Alfa Romeo 166 car review by Jason Dawe

7 Nov 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on Alfa Romeo 166 car review by Jason Dawe

For the same price as a new Ford you can own one of the world’s best looking saloons. Because, despite nearly Ј30,000 when you can now pick up a three year old of Alfa Romeo’s flagship 166 for under Ј10,000.

Buying the top 3.0 litre Super Lusso gets you leather upholstery, control, electric front and satellite navigation. And under the beats the legendary 3.0 litre 24 V6 engine. As good to look at as it is to too, few cars can match the delights of the 3.0 V6 under hard

Producing 226 bhp it propels the car to a genuine top speed and hits 60mph in 8 seconds. But if the prospect of its 22mpg consumption is a little daunting you can choose the 2.0 litre twin unit producing 150bhp returns close to 30mpg. in between is a 190bhp 2.5V6 but only marginally better than the 2 litre and fuel similar to the 3litre it is the least

All 166’s put their power through the front wheels but steer is minimised thanks to the wish bone front and traction control system. And drivers will relish the steering requiring just 2.2 lock to lock.

In common with most in this category Alfa offer the 166 with an automatic The four speed Sporttronic provides clutch less changes or a fully automatic Most buyers choose the 6 manual; in keeping with the sporting credentials, used costs about Ј500 than their automatic

Sit inside and the car makes you feel The driver binnacle houses an of dials and a large colour LCD in the centre of the dashboard provides for the standard climate control and functions. The list of standard on all models also includes wheels, alarm system and an 8 stereo/cassette.

The top specification Lusso models come with automatic xenon headlights, electric seat adjustment and soft leather upholstery as standard. The seats on all 166’s are large and with a good range of but rear leg room is less you would expect in a car of its size and the rear seats make it comfortable for 2 passengers than

Whilst the 166 is better built previous models, owners do a number of problems. From (but frustrating) electrical to more serious clutch, and air conditioning failures, making it to take the car for an extended test before you buy. A common is excessive rear tyre a sign that the rear was incorrectly aligned when the factory.

Cars still by the original 3 year/60,000 mile give most peace of but on older cars, an extended can be purchased from the dealer. If you are privately, get the car checked over by a agent first and make the car is HPI’d before parting the cash.

Finding a garage to look your car should be easy 95 Alfa Romeo dealers the UK. But their quality does and many owners describe how have used three or different service departments they settle on one they Schedule servicing is once a or every 12 months, whichever is

But be sure to check the engine oil every couple of weeks, all burn a little oil and low levels can serious engine damage.

Check the following

Oil – Check every 2 weeks, as all engines use oil services

Servicing – 12 months/12,000 Ј250 for minor service, for a 36,000 mile major

Wheels – choice of 16’’, or 18’’ wheels available

– front and side standard on all

Security – Alarm and are standard

Leather upholstery – A option that is standard on models

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