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manaul or selespeed???

Hi All, am contemplating buying another 156..
Ive owned a year 2000 2.5v6 manual and a 2003 147 selespeed but was hoping to get a facelifted 156 JTS 2004-2006.
As Ive had no experience at owning a 5 speed manual JTS or Twinspark was wondering what the preference of the group is to a manual or selespeed in this model. The 147 I owned had the city mode but tended to baulk and overspeed in gears when mucking around in town etc but was great on a trip. The 6 speed 156 v6 was great on a trip but could be frustrating around town or in heavy slow traffic when stop start was required..
Did the facelifted 156 also have an updated selespeed to the earlier models?? as reading between the lines it appears that the early model selespeeds gearboxes caused a bit a grief from time to time if not serviced correctly.. Love the cars and engines but undecided as to the gearbox option.. Dont want to create to much of for's and against but your opinions as always are respected..
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Hello fellow Kiwi,

The Selespeed will be the same in the JTS as it was in the 2003 147. Regular clutch adjustment and calibration seems to help. Mine's driving very smoothly these days. Selespeed of any age can give lots of grief - or not. It will probably need a new clutch at around 140,000 and not long after that probably a new pump (or pump brushes). If the JTS you're looking at is under 100,000, it should be fine for a while.

I like Selespeed very much but in Rotorua you might have a problem finding a local Selespeed specialist. You could always get Alfadiag like I have and buy a cable off eBay. Otherwise, without those, manual transmission might be a better choice, particularly if you don't have several backup cars like I do.

Manual will have a higher resale value, as most people are frightened of Selespeed. The English would be horrified to know how much you'll be paying for the 156 JTS - it will be about double what they pay in England... you know they can buy a 159 for less than $15,000?


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manual!!!!!!!!!!! not worth the trouble with a selespeed, ive had 2 and both have been a nightmare
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haha, every1 hates selespeed it seems...
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my 147 selespeed is now a manual just finnished it today not too hard a job and i did it from 156 parts, i dont know why everyone wants a selespeed, yes fun to drive, hill starts are intersting too
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Seles only break when they aren't looked after right.
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Yet another Kiwi here - with a manual TS and very happy with it. Nice gearbox, light clutch, why risk a sillyspeed?
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the selespeed system is ahead of its time ! and Alfa Romeo was the first to sell it to the unwary public (which caused some problems , as with all new inventions)
Maintenance is the key of all computerized systems, the aircraft and automotive industry learned an expensive
lesson here).

p.s. remember all the unexplained crashes of airbus ?
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Yep, selespeed !!!

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