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Thinking of buying 156. Any recommendations or otherwise.
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The V6's are great; but not so good on the mpg. Still you only live once
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JTS is a good comprimise between the V6 and Twin Spark. I found the build quality substaintially better on post 2002 models.
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Make sure they have FSH, cambelts and tensionors done at every 36K/3 years on all Twin Spark engines

Great car, still look fresh all these years on

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well i find all the gremlins expensive and wouldn't have all this if i got a boring german car. I will be going boring/sensible japanese next... or a 159

but like he said earlier, you only live once, go for it, you will enjoy it!
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The V6's are great; but not so good on the mpg. Still you only live once

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ive got a v6 i love it best thing i ever done buying it
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Try the 2.4 JTDm especially if you can go for a facelift 20v car. Doesn't have the character or the power of the V6 but it is quick and the 5-pot sounds a lot better than some would have you believe. And you get 40-50 mpg.

It's also a lot more reliable than the twinspark cars, although I think the V6 is pretty good in that dept.
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V6 buy it and love it. I have had mine 6 weeks and just seeing it in my drive makes me smile every morning.
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As with almost any car, if you get a good one, you will love it but if your unlucky it will make you weep with frustration
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I've owned a 156 i.8ts veloce on an x plate which was pre facelift. i have driven the 2.0ts pre facelift on a couple of occasions depending on the year your looking at there is very little between those two engines as the 1.8 was 144bhp on a series 1 engine and the 2 litre was 150 bhp. alfa did down tune the 1.8 engine later to 140 bhp.

if your looking at a facelifted model i owned a 2.4 jtd 20v which was the 175 bhp version and also drove the 1.9 jtd.

if you want speed and economy with a i'd go for the 2.4 jtd 20v 175 bhp 0-62 is 8.2 seconds load of torque and the turbo kicks you in the back at around 1800 revs on standar diesel or a little lower on diesel plus. the cam belts only need to be changed at 72k on the diesel as they rev much lower than the petrol engine which need the cam belt changing at 36k expensive unless you go to an independant. still its cheaper than the belt snapping on you.

the 1.9 diesel is still a good engine but its not got the same grunt or 5 pot growl as the 2.4jtd 20v

dont listen to the v6 engine if you cant really afford to run it, i'm sure many will agree you can fall in love with the sound alone.

Have fun making your choice Sabratha just make sure whichever model you choose that you get a full service history and depending on mileage check if the cam belt has already been done.

have fun
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Really, depending on how many miles you do, either the 1.8 TS, the 2.5 V6, or the 2.4 JTD. Even the 10v JTD is potent enough, especially after a remap, and would see off a 2.0 TS, and be on the heels of a V6. A remapped 20V would definitely see the 2.5 V6 off, and not be too far behind the GTA until you get up to ridiculous speeds.
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