Re: 156 Specification Query
it changed in 2000 when the range was revised. from that date onwards there were several changes to the wiring and some electrical components, for example the ABS came with EBD, there was the introduction of 2 button black keys, twin front airbags and side airbags on all models, and most importantly the sportwagon was launched.
the 2002 models are mk3, which is when the JTS engine came out. cosmetics aside they are more similar to the mk2 that the mk2 was to the mk1. people say 'facelift' rather than mk3 because few people realise the mk2 began in 2000, and some people realise the facelift was a mk2 that had mainly cosmetic differences so they do not feel that warrants a new mk (from a parts perspective). technically the revisions were more than cosmetic at each stage so it should be considered mk1 ,2 and 3. dealers have 3 different revisons of the manual, that is usually what i base my mk allocation on with any car, not cosmetics. average joe will say facelift or pre facelift, but if you go buying parts for a 156 they will usually ask if it is pre 2000, 2000-2002 or post 2002.
Last edited by jug; 08-08-07 at 09:10.