Selling my Golf GTTDI 170bhp as need some cash and don't want to drop too much in performance or spec.
Realyl amazed at the depreciation of the Alfas but therefore interested in spending 2.5k on a nice 156 JTD. Seem to be allot of car for the money when compared against anything else diesel in that price range (BMW, VW, AUDI)
Im looking some info regarding a few scare stories I have read.
It seems the soft suspension and low sump is a serious problem. Is there any good preventetive measure to take to avoid bottoming out and wrecking engine?
Surely a company out there provides stiffer springs without lowering?
Is there a good sump guard that attaches to the frame made by anyone that woudl absorb the imapact?
Anythign else I should be on the look out for?
Also am I right in thinking up to 2002 was 136bhp and 2002+ was 150 bhp with a facelifted nose?
the 1.9 doesnt really have a suspension problem, but the 2.4 is heavier so uprated springs (and shocks) are a good idea, i'd do it on both. the low sump catches a few people out, but stiffer suspension will sort that out. i dont know who does stiffer suspension with standard ride height, so i would probably use spring assisters instead.
the 2.4 engine was 136bhp from 98-2000, from 2000-2002 it was 140bhp, after 2002 it could be 140bhp, 150bhp or 175bhp(JTDm).
Taking off the bracket that protects the exhaust is a good idea, these things do most of the wrecked sumps. Its an alu bracket with 4 steel (!) bolts in the sump, if you hit the bracket , the bolts will crack the alu sump. Very clever idea from Alfa psss
the 1.9 comes in a veriety of outputs, 115bhp & 140bhp(JTDm) & 150bhp(JTDm). the 140 and 150 spec models use the 16v multijet version of the engine, which is far superior to the 115bhp JTD. i think the multijet models began in 2002.
you can also get an aluminium under tray that will help prevent you killing anything
that won't prevent the alu bracket bolts to crack the sump ! if you hit the undertray hard you will hit the bracket. Alfa sold thousands of 156/147 sumps in Europe alone ! and with the number of speed bumps in the UK it must be even worse...
Don't underestimate the importance of this. My much missed 20V JTD would bottom out without any effort. Fortunately I didn't do any lasting damage as I was always careful after the first time it happened but I would guess serious damage could be done without trying too hard.