1989 Alfa Romeo Milano Platinum
6-cyl. 2492cc/154hp FI
With an experienced team and a lot of data.
Produced from 1986 to 1992, Alfa Romeo’s 75 / Milano was the company’s entry in the performance luxury sedan segment. The front engine/rear transaxle, rear-wheel-drive cars are traditionally divided into two series, with the Series I cars selling in 1986 and 1987 with a variety of four- and six-cylinder gas and diesel engines. The later cars from this series as well as the facelifted Series II cars were sold in America as the Milano from 1987 to 1989, with roughly 4,000 being imported into the U.S. These cars were wedge-shaped, with a characteristic "bend" in their shoulder line.
In U.S. spec, the Milano had a 2.5-liter, 155-hp V-6 sending power through a five-speed or optional three-speed automatic transaxle, and was initially available in three trim levels. Silver level cars had fabric interiors, while Gold and Platinum level cars were equipped with air conditioning and leather, as well as other amenities such as power locks and mirrors. In 1988, Alfa Romeo added the Verde trim level to the Milano line, and this version had a 3.0-liter V-6 with 183-hp as well as anti-lock brakes on most examples, a limited slip differential, and plastic body cladding with a rear spoiler. Alfa imported approximately 883 Verde Milanos to the U.S. in 1988, with a good percentage of them sold as 1989 models.
Potential Alfa Romeo Milano owners should be aware that rust is a common ailment, inboard rear brakes are difficult to service, and some Milanos suffered from head gasket failures and voodoo electrical issues. Cars with strong service histories will have had all of this sorted out by now, however. The Milano has some eccentric features, such as roof-mounted electric window switches and its aforementioned styling, None of this matters, however, when the driver takes in the wonderful engine song and predictable, confident handling that this chassis delivers. The Alfa Romeo Milano may be more demanding than some of its more common contemporaries, but the car rewards with a level of performance, feel, and driver involvement that those cars lack.