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Looking for 156 SW

Hi Guys,

Well the time has come where I have to admit that the spider isn't sensible! Sure it's fun... but two seats and almost zero boot space... you understand?

Of course sensible doesn't mean boring (luckily when owning Alfas) so I have turned my gaze to getting at 156 SW as a second car.

The problem is that I don't really know much about them! I've only owned Gtvs and my current spider, so I don't really know what to look for.

Any pointers would be greatly received.

Thanks in advance.
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Just usual 156 things to look at really.....front suspension bushes prone to creaks and knocks, for a TS be paranoid about timing belt history, haggle a big chunk off if it needs doing......check operation of rear electric windows - prone to seizing, ditto the rear wiper....check that the load-space cover operates smoothly and is tensioned...they often go floppy....That's most things, I think....

A JTD wagon makes a lot of sense, but our 2.0 is fine...I tend to think that 1.6 and 1.8 are a little under-powered for the weight....

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Dont bother with the 1.6 very poor power, apart from that one with rook bars look good.
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Check for rust under floor pans, use your key and poke around without them looking.

If you are going for a JTD check the clutch isn't slipping.

Look at a few and don't fall in love.
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As stated - all the usual 156 things to consider.

Again as stated the load cover needs to work (but can be repaired, I did mine), also the dog (top) vertical net and lower load net.

Decide if you want the factory roof rails or not, they can't (easily or cheaply) be retrofitted.
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Thanks for these guys. A very helpful start for me.

What are the timing belt intervals on these? Every 40,000?
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Timing belts are the same as others - 36k or 3 years for 4 pot petrols, 72k or 6 years for diesels and V6, but most get the diesels done at 60k 4 years too many horror stories if you go beyond this.

I happily run a diesel 1.9 JTDm doing 600 miles per week with very few issues and a big smile
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other things to check...

rear elec windows
rear wiper
rear suspension

try and get one with MOMO leather and the sportspack

I have a spider and a 2.0 156SW they are not a million miles apart when it comes to handling and economy

watch out for rust on the leading edge of the rear wheels arches
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They're bad for rust to the bottom edge of the front wing where it meets the sill (or side skirts on a Veloce). I've looked at quite a few lately that have this problem. SIde skirts on the Veloces are also bad for coming away from the sill but in most cases can be bonded back on. A few I've looked at also have a broken or loose rear door handle that always seems to be on the passenger side and the front door handle locks can also be prone for the barrel sticking.
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