May I ask why your SW156 has let you down. Either way its been pretty good gonig if its past the mileage in your signiture.
I understand its all down to money. As with most things in life its a compromise.
I understand you want certain aspects from the used car market before you will consider it. Which again is entirely your disgression.
But if you are going to ask is the GT a good car or good buy without any of the members here seeing the car / driving the car or comparing it to what you would want from the car its going to be very difficult to help offer advice.
I'm sure driving it will make your mind up for you.
I think the fact its come up at your local dealership and chances are you've had a good relationship with them means you are being swayed.
You can get 159's that are lower in cost but you may have compromise on say the mileage. I am sure you could easily get one in the same price range but maybe at a slightly higher mileage than you'd like.
In diesel trim I wouldn't be too fussed about the miles on the clock. The 159 is better built - comfy and generally dare i say it. A more advanced car than the GT / 147 and esp 156 / 166.
I just wouldn't discount it.
I just don't want you to make the wrong decision for you is all. I know I'd want to drive and have a day in each model to see how it would fare in my day to day life if I was paying a good amount of money.
Given the mileage you do i don't think it would take you long to clock up any serious moon miles.
Basically I want reliability and at 275,000 miles my 156 is bound to have niggles.
I work as a Freelancer and cannot be late for any job I do, it is my livelihood and therefore I am looking for the newest, lowest mileage I can find.
Doing 25,000 miles a year I cannot afford to buy a car with more than 60,000 miles and at that i'm pushing it.
The equivalent 159 SW to this GT is over double the price.
The fact it is my local dealership IS swaying my decision, in fact I bought a 147 Collezione last week from a 'trader' two weeks ago and it went **** up with then playing funny buggers hence my reluctance to buy from a non main dealer again. I like the back up and warranty.
I quite simply cannot afford the equivalent 159.
I won't compromise on condition, I want the best Alfa I can afford and that GT seems to be it.
The 156 is struggling now, bearings, brake pipes, corrosion, suspension, electrics, exhaust etc, it's had a good innings but now needs to be retired.
Reliability is king along with price!