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Hi All

I'm new to this forum, but looking into a 156.

Has anyone got a list of some sort of the service interval, common problems, etc etc of the 156. I've been looking into it for a while now and understand that there are things like the bushes which need replacing after 25k miles, but would like to know what i'm likely to be letting myself in for when i get one!

Thanks for any info on this.

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Re: general 156 questions

Welcome to this corner of cyberspace, beware of people with high postcounts (above 3000 ), they tend to babble off topic a lot

The bushes aren’t that much of a problem. They got better on phase 2 cars (after 99) but earlier cars probably have had theirs changed by now. But it comes down to how the car was driven and what the local roads are like.

Some twinspark engines goes through some oil, a good tip if you're looking for a secondhand car is to check the dipstick, if the oil level is below the "min" mark, chances are the previous owner never cared much about maintenance, and a few months later you could end up with a conrod through the engine block.

Check the service history: FSH is a good thing, and be aware that some dealers haven't found out what the correct cambelt change interval is. It's 36.000 miles or three years. The service book may say something else, but Alfa have changed the interval. If youre looking at a car that’s up for a cambelt change, make sure they change all the cambelt pulleys as well.

Listen for a Diesel kind of noise on startup, this could be the variator on its way out. If you're in the market for a diesel, then don't pay attention to the engine, as it won't sound to good anyway

The above mentioned faults are the most common and expensive ones to fix. Of course there are other faults, and it’s not like all cars suffer from all the faults. If you want to know more about the above “niggles”, use the search option, as most of them have been discussed a lot of times. Or do ask us, that’s what we’re here for.
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Re: general 156 questions

Well done on considering a 156 pick a good one and you will not regret it, chances are you may become a bit obsessed like most people here As Hoygaard said just hit the search for probs, but above all enjoy!
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