159 2.4 20007 plate
19,500 DPF/EGR by
AO Silver Member
Join Date: May 2009
Location: United Kingdom
Cam belt change is every 36,000 miles or 3 year which ever comes first.
Most of these engines use oil. Don't let that worry you but check level with every tank of petrol until you know how much yours is using. It can be 1litre every thousand miles.
If it has a short clatter on start up (sounding like a diesel or valve clearNces being taken up) that is the variator (changes the valve timing with revs) and while it can sound bad it can wait until the next cam belt change at an extra £100.
I would recommend avoiding anything that has had a broken cam belt and then been repaired. There can be other damage that takes a few thousand mikes to show itself and gets very expensive.
Drive it over bumps and listen for front suspension noises (you have plenty of minor roads in poor condition to do this) a squeak is top wishbones, a clunk is probably bottom wishbones and a clunk that sounds or feels like it is under your feet is anti-roll bar bushes. These are common wear items on the 156 / 147 / GT that all use the same suspension and all need replacing eventually.
If you do need front suspension parts do NOT buy cheap eBay parts as you will be changing again in 6 months.
Check the floorpan and sills for rust. Some rust very badly and some hardly rust at all.
Check that you have 2 keys as a replacement is about £300 and despite sellers on eBay there is no cheap replacement; what is sold there does not work with these cars.
If the windows don't go up and down don't let the seller tell you it is the push buttons and easy fix. It won't be that; it is still a fairly easy fix but needs new mechanisms in the doors as they eventually seize up.
If the remote locking doesn't work don't let the seller tell you it is the battery in the key; it won't be that but probably the aerial for the remote locking receiver that is behind the dash or possibly something more expensive.
Airbag light can often be on but that is usually the connector under the driver or passenger seat and an easy fix. Occasionally it can be something a little more tricky but lots of threads here and people who will help you resolve any error lights.
Have a close look at the very inside edge of the front tyres as, like a lot of front wheel drive cars they can wear the inside edge while the rest of the tyre looks good.
Check that the air on works and gets cold and that the heater control dash lights all work. Occasional failures and a pain to fix.
Finally tHe right car for the right price will be fun to drive every day especially on your roads and provided you avoid the speed traps on the A30.