Excuse the post if it has been covered before .
I am considering buying a late 156 or early 159 . I am used to the idisynchrosies of driving and fixing renaults.
But I want to try Alfa ownership for the first time and wanted to confirm some of the problems I have seen raised for 156/159.
Just to clarify I am specifically looking for petrol 1.6/1.8 (so diesel problems can be ignored)
I popped into a main alfa dealership today and had a chat with service.
He mentioned that later 156 had eliminated most of the bugs associated with that model.
What common faults would I expect to experience
Timing belt change must be done exactly on mileage (or three years whichever comes first)
any issues even if replacement time period followed
Hot wire issues due to not enough care / cleaning during air filter replacement.
can anyone confirm this
He confirmed Bushing issues require complete wishbone replacement but that NCT should be more leanient lately on failures of this part.
Can anyone in ireland replace these bushings ?
Is there any other regular issues I should be aware of, I am not concerned about minor electrical issues that I can resolve, major car stoppers or items that only a dealer can resolve.
While this will be a daily driver it wont be doing long milage so if there are gremlins I can deal with them.
with the 159 I need to confirm that its a significant step up from 156 in quality.
Thanks for any feedback to confirm or deny problems