Looking at a 159 Lusso 2.4 SW but its a bit dodgy....
I am finally going to bite the bullet and get a 159 as my daily driver. I've had two Volvo S60 D5's over the last 8 years and they have not really needed anything but servicing. I am used to the temperamental nature of Italian cars - I also have a 3200GT which throws random suspension and engine check lights every time I take it out despite there being no actual fault.
So I'm looking at this 2.4 SW in Yorkshire.
Its a 3 owner 2006 car, reasonably straight - the only body defects are stonechips around the rear arches, lacquer starting to peel slightly on one rear wing and a resprayed bonnet. Has some nice Korean rubber, so I'm assuming I'll use these to establish the geo is OK then get something grippy on.
Inside is tidy except the silver trim above the glovebox and around the gear lever is marked (scratched). All electrical bits appear to work.
It's done 65k and I can get it for £6500 which is pretty cheap. It has a fully stamped service history, 3 Alfa, 1 non franchise (recent 60k). Belt and water pump done a year ago, and a recall ref 5090 done in 2008.
So here is my concern. The dealer is a lying low life. Its had 3 owners, the last bought it in November 11. Dealer tells me the lady owner fell pregnant and the car was too small.
The greatness of camera phones is that I could photograph the logbook, and harnessing the power of Google got to speak to the former keeper.
The young lady seemingly purchased the car for her partner. When driving for very long it stank of fuel due to a problem with the injector seals. - (is this common??). Dealer could not fix it, car went to Alfa and £750 was apparently spent. Car was returned to dealer and refunded after legal threats.
I drove the car around 10 miles and no fuel smell was evident.
What was evident at startup though was that the car did not idle smoothly, the engine appeared to be intermittently running on 4 instead of 5 cyls. During the 10 mile drive this didn't get any better. The car pulls fine above 3000rpm, and the boost gauge responds as I would expect at all engine speeds - i.e. around 1.2 bar until it comes on cam. There is however a distinct lack of torque low down and the car is very lethargic below 3000rpm.
So I'm not sure if this is a simple EGR DPF issue (I think the car has not done any significant mileage in the last 2 months and has probably been started and shuffled around the forecourt lots of times)
So at £6500, would you take it or not?