First off, I'm a 155 driver. I always wanted one & travelled 650 miles to get the right one for me... on a whim.
This is it
Now my girlfriend is very understanding of my Alfa illness & on Tuesday she sent me a link to a local 146 junior on ebay for £200, no details given. So went to have a look at it, it's got a bit of rust & either a hole in the zaust or a dead cat, neither an issue so I bought it there & then, without driving it, because that's how I roll.
This is it.
1.6ts, 75k, well maintained, belts done regularily, unfortunately the variator is rattling & it sounds like a tappet is rattling away to itself when you come down the revs but again, not a huge issue. Belts done 10k miles ago so not a concern. Driver wingmirror has been badly repaired internally so that needs replaced, has had a wee crash & the front bumper has been cracked but again, can be replaced & other than that, it's very good.
Never been driven hard it seems. Took me about 10 miles until it picked up, must have blown so much crap out of the exhaust & then I went for a spirited drive...
How much bloody fun is it! It's not as quick as the 155 but it's certainly not afraid of the corners, doesn't have the 155's tedency to oversteer (they do, try it) & feels alot softer but other than that, it's very familiar.
Having a quick look at it, it seems to share the same floorpan, chassis & running gear with the differences being cosmetic so in my mind, it's just a mini 155