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156 Jts Jtd What Do You Think, pros and cons

looking at a few whats the main difference between the diesels? I'm not ruling out a petrol or a 147 infact but thinking i could avoid cam belt issues, and i like the quiet lazy driving style a diesel can offer
what do you look out for when having a poke around these cars, i have a asked about and was told the diesels are fantastic but is there a preferred one or is one more expensive to run/insure/ and so on
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Quiet lazy driving style I must be doing something wrong in my 2.4
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I've had all the engine types a 156 has to offer over the last 4 years or so, from a 1.8 twin spark, to GTA and now hunting down a good diesel.

honestly if you can find one the 2.4jtdms offer the best all round package.

the 4 cylinder petrols are nice gutsy motors for what they are but an n/a 4 pot will always lack ultimate tourque. twin sparks you are looking at 155bhp from a 2.0 and I think the JTS has 165bhp but you are looking at 152ft/lb or tourque - which is what counts when you are rolling down the road!

if you can afford to run a V6 then please please please buy a GTA. I've just sold my GTA due to being made redundant and its honestly the hardest thing I've ever had to do. it maybe a bit of a money monster but the moment you plant the loud pedal none of that matters!

the best between power and economy though has got the be the 2.4jtdm. a 4 cylinder engine can never be smooth as you can't get a harmonic firing sequence out of a 4 pot. the 2.4 however is a 5 cylinder motor, so its smooth as silk, you wouldn't know it was a diesel and it even sounds good!

they are nice and strong at 175bhp and 284ft/lbs of tourque, nearly twice as much tourque of the twin sparks, which is what you will notice. I think the 2.5 V6s are about 195bhp so not far behind them and still returns about 50mpg.

a 2.4jtdm I test drove over the weekend said as I was cycling through the computer that I was doing 54.6mpg average. my GTA used to do 24.8mpg average )

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Problem with 20v units is the gearbox, its that dodgy GM 6-speed thats only rated to 400NM anyway. Plus the driveshafts seem to be made of soft cheese. I know the 1.9 16v isn't half as nice to drive or listen to, but it really does make more sense as an all-round package. Plus you can fit the Q2 diff in the 16v (or 10v) which really transforms the handling, you can't do that with the 20v.

Alternatively, the 2.4 10v is also a good shout, mine is the facelift interior model with 150bhp standard and it goes really well & sounds great, well for a diseasal anyway. Second Artermis's comments about the GTA, get one if you can they are fantastic, mine is up for sale and I know I'll be gutted when its gone.

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After having a 156 2.4 20v JTDM for one year, I wouldn't buy another. It's a nice car (I prefer the facelift look), but there are just too many annoying faults / potential problems. Worst of all is that few of the parts from the other versions fit, so you pay a premium for any replacement, as these parts are specific to the 20v. Comparison:
- 1.9 JTD 16v - new flywheel and clutch (non-dealer) = 400 EUR
- 2.4 JTD 20v - reconditioned flywheel alone (non-dealer) = 400 EUR

If you don't mind the pre-facelift look, go for a 2.4 10v, I hear they're strong engines and can be remapped easily. I regret to this day not buying that Lancia Thesis with a 2.4 10v as I really wanted the 'more modern' 20v... On the other hand, while being a beautiful car (in its 'ugliness' by general standards), the Thesis is not exactly suiting me - looks more of a suit-and-tie type.

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