3!! u collecting them Dan!?
GTA is for sale, need the cash, my 2.4 10v gets me to work and back, and also takes me back oop norf
to see family. I've recently bought a '99 156 V6 which will be the GTAs replacement once I've fitted my spare 3.2 engine & pair of 330mm Brembos
Dan is the gearbox that weak? I would be remapping it, and doing mainly motorway driving. I've noticed the clutch is as bad as the 1.9 GT's in that it bites low down and is very heavy! I've been told this is common, but won't get any worse... Is there anyway to make it better, with an aftermarket clutch for example?
I realise it's not a dual mass like the 159's. Is there anything else apart from EGR to worry about?
Gearbox is rated to 400NM, which is pretty much what the 20v engine produces as standard. Clutch is more expensive to change than a 1.9 16v in parts & labour, and the DMF is more expensive to buy should you need it than the DMF in the 16v. Don't think there are many aftermarket parts for the 20v as its such a rare car. Driveshafts are a common problem.
Motorway driving is relatively unstressful, until you hit a bit of traffic and get down to 55-60mph, then it clears and you accelerate hard up past 80 while still being in 6th. Thats when something lets go. Stir the gearbox and keep the revs above 2,500 when accelerating hard and you'll alleviate a lot of the stresses on the transmission. There is no DPF on a 156 so no worries there. EGR does cause issues but mostly relating to lots of short town journeys. Worst case scenario a new one is about £130 from Euros and perhaps an hours labour to fit if you can't do it yourself.
As much as they are such a compromise vs the 1.9 16v, the 20v is so much more desirable. I couldn't go back to a 4 pot now, a 20v Sportwagon is definitely the likely candidate to replace my 10v saloon perhaps next year or so.
The clutch will be giving you shifty looks and staying out late at night without even calling.
The suspension will be doing its best to beat you to death on every pothole.
The radiator will be like an incontinent old man.
And it'll still be great fun to drive, look totally stylish and entice you into fixing everything that - inevitably - goes wrong.
Having had a 1.9 16v and now a 2.4 20v I know which one I prefer.
Head vs heart?
The 2.4. It sounds much nicer, is smoother and goes quite a bit better. Isn't that much more thirsty, handles almost as well (FSD/Eibach?Eibach ARB), but I'm paranoid listening for the transmission to break, so I take up the drive slowly and treat in with the respect it deserves
They do need treating with respect. Handling-wise, I notice the extra weight over the 1.9. Not a lot you can do about that really, its the price you pay for the smooth, responsive 5-pot. I reckon the 5-pots and the V6s get through front suspension & tyres faster than the 1.9 & Twinsparks.