Finally, after what seems like years (ever since I had a 156), I've bought a 159.
Alfa romeo 159 2009 | Trade Me
It is a very ordinary specification compared to many of the glorious cars owned by members on here (Jabawok springs to mind
). No electric seats or 19" wheels to see here. I would have preferred gleaming dark blue paint (never seen one) with a tan interior, or Stromboli Grey with red interior (reasonably common). Then again I'd want a Ti model, so would be stuck with the black interior anyway. And I'd spend the next year or two wondering whether the Ti model really might ride worse than the standard car...
But I think a practical silver saloon is what I need, to complement my Spider. Wanted something comfortable, need something reliable, and certainly didn't want to get anything less economical than a 2.4 Stilo.
I reckon the main point in favour of this particular car is its condition, and the fact that it's had only one owner from new. It has been serviced at twice the recommended interval, and has clocked up most of its 112,000km on motorway trips (high kms for a four-year-old car). It has those 2008 improvements, too, though it doesn't have Blue&Me, so it's wearing a Parrot kit instead.
The price came down quite a bit from the asking price, so I think it was good value.
There are a few Ti models floating around in NZ, but when these come up for sale, they seem to be the 2.2 petrol Selespeed version, and I'd decided I wanted a diesel. There was a Ti 2.4 diesel, but it sold for nearly twice the price I've just paid. There have been a few 2.4s, but they've always had a few scuffs and scrapes, being 2007 or 2006. There are even a number of 3.2s, but they're too much car for what I want. I've lost count of how many 159s I've test driven (9, I think.)
When I inspected and drove this 1.9 two weeks ago, I thought the performance was perfectly adequate. Probably on par with my old 156 Selespeed, but a lot easier to drive smoothly thanks to the automatic transmission. I'm a Selespeed specialist, and the last auto I had (a 166) I really didn't like the auto at all, because it always seemed to be out of step with the engine. I could have done better with a manual. The thing that struck me about the 159 diesel was how the auto was so well matched to the engine's characteristics. The trip computer proved that the lady owner had averaged 7.0L/100km over 3500km, so the engine was obviously doing its job well. Actually that seems exceptional for a 'slushbox' auto. It's about the same economy as my FIAT 500 was.
There is an identical model available at the dealers (60% more expensive!):
Alfa Romeo 159 1.9 JTD Auto 2009 | Trade Me
Their photography is much better and I think it's interesting to see what a difference the photos make. The silver is far more attractive and the wheels, from the three-quarter front view, look like Ti wheels if you reaallllly squint
It was almost their photos that sold me on buying someone else's car!
The lady who bought this car new from those same dealers has taken a huge hit in depreciation - more than three times what I paid for the car, probably nearly four times. I do feel a bit sorry for her, but so glad that I was able to avoid buying a 159 when they were newer.
After I collect my 159 on Saturday, I'm looking forward to giving the outside a polish-up on Sunday - I'm sure it will come up like new. I know that the rear bumper has been resprayed but it appeared to be a top-quality job. Not sure on whether to juice up the leather with conditioner or go for that matt look - might try the conditioner first and let it wear off later
Will add some new photos of my own after that!
I see I discussed buying a 159 here back in March: http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/alfa-...-4-diesel.html
Since then, I realised I did more kilometres in a year than I thought (clocked up nearly 30,000 in the Stilo, somehow), and I decided that I did want an auto rather than a second manual-transmission car.