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