Selling your classic car? It's FREE to list your car on Honest John Classics | No thanks

Alfa Romeo 145 and 146 (1994 - 2001)

Last updated 18 May 2018

 
3
Twin-Spark 2.0-litre engine goes well and sounds even better, quirky good looks of three-door 145
Afflicted by mechanical and electrical problems that can prove expensive to fix, limited rear cabin space
454,332
were produced
Read Owners' Reviews

Introduction

The Alfa Romeo 145 and 146 were Fiat Tipo-based replacements for the slightly maligned 33.The new car, which really kicked off the trend for putting distance between three- and five-door versions of the same car, looked striking, and - like the 164 before it - also managed to look very different from its Fiat and Lancia bretheren. The complement its individual external styling, the 145/146 received an all new interior, with a most interesting dashboard design that was dramatically cut-away in front of the passenger. Safe and practical they might have been, but buyers just found it plain weird.

Luckily, the 145/146 was a great drive, even in its more basic forms. Handling was sharp, and steering was excellent (especially in later Cloverleaf form). Originally launched with the charismatic flat-four engine, which could trace its ancestry back to 1971, and the launch of the Alfasud. They were available in 1.6-litre eight-valve and 1.7 16-valve forms. Two years after launch, the old Boxer engines were dropped, to make way for the new Fiat-derived Twin Spark engine already seen in the 155. These 2.0-litre Cloverleaf models remain the pick of the range, even though they were not the revolution Alfa Romeo had hoped - that would wait for the 156, launched in 1998.

Next: Buying Guide
 

Ask Honest John