Yes mines the M43 engine. Pretty boggy basic. 8v SOHC - cam chain based thing, 133k on the clock drives as sweet as a nut.
I hate it.
But it is a tourer. Bit of a rust box to be quite frank. Heavy old things the tourers. Its definitely not going to set the world alright. But it is pretty smooth.
Its just a bit depressing. I was speaking to the old man saying how I just can't fall in love with it. Its too bland. But depressingly I said. I bet it never fails.
Its even more depressing when the 147 is looking at me with its leather trim. Better stereo. Most interesting interior (one of the best designed I feel at the time). Better alloys. Sporty engine and better handling.
But then again the Tourer isn't meant to be pin point sharp I guess. Its meant to lug a family and some luggage in relative ease. Or chucking a few bodies in the back.
An it does that without you looking like you've given up on life.
Still its not for me. Maybe the straight 6 would have been better. But lets face it. Its no Busso.
Ah, you don't need to fall in love with every car - im just happy to not be on the M1 waiting for the RAC - THAT was starting to pee me off. I like the fact if I wanna go anywhere, I can go anywhere opposed to "hmm, MIGHT make it, lets give it a go" and **** myself all the way to and from the destination.
That, and if it rained I was in trouble, cos that alternator loved to scoop up the water (and crap) thanks to no splash guard. It would dry out but youd still be concerned at the warning lights.
I had a love hate relationship with my alfa, some days it was great others I could drive it into a wall. When it was great, id sing its praises, when it was a pain I would be angry all day.
But that's alfa ownership, im no way alone.
This one, its solid, real solid, the clutch is a pain being so short but its nice to know im not counting down the days to the next cambelt, and its just been serviced, again nothing to think about... I like having nothing to think about, I haven't done it in years - just DRIVING a car. No 'to do this weekend' list, no "**** how am I going to fund X" With alfas youre always wondering whats gonna go next, and I hated that part, doesn't matter if it was the 156 or the 147, I was always waiting for the next big bill... often just as im paying off the last one.
In contrast though. I do find myself zoning out, at the wheel, mainly because its a 2 tonne cruise ship.. it just goes... and goes... but also not much fun either... but when I get to my destination, im glad im there opposed to waiting for a lift. I need this kind of 'time out' while life becomes less busy, less frantic and complicated because im juggling the failures and cost of an old an Alfa romeo as my main daily driver.
The household is quiet without both of them, the 156 and the 147... like when the kids go away for the week, or when relatives leave after being over for the weekend, but its also drama free meaning I can get on with other things, for now.