A long way to go and
a sort time to get
Join Date: Jun 2005
Re: 156 1.6ts
I just bought a mint '02 with the sportivo pack and facelift 1.6 156, I had a 1.8 previous to that, I have to be honest and say that I do notice and miss the the extra power esp on the motorway, but for short urban runs it doesnt realy matter. I got an excllent deal on it, and while I would have liked a 1.8 I would have paid an extra 1500 to get one with the same spec such as the market was at the time.
If the 1.6 is in better condtion than the 1.8 I would go for it, if it is your first Alfa it might be the best bet, my 1.8 was my first real car and I had a few hairy moments in her so if you go for the 1.8 you will need to take it easy and not get too carried away.
I cant comment on the 2.0 having never driven one, the forums seem to suggest that the 1,8 is the best compromise unless you plan long motorway miles where JTDs seem to be popular.
My next Alfa will be a 156 GTA, an experience I look foward to.