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Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: United Kingdom
Re: 156 buying advice?
When you get to the test drive stage, look out for,
1. Diesel (knocking) sound that clears on start up, this is a failing Variator.
2. Wiper motors that are jerky, make sure the windows wet of course but if they start jerking badly and don't go back to neutral then the motors about to die.
3. Airbag light, it should come on with the other lights on start up and go out after 4 seconds,as should the injector light and code warning.
4. Ensure the gearstick returns to center freely, this is often just a clean-up of the mechanism, but can get expensive if parts are needed.
5. Whilst driving ensure the car goes straight when the wheel is centered, if not it will need suspension bushes (whole arms are cheaper to do) replacing.
6. Pick a route that takes you over speed ramps, if you hear a knocking from the front as you go up and down then again there is a suspension fault, normally though the anti-roll bar drop links (£20 for parts for both sides) and 30 minutes to change.
7. Dampness is in the front footwells normally show a leaking sunroof or blocked drain lines (if fitted).
8. STAY AWAY FROM SELESPEEDS. A nightmare when they start to go wrong.
9. Check ALL the electrical controls work, anything not quite right then walk away.
10. Ensure the engine revs smoothly through to the red line, if it doesnt then you could be looking at a dieing MAF or other ignition fault.
11. Ask the owner how much oil she burns, anything upto 1 litre/1000 miles is acceptable, but the lower the better.
12. Try some full lock turns, any knocking and we're looking at CV oints shot.
13. Finally and most importantly ensure you get ALL the keys, 1 brown code key (the most important one) and 1 (or 2 Import) red blipper key/s.