I'm likely to be going through two rather significant motoring revolutions over the next few months.
The first is to sell my 147 GTA
Alfa Romeo : 147 GTA 3.2 V6 Q2
(Anyone interested should DM me!)
The other, is to sell our family van (AKA, MPV)
(Actually, a rather smart Mitsubishi Grandis if anyone was wondering...)
Now the kids of grown up a bit, we don't need an MPV and the idea is to buy a regular estate in replace of both and I thought, what better than a 159SW?
I've had a Sportwagon before
, but realise the 159SW is a leap ahead in build, space and refinement over the 156. Or is it? What's the top 5 things (if they exist) I should look out for when buying one...?
I'll be buying used; a 2007 car with as few prev owners as poss, low milage, dark colour and an absolute must, Ti spec. I'm thinking the 2.4 will be a good bet – my first ever diesel – Yikes!
I've not even had one for a test drive yet, but wanted to ask you lot whether any of you regularly use your 159s with 5 people in (2 grown-ups and 3 kids)? Having a 7-seater right now is great, but will the 159 comfortably handle 2 kids and booster seat along the back seat?
What's the boot like? On my old 156SW is was a joke (less capacity than a Golf) and is it easy to see out of and park (thinking about the missus here who I'm trying to sell the whole idea into) but importantly, does the 2.4 still have a fair amount of poke? I'm coming from a GTA remember, so don't wanna be trundling along (though I'm resigned the fact I won't be shreading front tyres quite as much as I do right now).
Any input you can offer would be great.