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This is the best car I've ever owned, and my third 156 in a row (I needed an estate, so I bought this Sportwagen in 2009). It hasn't been used much since Feb 2015, when I bought a cheap 4x4 for holidays and had to spend some time on that one. We've just booked our 2016 holidays, so I need to make a choice. The Alfa absolutely sailed through the MOT in April 2015, but I really can't justify owning and running two cars.
So here we are....
2004 Alfa Romeo 156 Sportwagen 1.8 Veloce - facelift
Kafla grey metallic with the light grey, velour interior
MOT until April 2016
Part-service history, lots of bills and receipts. Much of the work done by respected Alfa specialists. I can put together a list of recent parts & work done (includes radiator, wishbones).
Garaged since I bought it in 2009.
Subtly lowered with Koni sports springs, and Bilstein shocks at the back.
I've debadged (mostly)
Recent oil and filter change. New air filter.
Air con/dual climate control.
Factory fitted radio/CD player & 6 disc autochanger in the boot.
Multispoke alloy wheels.
Remote central door locking and tailgate release.
Electric windows front and back.
3x3 point rear seat belts
Airbags all round
Electric door mirrors
Folding rear seats
Front fog lights
I think it looks pretty good for an 11 yr old car. There is the odd dint and scratch as you'd expect, but it scrubs up nicely. I think it's about the most elegant and practical car you'll find at the price.
The engine spins beautifully. The 1.8 engine is, in my opinion, the best of the Twin-Spark units. It revs freely and provides a plenty of power, and a great noise.
The steering and handling is pretty much the best part of this car - it's great fun on the twisty bits, stays very flat and even, and provides truly excellent steering feel.
It has new-ish Yokohama tyres all round.
It is solid underneath. These cars can suffer from floorpan corrosion, but this car is clean. I've scraped, cleaned, treated, painted and undersealed when it's needed it.
Less good stuff
Some dings here and there in the body, most noticeably a scrape to the nearside front bumper. It's superficial damage, and easily overlooked. If I was keeping I'd source a replacement bumper, or maybe have a go at a DIY respray.
Cambelt - I bought the car in 2009 with about 78000 miles, and had the belt done then. I've done about 47000 miles in 6 years. The belt was changed in 2012. If I was keeping it I'd probably get it done next year, though strictly speaking they are due every 3 yrs/36000 miles.
The airbag warning light has come on, so this needs to be reset.
Overall this is a quick, stylish, practical and economical Italian sports estate. Arguably better looking than the saloon. It comes with handbook, 2 keys and a lot of fond memories. This is a cracking car with loads of life left in it, and drives lovely.
I'm tossing a coin over ebay or pistonheads (or autotrader), but I thought I'd pop it on here first.
All the best
(I'm based in the wild and wooly north east of england, in case that helps)