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Alfa Romeo 166

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Big Italian cars aren#039;t renowned for their value, but this for some excellent deals buying used. That#039;s true of Alfa#039;s 166. in 1999, it was praised for its sleek, styling, large cabin and dynamics, while the range-topping machine was said to have one of the six-cylinder engines in any production

Big Italian executive cars renowned for holding their but this makes for some deals when buying That’s certainly true of 166. Launched in 1999, it was for its sleek, alternative styling, cabin and superb dynamics, the range-topping 3.0-litre machine was to have one of the finest six-cylinder in any production car.

But time hasn’t been to the Alfa in terms of retained and now you can pick up a four-year-old example for than a quarter of its new price. more, the 166 has turned out to be a fragile and its interiors don’t wear so buy carefully to avoid getting out.


* Engines: all units are generally but the quad-cam V6 needs setting up and easily falls out of tune, and top-end rattles spell

* Headlights: narrow lenses are to cracking, while Xenon are £300-plus a side. If a sidelight the whole unit has to be removed to it.

* Tyres: front wear is especially on 3.0-litre manuals, are prone to torque steer. are £180 each; use as a bargaining if badly worn.

* Electrics: improving, Italian electrics are not great. Problems include ECUs, sticking windows and air-con. Hard-to-trace wiring mean pricey repairs.

Some parts are scarce.

* bushes: a light metallic from the back while or negotiating speed bumps the rear radius arm bushes are Repairs are cheap and easy.


Few executive cars put pleasure above comfort and but this Alfa is one of them. in base 2.0-litre form, it has a Twin Spark engine and performance. The chassis is well and the ride firm, while the is precise and nicely weighted.

Alfa Romeo 166

The V6s are more entertaining, and the 3.0 teamed the six-speed box is truly thrilling. Our real gripe is fuel which even in the calmest of struggles to top the high 20s.

Glass’s View

Large remain unpopular, and none so than the 166. As it is built to used versions can be rare but that doesn’t stop plummeting. The Alfa depreciates and after a year is worth than 50 per cent of its new cost, to 25 per cent after four

Build quality also it down. That puts off, but does mean you can up a cracking bargain. We saw a 102,000-mile 2.5 V6 with all the toys at auction for £3,400. Jeff Paterson, editor, Glass’s Guide

Life With An Alfa 166

The 166 is a fantastic car -wonderful to look at and I’ve had a few problems, including a new and stereo, but it hasn’t put me off. Bevilacqua, Romford, Essex

My 166 3.0 struggles to top 24mpg, is pricey to run and the most reliable car, but it was or a Y-reg Ford Mondeo, and I I made the better choice for driving pleasure, at least. Beasley, Chester


From the moment you into the driver’s seat, is comfortable rather than any stories you’ve heard compromised ergonomics can be forgotten. those used to the quality and of a BMW will feel let down, as of the 166’s can’t match used by German rivals. But the has lost none of its sporting – and that’s great

The 166 sounds great, and you’ll to hold it in gear just for the fun of it.

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