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Remember - a key question is has the cam belt and wateer pump been done on this car - if so when? It won't have been due at 50000 miles but will have been age wise at 5 years.

If it hasn't been done you are looking at about £400 to get it done by a good independent.
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Looks a little worn for my liking but then again I am very particular.

Right some skill here............... 156 for sale
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Right some skill here............... 156 for sale
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I had my GT (1.9 JTD) for 5 years in total. I bought it 2nd hand with 50K on the clock around 3 years old, sold it at 110k miles.

I kept all my bills including servicing, tyres, cambelt change, new clutch etc and I averaged around £600 a year to run it in maintenance, looked after by a local independent garage.
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So here I am again God, talking to you about Alfas... wait.. sorry about that guys, wrong God...

Right, so basically I wanted to make the case for buying a 156 facelift diesel because I was in almost exactly the same position when I bought mine two years ago. I was 27 with no no-claims and looking for a red GT with tan leather for around £5000 which I could insure and maintain on a student budget. I saw a lot of dogs before I realised that I would always be unhappy with a tatty example so I ventured outside the box. I parted with 5k for a 2005 156 Sport special edition with 40k miles on it and I love it dearly. Fully comp insurance with courtesy car was as follows:
Admiral - £1100
Adrian flux - £700
Aviva - £400

I'll summarise the benefits:

Four doors - Dad said that you only ever buy one two door car.
It's lots lighter than a GT hence quicker and handles better
A 2005 plate 156 half the price of the equivalent GT - I paid £5k vs £7-8K for an equivalent GT (I count even afford one with leather.
The 156 TI even has the same seats
The insurance would be lower
The £2500 repair slush fund would make a tired 8 year old car nearly new.

This is a 2.4 TI which you could insure and run with the saving from £2340:
Alfa Romeo 156 2.4 JTD 20v Multijet TI 4dr Ti Special Edition FULL MOT
Or this is beautiful for a snip under £2000:
Alfa Romeo 156 1.9 JTD 16v Multijet [150] Veloce 4dr


Alfa 156 M-Jet 16v Sport
Rhoddy Harvey Bailey revalved Bilsten B8 damping kit
Eibach Pro Kit
15mm wheel spacers
Wiechers strut brace
Air freshener
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Hi guys just wanted to say a huge thank you to all your comments! In the end I ended up buying a 1.9 JTDm Blackline. It had done 53.5k when I picked it up from a private seller in York. Got a good deal and touch wood, everything seems to be running beautifully. MOT next month though.

It's had all the required work done0, cambelt, waterpump, upper suspension arms and more. Came with all invoices and mot's, stamps in the book. Looks and drives beautifully, inside and out. Overall very happy with my choice, fingers crossed for our future haha..

Stopped in Leeds on the way up since my old man had booked us in to see a standard GT JTD in the hope that I'd go for that (cheaper, warranty etc). But in the end that turned out to be a ringer. Obvious respray all round, no history or old paperwork other than stamps in the book. Knackered drive shaft was apparent at high speeds to which the sales man tried to dismiss as balancing right after telling me their garage did the servicing so wouldn't have missed anything..

Thanks again!
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