Potential Problems with 159 1.9JTDm
New on this site. After having 2 AR 156's (2.0 Selespeed & 2.4JTD, both Veloce) I needed a bigger car so bought a Saab 93 as it had the 1.9 Fiat/GM diesel. Unfortunately all the problems I have had with the Saab have been engine related. So far in the last 3 months I have had to fork out for a new alternator, new water pump which siezed & then proceeded to shread the timing belt and wreck the valves (nice bill just before Christmas!), now it is back in the garage having a new EGR valve fitted.
Am going to replace this v soon and as I missed owning an Alfa, (could spend hours gazing out of the window at the 156 and they used to put a smile on my face every time I drove it) have decided to narrow my choice down to either an Audi A4 Convertible or 159 1.9 Ti.
The only thing holding me back on the 159 is the fact that it has the same engine as my Saab. Has anyone had any reliability issues with their 159 1.9JTDm engines? Can't afford to keep repairing fairly young cars (Saab only 41/2 yrs old 56000miles).