Drive – Alfa Romeo 164 Used Car Review

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Alfa Romeo 164

David Morley

Make ROMEO Model 164 Model 3.0 V6,LUXURY PACKAGE,QUADRIFOGLIO,SCALA LE,SUPER Year 1999,1995,1994,1993,1992,1991,1990,1989 Body 4D SEDAN,SEDAN

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Looking for something out of the with four doors, a bit of and a European badge that break the bank?

You could do plenty of other buyers do and looking at Peugeot 405s, 9000s and even Volvo Or you could shift your and consider the Alfa Romeo 164.

in the ’80s at a time when the Romeo brand wasn’t the best reputation in Australia, the 164 had a big job to do.

Not was it charged with telling that the world of Alfa had changed for the better, it also had to … Alfa followers even though the 164 was a big car, it was an Alfa at heart.

Front-wheel-drive was part of the 164 package but fans had already had plenty of to get used to that as a concept cars such as the Alfasud and the 33 the trail. In the interim, Alfa had back to rear-drive for models as the 90 and the 75, so the front-drive 164 was still a cause for marketplace uncertainty, especially its size.

The truth was that Romeo probably would built the 164 as a rear-wheel-drive had it had its choice. But the 164 was the of a four-way deal with manufacturers to jointly develop a platform and, therefore, themselves some development in the process. The other cars to from the project included the 9000, Lancia Thema was never sold here) and the Croma.

You get the feeling that for the likes of and Saab, front-wheel-drive was a non-negotiable of the deal, so the 164 was likewise propelled.

But the of the driveline was up to Alfa’s discretion, so the 164 got the big

While the other three to be born of the Type 4 Project, as it was used mainly four-cylinder lurking under the Alfa’s was a proper V6. Measuring 3.0 litres, it was a of the long-lived V6 that powered the GTV V6 of years earlier. Alfa ensured the powerplant looked with six polished inlet forming the visual centre-piece.

Although it wasn’t the latest to emerge from Europe, underestimate the engine’s abilities or

Revved hard, the 3.0-litre sang. Aural treats always been Alfa’s suit, and the 164 was no different.

The engine was and willing and really gave the car character. It could still good fuel economy and about 9.0 L/100 km was possible on a cruise.

In Australia, the 164 was fitted with a four-speed automatic that was a first for Alfa but a of the local market.

Handling was good for a big, heavy front-driver but never matched the poise of the Saab with which it shared so

Alfa Romeo 164

Equipment levels were for the time but nothing to rave now, although you do get full

Speaking of which, electricity was something that could let an Romeo down so make sure that everything slides, tilts, lights up and air.

The motor and gearbox pretty tough and many up their share of kilometres serious worries. On the other some have suffered a of mechanical failures and have owners mad.

Interiors can be a bit fly-apart and don’t be if the velour trim has faded or threadbare.

Overall, the 164 was a more contraption than its forebears but not to say it’s put together with a typical of German companies.

the best accessory the would-be 164 can possess is the name and address of who knows and loves their Somebody in tune with the can often work wonders, technicians without the necessary can often be left scratching heads.


You can still pay than $10,000 or even for a 164. But why would you when are plenty around for comfortably than that? A lot of them covered about 200,000 so be careful when shopping.

Even so, $6000 or so seems to be the point for decent cars.


The Alfa’s development cousin, the 9000 is in the race right now and is better. But watch out for 9000s trashed automatic gearboxes. The 850 is more expensive but less of a with a bullet-proof driveline.

You also look at cheap and BMWs but it’s buyer at that end of the Euro-market.

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