but whats the differences between the two models over all? as interia looks very similar both interias are beautiful though! and then just the obvious front lights bumper and bonnet, which i believe some one said they can put it on a pre face lift model?
The 156 got two interiors and two exteriors, the interior was changed from carbon (or wood) to silver metal with the digital dash in 2002, the exterior changed when the UK got the 53 plate numberplate. The 3.2 GTA never got the exterior facelift, they got a body-kit based on the mk1 exterior. Mechanically the car was pretty much unchanged from 97 through to 2005.
There were 3 versions of the 2.4 10v, a 136bhp model, a 140bhp model, and a 150bhp model. The 150bhp model is identical to the 140bhp except for it has the facelift interior and revised engine mapping for an extra 10 horses. R reg to X-reg is 136bhp model, Y & 51 plate would be 140bhp model, 02, 52 & 03 plate would be the 150bhp model (if it has revised interior).
Then from 53 plate onwards on the exterior facelift model there was a choice of two diesels, 140bhp 1.9 16v JTD (later 150bhp), or 175bhp 2.4 20v JTD. In my opinion the 1.9 16v is the one to go for..
You could put the facelift front on the pre-facelift, you'd need bumper, headlights, wings, slam panel, possibly the bonnet, would be expensive and do nothing for resale value. But the advantage would be having the facelift front with the pre-facelift rear, I think the facelift rear end doesn't look half as nice as the original..
Hope this helps