I have a 100'000 mile 156, owned from new and now 11 years old. There is nothing wrong with it as such, but as I plan on keeping it for a few years more (can't afford to change it, am attached to it and no real reason to change it) I'd quite like to give it a small tweak, if possible.
I find its biggest fault is that it won't pull its way out of a wet paper bag at low revs - it seemingly has no torque at all. But if you wind it up, it drinks like a fish.
Is there a new chip or remap or something which will give you some more low end without trashing general fuel economy (the stuff's too expensive now to slosh around)? Any other ideas? Bear in mind that the car is no longer worth anything in market value, so there is no point spending a fortune on it.
Second question: It handles OK, but the suspension seems a bit soggy. It's still on the original shocks. Is it worth changing them to get tighter handling without making the thing feel like sitting on a board? If so, what ones? I have got ludicrous wheels and tyres on it already (the only mod it has).
Get a remap, more low down torque and better fuel economy. Its a shame that ur not in the uk as Gus from Alfatune is the magician.
Is your wishones etc have been replaced after 100k? If your on a budget and worried about ride comfort you could just change the shocks to Koni FSD's which are soft riding around normally but stiffen up when you get to a corner - they work very well.
Thanks for this valuable advice.
Re the remapping - is this a pretty cheap job (I assume so)? Are there generally many people capable of doing it, or do you need an Alfa wizard, a dyno and all the rest? I expect there are capable people in Switzerland if I look.
Re changing shocks, had a look and can see that FSDs can be had in France for about €714. Is fitting them a simple bolt-on process or long and arduous? (Not that I'd be trying to do it myself - just trying to get a handle on costs). Thanks a lot.
you can get a remap without a dyno but i wouldnt, as you would not be able to physically see the gains in performance despite being able to feel them. but i am very picky most tuning garages should be able to do this for you. will probably cost around £200-£400 but i have no idea what that works out at in switzerland tender. I am thinking about getting mine done as, like you said, its a bit laggy below 3000rpm and i just want to brag about extra HP
The wheels are Fox Racing Fox RS 18 inch with 225/40 tyres. I got the wheels secondhand with almost new Michelins for CHF 1600, which is about £1'100 these days. I thought that was a deal. I have since customised them by scraping them against pavements. I suspect the car is now a bit over-tyred, but hey, for that money am I going to complain?
Indeed, looking at the post option. Means being without the car for a week or so. I suppose there is always the Ducati!
Sounds as if I will put up with the suspension for a little while longer. It's not desperate. Just had the cambelts done today, so I don't really require any more instantaneous expense. Thanks for the heads up.