Review Alfa Romeo 164 (1988 – 1997) Used car

17 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Review Alfa Romeo 164 (1988 – 1997) Used car

The years have taught me a or three about performance and performance saloons in particular. The is that, though many of go very quickly, most of shouldn’t.

The second is that high-speed is different to high-performance. And thirdly? of course, the most exciting cars are almost always in Italy. Though responsibility high on the agenda in the land of and Chianti, the concept of creating the driving experience certainly is. For take a drive in Alfa 164.

Getting an executive four-door saloon to look, and handle like something have bought in your bachelor days is no mean Better still, these they’re available second for not very much money.

The 164 was launched in October 1988 as a four-door executive saloon, with a 3.0-litre V6 engine and a of standard or Lusso trim. transmission was made available in and in 1990, an entry-level 2.0-litre version was added. A 200bhp Cloverleaf V6 version was launched in 1990.

In 1993, the second generation 164 a new look bringing slimmer bigger bumpers (with inserts on V6 models) and a classier, confusing dashboard. More a 24v version of the 3.0-litre V6 was introduced, 200bhp in Super form or as a Cloverleaf. The car was gradually phased out 1997 and eventually replaced by the new 166 in 1998.

WHAT DO I GET FOR MY MONEY?

An cheap big car choice. This was the Alfa Romeo to seriously its value on the used market but was some time ago and today are positioned firmly in the bargain The V6 makes a glorious sound; so, does the four cylinder Twinspark.

Pininfarina’s stylish body looks good, pre or after the introduced in Second generation The later models’ improvements worthwhile, lifting the car into BMW and Mercedes territory. Equipment are extremely high. And the handling?

For a wheel drive car, still pretty sharp.

Alfa Romeo 164

PRICE AM I LOOKING AT?

The range was in 1993, and the earliest of the post-facelift start at around £450 for a 2.0 Super and about £700 for a A 3.0 V6 Super Lusso starts at for a 1995 M registered model The model is available from £750 for a 1991 J plate car to £1,800 for a 1997 R registered

WHAT SHOULD I LOOK OUT

The V6 engine can misfire under acceleration (due to faulty management) and the cooling system can at the water pump and the bottom hose joint. Tyre is heavy at the front and clutch in common on V6 models (expect to the clutch at 60,000 miles). The were quite good, but out for a weak syncromesh on 3rd gear on early V6 models. The gear has also been known to leaving some cars in gear.

Check all the gadgets the automatic air conditioning if fitted and the seats).

HOW DOES IT DRIVE?

If you compare revving an engine to ice cream, then this be Haagen Daas double chip; you never get bored of to either powerplant. Drive 164 back to back with from either Mercedes or BMW (or almost all the other competitors in bracket) and you notice two things. of all, the Alfa is a lot quicker which isn’t surprising that even the Twin engine puts out a substantial through the front wheels.

Rest to sixty in this car a little over nine on the way to 126mph. The second thing you is that the Alfa also a lot quicker. The throttle response is the steering direct and responsive and the short-throw and sweet shifting. The and fury of this engine reason. Matched with improved front wheel handling, it’s difficult to the challenge of a twisting sequence of

Not that things are perfect by any Alfa never completely the torque steer that the 164 from its beginnings. In fact, on a road under hard the car’s wayward behaviour is unnerving.

Still, if everything about the car was it wouldn’t be an Alfa Romeo, nor it be half as fascinating to own.

BY CROUCH

(approx based on a 2.0) A clutch assembly be around £150. A starter will be about £250. pads front and rear are £100 and £65 per pair. A headlamp is close to £125.

and minor services are around and £205 respectively.

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