Missing our Spider
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: United Kingdom
Re: Thinking of buying a 156
Can't say anything about the engine, as I have the JTS. It's a great car to drive and the styling just looks better every day to me, both inside and out. The black is a good colour and looks so good after washing, you'll actually want to wash it! (Just used some Autoglym Aqua wax BTW, initially very impressed!)
You probably know to check inside front tyre wear, as the tracking when set by Alfa tends to increase wear there.
Opening the tailgate from outside means grabbing the spindle of the rear wiper (is there a better way anyone?), which can be a finger nail killer!
Are you ever likely to use a top box? Some Sportwagon models have any easy solution with roof bars or something, but ours would need some mods to carry one - looking in to it I found it would cost too much - a few hundred pounds + the box.
Hope it works out for you-Good luck!