AO Silver Member
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: United Kingdom
County: Perth and Kinross
Re: Newbie considering a 155
Rene, the 155 is a worthwhile front wheel drive sports saloon. It is generally quite realiable, but it does have its irritations. The interior is quite plasticky and rattles, the wiper motor only has one speed (high), but the intermittency is variable, but the wipers do judder. The suspension bushes have a limited life and the front tyres have a strong tendancy to wear on the inner shoulder.
I appreciate Marlon's comments about the engine, but from a longevity point of view, I'm confident that my 1.8 16v is still very strong and not very worn at 112K. In fact, I would expect it would manage 150000 miles without undue problems. However, the older 8v engines are bomb proof.
Pablo, the V6 is also quite reliable, but because of its extra complexity, it is a bit more expensive and difficult to maintain. However, it would be better in low temperatures due to it's general heat generation problems (the 16v engines seem to run very cool), and its extra weight should aid traction.
I do think that because the V6 is quite low tune, it would be a good choice in high altitude where fuel quality would be less of an issue.
[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]Drive sideways- life's too short not to
Slip-sliding my way through winter. On four wheels and two.