Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: United Kingdom
County: Greater Manchester
Head vs. Heart
In a classic blokey abdication of responsibility, I need the help of those with more experience than myself. By the way, this is a continuation of my Newbie post but I think it may be more appropriate to continue here.
I've been looking at a number of 156s and narrowed my search down to two.
One is a 02/52 silver 2.0 Veloce with standard alloys, Sony radio/cassette and 6 disc CD player, immaculate black leather with a couple of touched in chips on the bonnet and apart from a crusty stone chip on the O/S/F wheelarch that I can deal with the body seemed fine.
I had a good crawl around underneath it and it looked ok, at least as far as I can tell. It also has the Selespeed transmission and a full service history all from Stoneacre in Liverpool, Mangoletsi in Knutsford and another Alfa/FIAT dealer in Warrington and one owner from new. It also has 79,000 on the clock. My heart says this is the one.
The other is an 01/51 1.8 Lusso in metallic red with Alfa wheel trims, also very clean but with a touch of paint loss on the seams on both sills below the rear doors. (In fairness, because of the Veloce bodykit I couldn't see these on the silver one to tell if they were the same, better or worse) Sony Radio/CD, very good paint, full history from Autoworld in Chesterfield, Alfa dealers although the last service was carried out at a non-Alfa local garage. It also had a small (non-specifice) receipt from Peak Alfa near where the last owner lived in Derbyshire.
So head or heart? The well specced Veloce or the smaller engined, more basic (but still better than what we had before) Lusso? The luxury of leather or the perfectly ok fabric? The complexity of Selespeed or the simplicity of a manual?
Both cars are one owner with good histories.
I'm not expecting people to make my decision for me, despite what I put at the top of this thread, but simply, if you can all be bothered, to put your thoughts and help me make a decision. If I follow the advice and the car turns out to be a mongrel I won't hold it against anybody. However, if those responding would like to post their addresses including postcode, Mrs. Beard will come round in the dead of night with a chain saw, angle grinder and shotgun and point out the problems experenced as a result of the advice recieved.