an choice for the sporting/family enthusiast.

The 33QV is a classic sports designed for driving satisfaction. It has quirks but for those who derive out of exploring the upper limits of it is an exciting car.

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