Most Satisfying Job On a 156
Might turn into a good thread, so here goes.
There have been one or two jobs that I have done on the 156 that have made a spectacular difference to the car. Given that mine is a perfectly ordinary 2001 156 V6, these jobs probably need to be done on other cars of a similar vintage. If we list symptom and fix, this could be a good "worklist" of stuff to check.
I'll go first.
1) Driver's side engine mount. The symptom is that the clutch action feels a bit strange, and it is hard to drive smoothly, as take up seems to jerk, unless you really slow down clutch engagement. There is a sensation of "looseness" at the front, but nothing you can pin it on.
To check it: remove the drivers side wheel arch liner and have a look at the big fist sized metal thing that attaches the engine arm to the chassis. There is a bit of red nylon bush sticking out at the bottom. If the black rubber bit is all perished and peeling away, it is likely that the mount has separated inside (mine had), and the engine is free to move upwards.
The fix - replace the mount. A pretty simple job involving 13mm and 17mm spanners. You do need a bottle jack under the mounting arm, as you will need to undo the stabilisation bar on the top left of the engine, so that it drops enough for you to access the nut holding the mount on. The part is about £40 from S4P.
The result - the clutch feels much better, and the handling is much sharper. I doubt it actually corners any better, but without 300 kg of engine flopping around, it certainly inspires more confidence.