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Thanks for the info regarding Selespeed now the next questions. I have a limited budget to get my 156 and have been looking at cars for about £4000 with 80-100000 miles. Is the 156 2.0 good for this mileage or should I avoid them like the plague. If they are good for it should I be looking for anything other than the usual stuff when buying a second hand car.
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must have new cam belts/ tensioners/ balancer belt + tensioner @ each 36K - if due one take this into account

Check its is not really rattly top end (hydraulic tappets so should be ok, if not avoid.

Also diesel sound at start up = variator. Best they are done with cam belts
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Our 1999 2.0 156 has 147,000 miles on it and is still looking and sounding good. Mainly motorway driving and anything and everything has always been done main dealer.
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I should also listen for knocks from the Suspension, the bushes on the Anti Roll Bars, and Wishbones are prone to failure, even at fairly low Mileage. It seems to be a quality control problem because it isn't universal, but on a High Mileage car, it is probably more likely.
The Car will tend to feel a bit loose at the back, and and can skip off line on bumpy bends.
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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.

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