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4322_bigALFA ROMEO 145 and 146 HISTORY
1994, July. Debut of Model 145 with the body 3-door hatchback. Petrol engines volume of 1.3 and 1.4 liters (90 hp), 1.6 liter (103 hp), 1.7 l 16 cells. (129 hp). Diesel 1.9 liters (90 hp)
1994, December. Debut of Model 146 with the body 5-door hatchback
1995, September. Version 145 Quadrifoglio petrol engine 2.0 l 16 cells. (150 hp)
1996, Spring. Version 146 Quadrifoglio petrol engine 2.0 l 16 cells. (150 hp)
1996, November. Petrol engines 1.4 l 16 cells. (103 hp), 1.6 l 16 cells. (120 hp), 1.8 l 16 cells. (140 hp)

There is no doubt that aesthetically very attractive car, but the legacy of the predecessor of Alfa Romeo Mechanics 33 does not add them to the pros: cars have become safer, but the overall impression of them is very cold.
Lines of these machines peculiar body (especially the 3-door versions), but quite nice and cheap, without fussy. The body is very quality work. This applies to both the metal and paint coating, which caused a very high quality and uniformly. Make a good job with the seal body elements - in that sense cars as perfect. Only a few copies of issue in 1995 may be a problem with door locks.
But inside the machine case in another way: despite the significant progress compared to the 33rd, the equipment is uncomfortable. Not pleased with the high level of sex for the front passenger seat, the passenger compartment and plastic edging trim look cheap. Finishing the cabin is limited to various kinds of plastic parts and fabric lining, is not very pleasant to the touch and has a modest range of colors. The lack of decoration, unevenly implemented stitches upholstery seats vibrate dashboard (especially while driving on bad roads and in some modes of engine operation), noisy weakly fixed inside handle front door.

In the Alfa Romeo 146 during the movement, there is chatter backs of rear seats, insert-arm and his arm (it is virtually absent in the model 145). Door thresholds in the automobiles of all years of issue are weak plastic protection, quickly wash shoes and hypersensitive accelerator pedal requires literally millimeter accuracy right leg during a drive around the city. True, cars are easy to control, stability on the road is also not satisfactory. Only in the gasoline versions may experience noise in the front axle (when driving at low speed on a bad road, or if significant movement of the steering wheel).

Mechanics gasoline versions of the machine is adopted almost entirely from the model 33. But the quality and reliability are better. Diesel “came from FIAT (after numerous refinements in the models Tipo, Tempra, he became very good). In the power of the machine there are only a few drawbacks. Thus, in the car with gasoline engine “Boxer” breakthrough occurred during the acceleration at low and medium speeds, especially with little pressing of the accelerator pedal. In 1995 copies of issue with the 1.3-liter engine is marked instability idling when the engine is cold (position can be improved replacing the control computer), and in automobiles 1995-1996. with a 1.6-liter engine - the same phenomenon, albeit less noticeable. In machines of the same annual production from these engines sometimes experience problems radiator fan (to lock the thermostat).

Office gearbox slightly heavy. In addition, vehicles release in 1995 with petrol engines can be noise in the box when moving in reverse, the rapid wear of synchronizers. Following the discovery of these shortcomings the company was halted production, revised and amended the design of gears, then the quality has improved. In all versions of gasoline may cause additional noise in the box at the neutral position the gear lever, while the annual production of vehicles - light leak oil after the run about 80,000 km, the occurrence of defects in the differential case, intensive driving (with sudden acceleration and gear changes in speed over 3000 per minute).
As described by cars almost no problems with electrical equipment, which can not be said of the predecessor. Only machines release 1995-1996. may be a slight problem washing.

WHAT prefer?
Engine volume of 1.6 liters is in these cars are clearly better than the 1.3-liter. Of all the petrol versions is the best option.
Version of TD has a very good Diesel, which looks as attractive as gasoline power units. There was some weakness in cold engine condition, but after warming up the engine is at the level.
Version with 16-valve 1.8-liter unit is not very good (especially on bad roads) and has insufficient capacity. Fuel consumption in all versions, except for diesel, good for their technical data.

POSSIBLE DEFECTIVE
Engine
In 1995, cars with 1.3-liter engine and cars 1995-1996. with a 1.6-liter engine: unstable idle when the engine is cold.
In the petrol-fueled vehicles “Boxer”: jerk during the acceleration at low and medium speeds.

Cooling System
In automobiles 1995-1996. with 1,3 - and 1,6-liter engines: the possibility of problems in the radiator fans.

Gearbox
Light leaking oil after covering a distance of approximately 80.000 km, the occurrence of defects in the differential case, intense ride.
In 1995, cars with petrol engines: the noise in the box when moving in reverse, the rapid wear of synchronizers.
In the gasoline versions: the possibility of additional noise in the box at the neutral position the gear lever.

Suspension
In the gasoline versions: the possibility of a deaf noise in the front axle (when driving at low speed on a bad road, or if significant movement of the steering wheel).

Bodywork
Shakes the dashboard, the noise of the Interior handles front doors.
In 1995 cars: Possible problems with door locks.
The model Alfa Romeo 146: chatter backs of rear seats and the armrest while driving.



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