after much deliberation I have decided to take the plunge and go for my first Alfa. I love the look of the 159 although my budget is limited to 8K. My choices are somewhat limited but I have found a couple of examples that look reasonable. I took a 2.2 JTS Lusso for a test drive today and loved it. I'm going to have a look at another one later this week.
The one I saw today has about 75k on the clock and has been regularly serviced 3 times by Alfa and the last time by an independent Alfa specialist. The car seemed to drive fine although it seemed a bit jumpy at low speed. I didn't know whether that was just my driving though!
Is there anything in particular that I should be looking out for?
The 2.2 JTS is 'famed' for having a hesitation issue which will explain the jumpiness. Mangoletsi (who are not too far from you I'm guessing) will sort that out for £400 and it will also give you the added bonus of a great sound and improved bhp. There's not masses else to look out for to be honest. The 159's are very well built and hesitation issue aside the 2.2 seems to be a great engine. You could probably get a lower mileage one if you went for a Turismo (no leather though sadly)
I've read the threads about hesitation on the 2.2 but I only drove the car for a couple of miles and didn't get to go above 50. I'm going to test drive another 2.2 on Friday so I'll have something to compare it with. Will definitely consider the re-map.
hi chacker, i have actually just bought a 2.2 lusso last week for not much more than your budget and don`t have the dreaded flat spot, just wondering if the one you are looking at is the one in the brum area as i know a little about that car?
It was in the brum area I don't think it was that bad to be honest. I think it is probably something that I could get used to but having read the threads about the available re-map I think I might still go for that as well.
if its the silver lusso with 75k, i watched it go through bca auction. did you notice the dent on the roof? it also needed 4 shoes£££££ unless the dealers put some on. still, one of the cheapest going and i think he`s just reduced it. can tell you what it went through for if you think it will help you bargain with him.