What Cuore_Sportivo_155 meant
to say was:
"As far as reliability goes I thnk the list is as follows:
- 8V twinny's
- 16V Twinny's
Of course, when you rank according to power output the list is more or less the same. The v6 is the most powerful of the lot (163bhp vs 155) so it's a no brainer.
The engine is all aluminium so it's not much heavier, though the 4-pot cars are supposed to be more nimble. It's not THAT torquey, though cf with your J-model it'll probably feel quite spritely. It's not really a rev-hound. The 4-pots a more thrashable.
There are 2 body versions, called skinny or wide. General opinion is the wideys look better, or more agressive, but the skinny is the one that won all the Touring car championships. Question is... Sienna Miller or Natalie Portman? J-Lo or Kylie..? Don't listen to this "wide-boy" nonsense.. "skinny" is the queen of the catwalk!
You won't find many fat.. I mean wide-body v6s so Fate will doubtlessly strap you into a skinny. You have to be aware that a few things will be wearing out now on your ship.. it'll be > 10 y.o and certainly have getting on for 100k miles.
The engine runs at 90C unless the thermostat is shot, so head gaskets have a lot to contend with. Mine started to fail at 130k. My water pump is the one that left Arese in '94 and it's been to Jupiter and back. Touch wood.
Things like gearbox, clutches, brakes and shocks seem to be indestructible. Most of the niggles will be electrical but this affects the 4-pots too, fat or thin. Wishbones tend to go (I'm on my third set now) but everything else is remarkably durable, given their reputation.
Try to find a nice one that's been looked after, as a dodgy one will cost a fair bit to put right, compared to the cost of buying it in the first place. It'll be good fun.. and you can tell us about it on this Forum.
I hope you don't realise what you've been missing all these years...!