Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Halesowen, West Mids
Re: What to replace 156 with???
I would buy another Alfa, you may have just been unlucky. Apart from a few small problems (which includes my speedo and it running too hot at the moment, which might be the fan) I have been a happy Alfa owner for the past three years. I dont personally like the 159, but would consider an Alfa GT or an 05 or 06 facelift 156.
I have had a few nice cars and I have always steered clear of things that I think might cause me problems, turbo's, automatic gearboxes, even V6 engines if they sell ten times more 4 cyclinder engines. The ones the manufactureres sell the most of are usually the most reliable because they have ironed out the faults. I was originally looking to buy a 1.8 156, but ended up with the 2.0.
Check the oil, have it serviced regularly, have stuff changed when they should be changed like cambelts, brake fluid etc and you should be fine. Its when you miss that service, put off that cambelt change or start using cheap oils or parts that give you problems.