Having spent 36 months searching and searching for my ideal 159 and to convert from a dull German car owner to a baptised Alfista all I can say that it was nothing but a total frustration and disappointment!
First time I led my eyes on 159 that I fall in love with was at the British Motor Show in 2008, the first TI I have ever seen and touch….oh I can’t describe that moment when I sat and touched the steering wheels, the dials…just sensational.
Two days later I have arranged a test with a red demo JTD1.9 TI and it was a fantastic ride that I couldn’t believe it is for a diesel engine. But it was too expensive to me at the time.
I spent hundreds of hours searching for my Bella at Autotrader website and after 36 months of endless search and reading the AO reviews and experiences and with all warnings about steering rack, horrible tyres wear and poor ride and fuel consumption and lastly…diesel engine troubles….i have no choice but to stick to Patrol engines.
Having said that I am looking for a second hand one because I cannot afford a new one hence TBI seems like a distant dream to me.
I am planing to use PX + Loan for a 09 reg 2.2 jts TI with 10km on the clock which I think it looks great with red. Offered price is £16k (a bit expensive for me!).
I have a number of questions to ask you and your assistance would be great:
1) what do you think on the pricing of the above car?
2) and what are the cons and pros of 2.2 jts?
3) do you think its worth upgrading to TBI engine from the beginning minding my very tight budget?
4) Frankly speaking, do you think I should wait for more for a better deal? I can see prices have not moved much downwards in the last 12 months as I was expecting.
In short…HELP!!! I am lost