After 5 and a half years of glorious 156 ownership, I finally waved goodbye to my Alfa-owning days last Friday when I traded my 2 litre twin spark saloon in for, wait for it, a VW Golf. Some of you may recall that for some time I was on the brink of buying a GT (http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/alfa-...gt-family.html
) as my only family car, but saw the light and opted for something more practical.
It was a sad day to see the Alfa go, and I feel a bit miserable seeing the Golf, in all it's ordinaryness, sitting on the drive. It's the Mark V Golf, in 1.6 FSI SE guise, so is the epitome of competence, but it's woefully slow compared to the Alfa and is completely non-special to look at and sit in. But the wife likes it! And to give it some credit, it handles well, has good space in the back for the kids, and should hold onto its value whilst I look to buy a GT as a 2nd car in 12 months or so. Or, I might actually change the Golf for a 159 in a year when prices have dropped a bit if I decide I can't afford to run 2 cars.
As I'm no longer an Alfa owner, I guess I shouldn't be on this site anymore, but it's going to be a hard habit to break. And I know I'm going to watch other 156s pass me on the motorway with envy.
For those interested in knowing what I got for the 156 - a paltry £2000. This is £300 more than Alfa offered me against a £17K GT! The car is a high-mileage car for its age (almost 88000 miles since new in Jan 2001), an import from Ireland (VW knew this from an experian check) but in generally good condition. A few scratches here and there, in need of a cambelt change and new spark plugs in 6 months, exhaust on the way out, a loud knocking noise had developed when on full lock, and the brakes were squeaking embarrasingly, so I think it would have cost me about £1500 to maintain over the next 12 months.
Thanks to all those who've helped with previous niggles/queries I've posted about. Hopefully I'll be an Alfa owner again before too long!