Wednesday, January 6, 2010

1991 Alfa Romeo 164 - An Everyday Car

There's nothing unique or special about this 1991 Alfa 164 with an automatic transmission. It's just a nice car.

In my opinion, the 3.0 liter Alfa V6 is one of the nicest V6s ever made. It's powerful, revable (a new word, I guess) and, with a bit of preventative maintenance, reliable.

A 20+ year old design, the 164 body still looks good and contemporary.

Compared to the previous Alfa sedans we received here in the US, the interior was well designed and well laid out. It still featured enough Alfa quirks to keep it interesting, though.

The car being offered on Craigslist has just 39,000 miles on it. The asking price is $2500.00. The seller, the car's second owner, has all service records and is including a service manual.

This would be a great "everyday car". The 164 is, by Alfa standards, a reliable car. Check out eBay and Craigslist and you'll find plenty with well over 150K miles on them. Alfa also seemed to get a handle on rustproofing with the 164. Rust is nowhere near the issue it was with previous Alfas. Parts are getting tougher to find and you'll need to find a good independent Alfa mechanic in your area as there are no more dealers, but a few calls to other Alfa owners in your area should get you all the info you need. Alfa owners are usually a friendly, helpful bunch of people.

For around $4500.00 you could buy a decent used Hyundai, Honda, Toyota, Chevy, etc. Me? I'd buy this Alfa for $2500.00 and put $2000.00 in a savings account, just in case something expensive needs to be replaced.

A 20 year old Alfa, even one with an automatic, is 20 times more fun to drive than any used Hyundai, Honda, Toyota, Chevy, etc., will ever be. Isn't that what owning a car is all about?

Located in Chapel Hill, NC, click here to see the Craigslist ad.

1 comment:

m4ff3w said...

The worst thing about the 164 (if talking about a non S or LS car) is the Windshield, try to find a replacement. If you were to find one, it would likely cost between 1/3 and 1/2 the price of the car.

That said, I really like the way the 164 looks but couldn't get over the fact that the engine sits sideways and drives the wrong wheels.

I did, however, try to get my wife to drive one. She ended up in a '99 Subaru Outback instead. Which is probably better, as it is really nice to have a wagon. Though she (and I) does miss the power that our previous Volvo Turbos had.