hi all, having sold my 156jtd i just can't be without another alfa as daily transport, the sud isn't quite there yet i have been toying between a 147 (hatch would be handy) a 156 sportwagon (ditto) but have come across a nice looking 51 plate 2.0jts saloon. having looked at a recentish auto italia review on the jts it mentions excessive carbon build up in teh manifold & head being a problem on the early jts engine resulting in the need for camshaft & ecu change is this the case or just applies to the odd one, a bit like some saying selespeeds are nothing but trouble when it is really just a few . am i being unduly paranoid and is there any checks that can be made quickly without stripping down the engine (bit tricky when your viewing a car) any advice will be gratefully recieved
Not had any probs with my July 2002 one. It's got 75k miles on it now, and I've had it since it had 56k
thanks mate, sure it's just a 'tar them all with the same brush' type of situation get the odd one with a problem (usually through lack of maintenance) and suddenly they become a car to avoid might be worth a look, although has old style dash, might wait/find a few more pennies and get a facelift dash 52'ish one
found plenty of 2002 cars and some 51 plate jts's for sale, the 51 plate ones have the s1 dash still, seems at around 52 plate the dash was updated
156 JTS engine replaced 2.0 TS with the introduction of the face lift dash, colour coded mirrors & bumpers, "Car" magazine & others reviewed this as a new model in May 2002, with UK deliveries following thereafter ? so very doubtful any would be on 51 plate !
obvious really when i looked closer at the pics, was advertised as a jts, but the badges on the back clearly stated 2.0 twin spark naughty bit of advertising steered clear and have now got a w 2.0ts so no longer an issue thanks for all the comments guys, much appreciated