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Buying a V6

Hello peeps,
Well, i've had my 156 for some time now and after it being a ba$tard initially it's great now so much so my Daughter wants one too!

The model she wants is the V6 she has been looking at one with 88,000 on the clock £7950, apart from cam belts what else should she look for and is it worth is do you think?

Any help would be most welcome wink
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Sounds expensive to me. I would want a full service history in which case the belts should have been done at this milage. If you are UK check out
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go for it v6 da bomb
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Here is some good stuff to read before buying:

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It sounds quite expensive, but you didn't say what year it was. Have a look at Parkers Price Guide for an idea of what you should be paying.

All V6's and JTD's are nose heavy, so check right under the nose for signs of sump damage, and while you are there check the very inner treads of the front tyres as they can wear badly if not set up correctly. Other than that all usual 156 rattles and problems apply....

Also, bear in mind that the economy is not great if your daughter does a lot of town or stop/start driving.

Happy Shopping
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Hi my experience with a 156 2.5:
1. Upper and lower wishbones. Check wear in rubber bushings lower wb and if the rubber bellows are OK on the upper. The upper wb joint wear out after approx 50' miles if the bellow is gone...

2. Front brake discs. Visual inspection on wear or grooves. Just run a nail along the surface.

3. Check AC compressor clutch by turning ac on and off and open bonnet and listen for noise from the belt side of the engine.

4. Check undercarriage/exhaust manifoil/sump for speedbump encounters

Then buy and enjoy. Dekra in Germany finds less errors on the 156 then on BMW 3 series!!!

And do as you would with any other car you care for:
Change motor oil and filter and gear oil. Change brake fluid and bleed brake circiut AND clutch circiut (fluid is hygroscopic and contains water that would make rust and/or ice that ruins the clutch sylinder)!!! "Exercise" rear brake pistons by removing pads and turn the piston clockwise to screw the piston back into the caliper. Redo the movement of the piston until the piston moves easily. Change power steering fluid since thats probably gone...

If you love it (the car and/or daughter)....
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