I currently have the pleaseure (yes, I mean Pleasure with a capital SMILE!) of owning and driving a 156 1.6TS Sportswagon 2001 Veloce. My job is due for a change in coming months, meaning it is likely (but no definate) that I will need to cover more miles every day. Without question, i'm staying with Alfa. The boots too small, there's an annoying rattle in the roof liner, not enough leg room in the back, but I love it! I have never driven anything as nice. So that said, I want to know, which would be the best alfa to go for? 1.9JTD or 2.4JTD? Is the MPG vastly different between the two, and are they both a big improvement over the 1.6? Will there be a big difference in the service costs? I havn't had the 1.6 done yet (i've been a bit skint and had things more important recently i.e. a 6month old baby), so I am not sure what the costs are.
Is there a discernable difference in the drive between the 1.9 and 2.4? Obviously, I'll be testing both, but half the fun of buying is the investigation before hand
My 1.6TS has a rev flat spot around 1500-2000 revs. I know a Dirty-D will cure this, and have loads more power low down. How much difference should I expect? The only Deisil I have ever driven is a Renault Laguna (new shape) and that was fun.
I think that I will be losing around £2000 by having to change, due to paying off the old loan, and losing the car as a deposit on the new one. Do you guys think the higher monthly repayments (I estimate a rise of about £30-50) will be regained in fuel savings? The reason I ask this is because it is not certain that my mileage will increase. If my current commute remains the same (around 15-20miles per day), i would normally spend around £60-80 per month on petrol. Do you think that I would make anything back on these short-ish trips in a Dirty-D?
Thanks in Advance!