As you can hear, this is an Italian car and this is the navigation the button is hidden over here. Alfa Romeo is finally back with an affordable car. Or a more affordable one, because they are not that expensive. That is how the MiTo was introduced in 2008. A compact Alfa Romeo. Shares quite a lot with the Fiat Grande Punto which shared a lot with the Opel Corsa but that can’t spoil the fun. Styling wise it contains quite a few hints towards the 8C, Alfa’s supercar. So that’s great. The interior is a little less exciting on the material point of view. The chassis is quite stiff but it doesn’t really steer amazing, not bad either though. So that’s the management summary on how the MiTo was reviewed when it was introduced. It’s been around for quite a while now so there are quite a lot of Marktplaats occasions. There is quite a palette of engines that were available. Not so many diesels, even though plenty have been sold because no road tax had to be paid, welcome to the Netherlands! But especially the petrol engines were available all across the range. From the Twin-Air 2-Cylinder to 4-Cylinders with quite a lot of power. There are currently 450 cars available on Marktplaats. Approximately 50/50 petrol and diesel engines. The main diesels are the 1.3 JTDM’s, that were tax-free. The MiTo with an automatic transmission were produced but only a few of those are for sale at the moment. So I recommend not to look for those. Prices start at approximately at 6.000 euro’s, but those commonly have done 200.000 kilometres or more. I can immediately joke about the points of interests that this is an Alfa, so there is bound to be something wrong. But it is not too bad actually. There are some points that you absolutely have to pay attention to. The paint job is very sensitive to stone chips especially the red colours tend to fade a little. So take a good look at that. The later MiTo’s had a start/stop system and that system can behave strangely at times. Especially when you try to intervene, by using the clutch or something. In extreme cases the dealer has to reset the system because of system failures. So not all that dramatic in the end. You do have to really check the rear dampers, those brake relatively early. So check if those are dry and in good shape. If there is a leak, they probably have to be replaced soon. Maybe a little Alfa unworthy are the Twin-Air engines which are not very powerful for a MiTo. But not everyone is looking for a lot of horsepower. But there are two noteworthy points of interest for those engines. First one is that they are quite frugal but when you like to throttle it to the limit, high revs than the mileage will go way down. So keep your own driving style in mind when deciding if you think this is fast enough. If not, the mileage will go down rapidly. Another point about the engine fluids. The oil tank is relatively small so the oil level has to be checked regularly, because without oil an engine will fail fast. And while on the topic of oil the Multi-Air unit in the Multi-Air engines can fail which is usually the result of bad maintenance. And usually due to wrong oil in the engine so read in the manual which oil you need. While it is a pricey to replace the Multi-Air unit. And a more common point, find out when the timing belt must be or should have been replaced. Or how do I say that, had to have been replaced. Anyway, look when that has to be done.
Or how do I say that, had to have been replaced. Anyway, look when that has to be done. Then for the 1.3 JTDM diesel. Which is very common. The gasket tends to leak, so check for leaks around the cylinder head the same goes for the oil filler cap. Look around for mayonnaise-like sludge. Also look at the level of the coolant, another point to check. But on the whole, the diesels are not big fans of short distances because they could cause the EGR valve to fail. So look for a car with a little higher mileage, strange enough. This car, black with a little bit of brown/red flakes when you look at it in the sunlight has done just under 70.000 kilometres. And we found it at Multicar in Gorinchem.