Thanks for that.....lots of info there alright
trim levels are still confusing though. alot of the Lusso specs here (in ireland) seem to have fabric and not leather interior.
There is a comprehensive list of problems with the 159, i know any car that is 5-8 years old will have problems, but i wonder how many of the owners here actually have experienced these problems and how many just sit in and drive every day??
Can't comment too much on trim levels apart from saying the ti was generally regarded as being the highest spec but was often listed as a Lusso on the V5. I think there was a 'sport' model available for some markets (with quite a basic spec). The last of the ti's were 'optioned' with part leather, part alcantara seats and 'lost' the standard electric adjustment for front seats (and mirrors I believe).
I think MY09 models onwards were slightly lighter (mainly down to different suspension components I believe).
My 159 is the first Alfa I've owned and after 40K+ miles, I have to say. it's been extremely reliable. That said, it has been very well maintained and has had various things replaced mostly as a preventative measure. For example, the water pump and inlet manifold were replaced at the same time as the cambelt (at great expense) in order to prevent future problems. I also had turbo seal fail which led to the turbo being replaced (again at great expense). I don't put that down as an Alfa Romeo problem. The turbo charger is a Garrett item and they are fitted to lot's of cars!
Oh and I had the front lower wishbone replaced (another expensive job) because the bush was worn out.
I'm told the front subframes suffer from rust which is another big job if replacement is needed. With the under tray in place, inspection is very difficult but the general condition of the car, particularly underneath, should give some clues to subframe condition.
The interior has worn well apart from a small tear in the leather on the drivers seat (by the electric switches). Anyone else experienced this?
At the risk of starting another 'tyre debate', plenty of people complain about front tyres wearing on the inner edges. Standard Alfa geometry is to blame but personally, it's never been a problem to me and I see no point in fitting expensive (and normally very noisy) bushes to provide adjustment to the front suspension. Alfa set the geometry that way for a reason. Changing it must have some impact on handling (and not in a good way IMHO). As I said, I've never had a problem with tyre wear because I simply swap front tyres with rears which enables me to get maximum wear out of each tyre. New tryes go on the rear, front tyres wear out so rears go on the front, then new tyres go onto the rear and so on. I promise you I get even wear from all my tryes as well by doing it this way. Simple
Time to pour myself a beer whilst I sit back and wait for another tyre debate