Re: High mileage 156
I guess I should be able to answer this as the owner of a 1999 2.0TS with 84k on the clock. At this mileage it uses no oil whatsoever but does have a bit of variator noise on first start up for a second or two. I really should have changed the variator when I changed the belts, tensioners and pulley wheels at 72k, but at the time I didn't know what a variator was. The bodywork is great apart from a few stone chips, the interior is like new and the handling is still fantastic. I have had the occasional knock from the front wishbone bushes, but nothing in the last 6 months, and it passed its MoT no problem. Do watch out for faded paint though on red cars, and pay close attention to the windscreen aperture paintwork for rust - if the screen is replaced, the paint is easy damaged and after a period of time starts to rust, and you will have trouble making a warranty claim if Alfa did not do the windscreen replacement. In general, 156s do seem to be pretty durable.