Hi Guys ... just caught up with the massive response to my post
Certainly a huge range of opinion here from all your experiences. Its sounds like a nice car (I'm well in love with the front light cluster
) but some of you don't rate it as a driving experience (more of a motorway slogger) emmm, that gives me some concerns as me 156 2.0TS is a nice motorway runner, Momo seats are well comfy and it's a quality tool on A/B road fun - especially as its got new TRW front suspension. My main bugbear with the 156 is no cruise control!!
I'm not fussed about a V6 model, I got a PH2 GTV with a V6 and that at least, has the proper "Busso" lump and not the GM block with some Alfa fettling, plus I need to maintain some economy.
I think the Ti is the best looker, but 19" rims means expensive tyres, but then I see these Accelere's which seem to get highly rated - I'm a Dunlop man, but SP Fast Response are only £75 a corner on 16" rims and 19" Dunlops are going to be getting on for £200 a corner.
Seems like I will have to try out various models before making any firm decisions - doubt it will be the sport-tronic auto, I really dislike auto's as long as its got cruise, then a manual is fine for me.
Probably from a cost purchase and on-going cost running basis, the Lusso with some good specifications would be the best all rounder for what I need and the 20K pa miles also has to be taken into consideration. I guess that will put me in line for a 1.9JTDm - I always said, the day I get a diesel is the day I kiss the pope's B0ll0cks!
but I guess I should have a try before being too judgemental - but with rising fuel costs, I think something that pulls up in excess of 500 miles to a tank is not to be sneezed at.
Just a thought (and it would have to wait til New Year) does anyone with a 159 live in Kent near Maidstone area by chance?
It would be appreciated if I could meet with you for a chat, look over the car and (as a passenger) go for a little run out to see what it's like - I'd be happy to include a pub stop off and buy you a swift half or pint for your troubles.
I'm just not a fan of typical car sales people, and at this stage I don't need any of the usual flannel when initially looking at something for near future consideration. Plus, you get a better perspecitive of your proposed purchase from an owners view point.
If anyone can help on this, please let me know
Thanks to everyone for the input