Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Chippenham, Wiltshire
Do I mod my 156, or change it??
I have a 2000 156 2.0TS and love the general feel of the car, particularly the motor. I've owned it for a year and 8000 reliable miles, and am generally happy.
I have no idea what 'spec' it is... if there were different levels at the time.
I have a few gripes though...
The handling is soft and bouncy... on std 15" alloys and a mixed bag of Michelin Premacys on the front and a Pirelli P6000 and a P7 on the back... (yeah, I know... but I don't think that's the issue here). My old Mondeo 2.0Si was tighter in the bends... can't be right. I'd like it to be a lot firmer in the bends, with less roll and bounce.
The brakes are a bit wishy washy (and both F discs and pads will need replacing soon).
The colour... cosmic blue (metallic black!)... never looks clean and disguises some of the lines of the car compared to lighter versions.
I'm considering either doing some mods to suspension, wheels, brakes to make it go the way I want to, or, especially given point 3, changing it for another 156.
What I'd like to know from you experts is... is there a model which addresses all these mechanical issues in one go? Veloce spec, or whatever? I could probably swap the car for a newer model for what the mods would cost, and sort the colour at the same time. The downside may be that I seem to have myself a well looked after, reliable example, and swapping the car may introduce new problems I currently don't have!
What do you think? What have you done to improve handling and braking? Is it possible to do it on a sensible budget or is it more economical to swap the car for a sportier spec model?