Opinion on new 156
Dropped by my Alfa dealer this morning to order a new wing mirror for my 4 month old 156....230 Euro + labour....ouch. (wish I knew who the scumbag was that kicked the old one off).
Anyway, I noticed they had the new facelifted 156's on the fourcourt. The 1.6 is now 26,500 Euro. That's 1,500 over what I paid for the old model. The only difference I could tell on the outside, was color coded mirrors and bumpers, 205/60 tyres as standard (185/65 on the old model), and those Xeon headlights. The inside didn't look much different. Nicer seat material, compared to the standard. The centre console now has a chrome effect (same for the airvents and ashtray), and looks a bit like the console from the 147. The radio is integrated like the 147 also. And it's got traction control, electric air. con, rear elect. windows as standard. And I'm told there is a multi-function readout like the 147.
I suppose it's worth the 1,500 price hike, but I went with the old model and decided not to wait, because I reckon the new 156 will have teething problems...mainly rattles and noises from the dash and instrument plane, like the 147 I had last year. Most of these sort of problems seem to be sorted on the old 156 now.