Re: 156 2.0TS vs 2.5V6: Advice on performance difference please?
Maintenance costs for 2.5V6, apart from fuel costs, is no different.
For manual trannies, you get a fantastic 6-speeder in V6 vs 5-speeder in TS.
The 2.0 Selespeed has not got a good track record and you have to make sure you get a good unit with full service records. When it works, it's a blast to drive tho.
The V6 Q-System auto is ultra-reliable but lacks the fun factor, being a pretty regular 4-speed auto (Japanese Aisin box). I drive one but it was a trade-off cos I couldn't find a good 6-speeder (pretty rare here in Malaysia).
Engine-wise, the V6 is silky-smooth and powerful with a fantastic growl, especially if fitted with a Supersprint or Ragazzon muffler. I'd say if fuel costs are not a factor (about 40% higher than 2.0), go for the V6. If performance is what u want, get a 6-speed.