I would appreciate if any of you could give me some advice on buying a second hand Alfa 156. I have had Fiat Croma for several years and was pretty happy with it, but now it is time for upgrade
My intended engines are 2.0TS or 1.8TS (about 1997-1999).
-Which engine seems to be more reliable?
-Is there a large difference in real power and fuel consumption between the two?
-Which engine seems to give the best increase in BHP after chip/map?
-What other things should I be looking at when choosing Alfa 156 (common problems)?
Greetings. When I was looking for my first 156 I took a 1.8l TS for a test drive and was quite impressed ... until I drove the 2.0l which simply has more oomph and is a more relaxing drive.
Better still, go for a JTS. Very under-rated in these forums especially by Twin Spark fans who haven't driven it.
The JTS is better than the TS because it delivers more power at the lower end of the rev range and is more consistent. Also, don't believe all the rubbish about how the TS sounds better. Just give the JTS gas pedal some good downward pressure and it sounds just fine, especially near the red line! Best regards,
I would appreciate if any of you could give me some advice on buying a second hand Alfa 156.
Best bet is to search through this forum looking at the various topics: suspension; wishbones; AFM or MAF, variator etc..
For starters, check; oil receipts; upper wishbone bushes (listen for front end noises); rear trailing arms (insecure rear end) & poss. stub axle mounting bushes (rear clonking); check lateral arms for damage; check for uneven tyre wear (particularly inner edge of fronts); listen for diesel sounding noise on start up - would point to variator issues; check the pick-up in 2nd gear through the rev range - urge at approx 2,200rpm and 4000rpm; oil receipts; & the usual electrics, panel & paint finish etc.
Whichever one you choose you will not regret it! Haven't driven a 2.0 so can't comment on difference but i was looking for a 1.8 as i hadn't had my own insurance for three years and i wanted it as cheap as possible, the extra .2 makes a difference. Kept looking and eventually found the one i wanted (silver, sport pack, tele-dial alloys, full Alfa service history) For chipping you can chip the 1.8 to be about the same BHP as the 2.0 The 2 can be chipped for slightly better gains, although it seems the Diesel engines get the greatest increase from those. The performance from the 1.8 is more than enough for me and i never really get much of an opportunity to push the car to the limits, speed cameras, too much traffic on the road etc etc Enjoy!