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Old 12-21-2009, 03:18 PM
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Lotus Locosts Alfa Romeo 159 SW TI

2008 Alfa Romeo 159 SW TI.

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1,9 JTDM 16V Diesel engine. 150hp@4000rpm - 320NM@2000rpm
6 speed manual transmission.
Blue&Me Nav infotainment system.

The car is a MY (Mid Year?) 08 model, it's a late 08 anyway, which I have been told has some major upgrades excluding some earlier known problems.

The car is imported from Germany, and has done 36.000km's so far.

The Blue&Me Nav is a combined Bluetooth device, and a simple Navigation. The navigation is done with arrows and info in the small screen between the speedo and rpm. And voice guiding as well. I haven't tested the Nav out properly, and the blutooth is not up and running due to some language conversion trouble. Hope I get it fixed soon. There is also a USB connection for iPod and such, and also to have additional maps alternatives etc.

After a couple of days of ownership, I have covered some 650 km's in her, and I am nothing but satisfied. I traded this car for my Saab 9-3 SportCombi, and is really surprised of the difference between the two. Mostly in build quality, but also in road handling, drivers pleasure and joy. It's not a rocket with this engine, but it's got a good kick when the boost is up, and is a good passer. The figured consumption of 5,9l/100km for this engine is pretty accurate. Did 5,5l/100km on my 500km highway journey this Sunday. An average based on mixed driving will unveil itself during this week.

I have dreamed about owning just a 159 as this for a long time, even when I bought the Saab. Back then there was little cars like this one in the market and still a bit too expensive for me. When this car came up now, I realized that I had to jump it. It's basically a dream come true, within my reach at this time.

The shots are from the dealer, so not top notch. Light conditions are a bit bad up here this time of year, but will take some better shots during Christmas, showing her with the winter rims.
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Old 12-21-2009, 03:23 PM
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As has already been said congratulations.

Review when possible please.
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Old 12-21-2009, 03:49 PM
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This MY should also be a bit lighter.

With the same engine in the Croma my father gets a slightly worse fuel consumption in mixed driving, like 6,5/7 liters /100 km.

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Old 12-21-2009, 03:58 PM
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FGA is really on a bit of a roll lately in UCP.
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Old 12-21-2009, 06:59 PM
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looks pretty! you're such an alfa fanboy
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Old 12-21-2009, 08:32 PM
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beautiful! love the wheel and colour combo. interior looks great too and strangely well laid out for an Alfa!
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Old 12-22-2009, 02:12 AM
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Fiset test.

Is it practical?

Yes. Good size trunk to be this type of car (and italian).
All the 4 19" TI wheels fit in the trunk!!!

Is it economical?

In my opinion it is. It's not in the Polo Blue Motion range, but I have bigger concerns in my life.

Is it fun to drive?

Ya. It's really responsive on turn, and has a good pull when needed. Marvelous brakes is a huge + also. I have only driven her on snow/winter conditions yet, and it performs very well in the Nordic climate. I am actually a bit surprised how well it is on snow and icy conditions, considered I have 225/45 R17 studless winter tires on her. On the little bare roads I have met, it's nothing but a joy.

Will it break down all the time?

Of course.

Is it easy to park?

Very. It has parking sensors both in the front and the rear.
Though, I usually turn them of, cause I am a man.

What if I go to a Shopping Centre and get chased by baddies in a Corvette?

I could always blame a mechanical fault..
"Heey, it's Christmas in the dashboard here.."

Is it green?

No. Lady in Red

Can I afford it?

Yes.

What If I'm asked to take part in a beach assault with the Royal Marines?

"Call WWF, there is a beached whale here!!!"
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Old 12-22-2009, 02:26 AM
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That interior looked very nice. I am sure it is covered in white hairs now!
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Old 12-22-2009, 03:05 AM
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That interior looked very nice. I am sure it is covered in white hairs now!
And it smells like baby seals and cod.
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Old 12-22-2009, 03:19 AM
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Congrats. It's an Alfa so it's impossible to criticize it. I wish you many happy miles with it! (without breaking down too much)
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Old 12-22-2009, 03:28 AM
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FGA is really on a bit of a roll lately in UCP.
apart from this I can subscribe to all posts here. Beautiful car, what is called a "life style" combi. (sacrificing interior for exterior appearance).
looking at the gearbox you will most likely end up with skipping gears when accelerating....
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Old 12-22-2009, 05:52 AM
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Polar Bear, this is how a proper 159 is supposed to look like at this time of the year.

Welcome to the GM drivers club.
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Old 12-22-2009, 07:17 AM
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Polar Bear, this is how a proper 159 is supposed to look like at this time of the year.

Welcome to the GM drivers club.
Thanks Revo

By GM you mean GentleMen Drivers Club I presume?
Don't worry, it looks exactly like that right now
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Old 12-22-2009, 07:18 AM
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Thanks Revo

By GM you mean GentleMen Drivers Club I presume?
Don't worry, it looks exactly like that right now
I thought you were already part of GMDC before the Alfa....and even more so
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Old 12-22-2009, 07:54 AM
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By GM you mean GentleMen Drivers Club I presume?
Nah, I was thinking more in terms of

Gone Mental

Great Mistake

Generally Miserable

and so on.

However, GentelMen sounds really good so lets stick to that. BTW, what are your comments about the size of glove box compartment?
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