I'm really glad I found this thread.....or perhaps not. I'll try and explain although I'm sure some will decide that there is no choice to make.
We have a 2005 Panda MJ with 95K on the clock and a 2001 156 2.0 Veloce with the Momo interior. With over 100,000 miles on the clock and suffering the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, oh, alright then, numerous scrapes and scratches courtesy of Mrs. Beard, we're struggling on the horns of a dilemma.
We could chop in the Panda and take what we can get (not very much) for the 156 and then replace them both with two cars of about £5,000 each; we could hang on to the Panda for another year and spend £10K on a 156 replacement then spend something similar on a Panda replacement next year.
Or, spend around £8,000 to replace the 156, stick the old lady in a garage and then spend some money on fixing the rear floor which needed welding at the last MOT.
From this thread, and the other one attached to it, it seems like there's a lot of work and it's years since I worked on any cars so I have no interest in doing any of the welding myself. I'm quite prepared to have the essential work done then lock it away for a few months then have a bit more done, followed by a bit more and so on.
I also don't want to have to get bits welded up every year so I'm wondering if it's realistic to have a large section of floor replaced and if there's any real risk of the structure being weakened by removing and replacing large bits of floorpan.
Anything wrong with the Panda? If not, keep it. The Multijet engine is a good one and 95k isn't much. Thats one car sorted. As for the 156, either save it or scrap it, but you will probably need to do a bit of investigation first to determine just how bad it is. We've welded up plenty that any right-minded person would have sent to the scrap yard. We've put whole complete floors in, new sills etc. But unless the car is something special, I would limit your spending to reasonable amounts, as you could go and buy a much better 156 for not a whole lot of money. Mine, for example:
Used 2005 Alfa Romeo 156 JTD 16V VELOCE (150BHP) for sale in Cumbria | Pistonheads
Floor is pretty much factory fresh, I made sure of it before I bought it, and mechanically it is as good as they get
But a Q2'd, coilover'd, remapped 2.4 10v has captured my heart, I do have a proper soft spot for them
(Off topic, but I can't believe out of 137,000 cars for sale on Pistonheads there are only 2 diesel 156s! Where have they all gone?!)