Originally Posted by Squadrone Rosso
Basically you can push the new engine all day without fear of it breaking. With the Arese you always expect it to go wrong. Strong versus fragile.
You never need to add oil to the new engines either (between services), unlike the Arese.
As I said, unbiased view based on running one of each
Sounds like you're suggesting that I should go upgrade to a 159 engine...
I've had my 156 now with the Arese V6 and to be honest, I've not had much trouble with it. Ofcourse there are the cooling issues, the radiator fan not working, the Aircon evaporator. So far that's all what went wrong so far. As far as the engine itself is concerned, I had the odd misfire, so went to the garage and changed the plugs. Changed the timing belt when it was due, etc.... Other than that, no issues with engine burning oil, etc.
I guess I must be blessed that way or, I've been maintaining it well.
@ Squadrone Rosso: Being a person who has had both, what is your opinion on the character of the engines?? Does the Brera engine still have that Alfa 'X' factor???
@10,500RPM: I see that you have a 156 V6. Would you be tempted to put in a 3.2 V6 Brera/159 engine??? Or is there something about the Arese that you just can't shake off.
According to reviews, the Arese engine seems to be well loved; but you'd have to live with a few issues when the age piles on. As far as the 159/Brera V6 engine is concerned, I cannot see much of complaints. Perhaps that's due to rugged GM/Holden design.