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can they handle

iv just bought an alfa 156 t spark 1.8,love the looks but can they live up 2 them in corners and power??
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Re: can they handle

it's decently nippy, very revvy and generally enjoyable to drive

steering is direct and handling is predictable

depending on rubber the thing can become a bit 'trampy' on tight bends with bumpy conditions - but i've never had any worries about that - the arse always follows the nose predictably

set up well, great, cheap fun

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Understeery when pushed, and very, very twitchy at high (3 figure) speed.

But normal driving - very good indeed.
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Re: can they handle

The stock setup on a 1.8 is underpowered generally and sloppy in the corners, it's nose happy though if you push it in the bends and will bite you, I've driven almost every alfa there's been since the early 80's and the 156 is certainy one of the comfiest and most stylish looking, even when I'm working on one outside, passers by often come up and ask what it is and if it's a new model, the shock on thier faces when you tell them it's a 10 year old car, all you have to do though is keep on top of the servicings and give her a thoough weekly check, paying attention to the oil and water levels religously, never let the oil get below halfway between the marks and change the cambelt before 32K or 3 years and the engine will be happy.
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got no complaints with mine and some people say the v6 is worse due to being nose heavy.

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