looking for a 01-03 156, q is... 2.0TS, JTS or 2.5V6?
the title is pretty self explanatory... After a long hiatus from ALFA, i'm coming back! Now the 156s are on my radar... and i've narrowed it down to these years...
on paper the JTS looks like the pick of the bunch, any issues i should be aware of? how does the reliability and parts availability compare to the venerable TS?
I LOVE the sound of the 2.5s, but i am ****e scared of getting into head gasket or valve issues which will be an expensive fix should anything go wrong.. IIRC the 6 has to be unbolted and tilted forwards to get to the rear head..
on acquisition, i plan on doing the belt, pump and tensioners myself... now, correct me if i'm wrong, but it's not a huge deal to remove the head and replace the gasket at this point on the 4 cylinder is there? or is this a massive understatement?
In any case, the cars will all be stick for sure... that alone makes the 6cyl less likely, but they have been seen on the market....
anything else i should know? I am primarily concerned about driving performance, less about aircon and other conveniences in these models...