Re: 156 2.4JTD Buying Advice
the diesel engine is great, as for the rest of the car its just OK in reliability terms.
All the arms/balljoints/droplinks will wear and at quite a rate compared to other manufacture's.
I think the alfa drive is amazing (with a few tweaks) but I would not buy one if I wanted a reliable/trouble free car, buy an old W124 mercedes for that.
They are great fun, but they will cost money each year, clutches - big job, bushes etc, at least one rear window will pack up at some point in its life, as will the rev counter causing a tail light to glow faintly which will drain your battery, boost pipes will split and turbo's can (although rare) fail. Maf sensors are common - but they are on vags too.