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alfa 156............should i buy or walk

i am thinking about buying a v reg 156 selespeed. condition is fine but the seller has told me of the one problem:

" However it has just developed a a strange problem in that it sometimes sticks for a few secs when changing from 1st to 2nd. This has only happened recently since I changed the Actuator. I spoke to my Alfa garage and he assures me that it just needs recalibrating on the computer (probably about 100 max)"

does this sound reasonable???
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You have to ask yourself why you want a selespeed. Unless you're disabled i wouldnt bother as the gearbox is a nightmare and everyone i know that hates alfa base their opinion on either owning or knowing someone who owned a selespeed
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Re: alfa 156............should i buy or walk

The above opinion may be a little OTT, but you have to act yourself why he hasn't had it calibrated already.
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David - I am on my second 156 2.0TS. I have always found the selespeeds to be cheaper and unless you can you can find an enthusiast on here to rave about their reliability I would steer clear on go manual.
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Have a look through this forum for probs on the Selespeed.

As David says...why hasn't the guy got it done already ??
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Re: alfa 156............should i buy or walk

I've had the actuator replaced on my Selespeed and this is the ONLY problem I've had with it since I bought it new 6 years ago so they can be reliable but not sure that I would buy one second hand.

I bought the Selespeed because I loved the idea of the gear change and although its not to everyones tastes I still think its a great system - if you ever get a chance to drive with me you'll realise just how good it can be - not better than a manual but different
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Re: alfa 156............should i buy or walk

Follow your gut feeling. If there are niggling doubts don't be affraid to walk away.

There are usually plenty around to chose from so don't be affraid to wait a bit longer to find the right car. Took me 6 months to find my Bella and it was worth the wait.
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