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Join Date: Apr 2002
I have been driving Q-system for many years now because there are very few manual V6 in this country. I would say its not as good as a manual because the box has wide spaced gears and saps a bit of power but its still a great car to drive. You can drive it very relaxed in auto or flick it over to the H pattern gearbox and control it the same as the manual for spirited driving.
I've had absolutely no problems with mine and I would think any one that has a problematic one is because of some very poor maintenance at some point in its life, you MUST make sure you dont run it low on transmission fluid and all electrical connects are good.
I've had mine on the track so they can take a lot of punishment, maximum revs in all gears without problem Fuel wise it uses a bit more fuel than a manual V6 and looses about 1sec 0-60mph so about the same as a TS.............but the V6 is just such a smooth engine
2002 model should be good, revised interior?.
If you take it for a test drive then once you are used to the auto box you need to drive it hard using the H pattern gear lever. Take the engine to high revs in 1st, then 2nd and quickly life off the power in 2nd gear at about 5500rpm - if that it all smooth enough then its good indication that the 'box is fine, sounds a bit harsh but 'box can cope easily.
156 2.5 V6 24v, Cosmos Blue Metallic, Tan Leather, 17” GTA's, 225/45 Michelin PS2's, Full Zender body kit, GTA Headlights, Eibach springs, Koni FSD's, Eibach Anti-roll bars, Ferrari 360 Brembo calipers, DS2500 pads, Squadra ECU, 45mm Intake Runners, Carbon Intake, Dan & Wizard exhaust
156 2.5 V6 Qsystem, Red + Red Leather, Bilstein dampers, DS2500 pads...soon Brembo calipers, 17" GTV Teles