Re: 156 2.4JTD 20v or 3.2GTA?!?!?!?!?!
Isn`t a BMW 3.5D @ £35k ish on the road and an Alfa 159@ £22-25k.
so the fact is the BMW is more powerful and probably quicker but judging by these posts finance comes into the equation so therefore only a dream to most and a nice 156 is very affordable.
I believe other manufacturers are catching up with diesels, i drive 3000miles a month and follow Vauxhalls,Renault, VW`s etc etc and they are quick, even VXR Zafira`s, Most engines are now shared any way.
I think you have to ask yourself are you a purist, do you drive lots of miles, if so do you have deep pockets? if not will you drive steady to increase mpg to hear a nice noise?
Personally I have the ipod turned up, the foot down to the rug and return 40+ mpg so I have my cake and eat it!