159 2.4 20007 plate
19,500 DPF/EGR by
AO Silver Member
Join Date: May 2009
Location: United Kingdom
My (ex) 2.4 10V on a 51 plate was remapped by Angel. It went like the darned clappers and would easily spin the inside wheel on roundabouts in second and when really trying in third. it would spin up the front tyres in the wet in a straight line in third. The torque was immense. It is a VERY different drive to a 2.5 V6. You MUST learn to use the torque of a diesel and not the BHP producing revs (BHP = Torque x RPM/5250). To get the best fun from my mapped 10V I kept it between 1800 and about 2800 rpm. The torque came in at 1400 and very very strong by 1600 rpm but, in my opinion, using all the torque available from 1400 rpm is a bit harsh on the clutch and gearbox.
The Angel map was supposedly 200BHP and I think this was originally a 136BHP car (maybe 140 but not 150) you WILL be amazed by this map. I don't know if it was 200BHP but it felt like it. Certainly my 200BHP unmapped 159 was a slug in ALL side by side runs at any speed. The 156 just drove away; no contest what so ever.
Other things with this map to note:-
Clutches (2 off) lasted about 35,000 miles each. But that was using the torque, having fun and about 75% town driving. You can buy uprated clutches (I didn't know that!)
MPG about 33 - 35 with the above mix of town / dual carriageway driving and using the power.
This car was not fitted with a Q2 LSD - get one.
With foot on the floorboards it will smoke. Those disappearing in your mirror will know you've got your foot down, you won't see them through the diesel haze!
Car mapped at 45,000 miles and sold at 128,000 without any gearbox or driveshaft problems.
The front suspension on a 156 is weak and anything with more than 70 - 80,000 will be well past it's best. The increased power will really play havoc on any car that is less than perfect. Ideally you will want to change dampers. Springs and dampers if you choose but the car is already fairly low and most (all?) after market kits lower it further.
Don't let your mates drive it without being with them as they will shred your front tyres and clutch and then buy their own and you will no longer be in an exclusive club!
Mapped 2.4 10V every time; not as pretty as a later car but soooo cheap. And get a leather one.
NOTE: I don't think the 6 speed on later cars can take the LSD upgrade.
In my opinion the uneven beat of the 5 cylinder sounds rather like a V8. Lovely.
Last edited by kandlbarrett; 06-12-11 at 19:50.
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