Its been 3months since I caught the Alfa bug, I'd fancied a 156 for a while, but really couldn't afford one. After some months of looking in the internet at 156's ringing up and chatting to sellers I'd sorted my spec out. Got to be Silver, I don't like silver cars as a rule but the 156 looks so fine in silver, Must have a Red leather interior, and wood 'cos its so retro, engines didn't matter so much, as I was driving a 100bhp VW Polo, even the 1.6 ts was fine for me.
The better half was sick of my looking all the time and I finally cracked, I saw a "black" 156 V6 on Autotrader, In the nearest town to where I grew up 70miles away. It had a black interior (leather) and the 2.5 V6, although it wasn't what I thought I wanted it was if you see?
So I rang up, turns out it was 100 yards up the road from my folks, and the house in the background of the photo was my Nans old place, so I rang my Old man up and asked him to have a look for me (he's a retired mechanic) Got the OK from Pops and went to have a look.
I almost wanted to not like it, as I had a cheap and practical car that owed me nothing, but that 156 grabbed me and the rest is history...
I think the 156 has just about everything (apart from economy) that I want in a car, Its made for drivers, by drivers it involves you in a way that no car I've driven in 20 years ever has. It looks fantastic the best ever 4 door saloon - period. It sounds fantastic that V6 is ..........lost for words. The interior is just what I want Two big clocks with the important info and the rest away in the middle. Six speed 'box
Perfect driving position (I do have short legs and a long body) Loads of really nice details, like the embossed Momo on the side of the front headrests
and the Alfa logo in the seat backs
I have had a few probs too, but its 7 years old and will need some tlc to get it spot on, and every time I walk past I just have to look at it and smile, and when I drive it I just laugh to myself.
Am I an Alfisti yet?