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72,000 miles and counting in my 159

Had the car in for it's 72,000 mile service last week (Is the highest 159 mileage yet?) Thought I'd let you know how it's doing.

Service was 450ish but I needed 2 new rear disks and set of pads 250ish
Had a broken front spring so new pair needed 250ish
Front suspension mounting thingies, 250ish

So all in 1200 could have done without it right now but what the heck
The car drives beautifully, like new. Everything feels solid as the day it was bought and with the new springs and brakes the handling has tightened up quite a bit although it didn't really feel as though anything was wrong

Engine still feels smooth and tight and the inside wearing fantastically which is unbelievable to say how much crap I carry in it. Will give it a good valet soon as I get chance, it comes up like new.

As a courtesy car I had a GT 1.9JTD. I've always loved the look of the GT, in fact I'd gone to buy a GT when I saw the 159 and fell in love. Sadly the outside belies what's inside.
After the 159 it was so cramped and uncomfortable. Seats were really narrow and after a couple of miles my back was already feeling it. Maybe it's because of my size, I am 6'4" but the 159 is roomy for me.
Controls were all bunched up tight and I couldn't even see the cruise control.
I hated the stalk switches, horrible the way they turned round to turn on and off, looked really ugly.
Pedals way too close together for me
The door mirrors are so small it's a waste of time having them.
For what the car cost it didn't have half the equipment the 159 has (I really missed my auto lights and wipers) and obviously ALFA audio equipment is as poor across the range, thank God I had the sense to swap mine for an Alpine system

The engine however was really impressive, despite it running on Satans blood and only being a 1.9 the pick up was fantastic. I got a good 44 mpg all week but I couldn't put up with that diesel noise all the time. My 159 is still super quiet even cruising at 85 you can bearly hear the engine.

So after 72,000 miles would I have another? Definitely. It would have to be a 2.2 JTs though, I'm a bit wary of the Ti with the stories I've read on here of the tyre wear. Can you imagine what it would have cost me in 72k miles changing them every 5k I'm due a new set on the 159 and these Pirellis have done almost 25k which I don't think is too bad.

So here's to the next 18k in my bella

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Re: 72,000 miles and counting in my 159

Good stuff m8.
Am sure this will make most 159 owners happy.
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Re: 72,000 miles and counting in my 159

It's good to hear that [you don't have problems like some people on here and then also hear that your car is still running so good after all these miles.

Good news for all of us
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Good news! I have a strong feeling this generation of cars are going to be extremely hard-wearing and long lasting, they are very well built and solid - even if it does mean they are a little heavy, that's okay by me.

Your replacement bits after 72,000 miles aren't bad really if that's all you've spent on it - it's done the equivalent of driving around the world about 3 times !
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Re: 72,000 miles and counting in my 159

Nice write up Spyder and pleased to hear you're still happy

Spring failures have been reported much earlier than yours. Perhaps a potential weak spot for us all
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Thats some serious mileage!

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Re: 72,000 miles and counting in my 159

Good to hear it's still going strong Spyder.

I'll be passing through the 70k barrier this weekend and have had no major problems to report, touch wood. The car still feels well sorted.

Bit worried now about the potential cost of the next service though.
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