I read the article in my copy today and it is suprisingly positive considering every german car they write about seems to be brilliant and everything else second rate. Interestingly the photo on this thread has had three red balloons put onto it 'Buyer Beware' and these three things are: cambelt and tensioner were a weak point and replaced early with improved items (Fair enough) Steering stalks are loaded with functions but you will soon get used to them (eh?? aren't most modern cars?) and tailgate doesn't have a handle, so dirty finger prints are guaranteed in the winter (eh?? even if you have a handle that gets dirty doesn't it).
The fuel consumption was 40.9 when they started and 39.7 at 60,000miles. The phrase they used was overall 30mpg but regularly achieved 40mpg+ which does seem a little odd - lots of short journeys???
I'm on my second 159 and the article confirms the feeling of solidity and durability it puts across when you drive it. Having had a 147 inbetween the two 159s, you certainly notice the difference between a ten year old design and a five year old design.
Having read the article there just seems to be a lack of enthusiasm in the writing, almost as if they were disappointed it was as in good a condition as it was. Still I suppose it keeps it a closet star, for people like us to enjoy and others to admire.
146 1.6TS, 156 2.0TS, 156 1.8TS, 147 1.6TS, 147 2.0TS, 159 1.9JTS, 147 1.6TS, 159 1.9JTDm, Mito 1.4, GT, Giulietta 2.0JTDm, Giulietta 1.4tb, Giulietta 1.6JTDm........