4Alfa Romeo 156

Alfa Romeo 156

Sedan (1999-2006), Sportswagon (2000-2006) · See All

3.8

24 reviews · Statistics

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75% · 186 · 25%
Build Quality
5.0 (1)
Value for Money
5.0 (1)
Cleaning & Maintenance
5.0 (1)
Noise Level
5.0 (1)
Braking
5.0 (1)
Acceleration / Power
4.0 (1)
Gear Shifting
5.0 (1)
Suspension
5.0 (1)
Fuel Efficiency
4.0 (1)
Handling
5.0 (1)
Interior Design
4.0 (1)
Boot Size
3.0 (1)
Comfort
5.0 (1)
Features
5.0 (1)
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Reviews

Richard Stanley
Richard Stanley Weston Creek 2611, ACT · 2 posts

Best car I've ever had!!!

156 Sedan (1999-2006)

Purchased in for $2,500.

  • Transmission: Manual
  • Bought: Used
  • Year: 2001
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Shannon B
Shannon B Adelaide · 52 posts

This car broke my heart and my bank balance.

156 Sedan (1999-2006)
  • Body: Sedan
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  • Badge: V6
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  • Engine Size: 2.5
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  • Transmission: Manual
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  • Date Purchased:
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Stevo
Stevo AU · 7 posts

Should have been a sportscar

156 Sportswagon (2000-2006)
  • Body: Wagon
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  • Badge: Sport Twin Spark
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  • Engine Size: 2.0
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  • Transmission: Manual
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  • Date Purchased:
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Ryan
Ryan South East Queensland, QLD · 5 posts

I bought this with my heart, and I regret that.

156 Sedan (1999-2006)

The car looks fantastic inside and out, it drives great and the v6 engine sounds amazing.

But this car has cost me so much money, I bought it for 3k, spent 2.5k on repairs and 2 years later its worthless as theres another 2k worth of repairs ahead of me to make it road worthy.

Australians don't buy European cars, (especially alfas) parts are very expensive and they are not designed for Australia's conditions.

  • Body: Sedan
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  • Badge: V6
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  • Engine Size: 2.5
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  • Transmission: Automatic
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  • Date Purchased:
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RonnyCraven
RonnyCraven Sydney Surrounds, NSW · 115 posts

Don't Believe The Alfa Gloom Merchants.

156 Sedan (1999-2006)
  • Body: Sedan
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  • Badge: Monza Twin Spark
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  • Engine Size: 2.0
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  • Transmission: Manual
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  • Date Purchased:
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Dave H
Dave H Greater Melbourne (Inner), VIC · 14 posts

Nothing But Problems.

156 Sedan (1999-2006)
  • Body: Sedan
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  • Badge: V6
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  • Transmission: Automatic
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  • Date Purchased:
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  • Engine Size: 2.5
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Bear
Bear Melbourne

Alfa 156 2.0 jts

156 Sedan (1999-2006)
  • Body: Sedan
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  • Badge: JTS Selespeed
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  • Transmission: Automatic
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  • Engine Size: 2.0
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  • Date Purchased:
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Lyn
Lyn

Alpha 156 v6 2.5 24v is fantastic!

156 Sedan (1999-2006)
  • Body: Sedan
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  • Badge: V6
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  • Transmission: Automatic
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  • Engine Size: 2.5 V6 24 valve
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jimialfa
jimialfa

4th Alfa and Equal best so far!!!

156 Sedan (1999-2006)

I have just purchased my 4th Alfa. A 2004 156 2.5 V6 6spd. Wow. Comfort 10/10. Drivability 10/10. Sound 10/10. Feelgood factor. Above and beyond anything I expected. This says a lot because my other is a 1974 Spider Veloce. A real feel good car. It is hard to believe that a car this good could be so affordable, reasonably cheap to run for the size a power of the heart, and such exceptionally good looks. Of course, you have to be certain that the servicing is done by people who know, and preferably share the same feeling, for this very special marque. Sometimes this can be pricey as well. But really, why would you want anything else.

  • Body: Sedan
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  • Badge: V6
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  • Transmission: Manual
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  • Engine Size: 2.5
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nick
nick

156 selespeed with no problems!

156 Sedan (1999-2006)

I thought I'd be the first to actually give the selespeed a good review. I've had mine for 2 years, bought it very cheap with no service history. The only thing I had to replace was the back box. Drives great and looks great. Sometimes the front windows don't work and that is my only criticism.

  • Engine Size: 2.0
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  • Transmission: 0
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  • Body: Sedan
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  • Badge: Selespeed
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Care Bear
Care Bear South East Queensland, QLD · 5 posts

DO NOT BUY A SELESPEED YOU WILL REGRET IT!!

156 Sedan (1999-2006)
  • Engine Size: 2.0
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  • Badge: JTS Selespeed
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  • Body: Sedan
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Care Bear
Care Bear · 

UPDATE: gearbox completely sh*t itself, i now have a very expensive mistake in my yard being used as a storage shed

Anthony
Anthony Sydney, NSW · 6 posts

Solid car with loads of charisma

156 Sedan (1999-2006)

I bought my Alfa Romeo 156 2.0 Twin Spark manual 8 years ago as a second hand buy that had 95,000km.
The car is a beauty , black momo leather seats and optioned white dials.
The car has been very reliable over the 8 years. Beautiful tractable engine. The car has a very solid and quality feel.
Change the Oil every 5,000km (like you should on all cars) and it will treat you to a long life of enjoyment.
Timeless Looks, Reliability, Engine, Leather interior

  • Engine Size: 2.0
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  • Badge: Twin Spark
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  • Body: Sedan
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kalloggs40
kalloggs40 Sydney, NSW · 35 posts

Expensive car to own

156 Sedan (1999-2006)

Dont buy am Alfa unless you have $3000 sitting as emergency money. Well i got the selespeed model which never ran correct, failed to reverse, headgasket blew at 120k , clutch at 130k, Airbag errors you name it. And the cost to service?? well timing belt will set you back $900 every 3 years, brakes $800, forget it just forget it.
"It is a pleasure to drive but a nightmare to keep going"
Seats are nice, style, looks
everything mechanically and electrics

  • Engine Size: 2.0
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  • Badge: Selespeed
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  • Body: Sedan
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Anthony
Anthony · 

you broke the rule - NEVER buy a selespeed

kalloggs40
kalloggs40 · 

got the 147 now in manual no issues so far

Nay300
Nay300 Central Queensland, QLD · 8 posts

Alfa Romeo Monza V6

156 Sedan (1999-2006)

Purchased from near new (48000ks), this car has performed well with just typical maintenance requirements in the 4 years of my ownership. The only non maintenance parts I have replaced are the sway bar stabiliser links as these were worn upon purchase. I disliked the Alfa links and installed Miele heavy duty types which should last much much longer.
The only gripe I have is that it is a tad fuel thirsty being just a 2.5 V6, compared with others sized cars/engines. Also the Air Con is weak in the earlier models. However the V6 is smooth and sounds great. Comfy too.
V6! Comfortable and effortless to drive. Great sounding exhaust. Minimal road noise/well insulated cabin.
Weak Air Con. Bad stabiliser links. Devalued realtivly fast.

  • Engine Size: 2.5
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  • Body: Sedan
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  • Badge: Monza V6
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Kev156
Kev156 Christchurch, New Zealand

More than you pay for

156 Sedan (1999-2006)

2.5 V6 6 speed manual, full leather, top options. Just a fun car, very quick, very stiff on the road, our other is a V6 3.5 2006 Maxima sponge, they can go alright, but too soft suspension worries the ride when driven hard! But this Alfa is the 100% opposite, it has so much more fun in it than one of these new Holdens or Fords or that Nissan (which has the z350 engine) and the noise... Oh well you will have to get one to appreciate it.
Probably still the best looking 4dr V6 manual around, 12yrs old and still a head turner
A bit thirsty at first, because trust me, every wants to race a well presented 156, they just look that way

  • Engine Size: 2.5
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  • Body: Sedan
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  • Badge: V6
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Questions & Answers

mikey
mikey ·  · 156 Sedan (1999-2006)

Where is the main fuse that runs/shuts down all the four door windows in the alpha 2002 V6 -I understand that there are window door fuses for front x2 and window door fuses for x2 rear both x 30A but they have been checked and replaced even though there is nothing wrong with them-So I assume there must be a main overall fuse? Has someone fallen on this problem and can give me answer ASAP? Multi graze -Many thank Michael

Dave H
Dave H · 

HI Mikey,

Sorry I can't answer that question as I only replaced individual fuses, however here is a link to the fuse box diagrams for the 156:
https://www.autogenius.info/alfa-romeo-156-fl-2003-2006-fuse-box-diagram/

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Topcat007
Topcat007 ·  · 156

Hello I just got of the phone from a alfa Romeo specialist. I have a 2005/6 Alfa 156 GTA. In excellent condition, he told me to look after it because my model are getting hard to get and in the next five 5 years they are going to go up in price dramatically. He said someone just bought one like mine for $20.000 he asked me what I paid..I told him $5.000.is it true what he is saying...that there are going to go up 200%?

Dave H
Dave H · 

Hi Mate,

I'm not a car valuation specialist, my review was to bring attention to the problems I had with my Alfa Romeo. However, I did a quick check of Carsales and Alfa Romeo 156 GTAs are selling from between $13K and $44K depending on how many kilometres on are on them. So if you paid $5K and it is in good condition with low Ks you could in theory sell it for 200% or more of what you paid.

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balsak
balsak ·  · 156

my 200 alfa romeo 2.5 v6 starts but dont have power. any ideas?

Dave H
Dave H · 

My EMS crashed because my alternator had died so it could be either of these problems.

RonnyCraven
RonnyCraven · 

Take it to a mechanic

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