Did it take a long time to find a Ti in tan leather?
It took about 15 seconds to find it after I had decided to buy a new car. The 156 had jumped its belt, and at that stage we didn't know if it was toast or not - the belt was still on, but the cams were not where the engine was expecting them to be....if you get my drift.
The specialist who was fixing the 156 had a 159 on the forecourt, and he knows his game - he got the missus to sit in it (she liked), and then I had a go. I liked, and bought it on the spot. The 156 turned out to simply need a new belt, but I wanted a sensible-ish car, as at the time I was racking up £250 a week in petrol commuting in my LandRover.
We paid about those prices for a 58 plate with 41k on the clock.
I think the choice does depend on the driving you do. One thing I forgot to mention - in the 156, 70 is about 3400 rpm, 90 is about 4000. While it sounds great, after 30 miles or so, it is wearing. The 2.4 is spinning at about 1800 at 70 and 2100 at 90 - and at either speed in 6th, you can nail it, and it just goes for the horizon. We are driving down France at Easter, and I am actually looking forward to it in the 159.