i can see that u wont be without one for long, im sure at some point you be back with another 156, enjoy the stilo for the time being
I guess thats true up to a point-After having a V6, I'm not sure that any other engine would have stood a direct
comparison, even the mighty 2.4 5cyl develops its power in a completley different way, hence going for something completley different this time
You know you still want one Jason, and who could blame you really
Got to say I'm loving mine at the moment, every chance to drive her(still get used to map) Last night a 5 min journey turned into an hours blast. Upon my return my wife accused me of spending "too much time with Bella" and "thought you'd left me".
I think its very hard to find another car that excites one so, If you have that with your Stilo mate then brill, but if not.........
To be fauir the 156 is a very special car, very few motors have such a great blend of style, performance and that ? factor, and maybe if I could have got an 80k 1.9jtd SW with leather for peanuts I might have been more tempted,or a GT
but in my price range I was looking at more cash than I wanted to spend (+ see above comment)
The Stoolo (lol) has a great Italian feel to it, I have always liked Fiats (since having a toy X19 as a child, and IMHO the interior is very very well put together, my car is very very clean- good enough to draw enthusiastic comments from hardened mechanics
Its got DZ climate, Cruise, 50+mpg (I've saved nearly £150 in three weeks
) full closure locking, better brakes than a 156, and it does squirrel around tight corners better than the 156. Insurance on my Stilo is grp 5, against a 1.9jtd Alfa being grp 11
- Performance is damn near identical too
parts are usually cheaper too
Oh and my missus likes it too
Against that 3 figure speeds its decidedly less stable, in fact at least 30mph slower on the same road to feel as stable, it doesn't sound like a V6 Alfa (what does?) And I struggle to get my fishing rods in it
ive got a 156 2004 mjet purchased in april of this year for 4 k it had a reasonable service history but not totally complete it was my 1st diesel engined car i have spent hours on this forum and the tips and tricks make good money saving. alfas are great cars just like ducati motors are great bikes (my other passion) by some spanners sockets etc. italians are great engineers. but alfa romeo is a drivers car not just are car that you drive .
Yeah with a 156 you get it all- Tetanus, scraped knuckles, grit, dust and rust in your eyes, bank account emptying - and yet when you fire it up, or walk away from it you just GOTTA