Alfa 156 - engine kaput
Bought a V reg Alfa 156 on the cheap off e-bay last year - it was one of those "too good to be true" chances to own a car I'd always wanted at a bargain price. Only £1,200, so didn't really expect it to be trouble-free driving.
All was fine until I spotted that it was guzzling oil at an alarming rate, took it to my local garage who said the head gasket is on the way out and the pistons are badly worn - not really repairable in his opinion.
So, I've had a quote of about £2k to replace the engine with a recon, bringing the grand total I will have spent on the car to £3,200 which is looking less like a bargain, and of course no guarantees that there won't then be something else wrong with it.
Anyone know of a decent garage in Surrey/South East that might be cheaper?
It's got about 80k miles on the clock, so at about 9 years old around average mileage. What is your experience of these cars at this age? Is it just one thing after another or is it worth investing the time and money to keep it on the road?
My wife and I both love the interior - wood panels and cream Momo leather - and it's a gorgeous looking car, with almost no external scratches, so I'm a bit torn as to what to do.
November 2007 - Present - Alfa Romeo 156
April 2006 - November 2007 - Ford Escort Ghia Cabriolet
2005-2006 - FRP#010 V627 JKP
2001-2003 - Puma 1.7 standard green Y831 KRX
1998-2001 - Puma 1.7 standard silver R334 JUF