The 3.0 Now Sold! Left With An MG!
Well unforunately I sold my 3.0 156 V6 earlier this week, and am now left with our MG ZS 180!
I say unfortunately, but the more I drive the MG, the more I actually like it! Forgetting the Rover 400 saloon image (you really do have to blank that out - even though they do look suprisingly different), this is actually a much better car to drive than the 156 in my opinion!
The first thing you notice about the MG is yes, the KV6 does have 177bhp compared to Alfa's 190-192bhp. The torque is obviously less as well. Secondly is the handling. I spent an absolute fortune upgrading the Alfa's suspension package - the Eibach bars, the Koni adjustable kit I fitted all round, the genuine suspension arms with the poly-bushes, the strut braces and so on. The worrying thing is that the MG has no suspension modifications at all, infact the whole car is in standard form, yet it handles so much better. The Alfa's chassis compared to the MG's really is terrible in my honest opinion, because in comparison the MG handles like a dream! I was forever changing drop-links and wishbones on the Alfa, it also ate two front roll bars, and I was forever spraying silicone aerosol onto the bushes just to try and drown out the squeaks from the front suspension on cold days, and yes, these were on new wishbones with hardly any wear. Not forgetting lubricating and replacing the gear linkage bushes when I wasn't using the car for a few weeks, as the gear-stick would go all stiff!
Twice we travelled to a pub, on a dark, bumpy and uneven road in the middle of nowhere. This was an expensive restaurant and as if the bill wasn't enough, after our two journeys to this pub, I also had another bill for two sets of (genuine Alfa) front ARB droplinks, as the balljoints had gone! Strangely enough, we have been back down this road numerous times in the MG, with no problems at all!
We did consider the Giuletta at one point, but to be honest, we are actually really pleased with the MG! The fuel economy is miles better than even the 156 2.5 V6 that I owned. No, it hasn't got an Alfa badge on the front (which I also replaced - and the back one, as they both fell off!) and it hasn't got that wonderful Alfa V6 exhaust note, but there are no squeaky parts, the suspension parts are much longer lasting, the overall build quality is better, it handles better, there are no airbag warning lights that need resetting every other week and everything works and stays bolted onto the car - unlike the interior mirror in the Alfa, the mirror cover on the inside of the door, the fusebox cover, the A-post trims, the gearknob etc!
I will miss the Alfa believe it or not, the MG is not the perfect car I know, and I'm only writing this in disbelief on how I thought an MG could be a better daily drive than the 156 - in my own opinion! Get the Rover image out of your head and throw in the KV6 engine, and it really is a cracking and entertaining car. Despite all the problems I had with the Alfa over 3 years of ownership, and the £k's I spent on it, it was a great car, but with many problems, which I am sure many Alfa owners will know what I mean! Everything styling-wise is perfect, the exterior, the interior, the engine and the noise - just not everything works.
I would like to thank everyone for all the help and advice they have given me over the past few years of being an Alfa owner - I have learned alot and all your help has been appreciated and has helped me out alot.
Conclusion - Will I keep the MG forever? No. Will I ever buy another Alfa? Maybe.
Alfa Romeo 156 3.0 V6 24v Lusso (2000)
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